New accreditation program drives compliance, quality, safety, value through RVMAA members
David Duncan RVM Australias CEO
David Duncan new CEO of Recreational Vehicle Manufacturers Association of Australia is tasked to work with State Associations and the Caravan, RV & Accommodation Industry of Australia (CRVA) to develop jointly-funded initiatives, sponsorships and tap into government funding to secure RVMAA's financial future.
“His appointment is a vital investment in our ability to achieve what the industry needs of us: a decisive voice in everything from local legislation to international trade,” RVMAA president Richard Raven says.
In January 2011 Australian-made caravans and Recreational Vehicles reported a 30 year record for 2010 with 21,164 caravans and RV's for the year.
In 2000 recreational Vehicle production in Australia topped 10,000. In 2007 is was just short of 20,000, but dipped to just short of 18,000 in 2005. Since then only 2009 has shown a slowdown with 17658 units 2010,11 and 12 all topped 20,000 units.
“Clearly, people want the relaxing, economical and sociable holidays that RVs make possible, with these boom years achieving more than four times the output we had in the mid-1990s.
“Traditional caravans continue to grow in popularity, with 54.6 per cent of the total, followed by pop-tops at 24.3 per cent and camper trailers at 13.8 per cent, while motorised units of all types account for 5 per cent,” David Duncan said.
“Our industry’s output has more than quadrupled in the past 18 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.”
Tomorrow (Wed April 3) the Recreational Vehicle Manufacturing Accreditation Program (RVMAP) will be launched by Catherine King, Federal Minister for Road Safety. RVMAP will drive higher quality and safety standards for every RV built by RVM Australia members.
It is the outcome of more than 2000 hours of consultation, research and concept development. It is aimed to deliver world-class fully documented management systems to enable RVM Australia members of all sizes to deliver compliance, safety and value in every Recreational Vehicle they build.
RVMAA began conducting compliance audits in 2005 and introduced a twice-yearly schedule of audits in 2008 to ensure that every member was audited regularly.
RVM Australia’s principal objectives are to:
•Ensure Members comply with RVM Australia’s Code of Practice & Construction Standards and
with relevant Australian safety standards.
•Provide accurate and comprehensive advice to the industry on technical and safety issues.
•Encourage Commonwealth and state government authorities and appropriate professional bodies to
adopt comprehensive RV product safety standards.
•Deliver high quality services to RVM Australia Members.
RVM Australia ensures its members understand and apply the latest Australian Design Rules and
Australian Standards applicable to RV manufacturing in Australia.
Key areas covered by these rules and standards include:
•Gas and Electrical systems.
•Towing and Undercarriage equipment.
•Suspension and Braking systems.
•Permissible masses and ratings.
RVM Australia works with industry and government to keep standards abreast of current technology and usage to maximise the safe enjoyment of the RV experience.
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The board members are - Ben Binns Chairman, Director for NSW & ACT CEO Avida Motorhomes.
Chris Goddard Vice-Chairman, Director for Qld & NT A Chartered Professional Engineer qualified in mechanical engineering and manufacturing systems engineering, for 15 years Chris Goddard has been Managing Director of Vehicle Components Pty Ltd, manufacturer of premium suspensions and couplings for the caravan and camper industries.
Mark Palmarini Independent Director, Owner Roma Caravans.
Richard Raven Director for SA & WA. National Sales and Marketing Manager Coromal Caravans.
Terry Steel Director for Vic & Tas. Managing Director of Jurgens Caravans.
Roy Wyss Independent Director. Roy has a background in automotive mechanical engineering, IT and network engineering, Roy Wyss is also qualified in business management, event management and sales training. Since 2003 he has been Managing Director of Sunland Australia RV Pty Ltd, incorporating Sunland Caravans and since 2011 Phoenix Caravans.
David Duncan Chief Executive Officer, Director qualified in urban and regional planning, holding an MBA and a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, David has an e