The major capital city caravan, motorhome and camping shows, which are held around the country each year, are a great and easy way for travellers, or anyone interested in starting an RV lifestyle, to find out what is happening in the market. Happily, the same also applies to RV journalists, such as myself.
The Sydney Supershow, held at Rosehill Racecourse, certainly fits that bill. It is, however, one of the bigger shows and can take two or three full days to get around completely. The huge event showcases a large range of caravans, pop-tops, motorhomes and camper trailers, as well as an equally large number of accessory manufacturers.
In addition to that, the travel industry is well represented with a large number of caravan park and holiday park exhibitors, state tourism bodies and travel industry representatives. The biggest problem is figuring out how to get to everything you want to see, rather than wondering if there is enough to look at!
The impression I got from the show this year was that there wasn’t much that was radically new, but that RV manufacturers have been upgrading and improving their products, rather than producing entirely new models. There’s nothing wrong with that and it’s certainly in keeping with the current economic times.
Most van manufacturers seemed to have at least one family caravan on their stands and, probably more importantly, these came in a variety of lengths, layouts and prices. Fifth wheelers were not well represented and this sector of the market does seem to be shrinking, I think, for no real reason other than a lack of understanding about towing them. On the other hand, despite the campervan/motorhome sector having a relatively small part of the overall RV market, there was a good diversity of products on display.
As I wandered around this year’s show over several days, I thought crowds were down slightly on previous years. That may have been due, in part, to the show being held in the New South Wales school holidays but a number of exhibitors reported less people browsing but more people looking to actually purchase an RV for their travel dream. Anecdotally, many buyers take up to two years after they first look at a caravan or motorhome before they actually drive their new rig out of the sales yard.