Let me introduce myself, I'm Ben Searle. Born and raised in Geelong Victoria I am the product of a caravanning family. My father Paul opened a caravan yard in 1972 in Geelong, which he grew, into one of Victoria's biggest retail sales yards. If you keep an eye out while travelling you might even spot one of his original stickers on the back of a Viscount, Milard, Chesney or Roadstar. After 25 years he closed the yard and went to work for Roadstar where he created the brand Compass.
Myself, I started out cleaning vans as a kid for a bit of pocket money. When a caravan show was on in school holidays I would go and hand out brochures and progressed to selling the vans. My first show was for Roadstar but also worked for Peter Ennals, from Cobram Caravans, selling Regal and Compass.
When I moved to QLD in '94 I fell into the motor industry, after being trained as an accountant, which gave me a great foundation to launch my own business 12 years later.
Using my wealth of knowledge from my history in and around caravans, I have designed and have built my own range of caravans KIDMAN. Kidman Caravans offer a range that are both high quality and robust as well as being backed by it's dealer (me) anywhere in Australia. Now it's my turn to build a business and involve my two kids who hopefully one day will thank me.
I have gathered practical experience on caravanning when my partner and I went around Australia in 2006, we called it the "Discover OZ tour" and for those of you that haven't done it, stop making excuses and get going. I took heaps of photos and have lots of stories so feel free to come in have a look around and ask lots of questions, I am more than happy to help.
"live the dream"
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The first New Age Caravan came out of production in 2008. By 2009 New Age Caravans had produced 7 different prototypes and designs. The product was taken to the market with an overwhelmingly positive response. New Age has been rightly credited with revolutionising the caravan Industry. Their devotion and commitment to the R & D of a modern contemporary caravan design has placed them at the forefront of the industry. The year ending 2010 New Age Caravans were building 20 caravans a month 240 per year this gave them the catalyst needed to take the business into its next phase. By the end of 2012 they had their own retail arm staff had increased by 40% and New Age Caravans were producing over 800 caravans a year, this was achieved through improvements in design, quality and overall business acumen. A new manufacturing facility was established in 2013 in Epping Victoria. This expansion underpinned the level of growth the company had achieved in such a small period of time. Production had increased as had the focus on detail, the purchasing process and most importantly the advancement of designs and options available to a burgeoning customer base, with 10 model ranges and 35 layouts available.
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