We believe that Swift Caravan Services is more than a business. We have a passion for caravans and always want to hear our customer’s caravan tales because we like to think we helped get you there. Over the next few months we want to share with you some of the stories of our ‘Swift Nomads’ who have created their own caravan adventure as they explore our beautiful country. We will re-live their stories of fun, frustration and share some great tips along the way. Make sure you stay tuned!
In this blog we share stories from Janet Eyles who has been a long-time customer of Swift Caravan Services. Janet first came in to see us due to a repair that Jayco were unable to do and says that “from memory we were more than satisfied!” (Thanks Janet!)
Janet’s caravan adventures begun in 1996 with the purchase of their first caravan; a very old Jayco, which had two bunks at one end and a fold out table/double bed at the other end.
Sound familiar to anyone else?
Soon after, they upgraded to a brand new ‘Jayco Westport pop top’ which Janet recalls as being “luxury because it had a centre double bed with cupboards to the side and a privacy curtain to separate the ‘bedroom’ area from the kitchen”.
In their new van, Janet and her husband made their way to a beautiful place called ‘Paradise Valley’ in the Gippsland area, which was recommended by a friend…
“I remember arriving there after dark and the next morning feeling horrified when we saw the little narrow track we had driven down had a terrifying sheer drop to one side!”
One piece of advice Janet would give to anyone who has just bought a caravan is “not to over pack your van with unnecessary items (including too much food!) as you can stock up as you travel. You also find that you don’t really need a lot of clothing. Just pack the basics”.
Janet explains that her best caravan adventure would be the six month holiday they took around Australia (where they took Jack their dog). From the Flinders Ranges in South Australia they made their way to Darwin and camped along the way at absolutely beautiful locations where they met lots of interesting people. A highlight included seeing ‘The Pinnacles’ and catching the most delicious barramundi Janet ever tasted from the Victoria River.
A great tip that Janet shared for those travelling with a dog is to “stay at free camp sites because there were no rules or regulation, and with a dog it was sometimes impossible to find a caravan park that would take dogs”.
Janet says that “we have so many funny stories and incidents it is impossible to tell them all, but traveling is full of wonderful and rich experiences”. She says that their next big trip will be “around Australia again, but seeing the sights we missed the first time…and there are many”.
We look forward to hearing your next adventures Janet!
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