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OUR STORY

The family behind Sportscruiser Caravans
 
Meet The Team

John Smallwood - Founder of Sportscruiser Caravans

An over energetic 70+ year old (who thinks he’s still 40). John grew up in the healthy lifestyle of competitive sailing as a young bloke. What does this have to do with caravans? Quite simply… a life experience of manufacturing with fibreglass & a fine attention to detail! That starts the story of how he and Wendy got into manufacturing Sportscruiser Caravans. They couldn’t find the technical quality - modern day innovation in manufacture, or the functionality / practicality and efficiency that only a genuine caravan enthusiast would understand. John is now head of our sales department, working from the road – holidaying in the product he’s worked so hard to create.

 
 
 

Joel – Owner/factory manager

 

Husband, dad and lover of the great Australian outdoors. Joel has been the factory manager as well as the main tradesman at Sportscruiser Caravans since 2012. With 13 years experience in the caravan and motorhome industry and a lifetime of learning about fibreglass from his dad. He and his wife, Jess, are proud to provide an ever-improving product of the highest quality from an honest, family-based company, building on the foundations laid before them.

“Needless to say, many years experience with Fibreglass manufacturing, repairing and modification - is in large part behind the structural integrity, attention to detail and the current innovative design you see in the Sportscruiser Caravans today.”
 
 
 
Love affair with the great outdoors

Getting back to nature has always been a lifestyle that John & Wendy Smallwood engrained their family in, John captured Wendy’s heart back in 1964, and it was right from the beginning that their love affair with Australia’s Great Outdoors started those many moons ago. The irony of this story…. here we are all these years later, who would ever have thought that together they would be now helping people enjoy the same quality of life.

 

When Joel and Jess got married, they were on a major budget. The day after their wedding, they bought a tent and road tripped from the Sunshine Coast, up to Cairns and back, setting and packing up each day. 10 years later, they still enjoy spending as much time as possible enjoying creation with their 3 young children but now travel in a lot more comfort than a tent. Jess says, “It’s the most convenient way to travel with kids, it’s like bringing a luxury hotel room with you.” Happy wife, happy life, right?

 
 

 

 
 
 
Being ahead of the game

Where we are Today

With the revolution of modern day ultra lightweight and super strong composite sandwich foam fibreglass construction, the caravan manufacturing industry has positively been transformed - with Sportscruiser caravans and the direct recipients (you…. our customers!) being the deserved beneficiaries.

As John quotes:

“if you’re not ahead of the market -or up with the market…you’ll get left behind!”

Believe it or not - this positions Sportscruiser caravans as a rare commodity and ahead of the market. All of the issues from old world timber/alloy framed & cladded caravans of yesteryear are no longer a risk to Sportscruiser caravans an it’s users. We’re very proud of that!

But it’s not just the quality of the innovative materials used here at Sportscruiser Caravans that makes them so good. It’s the wonderful user experience received in our caravans that is just as important. Whether that’s the ample cupboard space and need for storage, a comfortable night’s sleep with a genuine sized bed, instant hot water to shower under - or - the privacy and comfort of your own toilet that is equally as important. Sportscruiser Caravans are created to deliver a recreational experience rarely found in Caravan design.

“Smart caravan design usually always comes from someone that uses one themselves.”

 
 

 

 

 
 
Being ahead of the game

What the future holds

Sportscruiser Caravans is in good stead for the future. Whilst John is stepping back into a more relaxed role, and Joel takes the helm, the vision and values of Sportscruiser remain the same.... it's Kaisen - Japanese for Improvement. 

 

With a move to complete manufacturing of Sportscruiser vans in Australia, we are bringing quality control to a whole new level, using local, Queensland businesses to support the economy and providing the best of the best for Sportscruiser customers. Built from the ground up, new vans will have chassis and suspension built by Cruisemaster - the most trusted source for underbody caravan work in Australia.  We are committed to providing the best in engineering qualities to ensure that we are deliver a top-quality product, known for its strength, reliability, amazing handling and an astounding extra load capacity of 500-800kg.  Add to this an unbelievable amount of included extras, ensuring better value for money than our competitors. 

 

“Kaizen - a Japanese philosophy of continuous improvement of working practices on personal efficiency.”

 

 
 

 

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