Recreational Vehicle makers show muscle despite manufacturing sectors weaknesses
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In 2006 17,459 Recreational Vehicles were built in 2013, *20,025 have been completed.
RV building hit a peak in 2011 when 21,774 were built. This strong trend has continued since 2010, 21,327 RV's, to this year with a production figure of 20.708 in 2012. So over the last four years 73,832 Recreational Vehicles have been produced in Australia.
Previous to 2010 the last time Australian builder produced more than 20,000 units was in 1980.
RVM Australia, the peak body for Australia’s RV manufacturing industry, says big caravans are steadily increasing in popularity, with a shift from smaller vans, pop-tops and camper trailers to carvans 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 percent 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.
“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 onsite mining accommodation, whereas now they are virtually all for recreation.”
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David 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 percent of production this year, up from 40 percent 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.”
Source: RVM Australia. * Estimated 2013 total based on September YTD figures compared to 2012 equivalent.
For more information
contact: Garth Morrison
Editor Go See Australia and Go See New Zealand Directory
Recreational Vehicle Manufacturing Association of Australia – is the peak body for Australia’s RV manufacturing industry, and represents over 90% of major Australian RV manufacturers.
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