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2013

Dethleffs Globebus I4 is the Overall winner in Practical Motorhome magezine’s Motorhome of the Year Awards 2013– the compact A Class model has also been awarded with the title of “Best Luxury Motorhome under 3.5 tones”.

2010

The NEWLINE, NOMAD, LIFESTYLE Alkoven and GLOBETROTTER XLi are new ranges for the Dethleffs model programme.

ESPRIT I is completely revised.

Dethleffs does a treble: for the third time in a row Dethleffs is the overall winner of the "King-Customer-Award".

Dethleffs brings new colours into play: in addition to the popular exterior colours - such as white and silver - there are four other pastel colours available: "Bright Sand", "Laguna Blue", "Milky Green" and "Cacao Grey" for ranges Lifestyle, Aero Style and Esprit.

The edition caravan "Dethleffs EIGHTY" for the 80-years anniversary of Dethleffs is presented at the Caravan Salon in Düsseldorf.

2009

Again Dethleffs is an overall winner of the "King-Customer-Award" and is first in six categories of seven. The special prize for "Design" is awarded to Dethleffs as well.

The first Dethleffs Low Profile model with a pull-down bed is presented.

Dethleffs receives four awards in the "Motorhome of the Year" voting. The Dutch magazine KCK awards Globeline T 6813 as the motorhome of the year.

For reasons of environment protection and sustainability Dethleffs install a modern 6 Megawatts block heating plant. By the use of own wood waste we can conserve up to 100.000 l of heating oil per year. In the same time Dethleffs implements the paperless production. A saving of 7.5 t of paper per year.

The  Luxus caravan CARALINER is presented.

2008

For the first time the King-Customer-Award by the RMI magazine is awarded: Dethleffs becomes the overall winner and takes the first place within the categories: "Cost-Performance-Ratio", "Workshop" and "Service".

High investments for the company! An independent service centre in Isny, outside of the company premises, is built. The complete pre-fabrication will be adapted to the more flexible production and high quality demands.

McRent - rental station in Isny opens its doors.

Dethleffs breaks the barriers with the "Family Caravan" for the caravan segment.

With the GLOBETROTTER XXL PREMIUM LINER Dethleffs enters the luxury class for motorhomes.

2007

The ESPRIT H will be awarded with the Golden Steering Wheel.

The customer development project "BestAger" for the generation 50+ will be introduced.

Dethleffs closes the year 2007 with record results. In comparison with the last year the manufacturer in Allgäu was able to increase the turnover by 16.4%. 326 millions Euros were achieved by the production of 7.315 motorhomes and 4.947 caravans until the end of August. For Dethleffs it was the fifth year in a row with turnover records.

2006

Foundation of the Sunlight GmbH which is a 100% subsidiary company of Dethleffs and offers caravans and motorhomes for the more beneficial segment.

The year 2006 is one of the most spectacular years in the Dethleffs history: Dethleffs celebrates its 75th birthday and also the first fabrication of the caravan in the year of 1931 in Germany.

With a revised model range the manufacturer started the new year and could reap the fruits of their innovative vehicles: prestige awards of the Promobil readers' voting and two MMM awards in the UK confirm the right nose of the Dethleffs development team. After the market leadership in Germany and Scandinavian countries Dethleffs has found their way into the market of the Netherlands.

The female motorhome has created a sensation on the CMT in Stuttgart.

2005

The largest model range of the Dethleffs history is presented. Outstanding: the development of the "TOURIST LIGHT", an especially light caravan due to special materials.

With the "GLOBEBUS" Dethleffs enters a new market segment for the company. The latest newcomer is the "ESPRIT RT", a Low Profile based on the Renault Master. Furthermore Dethleffs is now producing van conversions for Pössl.

2004

The Dethleffs Family Foundation is born. It allows families in need and social institutions to experience caravaning holidays. Due to the factory-own paint shop, Dethleffs has the possibility to offer affordable exterior colours for motorhomes and is setting new trends.

The rental service McRent is founded.

2003

Thanks to a positive business development the factory is enlarged again. The Family Card Concept is revised and now offers an extension of warranty to four years.

2002

Dethleffs is enlarging expertise in winterisation by introducing the new Winter Comfort Packages. For several years now Dethleffs has been the number one on the Scandinavian market.

2001

Dethleffs invests in new production and paintshop facilities.

1999

The first family party is organised for Dethleffs Family Card holders and becomes a permanent entry in the event calendar in addition to the safety training.

With the motorhome A 7870 ESPRIT, Dethleffs builds its first 3-axle motorhome with an overall length of more than eight metres. With the "PREMIUM Class" Dethleffs sets new standards to the design and functionality of the vehicles.

1998

Dethleffs prepares for the Millennium with the top model "Arist" and the caravan design study "AERO TOURIST".

1996

On February the 14th Arist Dethleffs dies in Isny at the age of 88.

The Family Card is offered for all vehicles as an element of the new Dethleffs Family Service with the unique 3-year warranty.

1995

Dethleffs - A Friend of the Family. This new company philosophy introduces a customer-oriented market and product positioning approach.

1993

Building of the new production hall with 6.200 sqm and an investment of about 12 million DM. Dethleffs successfully passes the first crash test to be documented in public at the German Federal Institute for Road Traffic in Cologne.

The first safety training takes place for all motorhome brands.

1989

The A Class range completes the motorhome range.

1983

Dethleffs builds it first motorhome and is the first German manufacturer of recreational vehicles to use the Fiat Ducato chassis as a basis for its coachbuilt models. Dethleffs proves to be a pioneer in the motorhome production. The "CD" with its automotive exterior design is an innovative highlight of motorhome manufacturing with the Low Profile plastic sandwich construction.

1976

The production reaches 4.700 caravans for the first time. Increased exports gain a larger share of the production.

1973

Dethleffs builds a new factory on the outskirts of Isny with a production floor of 12.000 sqm and a modern administration building. The number of employees increases to 235.

1971

The model range is enlarged to five types. The most successful products are "CAMPER", "TOURIST", "COMFORT" and "GLOBETROTTER".

1961

Establishment of the first production line for caravans. Dethleffs focuses on a single model called the "CAMPER".

1956

Start of the serial production. Receipt of many international awards for design and quality. Whip production is discontinued.

1936

The company "Dethleffs Wohnauto" employs six permanent employees.

1931

1931 "Not without my family" were the words spoken by Arist Dethleffs over 80 years ago when he built his first recreational vehicle, which allowed his family to travel with him on his business trips. He names his invention "Wohnauto". During the following years the first caravans are built on order in a wooden shed.

1832

The Dethleffs KG is born, foundation of the first whip factory. Later they started producing ski sticks.