Tips for happy holidays
MORE Australians are considering Christmas in a caravan or camper, according to the research by recreational vehicle manufacturer Jayco.
The company’s latest survey suggests more than half of respondents would consider buying a caravan for a family holiday instead of utilising more traditional hotel accommodation.
Jayco has been making recreational vehicles – camper trailers, pop-top and conventional caravans and motorhomes – for more than three decades and claims a 52 per cent share of the overall RV market in Australia.
Jayco director and marketing manager Andrew Ryan says the company’s sales are up by about 5 per cent across the board but figures show a 10 per cent increase in familytargeted RVs such as the Expanda and camper-trailer range.
‘‘The most notable increase has been in the family market,’’ he says.
Mr Ryan says the RV market is competitive but Jayco is on track to beat its record performance of 2011 and the family market is a growing segment for the brand.
‘‘A lot of families are now trying to give the kids the experiences they had,’’ he says.
‘‘We’re also seeing a lot of families coming into the market – it used to be 70 per cent the older demographic.
‘‘It’s shifting 55/45 and I think it will be 50/50 within the next five years. We’re not losing the baby boomers, it’s just that the family market is increasing. The overall pool is growing.’’
These vehicles, says Jayco, allow families to take several holidays annually and give them the chance to see what the country has to offer.
With holidays fast approaching, Jayco has given caravanners some tips for preparing and completing a happy RV holiday. • A full check-up: A walk-around to check the lights, fixtures, electrical connections and the tow hitch in the lead-up to leaving will give you a chance to fix a minor problem before it becomes more serious. • It’s not a race: Regular roadside breaks might increase your travel time but will help keep the driver alert, as well as allowing passengers to stretch their legs and have a look around. • Pack wisely: Make a list (check it twice perhaps, like Santa) and make sure no essential holiday items (bikes, food, cameras, fishing rods?) are left behind. RVs are designed with maximum storage in mind but packing large, heavy items that you are unlikely to use only adds extra weight (that needs careful consideration for safe driving), which burns more fuel. • Leave nothing to chance: Sometimes things do go wrong on the road so being prepared with appropriate tools and the back-up of roadside assistance could be money well spent. • Double-check your tyres: Underinflated tyres can be more prone to punctures and increased fuel use, so check your car and your RV’s tyre pressures (first thing in the morning when the tyres are cold) before you head off. • Service: A pre-holiday service can avert a roadside disaster, Jayco recommends servicing your RV every 12 months. • Comforts of home: Modern RVs can be fitted with some key creature comforts (TVs, cooking appliances and airconditioners) that can make your holiday more enjoyable. • Research: Pre-trip research on your route and destination can help make the most out of your trip, for example checking on child and pet-friendly parks etc. • Let the kids help: Don’t underestimate how much children can actually help you on your travels, helping to pack, looking after maps or helping to cook.
Happy campers: Jayco trailers are growing in popularity among younger people with families and can multiply holiday outings