‘We received our first booking within a week, then eight in the first month!’
After holidaying in hotels for over 16 years, the Carters were eager to experience a different kind of adventure. So they decided to ditch the planes and trains in favour of a family-friendly camper!
Aware they wouldn’t be able to hit the road and explore the great outdoors as much as they’d like, Natalie and Warren got savvy. Learning about Camplify and the opportunity to build a thriving side hustle, they took the plunge and bought a 2014 Jayco Swan Pop Top in December.
‘I figured if we were going to invest $20,000 in a camper, we may as well make money from it instead of having it sitting in the garage.’
Since uploading their listing on Camplify just two months ago, the Carters have already secured an impressive $5,000 in confirmed bookings (which have covered everything from extra beds at Christmas gatherings to last-minute, holiday-saving accommodation!).
In fact, their van has been so popular that they’ve had to reserve some time in March to enjoy it themselves - the first of many between-booking getaways with family and friends.
‘It’s been hired out so much that we haven’t got to use it just yet!’
And they’re only getting started. What began as a convenient way to pay off the van and speed up their mortgage repayments has now become a super successful source of income. Keen to build an even more profitable business, Natalie already has plans to expand her fleet and invest in a second rig towards the end of 2020.
So what keeps the bookings flowing in?
Firstly, consider the van itself. A rare find, this modern Jayco Swan is equipped with reverse cycle air conditioning that creates a pleasant retreat no matter the weather. What’s more, the roomy five-berth van comes complete with awnings and swags to accommodate up to nine people! With such spacious comfort, we’re not surprised they’ve called it “The Luxury Swan”.
Then there’s Natalie. A former travel agent and real people person, she loves nothing more than to really connect with holidaymakers, hear about what they’ll be doing and share local tips. Her passion lies in providing the ultimate experience for every hirer, and Camplify’s dedicated support team have helped her along the way: ‘I really enjoy having [Camplify’s] premium customer service on hand, from its affordable and comprehensive insurance to all that marketing… and just feeling like a part of a community.’
Lastly, hirers can explore stunning destinations in all directions, making for an awesome road trip all-year-round! Yanchep, the Carters’ hometown (and where hirers pick up the van), rests on a beautiful lagoon with heaps of secluded swimming spots. From this hidden gem, you can head up to the marine paradise of Coral Bay or down to the Margaret River wineries! Natalie also recommends a visit to Eagle Bay - while you can’t sleep at this slice of heaven, there are a few places to set up camp nearby
Speaking of, there’s no better way to discover what WA has to offer than roaming from campsite to campsite, meeting other wonderful families as you go. Natalie sums it up nicely:
‘Camping brings people together. You would never go to the hotel room across the hall and be like “Oh hello, mind if I sit here?”, whereas it’s normal for another caravanner to invite you over with a friendly “hey, come have a seat with us!”’
So if you need a van for your next getaway, check out the Luxury Jayco Swan
! If it’s five-star reviews are anything to go by, you’ll have the holiday of a lifetime:
“Fantastic experience dealing with Natalie. Her communication was second to none - including responding to all messages very quickly indeed. The price was reasonable and the facilities in the van were excellent. Beds were comfortable and there was plenty of space. I would use it again and can highly recommend it to others.” Helen
“This is our first time hiring and using a camper trailer. It was our family’s best travelling experience. The campervan is so easy to set up, there is everything you need in the campervan to take you on your next campervan holiday. Natalie has explained everything about how to use the campervan. She’s a nice owner to deal with. I would highly recommend her.” Elyar
“This camper was amazing and Nat was great to deal with. Nat made sure we knew exactly how it worked and kept in contact with us. We will definitely be hiring it again!’’ Glenn
“Hands down this is a 5-star camper! We can’t thank Nat and Wazza enough! They did an absolutely great job explaining how to set up the caravan. I had a problem starting the fridge on gas but it was no hassle. Nat and Wazza were one phone call away to help me through the easy task! The van had all you need! It even had games for kids! We will definitely be hiring again with Nat and Wazz.” Chloe
Alternatively, if you’d like to follow in Natalie’s footsteps, earning extra income and sharing the joys of van life through Camplify, get in touch with our team today on 1300 416 133.
So what is Camplify?
We are Australia’s largest caravan and motorhome sharing community, helping connect holidaymakers with thousands of local van owners.
What does that mean?
Essentially, we provide a unique sharing platform where local owners of caravans, camper trailers, motorhomes, and campervans list their van for hire while not in use. As a van owner, this enables you to earn up to $10,000 - $20,000 a year by sharing with others
As a holidaymaker, Camplify helps you find a van that’s perfect for your next adventure, so you can experience the freedom & joys of caravanning - without having to own one yourself.
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