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  • TRAILlite career change offers diversity and excitement

    Doug Penman is the new sales consultant for TRAILlite and in this role he takes customers through the process of research, to sales and final delivery of their motorhomes and caravans.

    Doug’s post is the second in our “Meet the TRAILlite Team” series.

    I’m sure I’m not alone in having woken on a beautiful day and suddenly realised, “Ohhh work today”. Its Monday-itis at varying levels, the antidote to which will vary in equal measures.

    For some, the cure will simply be a deserved day off work to re-charge, for others it leads to a re-evaluation of career goals and life trajectory… for others, it is not Monday-itis at all… but a misdiagnosis that is the positive flip side “Ohh work today!”

    It does however raise the question, how do we maintain an all important level of job satisfaction that is sustained throughout the days, weeks, months and years?

    Background in customer service

    Ten years ago, I worked in the airline industry and it provided excitement. Every day was diverse and demanding. I guess because the airlines deal in overseas destinations, one is naturally associated with and engrossed in interesting customers, co-workers and work stimulation.

    For me, this level of diversity is the key to ongoing job satisfaction, so then when I made a career change, diversity was at the top of my evaluation list.

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  • A creative career with typical Kiwi beginnings

    Michelle Bevin is the interior designer at TRAILlite. She infuses her creative touch into the interior of each TRAILlite motorhome and works one-on-one with our customers to design stunning and unique interiors.

    Michelle’s post is the first in our “Meet the TRAILlite Team” series.

    Kiwi resourcefulness and creativity led to interior design career

    I am often asked how I became an interior designer. The answer to which is neither exciting nor as glamorous as one would hope or think. For me it just sort of happened. A somewhat typical, standard Kiwi approach to finding and building a career path.

    It all started out of a need, which again is somewhat typical for many young Kiwi couples with small children, little money and in our case, a gracious 1920′s bungalow, in desperate need of a revamp. I took to it with Kiwi-can-do attitude and despite having little funds, committed to making this home gorgeous once more and unwittingly put my career path into forward motion.

    No shortage of ideas

    Inspiration and ideas were found all around – magazines, open homes, trade and exchange, fabric houses, retail homeware stores, and a personal favourite, hardware shops, brimming with paint that allowed me to indulge in my love of colour.

    Basecamp motorhome interior

    Don’t get me wrong, over the early years – I made my fair share of mistakes, particularly with paint choices and the looming pitfall of bargain furniture pieces or accessories; the kind that you talk yourself into buying simply because the price is just too good. The funny thing about these “bargains” is that they never seemed to work and were often spatially wrong or not quite the right tone of colour – haven’t we all been there at some stage coming up with multiple reasons to justify the purchase?

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  • Aroha Island a sanctuary for the brown kiwi

    Aroha Island Eco Centre  is a five-hectare, pest-free island 12km north of Kerikeri.

    Connected to the mainland by a causeway, its main attractions are the six pairs of brown kiwi that live there, a visitor centre, short bush walks and the peaceful, beautiful environment.

    Low-cost, water-front camping is available with the proceeds going towards maintaining the island and providing well-needed funding for new projects.

    Kayaks are available to hire and the Visitor Centre is excellent, providing information for young and old on the history of the island and its inhabitants.

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    Beachfront camping at Aroha Island

    Aroha Island is one of the few places in New Zealand where you get the opportunity to see kiwi in their natural environment.

    The staff at Aroha Island told us that their success rate for seeing a kiwi on an evening bush walk averages at 80%. These walks are either guided or unguided and red-light torches can be hired from the Visitor Centre.

    While an 80% chance of seeing a kiwi sounds like good odds, the chances of our group seeing one was always going to be zero.

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  • Three exciting new motorhome innovations

    We’re very excited to announce three new innovations for our motorhomes and these will appear on all new models from now on.

    Exciting new innovations

    The first, and most obvious, change is a new main entry door. This door looks great and the features are:

    • an internal storage bin

    • a window for improved security

    • much better insulation

    The door vent has also been eliminated as this had a habit of letting in the cold and dust.

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    Added security provides total convenience

    The most exciting feature, however, is a digital keypad, which provides secure, keyless entry.

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  • Our on-going quest for motorhome perfection

    Claiming to have the best quality and service is easy to do.  Almost everyone in our industry claims to have the best of both.  Actually delivering on that promise, however, is a heck of a lot harder than talking about it.

    No one’s perfect!

    I’d be the last person to say we’re perfect.

    We’ve made mistakes in the past that have caused aggravation and concern for some customers.  In some cases trusting the word of a supplier on the reliability and quality of key components has backfired on us.  In other instances, simple mistakes in the factory have unfortunately slipped through.

    Quality brings success!

    Regardless, delivering quality is one of the key reasons for our success.

    So how do we address and improve quality on a day-to-day basis?

