The NSW Caravan, Camping and Holidaying Supershow has always been one of the biggest and best expos in Australia to see what our outdoor industry is up to. With over 300 exhibitors showcasing their best products available to the Australian public, it’s hard to keep up with what everyone was presenting at the show. That’s why the team at Outdoria headed over to Sydney to check out this amazing annual event any outdoor enthusiast would be mad to miss.
Taking a look at the RV market, there are two common themes at this year's show. The first being a huge influx of off-road caravans hitting the market and the second being a rise of innovative systems making it easier and more convenient to set up your caravan or camper trailer.
As seen at the show, here’s a brief overview of some of the newest and most exciting caravans, camper trailers, motorhomes and campervans.
Avida Spirit campervan
The new Avida Spirit is a fair bit larger than your standard campervan. The Spirit motorhome features a self-contained kitchen, bedroom and plenty of onboard storage inside the Fiat Ducato Van. The bathroom is a key feature of the vehicle due to its increased size compared to other small motorhomes.
Avida Fremantle motorhome
The Fremantle exemplifies what a luxury motorhome is, with multiple TVs, an outdoor entertaining area, three separate slide out areas, two double beds and an onboard generator to power your home. With such a large array of amenities, the 8.6m motorhome and its $300,000 price tag makes this a truly drool-worthy item.
Avida Wave Electric Pop Top
Avida has revolutionised the pop top caravan by designing an electric pop top roof system. No more struggling with poles and clips, at the simple press of a button (well… two for safety reasons) the roof will raise and lower without leaving the comfort of your caravan. The impressively large 500mm lift also creates an incredible amount of room inside the spacious cabin. Further adding a touch of luxury, the extending bathroom walls are solid, not fabric. Adding to all of this, the Wave receives a new front end for increased internal space.
Avida Emerald caravan
The Emerald series of caravans is one of Avida’s most successful models. This year it has received a facelift with an improved chassis, shell and internal amenities like a high definition LED TV and raised bed base. That same new front end found on the Wave is brought across to the Emerald too, making space for a booth-type dining area where previously only benches were available.
The Jayco Adventurer all-terrain caravan is a whole new caravan built from the ground up designed to withstand Australia’s toughest terrains. Like Jayco’s other new off-road models, the Adventurer series features Jayco’s JTech independent suspension, a more rugged build and increased ground clearance. It comes in several layouts, including the family-orientated version with bunk beds and the pop-top styles to suit anyone's needs.
Jayco Silverline Outback and Starcraft Outback
The newly released Jayco Silverline Outback combines luxury with all-terrain capabilities.
The optional JTech Air Bag suspension is new for the Silverline Touring, allowing a customizeable ride height that can be dropped all the way to the bumpers for low-clearance storage. No word on when other models, including Outback versions will be able available with this $4,500 optional upgrade.
The J-Pod now comes in three different models; Lite, Touring and Sport, each featuring a variety of exciting new goodies. J-Pod Lite is your entry-level model, with the Touring and Sport models increasing the amenities as you upgrade.
Jayco Freedom campervan and motorhomes
Jayco’s new Freedom campervan is as roomy as it is functional, with a pop top roof to increase your living space when camped. It features a well-appointed kitchen and bedroom inside the unbelievably reliable Toyota Hiace platform. Along with the new Freedom motorhomes, the Freedom range marks another new segment for Australia’s biggest caravan company.
Jayco Conquest Play motorhome
The all new Conquest Play Motorhome from Jayco has been built for motorcycle enthusiasts, with a unique storage compartment to carry your toy in the rear of the vehicle. The twin single bed orientation of this demo model with only space for one bike has us a little confused as to exactly who it’s designed for. It’s currently a BYO-ramp affair...
