Have you ever compared caravans or camper trailers side-by-side at a caravan show? Or taken advantage of a free road-side caravan and tow vehicle safety check? Chances are, your nearest caravan industry association helped make it happen.
And with thousands of caravan industry association-affiliated businesses represented under a shared umbrella, your comfort, convenience, freedom and safety are paramount to this growing team
But how do you make the most of what’s available? We explain who the players in the caravan industry are and how they contribute to the dream.
Nationally, caravan industry affiliated businesses comprise recreational vehicle (RV) manufacturers, importers and dealerships, camping stores, industry part manufacturers and suppliers and RV servicing outlets and repairs.
Tourism operators and holiday park owners also form under the same umbrella along with residential land lease communities and caravan and camping media.
The national representative body is the Caravan Industry Association of Australia (CIAA), with 10 state-based associations. Each of the five below running a series of consumer-based caravan shows among many other member services:
With stand-alone caravan parks associations in Queensland, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and Northern Territory comprising the remaining five.
Other non-industry entities like consumer-led groups such as the Australian Caravan Club and Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia also play a role.
With manufacturers of all sizes Australia-wide, the search for your perfect RV may be vast. So nationally, caravanning and camping associations provide buyers with the opportunity to scrutinise or buy caravans, motorhomes and camper trailers in a single venue.
Large consumer caravan shows are hosted in capital cities like Perth, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane or Sydney while regional centres like Albany, the Illawarra and Wodonga are not forgotten.
But it’s not just RVs on display here, industry-run caravan and camping events provide travellers with the opportunity to meet local innovators solving common camping frustrations, to hear from experts on caravanning tips, or visit large-scale camping displays accommodating just about any campsite whim.
And if you’re struggling to formulate your next adventure, you’ll find plenty of inspiring advice from passionate locals spruiking their tourism regions, holiday parks, and caravanning adventures.
As technology evolves, caravans, camper trailers, hybrids and other RVs are forever increasing in complexity. Thankfully, Caravan Industry Association of Australia helps manufacturersdot their i’s and cross their t’s with the voluntary RVMAP program. Program fees fund training programs and a compliance schedule that includes regular inspections for every business advertising an RVMAP Key.
Indeed last year over 1,200 industry products were inspected from 191 manufacturers, with a further 1,000 business visits conducted following these inspections.
Inspections focus on compliance to Australian Standards and Federal Compliance Regulations. In addition to the scheduled checks, Technical Teams carry out blitz reviews on RV product away from the manufacturing premises targeting the five or six most common compliance concerns.
Although voluntary, participation rates are high, which is reassuring as more of us push our rigs to the limit venturing off-road.
Accreditation Keys cover different aspects of the caravan and camping industry including Service Safe, for quality assurance when servicing your RV, through to retail dealerships, industry suppliers, caravan/holiday parks, and soon-to-be salespersons.
Through television, online, via magazines, at caravan shows and even road-side, our caravan associations strive to improve driver safety
Sensible, verified advice covering towing techniques, gas safety, vehicle weights and more debunk the myths and bring clarity for better decisions on and off the tracks.
In fact, during peak travelling periods, many local industry associations facilitate complementary weight and safety checks mid-journey.
To ensure manufacturing processes evolve with integrity, industry associations are putting in place training schemes that deliver qualifications in the workplace. In fact, CIV has just launched a new job-search in a bid to attract talent nationwide.
And bringing together the industry’s brightest stars is CIAA’s Future Leaders Program. Here, young industry personnel across different industry sectors learn industry best practices that improve transparency, industry communication, standards and customer relations.
Ultimately designed on delivering better outcomes for you.