While many touring types and holidaymakers head indoors for the winter, caravan owners know only too well that they have plenty of options to enjoy travel year-round. Winter is the season when many of the grey nomads head to the sunshine state while others, down south, make the most of quieter roads and less crowded holiday parks and signature locations. With your caravan properly prepared and kitted up in your warm gear, winter is an exceptional season for exploring Australia.
If you’ve been putting off your caravan purchase for whatever reason, we provide you with plenty of great reasons to bring that decision forward from the back burner to the hot plate and enjoy the caravan lifestyle this winter.
Caravan Production Levels UP
2020 was an amazing year for caravan sales as buyers opted for this style of holidaying with many other options sidelined due to coronavirus restrictions. The uptick in sales caught many off-guard, as did the whole global pandemic. So it was not unsurprising that caravan manufacturers would run low on stock with reports of long waits in delivery times. But reports are that the situation is improving with the manufacturing sector on track for a record year.
The CEO of the Caravan Industry Association of Australia, Stuart Lamont, said that despite the shutdowns in production in 2020 due to COVID-19, the data for February 2021 indicates that the industry has recorded its strongest start to the year ever. Mr Lamont said this was the highest level of production in the local sector for over 30 years.
While the unprecedented demand is unlikely to result in the usual EOFY sales across the sector, the increased production output should definitely make it easier and faster to secure a caravan.
With production levels peaking, the stock should be more easily obtainable so time to catch up on what manufacturers have to offer via their websites or visit one of the caravan shows which are also back on schedule for 2021. To put yourself at the head of the ordering queue, speak with us about a cheap interest rate caravan loan.
Wander the Land in a Wonderland
What better vehicle to wander this great land than in a Wonderland RV. This Victorian-based manufacturer boasts innovation in every build with jigsaw wall construction, bolted and screwed frames for extra strength and they offer over 40 models to choose from.
Wonderland RV offers five collections: XTR, Amaroo, Hornet, Adventus and Triumph which cover traditional, semi off-road and off-road capabilities. Check out their videos and the whole collection at www.wonderlandrv.com.au
Holiday Park Winter Deals
Who doesn’t love a deal! Big 4 Holiday Parks are offering winter getaway deals at their locations around Australia with their ‘How will you Winter’ campaign. They even include a comprehensive range of locations for inspiration in setting your route. How about whale-watching this winter. There are locations right along the east coast which offer great vantage positions.
For something different in festival experiences, try the Goldfields in Ballarat for the Winter Wonderlights Festival at Sovereign Hill or head to Adelaide for the pop-up winter village where you can dine in your own igloo. While in SA, head to the Eyre Peninsular for the giant cuttlefish annual breeding event from May through July. Head across the strait on the Spirit of Tasmania and follow the Whisky Trails in Tasmania. No drinking and driving of course!
If you want to escape the cold, head to Queensland and soak up the winter warmth in any number of great locations. And of course, if you want to revel in all that winter offers including snow, head to the Victorian and NSW high country. You don’t have to be a skier or snowboarder to enjoy the atmosphere and attractions and take in Christmas in July celebrations.
Cool Caravan Finance Interest Rates
A hot caravan sales market has not had the same effect on the caravan loan market with interest rates on lending still at very cool levels. The RBA has left the official cash rate on hold at historically low levels since November 2020 and that has flowed through to our very low rates on caravan finance.
Our cool interest rates are available across our entire selection of caravan finance products including the very popular Secured Caravan Loan for private buyers and the Caravan Chattel Mortgage for business buyers.
Another of our cool offerings which is available year-round is our finance calculator. A handy and easy to use resource, the caravan loan repayment estimator which allows you to calculate your own caravan loans yourself.
Prepare Your Caravan
Whether buying a brand new caravan for this winter’s travels or heading off in your existing RV, preparing the vehicle for the colder weather conditions is extremely important. Refer to caravan industry websites and forums for tips on getting your vehicle ready to take on the colder climes.
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Tips: always drive to the conditions, consider downloading the BOM weather app for up to date forecasts on the conditions ahead and the local live traffic app for the state you’re travelling in to stay across changing conditions on the road ahead.
Contact 1300 000 003 to get into your own caravan in time for a winter escape.
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