Year: 2020

We are Moving!

New Age Caravans Gold Coast is relocating to an exciting new location at 328 Brisbane Road, Arundel. As we plan this move, we will be closed from the 16th December 2020 and reopening on the 29th December 2020. During this period, for all sales and service enquiries please contact us on 07 5593 8228 during business hours. Our service department will reopen on the 4th January and our sales department will continue to take enquiries throughout. We look forward to welcoming you into our new Dealership in the new year.

We understand this may cause some inconvenience and ask for your patience over this time.

We look forward to seeing you at our new site and wish all our valued customers a safe and Merry Christmas.

How to Operate your RV Wifi

RV Wifi is a popular option to access wireless internet in your caravanning and camping adventures. Here are some handy hints!

Some luxury New Age caravans feature RV Wifi as standard. These units are mounted within an overhead cupboard and wired to 12V.

Set Up your RV Wifi Unit

To allow your RV Wifi to access data, slide a standard size Sim Card into the base of the unit.

To allow your RV Wifi to access data, slide a standard size Sim Card into the base of the unit. Most sim cards that have a data allowance and are an Australian Provider on the 4G Mobile network will suffice.

Connect to your RV Wifi Unit

1) On the device (phone/laptop/tablet), go to: settings
2) Go to: Wi-Fi
3) Wait for RVWIFI123abc (each router will have its own unique series of numbers and letters following RV WIFI), to come up on the list of possible WIFI options

4) Click on RVWIFI123abc
5) If the device has already been connected to the RVwifi Router it will recognise it and connect automatically, however if this is the first time connecting to it, it will ask for the WIFI password
6) Type in the password ” rvwifi1234 ” – (all lower case)

7) Wait for the device to indicate that it is connected. If at this point you cannot connect, perform a factory reset.

How to do a Factory Reset

WARNING: This procedure will reset all of the settings applied to this router, back to original factory settings, and your passwords will be forgotten. Use this procedure if errors are occurring that may be related to unknown settings.
Once you have followed the steps below, please follow the User Manual to set up a new password. A downloadable version of this can be found on our website:
Please note, this does not impact any data usage or activation.

Follow these steps below to return your RV Wi-Fi router to the factory settings.

  1. Locate on the side of our router, the ‘Reset’ button.
  2. Using a pointed instrument – like a pen, depress and hold the button until the Wi-Fi button on the front of the router begins to ‘flash’ quickly.
  3. Release the ‘Reset’ button.
  4. The lights on the front of the router will all light up and after 2 minutes the unit will have ‘reset’ to factory settings
  5. Turn the router off and on.

Still experiencing issues?

Please get in contact with RV wifi on

Would you like to Consign your Caravan?

Consign my caravan logo

We are good to go for travelling in QLD and many new people are entering the caravan market we have seen an influx in the second hand market. This means we need more stock!

Consignment is an easy way for you to move your unwanted caravan, speak with Russell at New Age GC regarding your van, the price you wish to achieve and also how we help.


– Full Marketing Package.
– Able to be viewed 7 days a week.
– Cleaned.
– Service and Safety completed.
– You don’t need to worry about being haggled or replying to numerous enquiries.
– Paid as soon as van is handed over to new owners.
– Low Consignment Fee’s.

See you soon!

New Age Caravans Gold Coast


51 Casua Drive

Varsity Lakes QLD 4227

May 2020 – Caravan World’s review on Desert Rose

WALKING TALL Author: John Ford

For a company that didn’t set out to build caravans, New Age has come a long way. When they set up in 2004 as New Age Frames & Designs, the object was to supply caravan builders in Campbellfield, Victoria, with CNC built furniture and structural frames.

But after four years, they saw a way to revolutionise the local caravan scene with modern aesthetics in line with inner-city apartment living. Gone was the rustic timber look and in was a pallette of striking colours and square finished joinery. It shook up the industry, and they haven’t looked back — they are now amongst the most prominent builders in the country, producing 2500 caravans, pop-tops and campers in 2019 alone.

Their success led Walkinshaw Automotive Group to join the party in 2018, when they were looking to diversify before the imminent demise of Holden. Walkinshaw’s expertise in automotive design and engineering includes modifying such cars as Holden Special Vehicles (HSV), running a supercar team and converting imported Camaros and Silverados to Australian standards.

