Grey Nomads in the minority
Contrary to their reputation, not all caravanners are ‘Grey Nomads’.
New data from the Caravan Industry Association of Australia shows 55-70-year-olds, the traditional ‘Grey Nomad’ demographic, make up only a quarter of all domestic RVers.
The largest group are, in fact, 30-54-year-olds, who account for 50 per cent of all RV travellers.
Association chief executive Stuart Lamont said the figures showed the industry was constantly growing.
"Our research shows that more and more families are turning to caravanning and camping for leisure in Australia," he said.
And, in good news for the local manufacturing industry, research shows more than 70 per cent of RVs bought in Australia are also made here.
The association expects 2015 to set a new record for RV production as the number of RVs being built here continues to increase.
The most recent figures show 3.2 per cent more RVs were built in April 2015 than in April 2014. This was the fourth consecutive monthly increase this year.
Year-to-date production is currently 10.3 per cent higher than last year.
"As increasing numbers of Australians hit the roads around Australia in search of that great Aussie holiday, local RV production will increase to supply demand. This is great news both for Australian manufacturing, and for the industry," Mr Lamont said.