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MDC becomes first off-road camper importer to obtain RVMAP Accreditation from Caravan Industry Association of Australia

MDC Camper Trailers & Offroad Caravans (MDC) recently became the first offroad camper trailer and hybrid caravan importer to obtain the voluntary RVMAP accreditation from Caravan Industry Association of Australia.  

MDC has been working with the Caravan Industry Association of Australia for over 12 months regarding its RVMAP accreditation application.

“We are incredibly excited and proud to be the first offroad camper trailer and hybrid caravan importer to display the RVMAP badge on our products” said Managing Director of MDC, Mr Vaughan Hindley. 

“As a company, MDC has always strived to provide the best possible products to market for the benefit of our customers, so achieving RVMAP accredited status really allows us to genuinely demonstrate this commitment”, he continued.  

While initially relating to those products emanating from MDC’s Brisbane Assembly Facility, both MDC and Caravan Industry Association of Australia continue to work towards accrediting units produced from assembly facilities in Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide as soon as travel restrictions associated with COVID-19 allow RV products to be inspected.

Caravan Industry Association of Australia CEO, Mr Stuart Lamont praised the team at MDC, after recently visited their Brisbane operation: “RVMAP accreditation is not handed out lightly, with ongoing evidence of a business’s commitment to supplying product which complies with relevant Australian Design Rules and other Federal construction compliance regulations required to be RVMAP accredited.”

To obtain RVMAP accreditation, an extensive review of products and processes must be completed to the satisfaction of the RVMAP team of compliance engineers, over several inspections.

The Caravan Industry Association of Australia has opened up over 3,000 audit files in the past four years inspecting against Federal compliance commitments, while providing advice to RVMAP businesses regarding their compliance obligations.

Stuart Lamont commented: “With more and more brands and RV products on the market, it is important that consumers have the best possible information available in their purchasing decision.  With the amount of work undertaken by our team of engineers in assisting RVMAP businesses, it is no wonder that they identify nearly four times as many compliance concerns in products supplied by businesses which are not part of RVMAP as opposed to RVMAP accredited businesses.”

“As Australia’s largest distributor of imported RV product, it was encouraging to see the effort being taken by the team at MDC to make sure their products are supplied to the market in accordance with Australian regulations.”      

Products from MDC’s Brisbane facility will carry the RVMAP “International” badge representing to consumers that these products originate from off-shore.

MDC Camper Trailers & Offroad Caravans (MDC) is family owned and run and has been operating for 14 years.  Throughout this time, it has established eight showrooms, making MDC one of Australia’s largest distributors of campers and caravans with over 30,000 units sold nationwide. 

Recreational Vehicle Manufacturing Accreditation Program (RVMAP) is a voluntary industry accreditation programme for manufacturers and importers run by Caravan Industry Association of Australia.  The programme mirrors those Federal construction standards under the responsibility of the Vehicle Safety Standards branch of the Federal Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications. 

Caravan Industry Association of Australia regularly inspects new RV product by RVMAP businesses and provides guidance to meeting their ongoing compliance obligations.  There is a substantial and positive difference in average compliance issues identified between RVMAP businesses and those outside of RVMAP.  Businesses are licenced to use a RVMAP key on any product supplied to market under a current RVMAP licence agreement.