New kid on the car­a­van block

The Courier-Mail - Motoring - - CLASSIFIED­S -

TALVOR has added a new car­a­van to its line-up, bring­ing their num­ber of mod­els to eight.

The new model is the 8m 650C, how­ever most Talvor car­a­vans now come with in­te­rior up­grades such as new cab­i­nets, new hard and soft fur­nish­ings plus up­graded chas­sis.

They all come with roll-out awnings, LED lights, ex­ter­nal and in­ter­nal show­ers, toi­let, DVD/TV and ra­dio/stereo sys­tem and kitchen with stain­less steel sink, fridge/ freezer, mi­crowave, and cook­top.

The 550A has an elec­tric drop-down dou­ble bed, while the oth­ers have is­land queen­size beds.

Op­tions in­clude re­vers­ing cam­era, ex­tra bat­tery, fold-out pic­nic ta­ble, shower ex­trac­tor fan, leather up­hol­stery, water fil­ter and off-road sus­pen­sion.

Talvor boss Luke Trouchet says that while most car­a­van man­u­fac­tur­ers are re­treat­ing dur­ing the eco­nomic cri­sis, Talvor is forg­ing ahead.

He says says trav­ellers were ini­tially scared about the fi­nan­cial cri­sis.

‘‘But you can’t sit at home watch­ing the tele­vi­sion for­ever,’’ Talvor says.

Talvor have built mo­torhomes for rental un­til re­cently, and only be­gan mak­ing car­a­vans in 2012.

While they have a 15 per cent share in the 3000-a-year mo­torhome mar­ket, they have less than 1 per cent of the 24,000 car­a­vans sold each year in Australia.

‘‘We’re re­ally just start­ing,’’ Trouchet says.

‘‘We have been catch­ing up to Win­nebago and Jayco.

‘‘Our car­a­van busi­ness will be as big as mo­torised ve­hi­cles in time.’’

Talvor has also re­cently in­tro­duced three new fixed-bed mo­torhomes, the As­cot, New­stead and Hamil­ton, avail­able in VW Crafter or Mercedes-benz Sprinter con­fig­u­ra­tions, while the Fiat Du­cato-based Hay­man is the com­pany’s first slide-out model.

Rolling on: Talvor head Luke Trouchet sees huge growth po­ten­tial in the car­a­van side of the busi­ness

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