MDC obtains RVMAP accreditation in Australia

Australian firm MDC Camper Trailers & Offroad Caravans has become the first company of its kind to obtain Recreational Vehicle Manufacturing Accreditation Program (RVMAP) accreditation from the Caravan Industry Association of Australia (CIAA). MDC, which is a leading importer and supplier of camper trailers and offroad hybrid campers, has eight showrooms around Australia and has sold more than 30,000 units in the country. The company has been working with the CIAA for more than a year on the RVMAP accreditation application. 

MDC managing director, Vaughan Hindley, said: “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. 

“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.”

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

CIAA CEO Stuart Lamont added: “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.”


No mean feat

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 continued: “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.

Photo caption: Stuart Lamont (Caravan Industry Association of Australia CEO) & Vaughan Hindley (Managing Director of MDC Camper Trailers & Offroad Caravans).