Sign up to rent out your motorhome, earn some money, and win a trip to Australia. Sounds too good to be true, right? For Adam Newell, it wasn’t: he was the lucky winner of Camptoo’s prize draw. Adam works in London, and he and his wife take their two teenage sons on a holiday in their motorhome Dora whenever they’re able too. We called him to have a chat right before he went on his two week-trip to Melbourne.

“When we won, it was ridiculous,” Adam told us. “We were at our motorhome at the time. I couldn’t believe it when I found out, I was absolutely staggered that I’d won something! I kept it a secret from my wife, until we came back from the pub one night and I told her about the prize draw. She didn’t seem to be that interested, but I played the draw (which was streamed here on our Facebook page), my name was pulled out, she heard it and suddenly realized: hold on, did he say your name? I had to rewind it, she couldn’t believe it!”


Prize winner Adam Newell, his wife, and motorhome owner Tim

A loose plan

The decision on whether they’d go to Melbourne or Brisbane was an easy one: Adam’s wife has family in Melbourne. “We’re very much looking forward to see the family for a few days. Other than that, we don’t really have expectations from this trip, which is refreshing! We just want to arrive and let things take place as they happen.” Asked about some places they might visit, Adam told us: “we’ve got a very loose plan. It’s nice about a motorhome that you’re not tied down to a schedule. We left it kind of open; after seeing the family we’re setting off east towards Mornington Peninsula. We’re going there on a little ferry that takes you across a huge bay and will stay there for a day or two. Then, we’ll go onto the Great Ocean Road. If we have enough time, we’re going up into the mountains and then back to Melbourne it is.”

Adam and his family are no strangers to camping. Both parents work, and when the kids have holidays and school breaks, they take their motorhome all over Europe. Spain, France, even Ibiza. “Ibiza is not the best destination for a camping holiday: it’s too hot, and they are not geared up for it. Much better campsites are in France. France is huge, and the middle part can be a little boring, but the coasts are great for camping.” His favorite destination, though, is close to home: “The UK is my favourite country to go on a camping holiday. It’s small enough to go around, and there are lots of different things to see.”


Dora, Adam’s own motorhome


Giving a great experience

Naming inanimate objects is not Adam’s specialty, but he did feel like giving his motorhome a name. He chose the name Dora, after Dora the Explorer, of course, but also after his friends’ huge Newfoundland dog whose name is Dora as well. Adam feels that motorhome Dora is in good hands:
“I’m having a really good experience renting out my motorhome with Camptoo,” he says. “You get the right type of renter, you can check if they’re suitable, and I’ve never had any problems. It’s nice and easy, all the basics are covered and everything runs very smoothly!” Adam has a message for people considering renting out their vehicle, too.
“If your motorhome’s sat on your driveway or in your garage and it’s not being used for a couple of months, then why not have it earn a little bit of money by people using it? You might meet likeminded, nice people. Of course, you have the option to say yes or no: you’re in complete control. Also,” he adds: “you’re giving people that are not too familiar with camping yet a great experience.”

Five months after starting to rent out Dora with Camptoo, the tables have turned and Adam is now the renter. He picked up his temporary motorhome from Tim, a fellow motorhome owner at the other side of the globe. Right now, Adam is in the middle of his two week trip.

About Camptoo

Camptoo is a platform that connects motorhome, campervan and caravan owners with people that want to enjoy some time on the road. If you own a motorhome, campervan or caravan we can help you rent it out when it’s not being used. We make this super easy for owners to earn an income and do the heavy lifting. If you want to learn more then click here.


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