We (the Smith family) have been into caravans for a long time.
When people started shopping online (2003) "CaravansPlus" was launched by myself (Peter) and my wife Judy.
We started the website as a side business. Our bread and butter was renting out and repairing caravans. We had over 60 of them at once.
We started the rental business "A.C.T Caravan Hire" in 1984 and whilst the 25+ years had been fun (except for the endless cleaning), our side business "CaravansPlus" was quickly taking over.
Since the early 1990's, Mark had been working in the Caravan Hire business with us. He is now the warehouse manager for "CaravansPlus".
In 2008 our first son Steven joined the business and now he and his wife Nicole are co-owners with us.
In 2009 we needed to move into a much larger warehouse and we stopped renting out caravans. The business has kept growing and we now have 6 staff and thousands of products on our shelves.
In 2010 Mike joined us, bringing his vast product knowledge from a Jayco dealership.
In 2011, Robert our second son has also started in the business.
In 2011 and 2012 the Businesses, Caravan Spare Parts and Easy RV have been fully amalgamated with Caravans Plus to further cut costs and allow for consistantly lower prices and a greater product range for our customers.
Caravans and our interest in them have been around a lot longer than the internet.
Ross & Ethel Smith (my parents) bought land and built the Queanbeyan Caravan Park in 1958 when I was just 3 years old. Our family lived there and my brothers, sisters and I helped out around the park while we grew up. I have been around caravans ever since.
It's hard to know where the internet will take us.
Many kind people have said they shop with us because of our speedy and personal service. We want to keep improving on that.
We don't want to be another faceless "web shop".
We are a family run business with a lifetime of interest in our products.