Smaller and lighter caravans are part of the future for manufacturers a Blueprint for the industry says.
Sports Utility Vehicles (SUV) will replace bigger popular tow tugs, but with about 11 million vehicles registered in Australia the trend to smaller tow vehicles will take considerable time to take affect, the Victorian Caravan and Camping Blueprint says.
The sheer size of the current Bay Boomer bulge over the next decade is likely to offset the percentage of holiday makers who will not consider a caravan holiday in the next two years, the Blueprint says.
Tourism Research Australia expects that the average share of caravan and camping parks of total accommodation is likely to rise from around 14 percent of visitor nights to 16 percent by 2020.
The Victorian Caravan and Camping Industry (CTIAVic) has launched the Blueprint for the continued growth of the industry.
The detailed action plan took five months to nail together. Minister for Employment Industrial Relations, Manufacturing, Exports and Trade, Richard Della-Riva, made the Blueprint official at Lotus Caravans in the Melbourne suburb of Campbellfield.
CTIAVic and the Government of Victoria- Department of Manufacturing funded the Blueprint.
CTIAVic President, Peter May, says industry members have provided open and constructive feedback during the consultation phase. Assistance has also come from the Boating Industry Australia (Vic), Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce, Automotive Skills Australia and Kangan Institute.
Collaborative Research and Development is an opportunity to develop new designs while covering risks, the Blueprint says.
Caravan Parks need to consider providing Electric Car re-charging stations in the future. As petrol electric and pure electric vehicles build their market share there could be a switch to on-site cabins as a consumer preference in caravan parks.
The Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce says the trend to two-car families continues. A small vehicle for commuting and second bigger vehicle for longer trips and family outings.
The shift to diesel is also likely to continue, the Blueprint says, as 91 RON fuel is phased out consumers will find their fuel choice is more expensive 95 RON-ULP.
Lotus Caravans factory Campbellfield Vic.