Truckie shares his advice for caravanners.
Truckie shares his advice for caravanners. Kirstin Payne

Truckie says: The problem with Grey Nomads

THE issues are many with grey nomads, and there's a lot of them passing through my sleepy burg.

Age not too much as I find that most of them are not much older than I am, usually mid-60s, but most of them are doing this with way too many "firsts".

First time owning something big enough to tow a van.

First time pulling something heavy.

First time driving distance.

First time driving something wide.

So much of the skills lacking are basic transport skills and I'll name just a few: forward observation, route planning, road condition, fatigue management, dietary control for alertness and height awareness.

A large sub set of grey nomads treat their new home on wheels as they would their car.

"I can go there in a car so I can go there in my 'fossil-hut on wheels'."

Being older, there really is no reason why they can't think this stuff through better.

And here's something that really annoys the crap out of me: when they stop out front of a Maccas or KFC and then toilet their dogs on the grass areas out front.

Not only that, but they also rarely pick up after the pooch, nor do they always obey the leash laws.

There's nothing quite like sitting in your car having a bite to eat while a small fluffy cranks out a grogan five feet from you. Yum Yum.

Tony Geitenbeek

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