Time-sharing a motorhome allows ultimate road trips

2016-06-09 06:00
Photo: supplied Co-owning a motorhome is the cheapest way to enjoy a family holiday, but are South Africans ready to follow Australia and England in forming syndicates?

Photo: supplied Co-owning a motorhome is the cheapest way to enjoy a family holiday, but are South Africans ready to follow Australia and England in forming syndicates?

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BERT Loontjens has more than 50 years experience managing hotels, lodges and B&Bs in several countries, but one thing he does not understand is South Africans’ love affair with time-sharing.

“I can tell you nowhere else on Earth offers as much to see as South Africa, so why would you want to go to the same place year after year?” he asked Wheels.

Instead, Loontjens advises people to invest in a motorhome,

“Look, I am Dutch and whatever you can think of doing in or with a motor home, we Dutch have done it. So I can tell you the big problem with sharing a vehicle is maintenance and insurance. You have to dedicate one of the members to manage these responsibilities, as well as the bookings and even rentals of the syndicate’s motorhome.

“With these ground rules established, you only have lovely holidays waiting to happen.

Loontjens points out that syndication of motor­homes is popular in Australia, and for long boats in England.

“The business practices are well established. Each member of the syndicate owns a share of the motor home, which of course means each member shares in the cost of ownership, or receives a share of the funds when the motor home is rented out of sold.

He said there are several types of syndication.

“Fifty two people can buy into the scheme for one week a year, which they can bank or trade, there are schemes that allow members to buy into to syndicate for a fixed period, typically four years - this is popular in Australia - or three families may agree to share the costs of a motorhome, with the right to sell their share to approved families when they want out.”

Whatever type of syndication one chooses, it remains the smartest way to enjoy an impulsive­ weekend away or cheap holidays throughout South Africa.

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