GoRV - Digital Magazine Issue #57 - Page 62

THE FUTURE OF CARAVAN

CONSTRUCTION WORDS : MAX TAYLOR ARE YOU IN THE MARKET FOR A NEW CARAVAN ? HERE ’ S WHY YOU SHOULD CONSIDER SANDWICH PANEL CONSTRUCTION …

Throughout the decades , caravan manufacturers have experimented with numerous ways to build their vans . Some have stuck , some have been scrapped . There remains a handful of ways caravans are built in this country : aluminium sheeting over a meranti timber ( dating back to 1940 ) or an aluminium frame ; and one-piece composite aluminium or fibreglass panelling , also known as ‘ sandwich panels ’.
Some manufacturers have developed one-piece ( monocoque ) fibreglass shells , while others offer full plywood walls sheeted with aluminium . These , however , are the exception rather than the norm .
The trend , however , is towards one-piece composite aluminium or fibreglass panels . And for good reason . In this article , we ’ ll look at why this just might be the future of caravan construction in Australia .
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