The first Border RV and Camping Expo at Wodonga Racecourse got off to a strong start with an attendance which passed all expectations. The weather was remarkable. Sunshine gives any outdoor show a big lift and the Expo was on a weather winner for its first run.
More than 15,000 people attended over the three days, travelling from all over northern Victoria and southern New South Wales and even from other states for the event.
GoSee includes a series of pictures taken at the Wodonga Racecourse venue.
Organised by the Caravan Industry Association of Victoria (CIA), the Expo attracted more than 100 exhibitors showing 229 caravans, trailers, motorhomes and fifth-wheelers of 32 different brands.
CIA chief executive officer Robert Lucas said Expo exhibitors had reported good sales of everything from cooking and camping supplies to caravans and motorhomes.
Not only did we have more exhibitors than we had originally expected, but those exhibitors in turn had even greater success than they had anticipated, he said.
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One exhibitor sold three motorhomes, another sold three slide-ons, and another a similar number of camper trailers and thats just a small sample.
It was the same with accessories and camping gear, with exhibitors remarking that show patrons seemed very positive and upbeat, reflecting the strong growth in the number of people taking up the caravanning and camping lifestyle.
The remarkable thing was how far some people travelled to be at the Expo in addition to the towns and countryside either side of the border, we had people from as far afield as Melbourne and even Adelaide.
Robert Lucas said the success of the Expo confirmed the faith of the CIA in setting up such a major event in the border area, and rewarded its long-term commitment to the event.
We signed up for three years for the Expo, but thats just the start we had a three year commitment to Bendigo Leisurefest too, and so far weve been running it for 10 years, he said.
It really is remarkable to have such a major success in our very first year, and that has a lot to do with the strong interest and support shown by exhibitors.
We would have counted it a success had it been not quite as big as our very successful Bendigo Leisurefest, but it has ended up being right up there with Bendigo right from the start.
The Border RV Camping Expo will return to Wodonga in August 2012.
The Caravan industry did its bit for Ronald McDonald Family Room Wodonga when the Expo kicked off .
The Caravan Industry Association of Victoria (CIA) donated $5,000 to Wodongas Ronald McDonald Family Room on behalf of the inaugural Border RV Camping Expo.
The donation follows a tradition established by the CIA at its Bendigo Show for making a donation to local charities which now totals $50,000 donated to worthy causes over the years.
The Expo included caravans, camping, four-wheel-driving and off-road touring.
Pictured below: CIA President , Peter May complete with an impressive hat presented a $5,000 giant cheque to Maree Cables, who joined forces with Laurel Butler two years ago to establish a local Ronald McDonald Family Room.
Exhibitors included American imported caravans which give a fresh approach to space and comfort in the interesting designs at the Expo. Campers could also try Gourmet meals at the Happy Campers stand near the course grandstand which come pre-packaged with a shelf life of at least 18 months.
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Caravans break their own 30-year record
Australias caravan and RV industry continues to break production records, with the first half of 2011 showing a 13 per cent increase on the record figures achieved in 2010.
Local RV and caravan manufacturers last year achieved their highest production for 30 years, and figures for the first half of 2011 show the surge in production continues unabated.
The Recreational Vehicle Manufacturers Association of Australia (RVMAA) recorded a 2010 total of 21,150 units, a 31.75 per cent increase on the previous year and the highest output since 1980.
Production figures for June 2011 showed output of 2,023 for the month, up 17 per cent on June 2010, while the year-to-date total of 10,757 is up by 13 per cent on last year. Here are impressions of the Wodonga Expo through the lens of the GoSee camera -
This Rola NV2 Bike Rack on the GSA Retro HJ60 drew attention in the Wodonga carpark
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