Coronavirus boost for caravan and campervan sales
The popularity of caravans and campervans shows no signs of abating after last year’s bumper sales, new figures from sector organisations NKC and RDC and car dealers BOVAG show.
Some 6,594 new caravans and 2,394 campervans have been sold in the first three months of this year, almost as many as in the whole of 2020 last year, which was already a record year for camper vans, BOVAG spokesman Tom Huyskens told Nu.nl.
The figures represent an increase of 30% on last year. ‘And it looks as if we will break the 2011 record of 8,000 new caravans sold as well, Huyskens said.
The sales boom is a result of the coronavirus crisis which has meant people prefer to stay closer to home and have the use of their own amenities.
There are some 573,100 caravans and campervans in the Netherlands at the moment.
The trade in second hand caravans and campers is booming as well, with over 10,000 caravans and 11,000 campervans changing hands up to August via BOVAG outlets. Some 23,000 caravans and 11,000 camper vans were sold privately.
Sector organisations are warning new buyers that, like the housing market, the market for second hand campervans is overheated and impulse buying is a danger. ‘It is almost impossible to hire one at the moment and people feel they have to buy or someone else will,’ an NKC spokesman told RTL.
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