Sunday, June 26, 2011

Jacob wishes for a life on the road

Jacob Schlosser, from Wyoming, has Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. The left side of his heart is underdeveloped and it is a potentially fatal condition that leaves him more tired than other 12 year olds.

Jacob's mother had a chance for him to receive a wish from the Make-A-Wish Foundation several years ago, but she waited until Jacob was old enough to choose what he wanted. What he chose may come as a surprise: He did not want to go to Disney World or Hawaii, his preference was less luxurious but longer-lasting: an RV.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation partnered with Sonny's RV to make outdorrs-loving Jacob's wish come true, and after a sleepless night due to excitement and a drive to Sonny's, he was presented with his RV and extras- fishing gear, and air raft, lifevests, sleeping bags.

His mother told trib.com that he was "speechless," and they have already planned their first trip in Jacob's RV, to the Fremont County Fair and Rodeo.

Photo by Ralph Unden Flickr Creative Commons


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Author: Rohan Marx+

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Tru' Colours for the Cup

Britz Campervans New Zealand is running a competition that will provide the trip of a lifetime for a lucky rugby enthusiast.

Photo by Tamsin Slater Flickr Creative Commons

Having recently become sponsors of NZ Rugby, Britz has put together a prize pack for 2 worth 20,000 which contains 60 days worth of campervan hire and a whole lot of extras that will truly make the winner's trip to New Zealand unforgettable! These include a high wire experience, dolphin cruise, tickets to museums and attractions, an alpine crossing, skydiving, helicopter tour, and many more interesting and thrilling experiences.

And of course, included in the prize are 2 tickets to a World Cup game, for the country that you support. To enter, simply like their facebook page here and tell them which country you support. Easy as that!

For those rugby fans who are not the lucky winners, see more campervan options here.

Author: Phil Wright+

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Freedom Camping in NZ may be restricted with new bill

Photo by studio tdes Flickr Creative Commons

A new bill has passed it's first reading in New Zealand's parliament today, and will now be open for public submissions. The bill will give councils, as well as the Department of Conservation, powers to decide where freedom camping is to be allowed and where it will be restricted to campervans with toilets. Infringements will incur fines, ranging from small to quite large ($10,000) for offences such as emptying a sewage tank in a rest area.

The bill is in reaction to problems caused by freedom campers- largely those in small vans without toilets who abuse rest areas. In the lead up to the world cup, this bill aims to stop this problem in its tracks so that New Zealand can preserve its clean, green image (and reality!).

However, there are of course the large majority of freedom campers who respect the environment and public facilities who this bill, if it becomes law, will disadvantage. As Labour's Ruth Dyson said,

"for councils to determine where freedom camping isn't allowed - that's quite a big step for New Zealand to take, we often pride ourselves in our welcoming attitude to those who really want to get out and about and see the best of our country."

And the Green Party's Kevin Hague, himself a freedom camper, acknowledged that there was a problem to address- but that most people who rent caravans and campers look after the environment where they can. He was of the opinion that a better solution would be to increase the quality and quantity of facilities which would aid campers to respect their surroundings- namely, toilets and rubbish bins.

photo by Antonio Olmedo Flickr Creative Commons

With 2 more readings to be passed, the bill is by no means law yet.. but the future of freedom camping in New Zealand looks set to change.

Author: Phil Wright+

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