Along with testing equipment, like a seven-post rig that replicates hundreds of kilometres of rough road travel in minutes, Walkinshaw has its own proving ground for real-time research and development. A dedicated clay modelling studio assists with conceptual designs and their robotic welding equipment ensures perfectly aligned and engineered chassis construction.

Included in changes to New Age RVs are the distinctive ABS moulded rear panels being introduced across the range. Also, in line with automotive practice, is the mandrel-bent chassis that forms the chassis and A-frame in a single run of steel, rather than welding the join as seen on most vans.

The van on test is the 18ft Desert Rose — there’s also a 20ft version for those wanting a larger ensuite and more living space. Outlined in the brochure as an explorer’s caravan designed for longer, rougher trips, the Desert Rose has tougher underpinnings than their more sedate on-road models. While not a full offroader, the mission is to handle those long, torturous stretches of corrugated outback track that wreak havoc on any less solidly built van.


While it might sound like I’m contradicting what I have said about the modern approach the company takes to design, in some ways the Desert Rose’s exterior retains traditional elements. The new ABS rear end is there admittedly, and it looks the goods with new black moulding incorporating lights and spare tyre, but the raised profile aluminium sides hark back to a more classic styling.

That aside, the Desert Rose is unmistakably a dirt road tourer, with the almost essential livery of grey sides and black checkerplate skirts, high riding stance, black alloy wheels with chunky Cooper tyres, and a mammoth toolbox on the A-frame. If looks are any indication of performance, then the Desert Rose is ready to go to places distant and wild.

It might surprise some that this avant-garde builder sticks with timber frame construction, but despite reluctance amongst some buyers, a well-sealed Meranti construction offers the benefits of light weight and flexibility needed for offroad travel. Polystyrene insulation sits between the wall studs, and at the front a composite sheet rides over high checkerplate for protection from weather and flying stones.

In the interests of proper weight distribution, the second spare sits on the A-frame alongside the vast toolbox and a set of jerry can holders. Protected by a full-width stone guard, the box houses two 9kg gas bottles, leaving room for pesky items like mats and sundries that take up lots of room but need quick access.

The coupling is our favourite Cruisemaster DO-35 fully rotating hitch, and I liked that they have included a guard for the tap and BMPro Sway control as standard.


With a full length of 150mm x 50mm hot dipped chassis and A-frame, the Desert Rose

has a strong foundation. Cruisemaster XT trailing arm suspension with twin shock absorbers each side do the job of softening the ride and the 12in offroad drum brakes help bring everything to a stop efficiently. Wheels are smart-looking 16in alloys with 265×75 all-terrain tyres.

This setup is de rigueur for today’s set of adventure travellers and, driven sensibly, its engineering is built to cope with some hard travel and last the distance. Tare weight is approximately 2860kg, so with an ATM of 3460kg, you get a decent 600kg payload, even taking the 238kg of water and gas capacity (presuming empty grey water tank) into account.

Underneath, checkerplate protects a pair of 110L water tanks and a grey water tank from flying rocks, but I would have liked similar protection for the PVC drainpipes. More storage is found in checkerplate toolboxes under the body, and the two 110Ah lithium batteries are similarly placed to give good access and save space inside.

As much as we have praised the modern interior — and we will get there soon — an offroad van is all about enjoying the serenity of the bush. Because of this, much of the cooking will be outside, so the Desert Rose comes with a stainless steel Dometic kitchen and handy entertainment package.

The slide-out kitchen has three gas burners and a sink with water, and there’s a handy keyless foldout picnic table further back for food prep. As well as an entertainment hatch for a television, a Fusion sound panel gives access to your Bluetooth music library. Other outside features include a rearview camera with a bright LED light for reversing or working at the back of the van at night, and a driver-side exterior shower and more lighting.

Entry is via a heavy-duty three-way Dometic Columbia door and a two-stage Techno electric folding step that seemed high enough, when folded, to avoid most offroad hazards.


Even with high expectations of how great the inside should look, stepping inside was a pleasant surprise and the well-finished glossy black and white interior is right on-trend — the tough exterior really contrasts with a rocking interior that New Age invented.

Black sink and tap fittings in the kitchen and ensuite are standard items, but otherwise, your colour choices are extensive, so there

should be an option that suits everyone e if the review van’s combination is too stark. I have a pretty conservative attitude to interior design, but even so, I liked the simplicity of the colour scheme, and I particularly liked the impeccable square-finish joinery.

