The share economy, has changed things in Australia.
The two popular global brands - transport rideshare service Uber and Airbnb, whose accommodation booking platform enables people to rent out properties or spare rooms to guests, has meant everyday Aussie can make and save money.
Now the share economy has come to caravans.
‘Sharing the caravan love’ is Camplify's motto.
Founded in 2014, Camplify is Australia's largest caravan hire and RV sharing community.
It provides holidaymakers with a unique new way of hiring a caravan, campervan, motorhome or camper trailer by connecting them with private owners, providing a huge range of choice.
It also means that owners of caravans,RV's and campervans can make money by renting them out.
Buying and maintaining a caravan or motorhome can be very expensive.
So renting out your one can be a great way of paying for it and making use of it when you're not able to.
Plus if you only want to camp or do a road trip now and then, it makes sense to hire.
Hiring people's private RV's and caravans also means that you often get customised and very well equipped vans at a cheaper rate than standard hire companies or holiday parks.
As with most share economy platforms online reviews from peers play a big part.
In one Camplify review, happy hirer Chris says, “my family and I were delighted with this RV. It certainly is home away from home".
"The owners have done a fantastic job and were only too happy to help with setup and additional items.
I would highly recommend renting this RV. Thank you for facilitating our family getaway in comfort."
Protecting your pride and joy
After travelling around Australia, semi retired couple and caravan owners Betty and husband Austin came across Camplify when thinking about hiring their caravan when they weren’t using it.
“My van is my pride and joy and I love it so much,” says Betty.
“We’d saved up all our lives and spent a lot of money to have it looking beautiful, so we were a bit concerned about letting somebody else use it.
We had lots of questions like who would be hiring it... and how would it be looked after?
Camplify were very helpful and were able to answer all of our questions and concerns."
Earning an income
For an owner, earning income instead of having your rig sitting in the backyard most of the year is a very exciting economic possibility.
“We already have some RV owners earning in excess of $5000 per month hiring out their freedom machines on our platform," says Camplify’s CMO Dave Eddy, "which is pretty good dough".
If you’re keen to know more about hiring a caravan, campervan, RV, camper trailer for that dream trip away, or you’d like more info about sharing your caravan love, check out Camplify.
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