Caravan use surges in Australia

RACV RoyalAuto magazine

The number of caravans and campervans on Australia’s roads has surged in the past five years, Caravan Industry Association of Australia statistics show.

The BDO Caravan and Camping Data Report for 2016 shows caravan registrations growing by 30 per cent since 2011 with campervans up by 20 cent.

Combined registrations of caravan and campervans peaked at a record 615,301 for the year ending January 2016, the report said, representing a 4.9 per cent growth on the previous year. It makes recreational vehicle registrations the fastest growing by type in Australia.

Caravans made up 90 per cent of the registrations, while the average age of registered campervans is 17.8 years, indicating that potentially two-thirds of campervans on the road will be due for replacement in the coming years, a positive prospect for manufacturing in Australia.

Almost two-thirds of campervans used diesel fuel and 74 per cent had a tare weight of between 1000 and 5000 kilograms. In the caravan segment, 67 per cent weigh less that 1.5 tonnes, although the largest growth in the past year has been in the 2.0-2.5 tonne range, indicating a trend towards bigger rigs or ones loaded with more mod cons.

The Caravan Industry Association of Australia says the report highlights the increasing demand for the caravanning and camping lifestyle in Australia, which bodes well for regional communities that benefit from tourism generated by this sector.

Published Oct 2016