There’s only so much you can do with an

18ft caravan design, and the layout follows the typical trend with a rear ensuite, front bed and a central living area. The kitchen runs along the passenger side, placing a comfortable leather-clad cafe style dinette opposite. Appliances are a level above most vans and include a Thetford hybrid induction and gas cooktop, grill and oven, microwave and a 216L Dometic compressor fridge.

The dinette is a comfortable place to eat or relax, and a big window makes the most of the view. Extensions for feet-up relaxing seem sturdy and allow a comfortable position leaning against the wall to watch the 28in television.

Electronics in the van are as good as you could expect and should give reliable power for a few days even in cloudy weather. Three 150W solar panels on the roof charge the pair of 110A lithium batteries through a BMPro BP35HA smart charger, and an Odyssey control panel monitors power input and usage as well as water levels.

“Even with high expectations of how great the inside should look, stepping inside was a pleasant surprise and the wellfinished glossy black and white interior is right on-trend.”

The ensuite is roomy enough for most folk to move around easily and the way the vanity curves inward for more room at the toilet while leaving maximum space at the floating basin for toiletries is clever. Other thoughtful touches include an easily accessible wallmounted washing machine, frosted shower door and a soap dispenser.


Our review took us north-east of Melbourne over motorways, winding secondary roads, some well-kept forestry tracks and a short run over farmland to simulate finding an offgrid campsite. The van towed faithfully over all terrains, as you would expect from the capable suspension. Ground clearance was suitable for the conditions, but I’d be careful on any rocky, unmade tracks, with some of the pipes and the step looking vulnerable to damage in such situations.

Most 4WD utes and, of course, the

LandCruiser and Patrol will make easy work of towing. The van was unladen for our review and felt well balanced and pulled without fault, experiencing no banging or lurching over the rougher sections, and was smooth and stable at motorway speeds.

Tare weight is 2860kg, so a suitable heavyduty tow vehicle is necessary, especially if you want to extend the 600kg carrying capacity to its 3460kg limit. Check your vehicle’s gross combined limits to ensure you will be legal and safe.


Even with a price tag approaching $100k, we rate the Desert Rose as good value. Nothing has been spared in the electronics setup for extended travel, and the stylish interior will be a delight at the end of a hard day’s driving.

Couples who appreciate the comfort and room to move without the pressures of a larger van will be attracted to the look and practicality of the 18-footer.

Latest Walkinshaw Response to COVID19

caravan manufacturing and assembly line

New Age Caravans Gold Coast are proud to report that Walkinshaw Automotive Group (our manufacturer) has volunteered to help both Federal and Victorian Governments to design, engineer and assemble any emergency medical equipment which could help in the current Coronavirus crisis and can be made with 3D printing facilities. Read more about this story here at car advice.

COVID 19 Update

New Age Caravans Gold Coast has the wellbeing of our staff, customers and fellow travelers as our first priority. During these extreme circumstances, as a business, we are taking every necessary action to ensure the safe continuation of our business in order to provide you with the highest level of customer service.
Our Dealership staff have put into action all necessary protocols to ensure a safety-first approach with hygiene. Any staff member that are feeling unwell are remaining at home until cleared by a doctor in order to protect customers and fellow staff members. In addition, any staff member that has been overseas or inter-state is in self-isolation as mandated by state and federal government.
For customers who wish to minimise personal contact, we encourage you to call or email ahead of time to avoid unnecessary wait times and idle proximity to others. This can also be facilitated through this website and via Chat here on this website.
Rest assured, customers are our focus and we are committed to meeting and exceeding new and current customer expectations in regard to sales, deliveries and servicing. We are working very closely with our New Age Pty Ltd and local business partners to ensure minimal impact is had on our deliveries and servicies. New Age Caravans Gold Coast is still here to support you.

We’d like to thank our passionate customers for their support and understanding. New Age Caravans Gold Coast is an experienced and diverse dealership and we’ll be drawing upon our collective experience to navigate the upcoming months.
News and announcements are continuing to be made by state and federal governments which we will continue to monitor and update as things change. We will use our website and Facebook page to keep you up to date on any news that might impact you.

Go Travelling Next Year – On Us!

Hit The Road And Travel Australia next year with an Assistance Package to get you started.

