Explore the country with Caravan and Camping Hire Australia
For many people, making an epic road trip around the “Land Down Under” occupies a prominent spot on their bucket list. RVers, in particular, look at maps of Australia’s miles and miles of terrain, and begin to dream of hiring/renting a campervan or trailer to explore it all.
Wes Smith, founder and managing director of Caravan and Camping Hire Australia, is dedicated to making those dreams come true. The company was born on Australia Day, January 26, 2014, Wes says, and right away “went bonkers” with popularity. His company is now the country’s number one peer-to-peer caravan, camper and RV hiring community, with over 300 privately owned vehicles for hire in all of Australia’s states.
“We are booking approximately 15,000 days of hires each year and this number grows all the time,” Wes says. “We project that we’ll have 1,000 owners signed up and hiring out their RVs by the end of 2019. There are enormous amounts of money to be made in the sharing economy for the Caravan/RV industry in Australia but the education process is still something that is a problem because many owners don’t realize how safe and secure our systems are, how much work we do for them to protect them, and also how much money our existing owners are already making each year.”
Wes estimates that most RVs sit unused in their owner’s driveway 90% of the time. Some members of his community are reportedly clearing up to $20,000 a year hiring out their vehicles. “We even have people buying brand new RVs just to hire them out,” he says.
As a visitor to Australia, it’s easy to hop in a caravan and start cruising as if you’re back home. From coastal journeys to Outback adventures cutting through the heart of the country, a classic road trip is one of the best ways to experience the wide-open terrain and magnificent scenery of Australia. Conveniently, Caravan and Camping Hire AUS accepts international travellers from all over the world. Most have come from Europe, with just a few from the U.S. so far. Americans can use their U.S. driver’s license for up to three months while driving in Australia, and need to meet the minimum age requirement of 25 for vehicle rental.