WHAT has been hailed as the most
expensive caravan in Australia has rolled off the production line.
Queensland-based Zone RV built the carbon fibre Summit series off-roader,
which cost almost a quarter of a million dollars, for Gold Coast
businessman Brendon Dickinson.
And director Matt Johns told Caravanning News that four more
caravans costing a whopping $174,000 each were also on order.
"Obviously we are pleased with the result of building and selling the most
advanced caravan Australia has seen," he said.
"It has further cemented Zone as the leading luxury off-road caravan
"The price tag, although ground breaking, isn't
the most notable feature on a technological masterpiece that has been
judged the most innovative caravan in the country ... and that is what we
are most proud of."
RVs had failed to live up
Zone RV, located on the Sunshine Coast, is believed to be the only caravan
manufacturer in the world building with carbon fibre.
Mr Dickinson and wife Sarah are experienced caravanners but say that
previous RVs had failed to live up to
Their new Zone "Rolls Royce" of caravans has no rivets, screws or
fasteners. Its four one-piece panels make up the floor, roof and side
walls joined by state-of-the-art bonding technology.
Leading edge technology will allow the Dickinsons
to operate sophisticated features from an iPad,
such as wireless suspension control with smart level to adjust ride height
It can be used to control the electric awning,
remote-control 4G signal booster antenna,
monitor solar inputs and water tank levels, and a Truma app to control the
air conditioning, heater and hot water system.
The caravan has sensor lighting, four external cameras and internal
security monitor, lithium battery and 10 solar panels.
Mr Johns said there was a "massive demand" for hi-tech RVs and it was
likely his company would build one to surpass these specifications and
"Our biggest growth is with our off-road series which incorporates
much of the Summit technology and certainly the build quality with
100 percent timber-free structure and finishings.
"To be honest, with limited production slots available in 2019 our biggest
challenge is how to keep up with demand."