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.
The Apollo Group of Cos. will invest $100 million in Australian dollars expanding its wordwide campervan and motorhome rental fleet by a projected 1,500 vehicles over the next 12 months, according to a news release issued today (March 8) by the Brisbane, Australia-based company.
CEO Luke Trouchet said, “Uur investment will create increased capacity from our 23 rental locations in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the U.S.A., as well as ensure an even more modern fleet of rental vehicles is enjoyed by our valued clients.
“This announcement reflects the continued success of the Apollo Group during challenging economic conditions. Support from our talented team of dedicated staff and valued tourism industry partners has been integral to this success.
“Apollo is celebrating 25 years in operation this year, and I am delighted that this milestone has coincided with an unprecedented growth period within the business,” he said.
The motorhomes and campervans will be built by Apollo’s highly successful manufacturing business, Talvor Motorhomes, in Australia and New Zealand, and within Canada and the U.S. by other well-known manufacturers. The U.S. builders were not identified.
Apollo also announced that a new Talvor Motorhomes factory will open in New Zealand in April, with a projected 250 campervans and motorhomes to be built for the company’s rental and retail divisions in the first 12 months of operation.
Since its inception in 1985, the Apollo Group has grown to become the largest privately owned recreational vehicle operator in the world. The motorhome, campervan and car rental business has developed several rental brands to service all markets, including backpacker brand Hippie Camper and budget brand Cheapa Campa.
Apollo launched manufacturing division Talvor Motorhomes in 2005, and partnered with leading Canadian RV rental operator Canadream in 2009.
Two new vehicle models from Australian RV manufacturer Talvor Motorhomes impressed industry pundits and the general public alike at the Queensland Caravan and Camping Show, according to a press release. Held June 3-9 at Brisbane’s RNA showgrounds, the show was described as the “perfect platform” to debut the new vehicle models, according to Paul Truman, business manager. The two new four-berth motorhomes, the Stradbroke and MacLeay, shown at left, enjoyed high traffic throughout the show. Phil Casey, Talvor exhibition staffer and sales manager, said, “Everyone was very impressed by both the Stradbroke and MacLeay. They offer welcome alternatives to traditional motorhome layouts.” Built on the popular VW Crafter chassis, the four-berth Stradbroke motorhome is a new innovation from the Talvor Motorhomes team, designed in conjunction with Queensland RV. This motorhome presents a range of alternative layouts for the discerning RV enthusiast. Layout options include an East/West island bed, full café dinette or optional lounge. The Stradbroke’s luxury features include separate shower and toilet, large fridge/freezer, external awning with large underneath storage bin, slide-out stainless BBQ, external shower, 19-inch high-definition flat screen TV/DVD player and outside entertainment unit. Truman said that the Talvor MacLeay was “designed after extensive feedback from self-drive enthusiasts. Features include deluxe kitchen facilities, electric bed lift system, external sound system, generator, quality upholstery and a 19-inch high-definition flat screen TV and DVD player. The open-plan food preparation areas, a comfortable and practical living section and easy access to sleeping quarters are very popular with clients. Since its inception, Talvor has grown to become the largest Australian recreational vehicle manufacturer in its class. The company’s campervans and motorhomes are available for retail sale in Australia and New Zealand. Talvor offers a very popular and successful “try before you buy” option via the Apollo Motorhome Holidays rental fleet.