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Dawn's driving ambition

WHEN you think of Dawn Fraser, you probably picture her in a pool winning Olympic gold.

But since Dawn retired from professional sport, she's become an ambassador for Winnebago, and she led a convoy of RVs for a stop over at Arrawarra yesterday on the first leg of a special rally.

“It's all about the fuel economy, so we've been doing around 80km/h on the highway, which I'm sure is really annoying the truck drivers,” Dawn said.

The Winnebago Fuel Economy Safari is a week-long rally designed to showcase the viability of RVs versus other vehicle options.

Dawn's 10m 'Longreach' has everything she needs for the trip.

“I'm entirely self-sufficient - I've got beds, lounges, a generator, TV, shower, toilet, even a washing machine,” she said.

“It's the best way to travel.”

Winnebago dealer development manager, Max Mayo, said rural and regional areas are suffering the consequences of higher fuel costs as less people travel.

“At any given time, 75,000 RVs are on the roads, spending an average of $600 a week on fuel, accommodation, food and entertainment, which equates to $45 million in tourism spending,” Mr Mayo said.

“But what people don't realise is just how economical an RV is compared with other modes of travel.”

Mr Mayo said tourists can save 75 per cent by travelling in a motorhome, as costs such as eating out and accommodation are offset by the fact you can buy your own food and you already have a roof over your head.

The Safari set up camp at Darlington Beach Holiday Park on Sunday night.

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