Local campers making tracks Australia wide
DETERMINED to boost Bundaberg's business industry, within two years of opening, Kelly Campers have gained national recognition for their 4x4 off-road hybrid camper trailers.
The local business has become finalists in the Camper Trailer of the year 2017 awards for the Glenrowan II camper trailer.
"A couple of the biggest things we've focused on is being all Australian made, the ease of set up, one person can set it up, and it is very secure," Owner of Kelly Campers David Willoughby said.
"We find a lot of our older clients really like that feature and there's a deadbolt on the door, so you can lock the door from the inside and being older and more frail they still feel perfectly safe."
Kelly Campers sales executive, Todd Burrows said the Glenrowan is made completely from aluminium with the chassis made from steel, so it's really light and can be towed by anything down to a Rav 4, as it has a GVM of 1900.
"It only takes 10 minutes to set up, so you could have it up and down within half an hour." Mr Burrows said.
"70% of the campers are built in the workshop and what we can't do, we get other local business to do and if they can't do it, we go to Brisbane, but we avoid all importation of any kind.
"We design and manufacture in Bundaberg, we don't just assemble it here."
While the owners name is David and his beard was shaved off for Shave for A Cure, he said he used to have a great big beard like Ned Kelly and the nickname stuck.
From the name, logo, camper names and right down to the mud-flaps, each feature incorporate some link to the iconic Australian bushranger.
They have the Greta, which was the name of the town where Ned lived and Glenrowan was where he had his siege.
Kelly Campers is on the verge of releasing their latest camper, the Beechworth - the town where Ned's trial took place.
"We've been in construction for 10 years, with my business Ali, Glass and Stainless and two years ago we decided to do a bit of diversification," Mr Willoughby said.
"If you came up to the factory car park all the cars were four wheel drives and all the guys who worked for us were keen fishermen and campers, so there was always that interest and there was never a camper on the market that ticked all the boxes and we had the facilities and the guys so we decided to build one."
Mr Burrows said the design really focuses on double use, both for the business and the campers.
"We also want to be the little business that does get involved with the community," Mr Burrows said.
"That's why we held the Christmas party in the RTM carpark to help raise awareness for local business.
"We are just excited about the potential growth for the business in Bundy - we want to see more doors open than closed."
The winner of Camper Trailer of the year, will be announced in Camper Trailer Australia magazine in February.
Kelly Campers is on 4 McRae St, Bundaberg North.
For more information call 4153 1417 or visit www.kellycampers.com.au/