Our Team

At SmartRV our team of friendly, talented RV experts love talking about motorhomes. If you're considering buying your first motorhome, upgrading your current one or even if you're just curious and wondering whether the motorhoming lifestyle is right for you, contact us - we'll be happy to share our passion for motorhomes with you and give you our advice and tips on how to find the perfect motorhome to live your dream lifestyle.

Sam Kidson

Sam Kidson – Sales Manager (Auckland)

Sam has been with SmartRV since 2014 and manages the sales teams in Auckland and Christchurch. She says one of the highlights of her role is keeping in touch with motorhome owners. “They have this amazing lifestyle and all these wonderful adventures. I love hearing all their stories. I think it’s wonderful they’re out there doing this.” Sam says it is SmartRV’s customer service across its sales and after-sales teams that sets it apart in the industry. “We’ve all got the same vision and that’s to have people on the road living their dream.”

Top motorhome spot: Still discovering!
Email: sam.kidson@smartrv.co.nz


Arnie Gielens – Sales (Auckland)

Arnie was a SmartRV customer before he ended up joining the team in mid-2016. He bought a Bürstner motorhome from SmartRV after selling his own business, and quickly experienced what a wonderful lifestyle motorhoming offers when it comes to enjoying life and seeing more of New Zealand. He had enjoyed his dealings with SmartRV as a customer so much that he started working with the sales team and relishes the opportunity to share his passion with others. “Owning a motorhome changes people’s lives and I love doing that!”

Top motorhome spot: Anaura Bay - East Coast 
Email: arnie.gielens@smartrv.co.nz


Rob Ibbetson – Sales (Christchurch)

Rob has a background in building and real estate and started with SmartRV in November 2017. Hailing from Gloucester in the UK, he arrived in New Zealand six years ago and spent the first two years travelling the country. He loves SmartRV’s positive environment and being involved in such an exciting lifestyle purchase for customers. “It’s great to be part of that process and the journey towards that whole lifestyle change. I’m able to help people live their dreams as well as take the opportunity to keep discovering and exploring New Zealand for myself.”

Top motorhome spot: Still discovering!
Email: rob.ibbetson@smartrv.co.nz


Mark Baker – Sales (Auckland)

Mark joined SmartRV in November 2017 after a career spanning sales, management and commercial real estate. He is excited about helping people embark on a new lifestyle and says SmartRV’s company culture and customer service is second to none. “It’s the genuine drive to give people an unforgettable experience. The focus is to make sure that we do everything possible to make sure that the customer loves their holiday or loves their vehicle. And the after-sales care is remarkable – you really do become part of a family.”

Top motorhome spot: Whatuwhiwhi campground, Karikari Peninsula
Email: mark.baker@smartrv.co.nz