Travellers with selected RUA6 and RUA8 absorption fridges–sold in vans between July 2018-December 2020–must cease using the Auto and 12V battery settings and arrange a warranty repair says Dometic.
Dometic initiated the recall following concerns the 12V wiring loom may overheat and char risking a fire if placed near combustible material.
Affected models include the RUA 6408X 188L and RUA 8408X 224L absorption fridges with following serial number ranges below:
- MB 82200938 to MB 85100130
- MB 90200892 to MB 95200685
- MB 00100565 to MB 03701182
You’ll find these numbers on the rating label on the left-hand wall of the fridge.
For more information, check out the Dometic RUA6 and RUA8 recall notice here.
Current State Border Requirements
As at 21/12/2020
The current Australian State Border Crossing information is listed below for our ACCL members who are intending to travel this great country of ours during the Christmas Holidays.
Please be mindful that COVID-19 is a very dynamic virus and community outbreaks as is currently the case on Sydney Northern Beaches and greater Sydney area in any state will immediately impact on crossing state boarders.
Members are also reminded that each state in Australia may have COVID-19 requirements for tracking purposes. For example, SA has a requirement for you to download a state APP to utilise QR codes on entering places of business. If you don’t have a smart phone, then there is a requirement to fill out a manual entry. The wearing of face masks may be mandatory when entering certain businesses. Such as Chemists, Dental Surgeries, Doctors Surgeries, age care facilities, hospitals. Take the time to check the requirements in each state or it may cost you money in fines.
Queensland border passes are found at www.qld.gov.au/border-pass
New South Wales
Information regarding travel in and out of NSW is found at
Australian Capital Territory
ACT travel advise can be found at www.covid19.act.gov.au/community/travel
Victoria border passes are found at www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/victorian-border-crossing-permit
To enter Tasmania, you need to obtain a Tas e-Travel QR code at the following site,
SA border passes are found at www.police.sa.gov.au/online-services/cross-border-travel-application
The Northern Territory still requires travellers to complete a border entry form within 7 days prior to travelling into the NT.
The forms can be found at Coronavirus (COVID-19) (nt.gov.au)
If you are intending to enter Western Australia, you will require a G2G pass prior to reaching the boarder. These can be obtained from the following site;
Please be aware that if you enter WA from SA, you will currently be required to self-quarantine for 12 days. Providing SA does not record any more community cases between now and the 25th WA has indicated it is likely this requirement will be removed.
Keep well and stay safe.
On behalf of the Board of the Australian Caravan Club Limited, we take this opportunity to wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
We thank you for your understanding during 2020, and that 2021 will see us all returning to a COVID – 19 normal. We look forward to the opportunity to come together in Rockhampton for our National Muster and the continuing comradery at each of our branch musters.
As you will all recall the Office will be closed from 5pm Friday 18 December 2020 till 9am Monday 4 January 2021.
There will be no one in the office during this period.
Australian Caravan Club Limited
…..Where Adventure and Friendship Begin
Caravan and motorhome owners urged to check for deadly faulty water heaters before the holidays
4 December 2020
Consumers are urged to check their caravans and recreational vehicles (RVs) for dangerous Suburban-branded water heaters which may emit deadly carbon monoxide.
The Suburban Recreational Vehicle water heater can operate using electricity or gas, and may produce unsafe levels of carbon monoxide when gas is used to generate the heat.
Carbon monoxide poisoning can cause death, and exposure for a short amount of time can lead to serious injuries. Carbon monoxide has no smell and is unlikely to be detected. It is also highly flammable and can explode on contact with a spark or flame.
The Gas Technical Regulators Committee (GTRC), with the ACCC’s assistance, is raising awareness of the need for repair of thousands of water heaters.
“Do not use the affected water heaters in gas mode under any circumstances,” ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard said.
“It’s especially important to check your caravan’s water heater as soon as possible if you plan to go away during the summer holidays. It only takes a minute and it could save the lives of your loved ones.”
“We are concerned that a large number of deadly heaters remain in caravans and RVs because owners have not yet contacted Coast to Coast for an inspection. Coast to Coast Caravan and Leisure has recalled these heaters due to the serious hazards they present. Owners should not take this issue lightly and act quickly,” Ms Rickard said.
