Erika Lewis

Director of Motorhome Hire Company, Durham

Sector: Vehicle Rental

Erika Lewis had a successful career as a PE teacher, but the search for a motorhome holiday inspired Erika to take a different career route. 

Where do you call home? 

Durham. 

Tell us about your role?  

Director of a motorhome hire company.  

How did you get to where you are today? 

I was a PE teacher for 20 years and absolutely loved it. I certainly wasn’t looking to “get out of teaching” but we found we wanted to rent a motorhome last summer.  We couldn’t find one anywhere, so we had the lightbulb moment of buying our own and then rent it out ourselves. We did just that and the rest is history! 

It all happened extremely quickly. We were actually on our own maiden voyage on the very popular NC500 while writing our T&Cs, registering our company. Mad, eh? We now own and rent our four motor homes and were fully booked for the summer holidays 2021 months in advance. 

We are very lucky that it’s generally gone extremely well for us so far, minus a couple of hiccups – mainly the inevitable damage to the motorhomes and one being temporarily off the road. We have had such lovely customers who really do respect our vehicles (because they aren’t cheap) and do their very best to look after them.  

What struggles or obstacles did you face along the way? 

Finding the time to juggle it all – being a mum to two boys, running a house, then everything that comes with the business has knocked my work/life balance at times. However, then I look at the fact I can do the school run every morning and am around for my family to see my children growing up. And despite absolutely loving my job as a PE teacher, that work/life balance was definitely lacking at times. 

Describe the moment you first got a feel for success? 

I’m not sure I’m there yet! 

Do you have any advice for aspiring young females? 

Go for it! You only live once. What’s the worst that can happen? 

What advice would you give to your younger self?  

Always believe in yourself as everything happens for a reason. Don’t look for excuses not to do something, just go for it! What’s the worst that can happen? 

What three words inspire you and encourage a positive path?  

Explore, drive, smile. 

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