We’re all about the off-road
Modcon Campers is proud to be a family owned business. It was started by Phyllis and Kerry Jones who both grew up in the Riverina region of NSW surrounded by farmland and wheat fields. After school, Kerry went onto agricultural college and then on to the CSIRO. Kerry and Phyllis had two daughters – Kellie and Toni.
The Jones family wanted to ensure that their kids grew up with the same type of surroundings that they had – large open spaces, animals and fresh air. This, combined with their passion for camping, led to many happy family camping trips all across the east coast of Australia.
In 1996, after 16 years in the Federal Police, Kerry decided that he would get back to his roots. His interest was always in engineering and manufacturing – he was forever tinkering on cars and lawn mowers and tractors. He went into manufacturing on a small scale. It started with welding trailers and then camping trailers and then redesigning the family camper trailer. And he really hasn’t stopped since!
After officially founding Modcon around 25 years ago, Kerry has gone on to design, refine and improve hundreds of different camper trailers. Many of these models have proven to be very successful, particularly the forward fold camper trailers.
Signs of change
Over the years, the love of camping continued to grow in Australia. Soon, Brisbane had the second largest camping trade show in the world. This brought a lot of commercial interest into the camping industry and a lot of new brands. Due to the increase in sophistication of customer requirements and the demand for touring products in Australia, campers were now coming with large water carrying capacities, full stainless-steel kitchens, fridge boxes, hot water systems, double spare wheels, innerspring mattresses and a lot of the creature comforts from home.
Camper trailers now offered people a way to go camping comfortably and see all the sights that this beautiful country offers.
The Modcon range combines products from all over the world to make a unique product that suits the Australian market with quality, longevity and ease of use in mind. Some examples are the main body of the camper being fabricated in China, the stoves from the UK and the diesel heating systems and hot water systems being produced locally. Many components are still purchased in Australia from Australian owned companies. In today’s manufacturing and fabrication industry, the secret is to source the best components, regardless of where they come from.
Modcon is not only run by the Jones Family but also the extended ModCon Family. They have 15 employees who all contribute to the production of each camper, plus feedback from the large Modcon customer base ensures constant improvement.
Each camper spends three weeks undergoing assembly, fitting out and testing before being handed over to a new Modcon owner. It will go through five departments to ensure the quality control is checked at every point, including the undercarriage, electrical, external fit out and internal fit out. The camper is then moved to pre delivery where the actual sales people you speak with go over the camper to prepare for handover.
A comprehensive ‘handover procedure’ is carried out by Modcon staff at delivery time. Modcon endeavours to ensure all owners have a complete knowledge of their new purchase.
Modcon ensures that continued innovation occurs with their models as well as new models being released. Their customers are invaluable in identifying possible improvements or limitations in the ModCon range. This feedback ensures all models are fine tuned to maximum efficiency and quality.