  1. Offer is valid for all retail sales received across new 2021 ordered caravans, pop tops and camper trailers from 4th Nov to 30th November 2020.
  2. All eligible caravans and camper trailers must be delivered in 2021.
  3. This program is not retrospective and shall apply to new Dealer retail orders received during the program period on new caravans & camper trailers only.
  4. Used caravans are not included in this campaign.
  5. Travel Credit applies to Big 4 Accommodation or Fuel Vouchers which will be activated upon delivery.
  6. Road Owl caravans purchased receive either 1 solar panel or 2 Sirocco fans valued at $750.
  7. Manta Ray Caravans purchased receive 1 150W Solar Panel and 2 Sirocco fans valued at $1500.
  8. XU Toy Haulers purchased receive a Dust Reduction System and 2 sirocco fans valued at $1600.
  9. Big Reds purchased receive a battery upgrade to 2 x Lithium valued at $2200.
  10. Oz Classics purchased receive a 150W solar panel and 1 lithium battery valued at $2200
  11. Desert Roses purchased receive a Gas Heater valued at $3500
  12. Road Owl and Gecko poptops purchased receive 2 x Sirocco Fans valued at $750
  13. Manta Ray poptops purchased receive a choice of 2 of 3 of the following upgrades: 2 x Sirocco Fans, Reverse Camera, Leatherette upholstery upgrade.
  14. Wayfinders purchased receive a bonus set of roof racks valued at $1000
  15. Each customer that purchases a new build New Age caravan, pop top or camper trailer will then go in the draw to win a choice of the following prizes:
  1. Year supply of Fuel
  2. $4,000 of BIG4 travel vouchers and gift cards
  3. 2 x Qualisport e bikes – value $3,800
  1. Offer is not transferable, assignable or exchangeable for other goods or services. Offer cannot be exchanged for additional discount.
  2. New Age Caravans Gold Coast will not be accountable for any promises made by the Manufacturer outside of these terms and conditions.
  3. Decisions by New Age Caravans Gold Coast are final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  4. New Age Caravans Gold Coast accepts no responsibility for any tax implications that may arise from this promotion.
  5. New Age Caravans Gold Coast reserves the right to make changes or close the program early at any time without prior notification. Errors and omissions excepted.

*Offer strictly ends 30th November 2020

Best Aussie Vans Winner

We are WINNERS! At this years Best Aussie Vans competition we have taken out the awards submitting our New Age Manta Ray Luxury caravan winning Best Build Quality and Best Customer Care.

Australia’s iconic “Best Aussie Vans” competition proudly supported by Alko has finished the October judgements based on:

  • Value for Money
  • Towability
  • Liveability
  • Innovation
  • Layout
  • Quality
  • Customer Care

to name a few. New Age Caravans Walkinshaw designed Manta Ray model took out best build quality and customer care for 2019.

Check out some of the pictures and feature video taken during location judging here.

Win a Merv Hughes Fishing pack

New Age Caravans are proud to join Merv Hughes on his Fishing Show once again this 2020 as naming rights partner. New Age Caravans love supporting this show and we here Merv is looking forward to testing out some of our Australian Made caravans. You can check them out here. On 7mate 4.30pm.

As part of a promotional giveaway for New Age, the first 30 customers that buy a caravan between 5th July and 6th September can win a fishing pack. The fishing pack includes:   1x Pair of Tonic Sunglasses, 1x Reidy’s Lure pack, 1x Shimano rod and reel combo, 1x Minelab GO FIND – 22, 1x 9.5L My Coolman cooler/warmer

Tips and Tricks to Operating your NCE TV in your New Age Caravan

Does your New Age Caravan have an NCE Smart TV? There are a few tips and tricks that we would like to share with you

The NCE Smart TV operates on 12V power (there is also a 240V power cord if you need it).

Ensure a 12V power supply is running to your caravan (the Drifter unit connected to your batteries near the door entry needs to be on).

Ensure the 12V power cord is connected to the TV at the back *before* plugging the cord into the caravan’s ceiling power point (which looks like a cigarette lighter). This often will prevent a fuse blowing.

For Free to Air TV, ensure you have erected your caravan antenna and the booster is on. Then plug your antenna cable from the caravan into the RF In point of the TV.

For Satellite TV, ensure you have erected your Satellite and the booster is on. Then plug your coaxial cable from the satellite/caravan into the Coax In point of the TV.

If a fuse has blown you will know because the power cord will not display a light and also the LED ceiling lights in your caravan will not be working. The fuse to replace in this instance is in the connecter of the power cord going into the roof.

Still Need Assistance?

If you need further assistance feel free to call the helpful team at NCE

Tel: 1300 366 024