    Well, we take a multi-focused approach that starts with gathering data on what’s working and what isn’t.  This information comes from customer feedback and surveys, from the team building the motorhomes and from our service centre.

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  • Personalised motorhomes mark the beginning of a new life

    Whether you choose to buy a stock Traillite motorhome off the yard or have one built, the expertise, knowledge and support makes the total experience unique and sets the stage for a lifetime of motorhome support, available to all owners.

    For many, the first step in the motorhome purchase decision is defining what’s negotiable and what’s not. This could be based on a need to get off the beaten track and enjoy independent camping.

    The ‘not negotiable’ features could be large water, battery and solar capacities to stay away for longer periods, rear wheel drive to enjoy the steeper metal roads that take you to the most amazing places, or a floor plan which offers a well designed living space for those days when the weather means you’re indoors for longer periods.

    For others it may be about having the right base vehicle to tow a small car, an island bed, or a separate bedroom which can be closed off to offer two separate rooms.

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    What would be on your ‘not negotiable’ list ?

    Taking part in a factory tour can be a good way to see the craftsmanship and quality that goes into each and every build. And when your motorhome joins the production line, Julie is out there weekly updating you with regular progress shots.

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  • Hot Rod Heaven at Whangamata Beach Hop 2014

    We rolled into Whangamata on the Friday morning, with the Beach Hop having already kicked off on Tuesday night.

    You could be forgiven for thinking  that you had stepped back in time to the 1950’s, as nearly every car on the road was of American decent, with the obligatory eight cylinders purring along.

    Beach hop_cars linned up

    Having been to “Whanga” many times over the years, I have seen my fair share of crowds, especially over the New Year’s eve celebrations, but those crowds pale by comparison…

    I was in “Hot Rod Heaven”.

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  • North Island Motorhome and Caravan Expo at Mystery Creek, Hamilton

    We love New Zealand’s annual Motorhome and Caravan Shows. They offer us a great opportunity to showcase our new models as well as upgrades to our existing range.

    This year has been no different and we’ve showcased many of our latest innovations.

    North Island Motorhome Show

    If you’ve been unable to attend any of the shows, what’s the next best thing? Well, video, of course. And who better to talk you through than our Sales Manager, Mandy Davis.

    This video was shot at Mystery Creek in Hamilton.  During the show we enjoyed record-breaking sales, which continued right through to the last day – our factory orders are now out to October.

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  • Every motorhome owner’s dream – the Quarter Acre Pot

    Owners of motorhomes love to travel and see new places – it’s a life of adventure hitting the road less travelled.

    They love meeting new people and trying new foods at the places they visit along the way.  Sometimes though, there’s nothing like a good home cooked meal which is exactly what you can have when you take to the road in a motorhome with your quarter acre pot!

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    A sense of adventure, the freedom to travel and arrive at their destination with a home cooked meal bubbling away is pretty hard to beat.

    Motorhome adventurers love the quarter acre pot because it allows them to do just that!

    Pack up their belongings and hit the road knowing that a home cooked meal is quietly bubbling away for when they arrive at their destination – this makes the destination even more exciting!

    The quarter acre pot allows a motorhome enthusiast to prepare a meal before they head off and let it cook slowly and gently as they motor down the road, so that when they arrive at their destination, supper is ready to eat and they can park up, watch the sunset and relax after a long journey on the road.

    quarter acre pot for motorhomes

    No need to worry about uncoupling the shuttle car and traveling into a nearby unknown town to find dinner. It’s right there and ready to enjoy. Get the TV set up and tuned in, then just sit back, eat and enjoy. Plenty of time to venture into town tomorrow!

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  • Great motorhome camping spots in the Eastern Bay of Plenty

    The Eastern Bay of Plenty is home to some of New Zealand’s most unspoiled coastline and extends from Matata through to the towns of Whakatane, Ohope, and Opotiki. If you are planning a trip to the sunny Eastern Bay of Plenty in your TrailLite motorhome you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to great places for you to stay.  

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    Shady spots at Pikowai

    For example, just before you reach the small seaside town of Matata is the Pikowai Campground which is located right on the beachfront. The white cliffs clad with magnificent pohutukawa trees shelter the campground from southerly winds. With plenty of nice shady spots for you to park you will enjoy the steep sandy beach and excellent surf-cast fishing. Just pull up in your home on wheels and enjoy everything on offer.

    Pikowai camp ground

     A little off the beaten track in Thornton

    Alternatively, if you are looking for somewhere a little out of the way you can drive 10 kms through Matata towards Whakatane to the Thornton Beach Holiday Park. With spectacular views of Whale Island and in the distance White Island (New Zealand’s only active marine volcano), you can enjoy beach and river swimming, boating and fishing. Although a little off the beaten track you are still only 5 minutes’ drive from some great country cafes and 10 minutes’ drive from the picturesque coastal town of Whakatane.

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