Caravanning News – SEPTEMBER 2020 edition

More than 50 factories remain silent

Lockdown extended for nation’s biggest RV
manufacturing hub

By Dennis Amor

VICTORIA’S caravan
manufacturing hub, which produces 90 percent of Australia’s RVs, must
remain closed for two extra weeks.
The news comes after State Premier
Daniel Andrews yesterday announced the extension to the September 13 COVID
stage 4 restrictions. More than 50 RV factories fell silent a month ago
after lockdown restrictions were introduced in the face of the worsening
pandemic. Caravan Industry Association of Australia chief executive Stuart
Lamont told Caravanning News today that the new roadmap meant the
Victorian caravan trade industry, incorporating manufacturing, service and
repair plus dealer and retail, will remain closed until September 28 at
the earliest. He described it as a “disappointing
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‘Impacts of caravan
accidents are devastaing’


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AUSTRALIA’S peak body for the caravan and camping industry has
launched a new initiative which turns the spotlight on road safety.

It comes as RV manufacturers enjoy a sudden boom in orders from would-be
travellers planning to hit the road after being forced to abandon overseas
holidays in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

They will join over 740,000 camper trailers, caravans and motorhomes
already registered in Australia today.

The Caravan Industry Association of Australia said it was “proud” to
announce its new Caravan & Trailer Road Safety Alliance.

Chief executive Stuart Lamont, who is a strong advocate for the alliance,
stressed that “one caravan accident is one caravan accident too many”.

“Anything we can do collectively to assist in making sure that families
get home to their loved ones after their caravanning trip should be
encouraged,” he said

“The impacts of caravan accidents are devastating. The alliance is a great
step in working towards strong outcomes for all road users.”

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Compliance plate

number of problems’

Caravan Council warns of misleading plates
on RVs

CARAVAN Council of
Australia founder Colin Young has fired a broadside at RV manufacturers
over alleged misleading information on
compliance plates.
The professional engineer claims that up to 90
percent of plates fitted to caravans and camper trailers give false or
incomplete information, particularly when it comes to ratings and masses.
“The main and most serious problem is that many, for one reason or
another, often contain grossly incorrect information which has
significantly contributed to a disturbing number of problems, complaints
and litigation issues,” he said. Misleading tare mass and empty
ball-loading figures were the most common issues. Mr Young said plates
were fitted by manufacturers to provide an assurance to vehicle
registration authorities and the buyer that the vehicle was
fully-compliant with all prescribed legislation so it
could safely be used
on Australian roads. “Sadly, for far too many
caravans, this is clearly not the case,” he added.
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Justin HalesHuge
demand for RVs

bookings soar as families
seek safer holidays in COVID times

INNOVATIVE peer-to-peer
caravan hire and RV company Camplify reports a 125 percent increase in
winter camping holidays compared to last year
. In a new research
report it labels 2020 as “the year of the local road trip”. Founder and
chief executive Justin Hales (pictured) said there had been a huge demand
for hire RVs as families looked for socially distanced holiday options,
particularly within their home states. “With overseas travel now on-hold
for the foreseeable future, making camping accessible to Australians had
never been more important,
he said.

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Karda CampgroundMeeting
tourism’s needs

campgrounds will help WA’s nature-based tourism to blossom

TWO new campgrounds have
opened in the heart of wildflower country along WA’s Turquoise Coast.

Managed by the Parks and Wildlife Service at the Department of
Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, the new facilities will help
meet the growing demand for nature-based tourism in the region. Karda
Campground is located 20km east of Jurien Bay adjacent to Lesueur National
Park and includes 31 campsites suitable for all types of camping
accommodation, including caravans. Wanagarren Campground is situated
alongside the pristine waters of Jurien Bay Marine Park between Wedge and
Grey reserves.
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Virtual showAn
exhibition to remember

Plans for Victoria’s virtual version of
caravan show well underway

well underway for Victoria’s official Industry
Virtual Caravan and Camping Show at the end of this month.
Industry Victoria launched the new innovative show after restrictions and
changes implemented by the state government. The show will be held between
September 30 and October 4. Caravan Industry
Victoria plans to make the virtual version one to remember. Chief
executive Rob Lucas said the current situation with coronavirus,
restrictions and lockdowns had been challenging not only for business but
also for consumers. “Many are trying to support their favourite business
by exploring their options,” he said. “The Victorian Caravan and Camping
Virtual show will provide visitors with opportunities to view and purchase
a wide range of products from caravans, motorhomes,
camper trailers camping accessories and travel
destinations.” For more information, go to

Scarness caravan parkPleasant
surprise for guests

Discounted fees as work continues
improving Fraser Coast park

in self-contained RVs arriving at the council-owned Scarness Caravan Park
on Queensland’s Fraser Coast this month will be in for a pleasant
The park is being reopened, with
guests offered discounted fees as part of Fraser Coast Regional Council’s
plan to progressively upgrade the site over the next 18 months. “The
caravan park was partially closed due to COVID-19 restrictions in late
March and then completely closed in June after testing identified the need
to replace underground electrical cabling throughout the entire site,”
Councillor David Lee explained.

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Northern RV‘A key strategic fit’

RV Solutions shows
as revenue falls in pandemic

FLEETWOOD’S RV Solutions has showed
“resilience” to the COVID crisis, according to the Perth-based company.

Releasing its results for the 2020 financial year, Fleetwood said the
sector, which comprises RV accessories company Camec and Melbourne-based
caravan repairs and services company Northern RV, had stood the pandemic
“relatively well”. It reported that Northern RV continued to be a key
strategic fit by broadening its market reach into recreational vehicle
repairs, upgrades, rentals and import certifications. It would benefit as
imports grew. RV Solutions’ revenue for the financial year ending June 30,
2020, was $64.5m compared to $72.6m for the previous year. EBITA fell from
$5.7m in FY19 to $3.7m in FY20.

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Apollo's Brisbane factoryNavigating through period of uncertainty

secures $25 million in loans to help it battle coronavirus crisis

THE manufacturer of
Coromal and Windsor caravans has landed $25 million in financial
assistance as Australia continues to battle the coronavirus crisis.

Brisbane-based multinational Apollo Tourism and Leisure has secured a
two-year $15 million loan from the Federal Government’s COVID-19 Export
Capital Facility, which is designed to help previously profitable
Australian exporters whose businesses have been impacted by the epidemic.
It will also receive a $10 million loan for the same period from
Queensland Government’s Industry Support Package. Managing director and
chief executive Luke Trouchet
said the money would help his company navigate through a period of
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