THE pegs have been battened in and the final polish applied to the display caravans before the RV and Camping Leisurefest Bendigo at the Bendigo Jockey Club in Epsom today.
Organisers are expecting about 15,000 people to attend the three-day event, the biggest regional show of its type in Australia.
More than 250 motorhomes, caravans, camper trailers and fifth wheelers are displayed over the 135 sites.
Scorching weather is forecast for the weekend, getting up to 37 degrees on Sunday.
Caravan Industry Associations’ chief executive officer Rob Lucas said he was expecting a bumper crowd to enjoy the sunshine.
“Everyone’s expecting a big show,” he said.
“The weather is going to be very kind and we have plenty of sunscreen and places to sit in the shade.”
Mr Lucas said innovative new products such as an anti-sway system produced by AL-KO would be on top of people’s list to see.
“It’s a revolutionary safety mechanism that I think will soon become standard on caravans.”
He said exhibitors were hoping for some big sales at the last meet of the circuit.
“As we end the year the exhibitors would love to get some sales heading into the new year, and this is normally the case.”
Trulux saleswoman Linda Groom said it was vital for her business to attend the event.
“If we’re not here, people think we’ve gone out of business,” she said.
The Melbourne resident was showing off her $185,000 customised fifth wheeler with extended lounge room.
She said fifth wheelers, which hitch onto the tray rather than the tow bar, were popular with farmers.
“We really enjoy coming to Bendigo. Country people are great.
“They really appreciate quality and we find farmers understand attention to detail.”
Kyabram 4WD’s Jeff Wickham has been attending the Leisurefest since its inception in Bendigo 11 years ago. He said the event boosted end-of-year sales.
“We come here because of the work you get from it. It is quite good for sales.”
Mr Lucas said those who hit the Bendigo Jockey Club in the coming days were in for a good time.
“We encourage everyone to enjoy the day and see all the products.
“It’s a show you get to see everything.”
READY: More than 250 motorhomes, caravans, fifth wheelers and the like have taken over the Bendigo Jockey Club for the RV and Camping Leisurefest Bendigo, which opens today. Picture: PETER WEAVING
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