Ballistol: A new name in the camping industry

It might be hard to imagine that a company with roots dating back to 1874 could be new to anything, but German oil manufacturing expert BALLISTOL has managed to find a new market full of potential in camping. The company, which was originally founded by Friedrich Wilhelm Klever, has a long and impressive history manufacturing and creating products for a huge range of industries – from everyday household use, to the cleaning and maintenance of machinery, to medicinal purposes, and just about everything in between. Its Universal Oil, which was first produced back in 1904, can be used to clean, preserve, protect, maintain, impregnate, lubricate and disinfect. It is not only suitable for machines or equipment made of steel and iron, but also for natural wood and leather (with the exception of suede) as well as for oil-resistant rubbers and plastics. Naturally, this opened up a wide range of markets for BALLISTOL and lead to the development of more varied and exciting new products (more than 80 in all) that have a wide range of different applications covering everything from skin care, to waterproofing, to cleaning. Somehow, the camping and RV industry has been a market that has evaded BALLISTOL… until now. The company has decided to make a concerted effort to grow in our industry with many existing products already with numerous applications suitable for camping and caravanning, and also barbecue cleaner and mosquito and insect repellent. 

BALLISTOL online marketing manager Leif Jacobsen explained: “In the last few years, regular investments have been made in the continuous optimisation of processes as well as in the areas of further development and innovations. In the medium and long term, new products from BALLISTOL are to be established on the market and market shares are to be further expanded with the existing product range. At the same time, we as a company want to make sure that we, as a chemical-pharmaceutical manufacturer, leave only a small ecological footprint, if at all, despite our industry affiliation, and produce as climate-neutrally as possible. Among other things, the multiple use of generated energy plays a role in this. For example, the waste heat generated during production is already used as heating energy.”

BALLISTOL operates on four basic principles as a company: customer focus, openness in communication, professionalism and quality and loyalty. And it hopes this ethos alongside the excellent and hugely versatile qualities of its product range will help it to make new connections in the camping and RV industry for many years to come.




One of Ballistol’s most popular and most versatile products – the Universal Oil can be used effectively to maintain metal, wood, leather, rubber, synthetic material, skin, animal coats and much more. Widely used in the handicraft, agriculture, household, gardening, vehicles, fishing, hunting, shooting sports and general outdoors, this has almost unlimited uses in camping and RVs.  


Made using natural plant oils, Stingfree offers six-hour protection against insect bites from critters such as gnats, stinging flies, gadflies, mosquitoes, sandflies, tropical mopane flies and tsetse flies. It has been thoroughly tested in almost every part of the world. It also features a UV-B filter for some sun protection and actively hydrates your skin, as well as carrying a pleasant smell.


Utilising a 70-year-old recipe, this product regenerates the skin and has many useful applications for those who enjoy the outdoors. It can act against calluses, brittleness in nails, it can treat and prevent blisters, it can be used as a lip balm, an after-shave lotion, prevent skin itching or even a massage oil This really is the do-it-all oil that no travel medication pack should be without.


All waterproof products need re-treating from time to time and that’s where this excellent waterproofing spray comes in. The spray surrounds every fibre of a fabric with an invisible, UV and temperature-stable, breathable protective coating, which makes water run right off and dirt can no longer be absorbed. This product is ideal for tents, awnings, tarpaulins, parasols, umbrellas and a wide range of clothing and rucksacks too.


A product that all caravan and motorhome owners should consider having on board – this powerful cleaner is perfect for a wide range of surfaces including plastic, blinds, seat upholstery, textiles, imitation leather, furniture, tarpaulins and more. No scrubbing or water is necessary and the cleaner removes 99.9 per cent of bacteria. Free from silicone and solvents and with a fresh scent.


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