2014 RV Production Second-Highest in 20 Years

< Date: 17 March 2015

Caravan production shows steady growth as consumers’ insatiable appetite for caravanning and camping continues.

Australian RV production statistics released by the Caravan Industry Association of Australia are the second highest yearly production in over two decades.

Yearly production for 2014 was 21,300 caravans and motorhomes. A growth of 4.4 percent since 2013, and of 26 percent since 2004.

“In the context of failed car manufacturing, it’s great to see our industry punching above its weight, producing product that Australians want to use.  Over 70 percent of all caravans bought in Australia are made here,” said Stuart Lamont, CEO of Caravan Industry Association of Australia.

Taking statistics even further back, 2014 production is 4 times higher than combined production in 1995, when only 4,982 caravans and motorhomes were produced.

These numbers are part of a continued growth trend in caravanning and camping.

The latest National Visitors Survey by Tourism Research Australia showed caravanning and camping had the largest growth by accommodation type, with growth of seven percent to almost 45 million nights in 2014.  This was on the back of a strong drive market which also grew seven percent to 58 million trips.

“The strength of the caravanning and camping industry in Australia is undeniable,” said Lamont.

“Caravanning and camping provides the perfect backdrop for Australians to rediscover some of the great travel destinations in the world right here in our own backyard.”

“The ability to reconnect with nature, spend quality time with family, and to escape the routine of an increasingly hectic lifestyle are just some of the attractions driving the current success of the industry,” Lamont said.