Border Expo produces strong sales in better weather than forecast
Complete Campsite Exodus,
Hey dad, the young man said, some of these caravans don't even need a tow car.
It is an interesting take on a boy's first impression of a motorhome.
There were good first impressions made at the third Wodonga Border Caravan and Camping Expo. CIAVic says exceptionally strong sales were recorded with a crowds of about 11, 500 over the Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
GSA spoke with three caravan dealers at Wodonga on the Saturday of the three-day Expo who reported between three and six caravans sold from their product offerings.
"We had a good show and the weather was very kind", Expo regulars Barry and Merran Green from DreamPot told GoSee.
GoSee has a six litre thermal DreamPot in our travel kit. It goes everywhere with us. Yesterday after a long day working we enjoyed a magnificent silverside with vegetables from the DreamPot recipe book.
The DreamPot recipes which are available on line through the DreamPot enews letter give a touch of difference to meals. The DreamPot approach to silverside is among our favorites.
Good crowds and better weather than forecast achieved a major third-year success.
Forecast rain largely stayed away, and the Caravan Industry Association of Victoria (CIA) reported attendance of almost 11,500 over the three days.
There was plenty of innovation at the Expo. Lewis Young of Volto told GoSee about the bike for everybody. It is light, stable and the built-in electric motor handles hill and headwinds. It folds down to a compact lift of 23kg and is easy on the wallet. Top speed is 25kmh which means rego and a license are not required to ride it, Lewis Young said.
Any standard household powerpoint will recharge the Volto's battery.
JB Dreamline. 096
JB Caravans have their pricing in the "double-take" range. Their Dreamline underlines the affordable RV touring on offer. The Dreamline ranges from 17ft 6 in. to 22ft.
The JB Scorpion is the full off-road experience with shower and toilet among the many home comforts.
New Age caravans are attracting interest with the diversity in their floor plans.
Among off-road campers Complete Campsite is just that. The award winner has a variety of levels and attracts dead-serious out-there off-road exponents. This is a camper for people who really do prefer their own company.
Jayco continues its drive to affordable caravanning with the Starcraft range. At Wodonga the full van version of the Starcraft on offer was a price leader among caravans.
The leading Australian RV builders 5th wheeler is a centrepiece among the range of RV options from caravans to campers and pop-ups. The first day of the Expo drew more than 2500. This is higher than the attendance for the record first Expo three years ago. This was despite dire weather forecasts. Expo goers came prepared and colorful gumboots were a fashion statement.
CIA chief executive officer Robert Lucas said the Expo was now firmly established on the annual calendar.
“Sales were way up – caravans were up, accessories were up – and that is partly because we have things on offer that are otherwise not available locally,” he said.
“Everyone’s now putting it in their diary and we’re getting great numbers from the southern Riverina, as far afield at Griffith, Wagga, Temora, even Queanbeyan, and the locals loved it.
“People recognise this as the official industry show, backed by the industry, and they know there’s nothing else with such depth and variety of exhibits anywhere in the region.”
Rob Lucas said buyer interest was strong for every type of product, and people seemed confident and ready to buy even the top-of-the-range offerings.
He said the event went off smoothly, with good weather and enthusiastic support by local suppliers and exhibitors.
“This was the first show for our new show manager, Scott Leahy, and it was a credit to Scott and the entire show team that it went off so well,” he said.
“After last year’s deluge, we were well prepared for winter weather, but in the end we had three days of really good show weather and plenty of blue skies.
“It’s a great event at an excellent venue, and everybody enjoys being there, bringing all the appeal of a major city caravan and camping show to the local region.
"The success of the Expo confirms the faith of the CIA in setting up such a major regional event three years ago, and it just keeps getting stronger each year.”
The Border RV & Camping Expo will return to Wodonga in August 2014. Here are GoSee picture impressions from Wodonga.
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Full van value in jayco Starcraft. 134
Lewis Young and Volto bike. 089
Motorhomes hd a strong following. 136
New Age Bilby with annexe. 140
New Age Little Joey has separate toilet and shower. 141
Bedtime inside the Complete Campsites Exodus. 123