Snowy River Caravans has been travelling around the local scene for a while now with our first van sold to the public in April 2016. Development into this venture has been extended and assiduous to get to where we are now. It all began when the Chinese-owned Zhejiang Daide Longcui Automobile Co., Ltd. (Daide Auto, Longtree); a subsidiary of New Gonow Group bought Regent Caravans in 2015 and set about expanding the portfolio with a new brand to be built in their huge facility in China. To oversee the project Snowy River Caravans secured the services of Regent Caravans extensive in-house knowledge who helped develop the Snowy River brand with local conditions and savvy Australian customers in mind.
The team realised they would be dealing with a wary Australian public and needed a commitment to innovation and quality, so, with this as their charter, a blank sheet was given to the design team. The result is a range of vans built using fibreglass reinforced composite wall panels on an internal structure of an aluminium frame and XPS insulation foam. These walls are bonded and fixed to single piece 40mm floor and 42mm roof to form a stable monocoque body. This is set on an dura-gal steel chassis with a semi-independent suspension to complete a well-proportioned and robust structure.
The bonding process of the wall panels took eight months to perfect and was only achieved after a USA made vacuum press was imported to the Chinese factory. At the same time, the designers were at work enhancing the smooth look of the exterior panels for a sporty look that matches the adventurous construction.
The bodies of the vans are constructed in China and shipped on their chassis to Snowy River’s Somerton facility alongside the Regent production line, where appliances are installed and the suspension is fitted. Electrical wiring is then completed to CE certification and the water supply is finalised to Australian Watermark standards.
Our finished vans are available in various layouts to suit the needs of our customers.