About Us

Proudly serving our customers for over 50 years.

About Us – Where it all began

In 1974 Barry Sharman started out as a mobile caravan repair & servicing engineer in the Ipswich and surrounding area. In 1982 Barry Sharman expanded his business and moved into our current site in Ipswich, Suffolk. This enabled him to offer caravan sales and accessories as well as caravan servicing and repairs.
Unfortunately in 1994 Barry passed away. Since then his son Paul Sharman has run the business and carried on Barry’s philosophy of offering great customer service as well as an expanding range of new and used caravans.

A company you can trust

Our highly skilled and experienced AWS approved workshop team in Ipswich, Suffolk carry out all types of work: caravan servicing, motorhome habitation servicing to full rebuilds.
We can supply and fit many types of motor movers, solar panels and Tyron bands as well.

The AWS accreditation allows us to service your caravan or motorhome under the terms and conditions of your manufacturers warranty. 

Barry Sharman Caravans has been known as Sharman Caravans since 2007.

Why choose us?

Trusted family run business

We’ve been trading in Ipswich for over 50 years and make time for all our customers.

We also have a large air conditioned well stocked accessories store in Ipswich for all your caravan needs

peace of mind

All caravans sold receive our extensive pre-delivery 45 point inspection in our independently AWS approved workshop.

Plus, unless marked otherwise, all our Used Caravans are offered with a warranty and will have a full service prior to our comprehensive handover process.

Comprehensive handover process

We offer a comprehensive handover process covering all key features you need to know about your caravan at our handy location on Colchester Road, Ipswich.


Competitive finance options

We offer a range of very competitive finance options including Hire Purchase and Personal Contract Purchase (PCP).

Paul Sharman Managing Director

We’re here to help…

“We’re here to help you find the perfect caravan. Come and see our extensive range of new and used caravans.

Your dream getaway is only a visit away.

Paul Sharman – MD


We pride ourselves on providing first class customer service!

But don’t just take our word for it. Here are a few testimonials from just a handful of our many happy customers.

Extremely good service from a very professional family company.

From our first initial enquiry to collecting our 2024 Coachman VIP 575 we have been very happy with the professionalism of Sharman Caravans. Both Paul and Ben have been extremely helpful guiding us through the trading in of our previous Coachman and the purchase of the new one.

December 2023

T & P Cheale

Great Value, Great Service, Can’t go wrong

Recent purchase was ready on time with a couple of minor item fixed and agreed extras fitted. On collection day the van was ready and handover was perfect, the van was to a very high collective condition with peace of mind by way of a six month warranty. Have used Sharmans in the past for servicing of my Lunar van and must say every time this company has come up trumps, that is why I purchased from them this time.

November 2023

J Snowden

A great place to deal with

A very professional outfit, did everything they said they would do

October 2023

A Singer

Very friendly and helpful.

This is our first motorhome and they have been understanding in helping us work out how everything works.

October 2023

G Moore

Absolute tremendous service.

The whole team was very friendly and polite from the beginning of searching for a new caravan. I would absolutely recommend them to anybody else who is looking for a new caravan, a big thank you to Ben for all his help.

September 2023

P Wiltshire

Information at your fingertips

All you ever want or need if your looking for some new wheels be it two or four or something in between with or without an engine

September 2023

R Eckersley

The place to go for a Motorhome or Caravan purchase.

Very happy with the service we had at Sharmans. We found them very friendly and helpful. Despite a busy afternoon, we were seen quickly and shown around the Caravan we’d had our eyes on, We were allowed to look in several others to make comparisons, which helped us feel confident we’d made the right choice. When the van was ready for collection, we were given a thorough handover, shown how everything works and drove away with confidence. I was especially appreciative when patience was shown while I struggled flustered and red faced, to make payment via electronic transfer, my bank obviously being cautious meant I had to jump through several hoops and hurdles before – thankfully – the money successfully transferred. Thank you To Paul and Ben for your patience with that. Great family business who I would recommend to anyone looking for a Caravan or Motorhome and great equipment shop too.

July 2023

S Smith

Fantastic family owned business!

5 star experience from start to finish. Competitively priced used caravans as well as being s Coachman main dealer. We picked up a second hand caravan and Ben and the team have been outstanding. Would highly recommend. We will be back when we are due a change in caravans for sure. Thank you Ben and the team.

July 2023


Top class dealer

We visited Sharman as we were staying in the area and needed a new water pump. Whilst there we had a look at the caravans for sale. We ended up buying a Coachman. Ben did not pressure us at all. Picked it up a few weeks later and worth traveling 90 miles to collect. The first class service continued during the handover.

July 2023

M Craddock

Would definitely recommend sharman’s caravan

Excellent service, no pressure at all, as completely new to caravanning Ben was a big help answered any questions we had, on collection we were shown how everything worked and again answered any questions we had, will definitely be returning to the shop and returning for servicing for the caravan, would definitely recommend sharmans caravans perfect service thank you Ben.

June 2022

Jeremy & Kerri Chittock

Exceptional service from an exceptional team.

Ben and the team at Sharman Caravans went out of their way to explain, inform and give healthy advice whilst we made our choice of a Coachman caravan. As ex- motor homers and new to caravanning, they made comparisons for us and made our choice easy. On collection day, the van was introduced to us and a full explanation was made of all the systems that were included. Exceptional service from an exceptional team. Very many thanks from a very satisfied customer.

May 2022

M Clayton

Great customer service and very friendly staff. Highly recommended.

Purchased a fabulous used VW Camper van from Sharman Caravan’s. Extremely happy with the service and demonstration of the vehicle. Ben was informative, polite and didn’t apply pressure and gave us a good time in which to look over this vehicle. Handover of the camper van was very good and comprehensive. Thank you to all the staff at Sharman Caravan’s, we love our camper van. Other caravan/camper van and motor home companies could learn a lot on how Sharman’s staff interact with their customers. They really do go that extra mile.

April 2022

Rick Benson