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Dethleffs is a German caravan builder who have been building mobile homes since 1931. The Dethleffs family started building caravans initially for personal use so that the whole family could accompany Arist Dethleffs, a ski stick salesman, when he was travelling on business. He got his first “mobile home” on the road in 1932 and in 1936 started building caravans to order in a barn. There were soon 6 men working full time in the “Mobile Homes Construction Department”.
By 1976 Dethleffs employed 235 people and were producing 4700 caravans per year. In 1983 they also started building mobile homes, with the "Dethleffs pirate" and "Globetrotter" being popular models.
In 1980 CMC bought out Dethleffs. CMC was owned by Wolfgang Thrun, Jacob Eicker and Erwin Hymer. In 1983 Erwin Hymer’s own company, Hymer, acquired the exclusive rights to the CMC group, taking on the Dethleffs brand.
In 2001 Detheffs gave a caravan as a gift to Pope John Paul II. They won Promobil Motorhome of the Year 2010. In 2012/13 they won the Caravaning Design Award for the Dethleffs Globebus I and Beduin VIP.
The company motto is simply “A friend of the family”.
UK Owner's club: www.dethleffsowners.co.uk
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