Is the Caravan Industry Regulated in Australia?
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Is the Caravan Industry Regulated in Australia? And what is RVMAP and ISO 9001 Certification?
“The Australian caravan and camping industry is a $23 billion industry that directly employs 53,000 people, manufactures 25,000 vehicles per annum, services over 740,000 vehicles on the road, generates 12 million trips and creates 60 million visitor nights across the country.”
Source – www.treasury.gov.au
It is a self-regulated industry and is headed up by the Caravan Industry Association of Australia*, operating as a not-for-profit membership. It is supported by its members and works very hard across the country to lift the standards and hold manufacturers, to a high level of compliance and safety for the Australian population that enjoy camping. We at MDC are one of the organisations largest supporters in both funding and complying with their accreditation programs.
Becoming accredited is a voluntary process however, and there are still plenty of caravan manufacturers that are not taking safety and road compliance as seriously as they should.
If you want to make sure you are buying a top-notch, highest quality, technologically sound and SAFE caravan or camper, you should look for two specification certifications – ISO 9001 and RVMAP.
At MDC, we are proud to say that we are one of the few manufacturers in the industry to have achieved ISO 9001 Certification.
1 in 13 Australian households now own a recreational vehicle, and caravans and campervans are the fastest growing vehicle type in Australia by registration for the past eight years. This means it’s a booming industry and being self-regulated, you can see why it’s so important that the caravan company that you choose to buy from, holds itself to very high standards for safety, technology and quality.
ISO 9001 ACCREDITED:
What does ISO 9001 Quality Certified mean for you?
ISO 9001 is the internationally recognized Quality Management System (QMS) standard that ensures caravan manufacturers have proven processes in place that are effective at achieving consistent quality outcomes for all their products and services.
Becoming ISO 9001 certified is no small feat, and at MDC we’ve embraced this journey wholeheartedly. Our manufacturing processes have undergone thorough assessments, ensuring that every aspect – from materials sourcing to final inspection – aligns with the stringent ISO 9001 criteria. It involves being audited by an independent body and is very thorough in ensuring that we have a quality system encompassing every facet of our caravans and camper trailers.
Achieving this certification is a testament to our unwavering commitment to providing customers with offroad campers and caravans that meet or exceed the highest standards of quality, efficiency, and customer satisfaction.
What does it mean to be RVMAP Accredited?
The Recreational Vehicle Manufacturing Accreditation Program (RVMAP) is managed by the Caravan Industry Association of Australia with accredited businesses required to demonstrate a genuine commitment to supplying products that adhere to relevant Australian Design Rules and Federal Compliance Regulation.
It is completely voluntary, so only the most committed manufacturers that strive to achieve this accreditation in the areas of safety, technology and excellence will attain this certification.
EXPERT TEAM IN THE FIELD OF PRODUCT AND TECHNICAL STANDARDS
At MDC, we have a team of 5 dedicated experts working for us in the field of Product and Technical Standards, headed by James Field – our General Manager – Commercial & Product. James is also a board member with the Caravan Trade & Industries Association Queensland, and before partnering with us for the past 3 years, he spent 6 years as Chief Technical Officer developing all the standards as the industry representative to Government, with the Caravan Industry Association of Australia.
James is instrumental in seeing MDC surge forward as leaders of our industry, and we are proud of our achievements and the fact we are making the world of caravanning and recreational vehicles a much safer and regulated industry by working closely with the Association and supporting all their initiatives.
Why it's so important to have ISO 9001 Certification:
Why RVMAP Accreditation Matters for Caravanners and Offroad Enthusiasts
1. Stringent Quality Controls:
ISO 9001 certification demands rigorous quality controls throughout the manufacturing process. From design to production and post-production, our commitment to excellence is deeply ingrained in every step.
1. Exceptional Build Standards:
RVMAP Accreditation is a guarantee that our offroad caravans and campers are built to excel in challenging terrains. Stringent guidelines ensure that our caravans and campers are synonymous with durability, resilience, and top-tier performance.
2. Customer Focus:
ISO 9001 places a strong emphasis on customer satisfaction. Our manufacturing processes are aligned to not only meet but anticipate the needs and expectations of offroad enthusiasts. It's not just about creating products; it's about crafting safe and enjoyable experiences with our caravans.
2. Safety as a Priority:
Safety is non-negotiable in the world of offroad adventures. RVMAP Accreditation ensures that our manufacturing processes adhere to the strictest safety standards, providing peace of mind to those embarking on your journey, so you can escape with complete confidence.
3. Continuous Improvement:
The ISO 9001 framework encourages a culture of continuous improvement. This means we are committed to analysing feedback, evaluating processes, and implementing enhancements to ensure that our offroad campers and caravans evolve with the changing needs of our customers.
3. Innovation and Premium Features:
We go beyond conventional norms in crafting offroad caravans and campers. RVMAP Accreditation acknowledges our commitment to innovation, ensuring that each product boasts premium features, cutting-edge design, and the latest in offroad technology.
4. Safety First:
When you are towing a caravan or trailer on the road, you are literally putting your life and your family’s lives in the hands of the manufacturer. By adhering to these strict quality guidelines, we are giving our customer’s complete confidence in the product they are purchasing and using.
4. Leading the Way:
By supporting the Industry Association, we are instrumental in leading the way by lifting the standards within the Australian recreational vehicle industry, making it much safer for people using these products.
If you are in the market to buy a caravan or camper trailer, no matter if it is going to towed on tar roads 100% of the time, or taken off road and up mountain trails and dragged across sandy beaches… you need to consider the safety of your caravan, the quality of the materials and construction, the reputation of the manufacturer and after sales service and warranties offered, and their commitment to delivering the highest quality products that the industry can be proud of.
LOOK FOR THE ISO 9001 LOGO AND RVMAP ‘KEY’!
As you plan your next offroad adventure, trust in the RVMAP Accredited seal, and the ISO 9001 accreditation symbols. At MDC, these are one of our biggest points of difference to other manufacturers in the industry, and reflects our dedication to our industry and customers, and redefines the standards of what you should expect when you invest in your next recreational vehicle.
We want you to be able to escape with complete confidence next time you head out on the road with yourself and your loved ones.
*We are avid supporters of The Caravan Industry Association of Australia is the peak national body for the caravanning and camping industry in Australia. The Association’s vision is, “To lead and champion a safe, compliant and sustainable caravanning and camping industry in Australia” and we work tirelessly with them to ensure that you, the customer, is the beneficiary of all their hard work.