Winnebago Industries Inc. has agreed to become the North American supplier of motorized rental units for Apollo Motorhome Holidays in the United States, according to a press release.
Apollo, a premier international rental provider, has agreed to purchase Winnebago motorhomes to provide unique travel and vacation experiences for its customers within the U.S.
“Winnebago is proud to be associated with Apollo, a well-established rental provider,” said Winnebago Chairman, CEO and President Randy Potts. “With our highly recognizable name and their experience in the rental business, this is sure to be a win-win partnership for customers looking to experience the RV lifestyle. These rental orders will be delivered primarily during the company’s third fiscal quarter.”
Brisbane, Australia-based Apollo Motorhome Holidays has expanded its fleet with the launch of three styles of caravans and the first four-berth 4WD vehicle on the market, the Queensland Business Review has reported.
Filling an existing gap in the ‘”family-friendly” market, Apollo has redesigned the back of a Mitsubishi Triton to forge a unique off-road campervan.
The Outback Camper features two double beds, an awning, automatic transmission and air conditioning.
In addition to the off-road “Outback,” Apollo has also added three caravans to its fleet to cater to the company’s wide range of customer needs.
These include the deluxe, four-berth Cruiser caravan. six-berth Explorer pop-up caravan and Ranger popup caravan.
Both the Cruiser and Explorer designs feature all the mod cons such as TV/DVD player, air-conditioning and toilet and shower facilities; while the Ranger offers back-to-basic essentials for no-fuss caravanning.
CEO Luke Trouchet says Apollo’s expansion into caravans is a win-win situation for both the company and its loyal base of customers.
“It gives our customers greater flexibility with their daily travel plans. All they have to do is unhook the caravan and they’re away,” Trouchet says.
“They can explore the great outdoors in their car and return home to their caravan,” he says.
Apollo Motorhome Holidays began in 1985 in the backyard of the Trouchet family home at Victoria Point with a poptop campervan the family began renting out at weekends.
It has since grown to have branch locations throughout Australia, and builds its entire fleet through sister-company Talvor Motorhomes – the nation’s largest privately owned manufacturer of recreational vehicles.
America may have more miles of paved highways than any other country on Earth, but as evidenced by the long-running Australian travel show “Getaway,” the lure of the open road isn’t limited by geographic boundaries.
Combine the Australian viewers’ passion for travel, American roads, a Sunseeker Class C coach by Forest River Inc. and a quartet of strangers, however, and the end result — “American Road Trip” — is bound to take viewers on an exciting trip.
That’s the premise of six episodes of “Getaway,” which documents the travails of four total strangers during a 1,500-mile trip stateside in the prominently featured Sunseeker. The coach was built for, and provided by, Apollo Motorhome Holidays, the world’s largest privately owned leisure vehicle operator with a fleet of more than 3000 vehicles. Apollo has 10 branches in Australia, two in New Zealand and three in the U.S.
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“After the success of last year’s European Road Trip, Getaway has signed up four more young travelers for another Aussie rite of passage — packing them off in an American-sized recreational vehicle for the ultimate road trip through the heart of the USA,” the show outlined in a release. “From driving down the famous Route 66, to taking an Elvis Presley pilgrimage, to riding the world’s craziest wooden rollercoaster, these adventurers get up to all kinds of super-sized fun.” Thus far, four episodes have been aired, including a segment taking the travelers though Nashville, Tenn., and Kentucky, and “Elvis’ Deep South,” routing the group from Elvis Presley’s birthplace in Tupelo, Miss., to his Graceland home in Memphis.