Gawler Caravan Centre began life soon after 1962
when the successful business of 'Phillips Welding Service', in First
Street, Gawler, South Australia was established. The business operated under
that name between 1962 and 1970.
After buying a caravan for holidays and continually loaning
it to friends, founders Bob and Elaine Phillips bought another. That
caravan too was hired out. Eventually, caravans became the main focus and
the welding business was sold.
Moving to larger premises in Willaston in 1970 (the northern
area of Gawler), saw the business grow and employ 6 people full time. The
establishment of a dedicated caravan sales yard on Adelaide Road, Gawler
(opposite the Gawler Racecourse) around the same time, developed the
business even further.
In June 1976, the workshop was relocated to the current
location on Para Road, Evanston (the southern area of Gawler, behind St.
Brigid's primary school and the Gawler High School). It provided a
workshop and several hectares of space for even more caravans.
For nearly 18 years Gawler Caravan Centre sold
caravans from the Adelaide Road site which was subsequently sold in 1988
when Bob and Elaine were to semi retire. Retirement however didn't last
long and in 1991 when sons Michael and Ken returned to work for the
company, Gawler Caravan Centre embarked on a large expansion
program. Within several years the company had built a new, large and
modern workshop, converted the old workshop into a spare parts shop and
created plenty of space for the caravan sales yard.
Today, Gawler Caravan Centre continues to provide the
same genuine old fashioned service that has been one of its trademarks
for more than 40 years. The company is busier than ever looking after the
needs of caravaners from all over Australia. With new products and
services being offered, along with changing trends in caravan design and
construction, the company's friendly and experienced staff can offer you
first-hand practical advice or assistance with any of your caravan needs.