Australian RV manufacturers are currently enjoying a period of booming demand, with current production more than four times the level reached in the mid-1990s.
Manufacturers’ Monthly reported that earlier this year RVM Australia CEO David Duncan said there had been strong demand for RVs and the trend was expected to continue.
“This is the third massive year in a row – 29% above the level reached in 2009 – and early signs for 2013 suggest we can expect another boom year in 2013,” he said. “There seems to be no end to the demand for well-built, well-equipped, good-value RVs designed and built in Australia for Australian conditions.”
RVM Australia said a total 20,708 caravans and RVs were produced in 2012, a figure within 5% of the 30-year record that was set in 2011.
Duncan said manufacturers were expanding factories and upgrading equipment on the back of the new growth, and investment in the sector was expected to keep rising.
Last year Jayco Australia, which controls around 50% of the local RV market, said the ability to adapt to changing market forces had been one of the keys to its success.
The ‘Caravan of the Future’ will be on display at this week’s Caravan, Camping & Touring Supershow at the Caulfield Racecourse in Sydney, Australia. Autochannel.com reported that the futuristic, restyled 2013 Unicorn Series 2 from U.K. builder Bailey Caravans Ltd., with its soaring panoramic front windows, offers an even more plush interior and an extended list of luxury and convenience features for long-term touring. The new Unicorn S2 is the first major revision in the line since it arrived on the Australian market early last year. Since then more than 250 Baileys caravans have taken to Australian highways and the new models incorporate a myriad of changes based on feedback and suggestions from customers and the RV media. “Bailey is the largest caravan manufacturer in the U.K., but they are determined to succeed in the Australian market,” said Bailey Australia Managing Director Adrian Van Geelan. Apart from their space-age styling, the new Unicorn S2 models feature more impact resistant and even better insulated side and roof body panels, uprated axles and substantially larger water tanks and larger refrigerators. Additional features include improved stone protection, a taller ride height with better ground clearance helped by a new spare wheel carrier mounted higher in the chassis for better ground clearance, plus improved flyscreens and window blinds. Other detail changes include the fitting of an external grab rail for safer entry and exit, a more ergonomic kitchen design with a two-stage bench height, an increased number of 240-volt and 12-volt power outlets and more robust fixing of wardrobe hanging rails and internal window surrounds.