A German entrepreneur who is now based in Sydney, has embarked on a business model similar to AirBnB where caravan, camper, motorhome and RV owners can rent out their vehicles to other travellers, instead of leaving them sit idle while not in use.
Thirty-three year old Florian Dahlmann together with his friend and business partner Jan Bartel came up with their plan whilst on a trip to New Zealand in 2015. As they toured the country in their rental camper, they noticed many other privately owned caravans and campers and thought how nice they looked in comparison to their tired little rental. And so the idea of Share-A-Camper was born.
Their company is located in Darlinghurst, NSW and also operates in New Zealand and Germany. Florian and Jan plan to expand into the US, France, UK, and Canada. Some of the most active caravan and camping communities in the world.
Australian statistics show that campervans had the biggest growth rate of any vehicle in 2016 with a rise in sales of 4.5 per cent. The Caravan Industry Association reports that the number of RV's on Australian roads, including caravans and motorhomes etc, that are registered for road use in Australia, now exceeds 556,000. Tourism research reveals a 12% increase in the number of overseas caravanning visitors to Australia in the past 12 months. Some great statistics which point to a successful business venture for Florian and Jan. We wish them luck in their new venture.