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10 Jul 2019 @ 09:51:20 am
Explorent
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Good morning all. 

I have created a website for a caravan and 4 x 4 trailer rentals. This works very much like Airbnb but it is purely for your personally owned caravans and trailers. This is not a business with a fleet of caravans but rather a caravan share website that lets owners benefit financially by renting to holiday makers that cant afford to or don't want to invest in a vehicle of their own.  

This is the first platform of it's type in SA that allows owners to benefit from renting out their caravans or trailers when they are not using them. The demand is huge and I am looking for individuals that would see the value of this service to list their vehicles on the website.

I would like to invite any interested people to have a chat to me to show you how it works and how you can make a pretty neat income from your caravan or trailer 

Many thanks and look forward to getting in touch 

Travis 

 

 

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10 Jul 2019 @ 10:20:44 am
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Kan nogal werk, daar is baie wat die behoefte het maar nie die uitrusting nie.. 

Sterkte 

 

As jy wil he jou drome moet waar word, moet jy eers wakker word.

Die jonge Fransmannetjie. (Parys - Frankryk)
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10 Jul 2019 @ 10:26:55 am
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Many thanks Chuck Norris, yes there is an exceptionally high demand, to the tune of about 4000 searches per month on Google for these types of rental vehicles. But there are only a handful of units available across the country. 

 

 

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10 Jul 2019 @ 12:04:58 pm
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I had a quick look at caravans in the Southern Cape and found one at Stilbaai at R840 per day.  This is a small three bed caravan.  I don't know what the going rate for caravans are, but this sounds excessive to me.  This is more than we paid for a well appointed apartment in Vienna a few months ago and then the cost of the caravan park still has to be added.  It would be cheaper to go overseas for the same period.  It is also at least three times the fee for a small car.  I do not need to rent a caravan, but at this price I would never even consider doing so and would rather stay in B&B's or holiday apartments.  AirB&B gives you very good value for money but this offer does not to.

Het is beter rijk te leven dan rijk te sterven
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10 Jul 2019 @ 12:22:39 pm
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Thanks for your input Fred, some caravan rental companies are charging up to 1300 -1500 per day in Gauteng. And they are fully booked until April next year. 

Some of the guys that have Afrispoor or the higher end Bushlapa trailers for example are charging 1400 per day and getting it with a smile 

I think it is more about the experience that people are willing to pay for and to a degree the accommodation and facilities 

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11 Jul 2019 @ 07:44:48 am
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It all comes down to what type of holiday person you are.  I myself will always prefer the camping and outdoors above that of staying in a chalet or guesthouse.  And this is applicable to people in other countries as well.

With the SA weather it is not surprising that holiday makers would like to camp here.  And if you take in consideration the exchange rates currently at R14-45 to the dollar it is still cheap for them to pay the rent of a caravan and the camping rates at a resort.  If a local person wants to do this it probably would not be cost effective.

This is a great Idea but personally I will never rent out my caravan as I do not know what it the towing capability of the renter (Did he/she ever towed anything before) and how will they look after my caravan.

An old couple that can not camp any more my use their caravan as a small income.

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11 Jul 2019 @ 08:25:31 am
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One would have to look into the insurance aspect quite carefully, as well as the renter's licence limitation.

Could even be worth buying a bargain purely to rent out.

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And then there's, Power Tools!
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11 Jul 2019 @ 08:48:49 am
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Was thinking about the same thing.

Buy 2 -5 old caravans dolly them up so that they are neat and tidy.  Most with Rally and maybe loose dome tent or so.

Charge extra if main tent is included.

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11 Jul 2019 @ 21:56:31 pm
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Was thinking about the same thing.

Buy 2 -5 old caravans dolly them up so that they are neat and tidy.  Most with Rally and maybe loose dome tent or so.

Charge extra if main tent is included.

Nou praat jy goeie taal.

While there is fish to catch, why not join the fishing.

If the need is as indicated, then one can make a small business out of this.

Jesus saves all who do the will of the Father Matt 7:21-23
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11 Jul 2019 @ 22:14:00 pm
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Ek dink wat nadelig kan wees is dat huurder verwag dat jy karavaan na oord moet sleep en opslaan. So dit kan tyd rowend raak as n ekstra inkomste.....meer prakties as permanente werk. Beslis goeie inkomste as hulle so vol bespreek is teen daai tariewe. Oorsee se mense wat kom karre huur...is gewoonlik sonder trekhaak.

Ek sien selfs hierdie maatskappye wat net dome tente opslaan maak goeie geld. Maak gewoonlik n gesellige tent dorp

WAARSKUWING:

Kampeer is aansteeklik en verslawend 😁
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12 Jul 2019 @ 07:25:30 am
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Ek sal die karavane he en onderhou. 

Explorent kan hulle verseker en uitverhuur.

Hoe klink dit?

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12 Jul 2019 @ 13:47:55 pm
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You could charge extra for taking it to the resort, setting up and removing when they're klaar. Problem is, where to store them when not in use.

Nice little income for a healthy, retired gent.

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12 Jul 2019 @ 13:53:23 pm
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Ek glo nie daar sal baie besprekings wees nie ten spyte van wat hierbo gesê is.  Hoekom sal jy van oorsee af 'n bespreking doen vir 'n karavaantjie wat op 'n staanplek staan eerder as om vir dieselfde prys en waarskynlik minder in 'n groter vaste eenheid in dieselfde park te bly.

