This page from the 1954 “Australian Caravans and Touring”, as it was then called, shows “The new factory and display centre of G. K. Harris, Aspley, Brisbane.” In the Caravan Trade's Directory in the rear of the same manual their address is shown as 30 Howie St. Eagle Junction, Brisbane..... so apparently they moved during 1953.
This page from the 1957 Caravan & Touring Manual shows that the buyer of an Arrow caravan was given the option of having a 19 gauge sheet aluminium exterior.
And from the 1959 C & T manual. This first advertisement, if you read the text carefully, is different to the 1961 one below.
Arrow caravans in 1961. Here the option to have aluminium exterior is no more
Here is a little bit more info on Arrow 'vans It is thought to be a 1959 model
The shed has been built around the 'van which will make extraction interesting.
Unlike the royal model this one has painted interior
Which would seem to indicate it is not a “Royal” because nobody would paint over the Silver Ash timber..... would they ?.... but on the other hand aluminium sheeting was an option only on the “Royal” series in 1959 and this 'van does also have the Jones Dolly wheel that was fitted to the “Royal” so I suppose it's a "Royal" without Silver Ash.
In 1961 aluminium was either an option or compulsory depending on which Keith Winser page you're looking at. In these specification pages below it's an option.. but in the advertisement above in reply #6 it's not.
Post by Don Ricardo on Aug 24, 2011 17:53:30 GMT 10
One of my V V colleagues with a special interest in Arrow caravans recently met Ron Chapman from Caravanning Queensland:
"Anyway, it appears Ron knew George Harris [the manufacturer of Arrow Caravans] very well and sent me a copy of a picture that he had. You may like to add this to the Arrow History File.
"It is was taken at the 1957 Melbourne Caravan Show, and was the first Queensland made caravan, ever to be shown outside Queensland.
"The Caravan is the Arrow Royal, 15', with GK Harris standing next to it."
It is interesting to note that one of the items posted by Cobber in Reply #1 above shows a photo of an Arrow caravan on display at the !957 Sydney Caravan Show, so it appears that 1957 was a year in which G K Harris may have decided to try and build Arrow's reputation interstate. Arrow Caravans were also represented at the first Australian caravan show (as opposed to motor show) held in Melbourne in 1954.
Thanks to my colleague for passing on this great photo.