The LMC Caravan story all began with a single caravan back in 1950. A lot has happened since then.


Back in the 1950s, the “Sauerland" was already a popular holiday destination. Including for two men from Warendorf who regularly spent their holidays there, motor biking, paddle boating and camping. One exceptionally rainy night as the water streamed through their tent, Austermann the designer and Hartmann the coachbuilder had an idea: they devised, designed, drew – and finally developed – their first caravan: the Falter I..


The question of who would own the rights to the design was resolved randomly by playing a game. After the game, the Falter I was renamed the Hartmann. That was in 1952. As Mr Austermann wanted to have his own motorhome, however, he quickly built one for himself. Which led to the creation of the legendary Knospe in 1955 .

1966 - 1978

In 1966, Wilhelm Saure from Herdecke acquired Austermann in Sassenberg, which had since enjoyed success with its legendary Knospe. “Wilhelm Saure KG” was founded. Until 1970, the expansion of operations on Drostenstraße in Sassenberg resulted in further growth.

Due to the rapid growth in orders until 1974, much of the production was handled in cooperation with Karmann in Rheine. Model ranges: Lord, Münsterland. In 1978, additional facilities were built in Warendorf in order to produce motorhomes.

1981 - 1985

In 1981, the production facilities on Rudolf-Diesel-Straße in Sassenberg were extended. Followed by the establishment of a new company, LMC Lord Münsterland Caravan GmbH and the involvement of new shareholders. 1985 saw widespread success with the Münsterland, Luxus, Münsterland-Dominant, Lord and Lord Exquisit model ranges. Exports increased.

1986 - 1993

From 1986, Liberty motorhomes (alcoves) were built. Market share grew rapidly. In 1991, the company was acquired by Erwin Hymer. LMC-Caravan GmbH continued its successful growth. From 1993, LMC built caravans for T.E.C.

1995 - 2005

In 1995, T.E.C. relocated from Mühlheim to a new building in Sassenberg. The turn of the century was marked by investments in a new customer service centre and a new production and logistics hall, as well as in machinery and systems. In 2005, LMC started making alcoves and semi-integrated motorhomes on the Ford Transit chassis.


In 2015, LMC Caravan GmbH & Co. KG celebrated “60 years of passion for caravanning!" While the Sassenberg site celebrated the grand opening of its factory extension in 2018.


LMC celebrated its 65th anniversary and looked forward to a bright future. To mark this special occasion, LMC launched the Style 493 K and the Van 643 G “65 years edition” anniversary models, which come with a particularly extensive range of standard equipment.


The strategic direction of the LMC brand, with its strong, consistent focus on its target customers, required a brand relaunch.. This is based on sustainable positioning, the company’s performance and its revamped models, whose exterior and interior designs are heavily geared towards the values and requirements of its target customers.

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