New season, new releases
The show season is underway again, bringing with it the launch of a whole new host of RVs and many new releases were given their time to shine at the recent Victorian Caravan, Camping and Touring Supershow, held over six days at the end of February.
The RV industry was out in full force for the occasion and, with over 350 exhibitors showing off their wares, there was a huge array of vans, motorhomes, campers, tents and accessories for prospective buyers to peruse.
Jayco used the occasion to show off its new Iveco Optimum motorhome and its restyled Starcraft and Expanda ranges alongside the rest of its extensive offering.
New Age Caravans has released 18ft and 20ft Desert Rose models (formally the Commando range) and is putting the spotlight on family tourers in 2016 with its latest family-focused range of Geckos in a variety of layouts, the largest of which can sleep up to nine people.
Lotus showed off its brightly-coloured Trooper offroader (complete with external slide-out coffee machine), as well as a new release bright green compact hybrid – the 14ft Off Grid. Lotus is also making its first foray into the on-road market this year with the release of its new Tarmac, available in four configurations ranging from 17ft 6in to 21ft.
When it comes to thinking big, Truelux Custom Built 5th Wheelers has what it takes with a new 12.6m (41ft) rig, custom-built for its truckie owner. The more than $350,000 fifth wheeler features two slide-outs, a huge living area and garage, and is capable of running off the grid for up to a month at a time.
Van Cruiser is ensuring it maintains its reputation with the release of its new pimped-out, luxury Cobra with no holds barred on the bling, while Jurgens used the Melbourne Supershow to parade its new Travado alongside its compact Sungazer (complete with a new layout) and TuffTRAX models.
Meanwhile JB Caravans launched its new Gator offroader, and Avan had some nice looking new interior finishes, lighting and layouts across a variety of its latest releases.
There certainly can be no doubt that the RV industry has been busy!