New Age Caravans Industry Shakeup
Since its acquisition by the Walkinshaw Automotive Group, New Age Caravans has quickly integrated the automotive expertise in engineering, design and manufacturing of its parent company and is introducing a new level of innovation to the RV industry.
“To gain a unique foothold in the market, our focus has been on using their resources to design and tool our own components and build new products that can’t be replicated by other manufacturers,” said Chief Operating Officer of New Age Caravans Oliver Lukeis.
“At the moment the RV industry is much like the building industry where houses are designed and built using the same components and materials, and we want to change this by taking advantage our new capabilities to introduce an unmatchable level of design, engineering, quality and safety to our products.”
With access to technology and tools that no other caravan manufacturer in Australia has, New Age Caravans is re-emerging as an innovative market leader.
“We can use the Walkinshaw Design Studio as well as the testing facilities over at Walkinshaw, which gives us a very competitive edge.
“We have access to their seven-post rig that can replicate 1,000 kilometres of rough durability testing, and it’s the only one in Australia so no other manufacturer is capable of meeting the same standards we do.”
“While we are still in the early stages of development, but we’ve already developed our own robotic-welded chassis which provides better accuracy and quality, and it’s been incorporated into about 60 percent of our existing product range,” said Lukeis.
In the past year, New Age Caravans has launched two brand new products with unique components and has begun converting the existing product range to also include these features.
“In mid-2018, we launched the Way Finder, which is New Age Caravans’ first wind up camper, and it has 400 unique components.
“Each component was designed and engineered for purpose and exclusively for the Way Finder product.
“Then in February, we launched the Toy Hauler which is a full-height caravan with a 22ft interior, a rear ramp door, and a fold-up bunk system in the rear so you can store items such as dirt bikes when you’re travelling.
“This product comes standard with items such as Toy Lock which is a cable that locks valuable items to your caravan overnight when the beds are in use,” said Lukeis. New Age Caravans is also one of only a few manufacturers to offer a three-year hitch to bumper warranty which means everything in the caravan, from the chassis to the fridge, are covered.
For more information about New Age Caravan Products, visit: https://newagecaravans.com.au
In addition to the new dealerships, New Age Caravans has recently entered an exclusive OEM arrangement with REDARC Electronics, which is the first arrangement of its kind in the caravan industry.
“REDARC is an Australian manufacturer and supplier of electronic components to the RV industry, and our relationship gives us direct opportunity to their products and will allow us to bring aftermarket fitments such as electric brakes, in-house.
“For our customers, that means they’ll be able to have aftermarket fittings done onsite at our dealerships, and they won’t have to find another supplier.
“This will provide our customers with a better buying experience, and when they leave with their new caravan, everything will be ready to go.
“Many of our dealerships already offer aftermarket fittings, and we are working to make this service available at all 16 locations,” said Holloway.
For more information on all our dealerships in Australia and New Zealand or to find your nearest showroom, visit: https://newagecaravans.com.au/find-a-dealer/
NEW AGE CARAVANS
New Age Caravans manufactures a complete range of recreational vehicles for the Australian and New Zealand market. New Age Caravans recreational vehicles covers everything from camper trailers, family bunk vans through to top end luxury ranges. The New Age Caravans range of recreational vehicles are ably supported by a dedicated network of 16 Dealerships and service outlets strategically located across Australia and New Zealand, offering aftersales service and support.
In late 2018, New Age Caravans was purchased by Walkinshaw Automotive Group. Since its acquisition by Walkinshaw, New Age has quickly integrated their unprecedented automotive expertise in engineering, design and manufacturing to introduce a new level of innovation to the RV industry.
New Age Caravans manufacturing base is in Epping Victoria, which is located in the prime hub of caravan manufacturing in Australia and employs over 160 staff.