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Try before you buy: The innovative caravanning trend fueling sector growth

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Try before you buy: The innovative caravanning trend fueling sector growth

Caravanning Queensland’s 2023 Let’s Go Queensland Caravan and Camping Supershow

2023 Let’s Go Queensland Caravan and Camping Supershow​

New research shows the market for recreational vehicle rentals in Australia is experiencing an impressive surge, with a 63 per cent growth expected in the next six years[1].

Experts believe the’ try before you buy’ consumer demand is fueled by the number of young travelers keen to hit the road and experience the insta-worthy van life with the average age for caravan owners is now 33 years old[2] and 47 per cent of those aged under 40, consider renting an RV to trial before purchase[3].

With a 77 per cent increase in Google searches around motorhome and caravan hire in the last 12 months, it is no surprise that RV sharing community Camplify has experienced a 63 per cent increase in their marketplace transactions in the previous financial year alone[4].

Jason Plant, CEO of Caravan Trade and Industries Association of Queensland comments the caravanning boom over the past few years has been great for the sector and it continues to see new trends and new opportunities emerge.

“The latest trend to emerge is the rise in caravan and RV rentals, which has certainly helped to fuel the ongoing growth of the sector,” he says.

“This concept of ‘caravan hire and trial’ is a terrific way for people who are new to the caravanning lifestyle and considering purchasing an RV, to get a feel for what recreational vehicle suits them best.

“It’s also great way for RV owners to get the most out of their vehicles and make some extra cash on the side when they’re not actually using it,” he adds.

In favour of this trend, are Wade and Dani Badby who are proud new owners of a campervan after renting for several trips and are now living their best life on the road.

“We have previously rented a Toyota HiAce 3 Berth HiTop in New Zealand and then a Toyota HiAce 2 Berth HiTop in Cairns to determine what features and size we wanted prior to purchasing our current vehicle,” Wade says.

“By renting first, it allowed us to get a feel for what it would be like living in a small space and helped us understand the different amenities and layouts that were available to us.

“Ultimately, it really helped us to make a more informed decision as we realised our priorities included having enough head room to stand up comfortably inside the van, a functional kitchenette which included a microwave, sink and fridge and a comfortable sleeping arrangement.

“Renting provided us with insights that guided us to purchasing a 2017 Mercedes Sprinter Long Wheelbase as the big interior allowed us to have a fixed bed, full bathroom with shower and toilet, big kitchen bench, loads of storage and allows us stand up comfortably,” he concludes.

Ian Campbell, Avida Sales Manager reports 30 per cent of their first time purchasers, had rented a motorhome to trial prior to purchase.

“We encourage direct first time buyers to rent a motorhome first as that is the only way you can get a feel for it and work out what you want,” he says.

“Without trialling you won’t know how many seats you want, what kitchen amenities you need, how many beds and what optional extras you might like. The only way to get a real feel for what you want is through trying before buying,” Ian concludes.

Expert Advice at the 2023 Queensland Caravan and Camping Supershow

The growing trend of ‘try before you buy’ is positive news for the upcoming Queensland Supershow which is returning with close to 230 exhibitors, displaying the latest products and gadgets on offer, alongside all things outdoors for those seeking to opt into the RV lifestyle.

Jason Plant reports attending the Supershow to be a valuable experience for anyone in the market for a new RV or those looking to upgrade their current one.

On display will be the largest range of the very latest models of recreational vehicles in Queensland, from caravans, camper trailers, and motorhomes to tent trailers, campervans, tow vehicles and accessories.

“Being able to see all the current options and walk through different models can help you get a better sense of the space and features available and ultimately make an informed decision about what type of RV best suits your needs.

“The fact that all of this is available in one convenient location makes it easier to compare different options, speak with experts and find the best deals whilst coming away with the knowledge and tools you need to have an unforgettable adventure,” he adds.

Gates will be open from 9:00am daily, closing at 5:00pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday, and 6:00pm on Friday and Saturday. With FREE TransLink train and connecting shuttle bus services to the Brisbane Showgrounds there is no reason not to take the family out for a fun-filled day at Caravanning Queensland’s Caravan and Camping Supershow! Browse and snap up the latest and greatest gadgets and products suitable for any outdoor adventure need.

For tickets or more information, please visit Caravanning Queensland 

[1] Mordor Intelligence. Australia recreational vehicle rental market
[2] Caravan Industry Association of Australia
[3] Caravan Industry Association of Australia. Ground-breaking new research shows RV ownership in a new light
[4] Camplify Annual Report
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