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12th March, 2012

Australia’s caravan and RV manufacturing industry has continued its growth, with production for 2011 up on the previous year’s record output.

After exceeding 21,000 in 2010 for the first time in decades, production in 2011 soared past 22,000.

Figures from the Recreational Vehicle Manufacturers Association of Australia (RVMAA) showed total production of 22,083 caravans and RVs during 2011.

Production for 2011 was 3.5 per cent up on 2010, which itself had been a massive 32 per cent up on the previous year.

RVMAA CEO David Duncan said the industry’s continuing strong growth reflected an underlying demand for the relaxing, economical and sociable holidays that RVs made possible.

“Our industry’s output has more than quadrupled in the past 17 years as Australians have rediscovered the joys of caravan and RV holidays,” he said.

“Much of this can be attributed to the luxurious appointments available in today’s locally-made RVs, which offer great home comforts in mainstream models that real people can afford.

“For Baby Boomers especially, who grew up with the caravans of the 1960s and ‘70s, today’s equipment levels are truly a revelation.”

Traditional caravans continued to dominate production, with 47 per cent of the total, followed by pop-tops at 25 per cent and camper trailers at 20 per cent, with motorised units accounting for the remaining 8 per cent.

Mr Duncan said Australia’s RV and caravan industry offered everything from budget-priced tent trailers to super-luxury motor homes, all built to suit Australia’s unique conditions.

“The people buying RVs are as diverse as the RVs themselves, from young families seeking economical holiday fun to retirees wanting a real home away from home,” he said.

“In uncertain economic times, many people are finding an RV or caravan to be a sound investment in a lifetime of holidays wherever the road and their imagination may take them.”

RVMAA: Australian Caravan and RV Production – 2010-11

  2010 2011 Increase Percentage
19,810   20,561   751   +3.8%  
1,517   1,522   5   +0.3%  
21,327   22,083   756   +3.5%  


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