Air Opus camper trailer
Arguably the most revolutionary camper trailer in recent years, Air Opus doesn’t use a single pole to raise the roof of the camper. Instead, Opus pumps compressed air into the beams to create a sturdy and secure structure. It takes less than 15 seconds to fully deflate and about a minute and a half to become fully inflated. The beams are inflated to 9psi, at which point they feel rock hard and make for an extremely sturdy setup. We’re told the system is so airtight that you’d probably only need to turn on the air compressor for a top-up if you left it erected for weeks on end.
New Age Desert Rose caravan
The Desert Rose has been updated for 2017 and now features two 120W Solar Panels with two 120W Batteries, Reverse Camera, Cruisemaster Suspension and RV Wifi. The list of features goes on and on, with the Desert Rose continually improving is off-road durability and camping comfort.
New Age Gecko Enduro caravan
The Gecko series has now been adapted for off-road adventuring, with the new Gecko Enduro range building upon the lightweight single-axle frame of the road-only models. The suspension and chassis have been upgraded to handle rough outback roads while still remaining in a small, affordable package.
New Age Big Red caravan
Big Red gets an update too with the new models getting a repaint in bright new colours, upgraded chassis and suspension while including even more internal features to make your life on the road even easier.
Bailey Pursuit II caravan
Leading the charge in the lightweight caravan market, the new Bailey Pursuit II is so light you can tow it with the family Commodore. A tared weight of just 1247kg is an impressive figure for this feature-packed, European-styled caravan.
Windsor Hybrid camper trailer
Half caravan, half camper trailer, the Windsor Hybrid comes in two variants, touring and off-road. The hybrid features a compact, hard-shell design with seating and bedding inside the camper. The kitchen, fridge, freezer and all other amenities are located in compartments on the outside of the vehicle. The roof raises up for standing room and ventilation.
Suncamper Cross Country 4X4 motorhome
The Cross Country 4X4 motorhome is a serious vehicle for people who want to get seriously far away from civilisation. It is built off an Iveco Daily 4x4 and has been further modified to handle terrain unseen by your typical motorhome. Most surprisingly, you can still drive this monster on your standard car license.
Sunliner showcased their new range of Habitat models at this year's show. Ranging from models 1 to 3 depending on the vehicle's size and layout, the new Habitat series is a breath of fresh air in the motorhome market. Using either a Ford Ranger or Iveco Daily 70C platform, these motorhomes are spacious and luxurious, while still being mobile and flexible.
Royal Flair Raptor caravan
Royal Flair continues to impress with their innovation with the relatively new Raptor model. The Raptor is a compact caravan featuring a tray attached to the rear of the chassis for carrying any toy you would want to bring with you, such as kayaks, dirt bikes or an ATV.
Royal Flair Piazza Slide Out caravan
The Royal Flair Piazza slide out with the extending ‘SkyDeck’ at the rear of the caravan is now available in even longer versions. These new 21ft and 24ft versions accompany the original 16ft and to say both are spacious for their respective external dimensions is a true understatement...
Conqueror Australia camper trailers
While still relatively new to the Australian market, Conqueror has been making military-spec camper trailers in South Africa for many years. These new Australian models have been imported across then modified further, perfectly tailored for Australia’s unforgiving environment. Every model is well-engineered and built to take a true beating, using no consumable parts. If there were ever a trailer built to handle a zombie apocalypse, this is it.
Goldstream Panther caravan
Expanding on the current lineup of Goldstream pop tops, the Panther Off Road series features all the off roading extras you need to explore forgotten trails and venture across the rugged countryside. The chassis and suspension have been further upgraded from previous models and the interior has been renovated for a more modern feel.
If you were able to head down to the show like us, or just browsed our wrap-up, you will have realised a pattern to the most recent releases from manufacturers. Venturing off the beaten track is becoming more and more popular, with a large number of newly released off-road caravans, camper trailers, pop tops and motorhomes on the market. Using technology to make our lives easier is also on the rise (literally), with both the electric pop top from Avida and the airframe camper from Opus leading the race in convenience.
If you are keen to see what next year's show holds like us, head over to the Caravan & Camping Industry Association of NSW website to learn more about what's happening next year!