Australia produced its second highest number of caravans and
motorhomes ever in 2014, according to figures from the peak industry group.
Recreational Vehicle (RV) production statistics released by
the Caravan Industry Association of Australia (CIAA) show that 21,300 caravans
and motorhomes were made in 2014, an increase of 4.4 percent since 2013, and of
26 percent since 2004.
This should come as good news to an auto industry still reeling
from the decisions of the three big car manufacturers – Toyota, Holden and Ford
– to cease local manufacturing operations by 2017.
“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 CIAA.
Taking statistics even further back, 2014 production is four 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.
According to the latest National Visitor Survey by Tourism Research Australia, while fewer Australians are holidaying domestically, those
who are are choosing less expensive options
Caravanning and camping had the largest growth in
accommodation type last year – up seven per cent to almost 45 million nights.
In addition, the drive market also grew by seven percent to
58 million trips.