Track Trailers new Outback HQ

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Shiny new headquarters for leading Melbourne manufacturer of off-road campers and hybrid vans

 

Melbourne off-road camper manufacturer Track Trailer has moved into a big new home at 1/640 Dorset Road, Bayswater – almost three times the size of its former premises just two kilometres down the road.

Called ‘Outback HQ’, the prominent 5000sq.m former Clipsal corner property not only houses the factory building Track Trailer Mates, Tvans and Topaz models, but now also incorporates the service department for customer trailers that was previously located in a separate factory.

The huge new night-lit showroom is actually a large insulated and purpose-built Colorbond ‘box’, whose décor resembles the exterior cladding of a Tvan or Topaz and maintains its own separate climate zone to the factory behind.

The full current Track Trailer range is joined there by several Pod Trailer models, as ‘Outback HQ’ is also the Victorian distributor for Stockman Products and an agent for Vehicle Components’ suspension and couplings, ARB products, MaxTrax and Hayman-Reese towing equipment.

Track Trailer Marketing Manager Lloyd Waldron said the larger premises with its manufacturing and front office workforce of 40 has not only allowed Track Trailer to consolidate its operations under a single roof after 10 years in its former location, but also sends the right signal to the market.

 

“Our sales and build volume is up, but we also need to look successful to attract even more business, “ he said. “This new factory is a major statement of that.”

Waldron said Track Trailer had also taken advantage of the move to refine some of its production processes, with all its chassis and suspension modules now being manufactured in a separate welding ‘box’ instead of a remote factory.

A new water deluge system has been installed to test every new product for water and dust ingress, with the water harvested from the factory’s large roof.

There’s no paint shop, as Track Trailer retains its powder-coating and riveting construction system that avoids any wet-painting of assembled components.

Track Trailer plans to offer a range of new comfort features to its 2016 Tvan range, introducing ‘soft’ options such as air conditioning, diesel heating and hot water and a beefier 1.8 tonne suspension option in the New Year.

“Not everyone wants these comfort options,” said Waldron. “In fact some Tvan buyers don’t even want a kitchen. But the market is continually moving towards more comfortable camping and we need to cater for our customers.”

words & photos – Michael Browning
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