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19th December, 2013

Australian RV production in 2013 has topped 20,000 for the fourth successive year.

Figures released by RVM Australia, the peak body for Australia’s RV manufacturing industry, show that Australian RV manufacturing continues at levels not seen since 1980.

They also show that big vans are steadily increasing in popularity, with a shift from smaller vans, pop-tops and camper trailers to vans of five metres and more.

RVM Australia CEO David Duncan said the projected total of 20,025 RV of all types for 2013 was within 3.3% of last year’s total.

“Healthy production in the second half of the year has made up for a quieter first half, putting us very close to last year’s total,” he said. (copyright image)
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“In view of the dire situation in some other manufacturing sectors, especially automotive, the continuing strength of the RV manufacturing sector is good news.”

“RVM Australia has been monitoring production for almost 40 years since the Association was originally formed in 1976, and there is no doubt that this is one of the good times.”

“The last time we saw more than 20,000 units was in 1980, and many of the vans built in those days were on-site mining accommodation, whereas now they are virtually all for recreation.”

Mr Duncan said the preference for bigger vans was in step with the sales of bigger tow vehicles, and reflected the longer trips many people took these days.

“Conventional vans accounted for 57% of production this year, up from 40% just six years ago, and 70 per cent of them are more than five metres in length,” he said.

“RV-ers increasingly like their luxuries, just as in today’s houses, so it’s not uncommon that they start with a camper but soon trade up to a conventional van.

“Overall, people continue to be drawn to the quality, luxury and value of RVs which are designed and built in Australia to give Australians everything they want at a price they can afford.”



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