Het is beter rijk te leven dan rijk te sterven
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12 Jul 2019 @ 14:10:46 pm
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Ek glo nie daar sal baie besprekings wees nie ten spyte van wat hierbo gesê is.  Hoekom sal jy van oorsee af 'n bespreking doen vir 'n karavaantjie wat op 'n staanplek staan eerder as om vir dieselfde prys en waarskynlik minder in 'n groter vaste eenheid in dieselfde park te bly.

Mense doen snaakse goed.

Dink hier eerstens aan buitelanders waar koste nie 'n probleem is nie.

Dan SA's wie nie karavaan het nie en eerder huur vir vakansie. Die Kyasogi beginsel. 'n Bate is 'n las as dit nie inkomste genereer nie. As ek die koste van karavaan en basiese kampgoed se totaal gaan belê, kan ek elke jaar vir my 'n karavaan huur op hierdie manier vir vakansie en my geld bly in my belegging. (Die sal nou nie vir Swaeltjies en ander lank staners werk nie).

Dan die ou wie nie kan besluit nie en verskillende karavane wil huur om dit te toets.

Ek reken daar gaan 'n mark wees. Ons, ek inkluis, sal nie my persoonlike wa op díe manier uithuur nie...........maar as die skoen druk is dit 'n opsie.

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12 Jul 2019 @ 16:00:06 pm
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'n Kennis van my hier by ons het etlike jare gelede vier nuwe karavane gekoop en gehoop hy gaan gemaklik van die inkomste lewe.  Hy het nie.  Hy het te veel probleme en te min huurders gekry en het spoedig weer van van hulle ontslae geraak- teen 'n verlies.  Miskien lyk die mark nou anders as destyds, maar ek twyfel steeds. 

Oorsese mense dink ek huur eerder "motor homes"- die sien jy heelwat op plekke soos KNP, maar karavane dink ek nie is hoog in aanvraag by hulle nie. 'n Karavaan plus 'n sleepvoertuig plus staankoste is nie juis goedkoop nie- selfs nie vir oorsese besoekers nie. 

Ek dink ons is onder die wanindruk dat alles relatief goedkoop in Suid-Afrika is, maar dit is nie.  Ek het genoem dat ons onlangs in 'n baie goed toegeruste woonstel in Weene gebly het teen ongeveer R640 per dag, en toe was die Euro hier by die R17, met 'n uitsig oor die Donau.  Ek dink jy gaan meer vir iets soortgelyks in Suid-Afrika betaal.  Die oorsese besoekers is nie almal skatryk nie en hulle is nie dom nie. 

Daar is seker enkele Suid-Afrikaners wat karavane huur om die kamplewe te toets, maar hulle is maar baie min dink ek.  Ons het jare gelede so 'n ou en sy gesinnetjie by Punda Maria raakgeloop.

Het is beter rijk te leven dan rijk te sterven
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13 Jul 2019 @ 20:02:27 pm
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You could charge extra for taking it to the resort, setting up and removing when they're klaar. Problem is, where to store them when not in use.

Nice little income for a healthy, retired gent.

I would prefer towing them to and from the resort. Even set up camp for them.  This way I have control over most part of the letting process.

Obviously would there be extra charges.  Remember for every $1000 a tourist spend he actually can get R14000 worth of value.  They will pay easily if you are just willing to do it.  Because in the end they just still pay $1000

 

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24 Jul 2019 @ 09:47:13 am
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Good morning all and thanks so much for your input. Just to touch on some of the topics raised so far. 

Towing for the client- one example is a hire company in George. They charge a once off of 1650.00 to tow the caravan to Keurbooms and back, set up and breakdown included. So that is another income opportunity. 

Storage. I have spoken to Stor-age storage facility who have a national footprint. They are prepared to offer a reduced rate for Explorent members to store caravans at their facilities. 

Demand. I have included a screen shot of the searches performed on Google over the last 12 months for the base keywords that people type in . The searches peaked in March with 5310 searches on the relevant terms.

Market potential- The figures above are based on people who actually know that this type of service exists. Until a little while back I was one of the many that did not know that this existed. The marketing strategy that will be taken is one of awareness so that camping lovers will be introduced to the concept. That is where the true value will be because the content subjects will be able to introduce this service to over 50 000 individuals per month. 

Successful business model- There are a handful of companies around the world doing this and I personally like Camplify from Australia. Their website over the last six months attracted and average of 178 000 visitors

 

This is a proven business model around the world and with an outdoors paradise that we have in this country, I am confident that this is a huge opportunity for both caravan owners and holiday makers 

 

Thanks once again for all the time spent on the feedback, I do appreciate it 

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24 Jul 2019 @ 16:03:16 pm
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Sounds good but how many of the actual site visitors do come to renting a caravan.

 What is true is the interest in something like this.

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25 Jul 2019 @ 09:23:13 am
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I looked at another similar site called Camptoo, they have a much smaller audience of about 56000 per month compared to Camplify that I referenced earlier.

They have figures on their occupation rates since 2014 to end of 2018. They have booked out 175 000 nights, that would mean just over 3600 nights per month.They claim to have serviced over  50 000 clients in the same period. To roughly convert that, it is a conversion rate of about 6.5%. @ an average of 3.5 nights per booking 

Their business operates in the U.K and Australia. My opinion is that the U.K figures that are combined with the Aussie ones may bring conversions down a bit, who really wants to go camping in the U.K? :) . Just my opinion

 

 

 

 

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