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RV builders respond to demand shifts at Wodonga Border RV & Camping Expo

August 01, 2013
RV builders respond to demand shifts at Wodonga Border RV & Camping Expo

A unique new hybrid caravan-camper and three new luxury off-road caravans areon show for the first time at the third Border RV Camping Expo at Wodonga Border RV Camping Expo. The Expo is held over three days from Aug16 to 18 at Wodonga Racecourse in Thomas Mitchell Drive. The Expo runs from 9.30am to 5pm on the Friday and Saturday and 9.30 to 4pm on the Sunday.

The Great Divide from Bushranger Campers is a hybrid which combines the comfortable and secure sleeping quarters of a caravan with a well equipped but entirely separate kitchen, all in a compact, rugged camper trailer.

Priced from $29,860 plus dealer delivery and on road costs for the on-road version, and $30,860.00 for off-road, it has an overall length of just 4.1metres, body length of 2.95 metres and a travel height of 2.05 metres.

The compact Great Divide has twin beds, a pop-top roof and an impressive rear kitchen with a 65 litre Waeco fridge, two-burner Smev stove, rangehood, glass lid sink and LED lighting.

Van Cruiser Caravanswill launch not just one but three brand new caravans in its luxury off-road range at the Expo, all feature Van Cruisers DuraSeal leak-free guarantee.

The Savannah Resort Gold Series has an ensuite bathroom, washing machine, deluxe leather cafe lounge, double-glazed and tinted windows, and gas instant hot water.

Also new from Van Cruiser Carvans are the Matilda Resort Gold Series and Graceland Resort Gold Series, both of which share the style and sophistication of the Savannah.

Van Cruiser Caravans designs its DuraSeal system into every model with careful construction methods and high-quality materials to eliminate wall rot and water penetration.

Flat aluminium dual-layered composite panels with a polyethylene core are bonded to the frame, which not only adds structural strength and durability, but also seals the panels together without gaps, eliminating water penetration to the entire caravan, Van Cruiser says.

Jayco Marketing Coordinator Kristie Pritchard, told GoSeeAustralia in a recent meeting that, notably, this year the leading RV builder is tweaking its Starcraft range to provide keenly priced product to fit a huge range of buyer needs. There are three new layouts in place across the Starcraft Pop-Top range, she said.

The Jayco value build includes solid furniture, microwave, air conditioner, LED lighting, innerspring mattress and SMEV 4 burner gas grill, lift up beds to maximise space, flushing stainless steel sink with cover, rubber backed curtains and ties, plus a Dometic 3-way fridge.

Pic - Van Cruiser Gold Series Savannah caravan interior crop mid
Pic - Van Cruiser Gold Series Savannah caravan interior crop mid

The new Starcraft 15.48-5, 16.67-4 and 16.67-5 floorplans are worth a close look by RV buyers who may have been considering a second-hand caravan. The 16.67-5 and 16.67-4 Starcraft Pop-Top floorplans include ensuite with shower and toilet at the rear of the caravan, Kristie Pritchard told GSA.

This is a convenient, comfortable configuration which appeals to GoSee and this reflects in a run of our Jayco-built company caravans over the last 10 years. Right now GSA uses two Sterlings, a 23ft and 21ft with roll-outs.

Budget buying doesnt translate to lack of choice with Jayco. The Starcraft Pop-Top is available in multiple designs, while the Starcraft Caravan has five versatile floor plans. For young families and the budget conscious the Starcraft is value buying with quality supported by warranty and support services.

These are benefits not usually found in a second-hand caravan purchase.

Developed with a cladded aluminium frame, the Starcraft offers features that some other RV builders call options. Starcraft caravans and Pop-Tops come with Jayco's galvanised 'Endurance Chassis' and an upgraded external trunk door with access to more storage space. All Jayco RVs are built in Australia and come with a three-year roadside assist program and 12 month warranty.

The Jayco range of RV options includes Discovery pop-top, Expanda pop-top and caravan, Sterling pop-top and caravan, Work N'Play toy hauler, Base Station toy hauler, campervans, Conquest and Optimum motorhomes, plus a 5th wheeler.

2013 Jayco Starcraft Outback.
2013 Jayco Starcraft Outback.

Organised by the Caravan Industry Association of Victoria (CIA), the Expo attracts a broad range of industry exhibitors who show 4-wheel drives, off-road vehicles, campervans, tent trailers, fifth wheelers and other recreational and touring vehicles.

The Expo also includes touring accessories from leading suppliers.

Tents, camping accessories, annexes, equipment and clothing for outdoor enthusiasts.

Trailer, towing equipment, parts, aids and accessories for all touring needs.

RV telecommunications products, alternative power, and off road equipment and services from leading industry suppliers.

Drive tourism destination information, products and servicesand ;

Fishing gear.

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.

CIA chief executive officer Robert Lucas said - 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.

On the second innings the weather was particularly unfavorable, but Expo-goers still turned out. They did it 'country tough' in serious heavy weather gear. Gumboots were fashionable among the determined, but unfortunately much smaller attendance.


Free children's entertainment on Saturday and Sunday.

Food, drink and rest areas at the venue.


Adults $10

Pensioner Concession Card and Seniors Card $8

Children under 15 free if accompanied by an adult

Tickets can only be purchased at the gate.

Parking is free and there is disabled access throughout the venue.

Editor's Note: Jayco is GSA's original sponsor. It is the leader among our industry supporters who have helped keep GoSee websites in Australia and New Zealand free to users over 10 years.

Hayman Reese, Theford and Rola are also among our sponsors. We use and recommend Hayman Reese safe towing aids.

GSA now has a Jayco Sterling 23 and 21 ft as company RV's. They are the latest caravans in a string of Jayco products.

There are now two Jeeps being used as company tow tugs. Bayside Jeep Frankston, Victoria and Northstar Jeep, Kippa-Ring, Queensland on the Redcliffe Peninsula are also among our sponsors.

All GSA equipment decisions are based on extended practical evaluation.

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