Penrith on show

By: Malcolm Street, Photography by: Malcolm Street

There’s nothing like a warm, sunny, spring day to brighten the hearts of exhibitors and visitors, and that’s exactly what happened over the three days of the Penrith Caravan, Camping and Holiday Expo in early September.

Penrith on show
The sun was out for the Penrith Caravan, Camping and Holiday Expo.

Expo organisers, the Caravan and Camping Industry Association, estimated about 18,000 visitors passed through the gates.

Years ago, it was very easy to get around the Expo but now it takes a very full day with lots of walking to see everything as there is so much to see.

Some exhibitors had a challenge making the most of the uneven ground of their sites and they came up with some novel solutions.

The continuing rise of hybrid RVs was clear at the Expo. Good examples are Complete Campsite’s Exodus 16, Jurgens’ Tuff Trax and a newcomer marketed by Johnno’s Camper Trailers, the Dream Hauler X4 (a small toy hauler). Filling market niches is an effective way for manufacturers and dealers to not only satisfy consumer needs but increase business opportunities in a crowded market.

Naturally, there was a wide range of conventional caravans, camper trailers, motorhomes, campervans and even a few fifth wheelers on display from Australian manufacturers, as well as an ever-increasing number of imported RVs – mostly caravans and motorhomes from Britain and mainland Europe, and camper trailers from China.

But the Expo isn’t only for large RVs, there were plenty of accessories and appliances available, too; everything from hose fittings to easy-fit screen walls for campervan awnings.