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G'day folks,
We went camping at Araluen Campground, located in the Deua Valley, 25ks south of Braidwood, NSW this weekend gone. It was an ACT long weekend, so not crowded at all. I would expect it to be a bit more popular had it been a NSW long weekend.  I'm sure it'll be full'ish during the Easter break in a few weeks.

Our son Jordan and granddaughter Aria came too and made for a special weekend.  

The campground is 3ks out of town, on the Majors Creek turn-off. There are long drop toilets and a nearby creek that had little water in it, so no flow or swimming possible. Bugger. 
Araluen has no facilities to speak of except for a pub that is open for lunch every day, and open for dinner on Wed-Sat.

Although it did rain on the Saturday evening for about 4hrs, it didn't stop us from having a campfire.  Otherwise, the weather was very kind to us with temps in the low 30s and some threatening thunder storms rolled in each afternoon.

Having camped a few times in the rain, I have learned to raise the UEV on the kitchen side to ensure water can run away from the batwing awning across to the ensuite side, aided by sloping the awning in two directions - visible in various photos.

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Panorama shot of our campsite. UEV-490 Evolution, and our son's Oztent RV5 and his Paj.

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Close-up shot of campsite.

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Our son taking a photo of me taking a photo.  Hade a great fire going each night.

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  Another aspect of our campsite. 

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We have settled on using a shower tent and it works a treat.

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120W solar panel - wouldn't leave home without it. And, Honda 2.0KVA genny on standby near A-frame.
Have purchased a caravan privacy shade (2805mm wide x 1800mm drop) with Velcro stitched to the top hem to allow us to attach to the batwing awning.
Worked a treat to provide some much needed afternoon shade and partial protection from the rain.

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Our son's Oztent RV5 and his 'Love That Car'. 

So did anyone also get away this last weekend?

Cheers, Filbee56


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Very jealous Phil.

First you get a long weekend,

Then you get to spend it camping with family.

And it looks like the weather looked after you as well.

How did the batwing setup go with the front fly in place? I'm still playing with a detachable one for mine.

Cheers

Anthony

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Hello Anthony,
It was a great weekend thanks.

We have a front fly fitted for the drop-down bed, but haven't use it at all. Ours was a demo 490 from Newcastle, so it may have been unpacked at some stage in its RV Show days.

The fly / bag doesn't get in the way at all when the batwing awning is deployed.  The Velcro'd flap easy sits over the fly and isn't an issue at all.  

I haven't considered removing it at all, happy for it to just sit there.

All the best, Filbee56 (Philip)

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Thanks Phil

I was just wondering because I'm playing with one for mine for quick overnighters

Cheers

Anthony

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