Business profile: SHAREaCAMPER


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Launched in 2015, SHAREaCAMPER is meeting the demand for a more affordable, personalised means of renting a motorhome, while also giving motorhome owners the opportunity to earn extra income.

In a classic case of ‘right time, right place’, SHAREaCAMPER New Zealand came together over a few drinks between strangers. Co-founders Jan Bartel and Florian Dahlmann struck up a conversation with Kiwis Simone and Kristofer Johnstone and talked over the concept of a peer-to-peer campervan hire business.

"We met Jan and Florian in a local pub near where we were living in Germany. They heard our Kiwi accents and sat down for a chat," says Simone.

"With their technical knowledge of websites and our industry knowledge, together we took the idea to market."

By providing a platform for motorhome and caravan owners to connect with travellers and share their vehicles, SHAREaCAMPER gives travellers an easy, more personalised opportunity to live the ‘Kiwi camping dream’.

Unlike traditional rental companies which are geared toward the tourist dollar, SHAREaCAMPER owners don’t have the overheads or expenses of a rental firm. As a result, they are priced very competitively.

One of the big benefits for travellers is the first-hand guidance and knowledge passed on from the motorhome owner.

"Our owners are always willing to share local secrets, such as where the best fishing spot is, who has the best fish and chips or where to find a great park the kids will love," says Kris.

And because each motorhome has been set up just as the owners like them, they’re all unique and offer something different from the standard rental. Whether you’re looking for ultra-modern luxury or a cool retro vibe, you’re sure to find the perfect fit.

For motorhome owners, SHAREaCAMPER is the perfect solution for those days, weeks or months when their vehicle is sitting unused, taking up space in the driveway. Owners maintain control over pricing, availability and who they choose as travellers. Once they’ve signed up their vehicle, owners receive booking requests directly from potential travellers. They can then choose to accept or decline each booking. Listing vehicles is free and SHAREaCAMPER makes payments directly to the owner’s bank account.

"At SHAREaCAMPER we pride ourselves in personal service," says Simone. "From start to finish, we make sure the owner is comfortable with the entire process and the traveller has a fantastic time."

Since their New Zealand launch last year, SHAREaCAMPER has also successfully launched in Australia and Germany.

"Our teams in each country are continuously working on ways to improve our service and ensure owners and travellers get the most from their experience with us," says Kris.
SHAREaCAMPER is already making big waves within the industry.

"It’s been tough being a small fish in a big ocean, and we’ve been faced with a number of challenges, just as every start-up is. But being independent also gives us the advantage of being able to pivot and change our ideas and processes easily to meet and overcome challenges," says Kris.

Simone says that tourism, both international and domestic, is booming in New Zealand.

"Our country is perfect for travelling around in a motorhome," she says. "It’s safe, quiet, clean and green. We have good roads, an amazing national park system and an excellent network of camping grounds. More and more people want to live the Kiwi dream of open road adventure. It’s the best way to see it all."

For those who are new to motorhoming and are planning their first road trip, Simone suggests keeping it simple and taking the time to soak up the scenery.

"Don’t rush through the country trying to fit in as much as possible along the way. Sometimes less is more," she says.

With over 100 owners currently signed up with SHAREaCAMPER, feedback from travellers and owners has been fantastic.

"Travellers love having that personal touch when they meet with owners. We’ve had quite a few travellers who have become owners after using SHAREaCAMPER. What better way to test drive a motorhome before investing in one yourself?"

What owners can earn

Owners set their own daily rate for the hire of their vehicle. And while there are no set rules, SHAREaCAMPER makes it easy with helpful guidelines and advice. It’s a great way to earn extra income during times when a vehicle would otherwise be sitting unused.

Depending on the number of weeks a vehicle is rented out and the price per day, there’s certainly good income to be had. For example, if an owner was to rent out a camper for six weeks of the year at $180 per day, they’d earn $6426 after commission. Bump that up to 18 weeks of the year and you’d be pocketing a very tidy $19,278.

For more information, email info@ shareacamper.co.nz (without the space) or phone 03 668 1211.

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