– Dethleffs in Isny in the Allgäu region–

“Not without my family!” declared Arist Dethleffs when he constructed Germany's first "Wohnauto" in 1931. Few people knew the word "leisure" before then; family holidays were a privilege and tourism was still in its infancy. A new era began with the invention of the caravan.

Comfortable camping trips, adventures out there in nature, encounters with foreign countries and other cultures are what revolutionised the cultural history of travel. The pioneering spirit of the company founder, Arist Dethleffs, can still be felt today. It can be found in the continuous series development, in countless innovations and, of course, at the heart of camping history: the family. 

Given its unique positioning as a “friend of the family” and its market-driven products, the company Dethleffs GmbH & Co. KG has ridden a wave of success for years, making the traditional company based in the Allgäu region one of the largest motorhome manufacturers in Europe. With its near 800 employees, the manufacturer from Isny produces up to 10,000 leisure vehicles annually.


Blick in die Produktionshalle bei Dethleffs


When Arist Dethleffs invented the first caravan back in 1931, he had no idea that his desire to have the family with him – even on his long business trips – would result in a holiday format that would go on to delight millions of people. With his invention, he laid the foundations for caravanning in Germany over 85 years ago. 

If you would like to experience live how motorhomes and caravans are made in one of the industry’s cutting-edge production plants, then feel free to take part in one of our guided tours. Simply call +49 (0)7562 9870 and ask when the next appointment for guided tours will be. 

And be sure to visit the Dethleffs exhibition centre. Here you can view a selection of our bestsellers and receive some detailed advice.

Information on opening hours


Dethleffs GmbH & Co. KG
Arist-Dethleffs-Str. 12
88316 Isny im Allgäu
phone +49 (0)7562 9870