It would appear Korong Caravans was the name of a caravan dealership in Bendigo, Victoria, who sold rebadged vans that were made by Franklin. This is not unlike the Norm Reeman badged caravans that pop up on the forum from time to time, which are also rebadged Franklins.
Forum discussions about Korong caravans can be found in these threads:
1966 (approx) Korong 13ft x 7ft caravan: This van was listed on ebay in July 2009. The seller told me it was sold new by Bendigo York Caravans. I'm pretty sure this van is a Franklin Premier that has had the Korong name branded on it (see top right photo)...
Hi, a comment on the Norm Reeman caravans. We lived in an old caravan on site while we built this house back in the late eighties. It was on its last legs when we got it and when we moved into the house, it went to the great caravan park in the sky - but its badge didn't. Tony felt sentimental over it and he attached it to his workbench (he has soul) and we just went out and rescued it. It reads Norm Reeman Caravans 408 Canterbury Rd., Surrey Hills, Victoria Phone 83 8877 Serial No 305
Post by Don Ricardo on Jul 6, 2012 18:13:00 GMT 10
A late 50's or early 60's van with the 'Korong' name signwritten above the front window, and a Korong name plate.
As indicated the 'Korong' name was applied to a variety of vans sold by Bendigo Caravans, a caravan dealer in Bendigo. This one looks to me as if it is from the Ballarat caravan enclave - Franklin...Coronet...Huntsman?**
Note that there is a very small numerical figure just below and to the right of the 'g' in Korong which indicates the length of the van. I can't quite read it, but at a guess it may be '16' in this case.
**Addendum 14 August 2017: To answer my own question regarding the origins of this van, the shelf in the galley with the single centre support indicates that it was built by Franklin.
Post by Don Ricardo on Jul 17, 2021 15:16:20 GMT 10
Afternoon vintage vanners,
There have been a number of references on the forum over the years to caravans branded as 'Korongs', and we have become familiar with the understanding that Korong Caravans was a caravan dealership based in Bendigo that sold new and/or second hand caravans branded as 'Korong XX' where 'XX' represents the length of the van. So a 'Korong 15' is a 15 ft caravan. Almost all of the vans we have seen on the forum branded as 'Korongs' have been built by Franklin which seems to suggest that Korong was a Franklin dealer with the right to 'badge engineer' the vans with their own name (similar to arrangements that seemed to exist with some other country caravan dealers), or that Korong had a niche market in selling second hand Franklins. There are photos of some of the Korong branded caravans higher up this thread. However, it turns out there is more to the Korong story, as discovered by friends of the forum, Maggie and Corey W.
Korong Caravans started out in the early 1950's as a caravan manufacturer located in a country town outside of Bendigo. The name 'Korong' refers to Mt Korong, north west of Bendigo. At one point, Korong Caravans was located at 43 Mt Korong Road, Bendigo, an address and road which seems to no longer exist.
Maggie and Corey's knowledge of Korong Caravans is connected with their own Korong van which was built by the firm in 1953/4, and which they have restored. They were fortunate to be able to talk to one of the tradesmen who worked at Korong Caravans at around the time their van was built, before the tradesman's death a couple of years ago.
Following are some photos of their Korong van taken at the Bridgewater vintage caravan weekend in 2020 and 2021:
From memory a number of the window frames needed to be rebuilt, and Maggie and Corey chose to paint the frames with a clear finish. However they would originally have been painted the same colour as the rest of the external body.
The space adjacent to the right hand dinette seat in the photos above and below was empty when Maggie and Corey acquired the van. It was probably originally occupied by an integrated ice box which was then removed to fit a refrigerator. However, Maggie and Corey were able to find a stand alone domestic ice box which fits into the space very nicely.
Note the array of head high cupboards located right around the caravan.
The two back windows were originally glazed with glass with an etched design. Unfortunately the glass in one of the windows was broken, and when restoring the van it was decided to move the remaining etched glass pane to the nearside rear window, and to glaze both back windows with plain glass so that they matched. This is the original etched window now on the side of the van:
I am hoping that Maggie and Corey will now come onto the forum and tell us more about what they have discovered with regard to Korong Caravans.