Consumers can check if their heater is affected by opening the exterior access door to the hot water service and checking the model and serial number located on the right hand side. They should then enter the serial number at the Coast to Coast website.
“Anyone with an affected water heater should urgently contact Coast to Coast Caravan and Leisure on 02 9645 7685 who will arrange for a licensed gasfitter to inspect their water heater free of charge,” Ms Rickard said.
Consumers will not have to cover any costs related to the supply and installation of the new water heater, or any required associated work, such as the modification of cavity and gas and/or water lines.
Coast to Coast Caravan and Leisure will check every unit, after being contacted by consumers, to ensure the water heater is properly installed and if needed, will replace the unit through a licenced gasfitter free of charge.
Coast to Coast Caravan and Leisure notified a recall for Suburban Recreational Vehicle Water Heaters on 15 November 2019 due to their serious safety hazards. 18,139 heaters have been sold across all states and territories in Australia mostly installed in caravans and RVs via certain caravan and motorhome retailers.
Gas regulators have been working with Coast to Coast Caravan and Leisure to identify a suitable safe replacement water heater. Replacement models initially proposed by Suburban, the overseas manufacturer, also failed testing. A safe model was finally produced, and approved for use in July 2020.
Remediation could not commence until the GTRC was satisfied of the safety of the replacement units. The supplier then needed to import sufficient units from the US manufacturer, at a time when their supply chains were impacted by the pandemic situation.
The supplier advises stocks of replacement units are now in hand and they are keen to get remediation happening quickly. To date, only 210 units have been remediated or scheduled for inspection, and the supplier would like to encourage greater consumer response to the recall.
The affected products are the Suburban Recreational Vehicle Water Heaters with model numbers SW6DEA, SW6DA, SW4DEA, SW4DA, SW4DECA, SW6DECA and SW6PA that have serial numbers between 181315552 and 193002648 (some serial numbers may end with a 'D') and between 8183311827 and 8190201139. They were manufactured between 4 April 2018 and 1 August 2019.
The Office of the Technical Regulator (SA) is the responsible regulator for this product. It is a member of the Gas Technical Regulators Committee (GTRC). The GTRC is composed of gas technical and safety regulators across Australia and aims to apply a consistent regulatory approach to improve gas safety, measurement and quality.
More information is available at Product Safety Australia.
Release number: 253/20
We welcome Cadell Recreational Park to our Member benefits program.
Cadell must see and do attractions Experience the small country town with friendly hospitality, rich history, picnic areas, nature walks and fresh local produce. About 165km north-east of Adelaide, Cadell is easily accessible through the Barossa Valley wine region and a stone’s throw from the Clare Valley
Cadell Recreational Park are offering touring ACC members a discount.
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For more information on Cadell Recreational Park
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Recently Board members have been asked by many branches and members whether or not they should continue to run or attend a muster or tagalong following the recent spike in COVID-19 infections.
Travel restrictions within or to and from States and Territories in Australia are under the control of the relevant Federal, State or Territory authority. Your Board has to respect and operate according to the information being provided by the relevant authority and therefore would suggest that it is up to each individual member to make your own decision as to whether or not you should participate in a Branch organised event.
Branches are reminded that they need to comply with the COVID-19 Safety Plan that was provided to branches in May 2020. At that time, branches were also provided with a template that gives practical advice and guidance to branch committees and members concerning the actions that should be taken in relation to a muster or event. The plan should be used in conjunction with the Safety Plan checklist to ensure that all key areas are considered.
We have found the following website which provides a central point to look at the restrictions for all States and Territories. Once you have selected a State or Territory, select “Current Status” for up to date information.
Members should also check Government website in each State or Territory for additional information.
As we all know, COVID-19 is a developing problem and any advice given or received can change at any time.
Stay safe and well.
Following the meeting of National Cabinet last Friday I am aware that COVID restrictions have been recommended to be relaxed subject to the individual States implementation.
Your Board had scheduled a meeting this week to review and make further decisions on The 2020 Annual General Meeting, 2020 National Muster and Branch Musters.
There will also be additional significant club matters that I will also update all members following the Board meeting.
Stay safe and well.