The future of the motorhome?

An uncertain future for the motorhome?

Stock image of a motorhome. Credit: Andrei Armiagov/

Recent sales figures from the Caravanning Association (Aseicar) reveal a startling downturn, prompting a mix of concern and cautious optimism for the future.

Every year Aseicar provides a financial roundup for the previous year. The 2023 summary highlighted a significant 41.56 per cent decline in motorhome registrations over two years, with a contrasting 20.82 per cent increase in small camper van registrations buoying the industry.

Conversely, caravan sales saw a nearly 31 per cent drop in the same period, with a consistent yearly decline of 16 per cent.

Meanwhile, the second-hand market experienced a steady 3 per cent growth annually since 2021, indicating resilience amidst broader market challenges.

Economic turbulence

Aseicar attributes this downturn to a series of challenges: initially the pandemic, followed by industrial crises and now global economic uncertainties.

Despite these hurdles, there’s a glimmer of hope for 2024, hinged on anticipated interest rate drops and improved financing options, fuelling optimism for a sectorial rebound.

Market dynamics

The narrative from industry insiders suggests an approaching recession, with dealerships and professional vehicle camper workshops cutting back on staff and inventory as a pre-emptive measure against potential sales slumps. This cautious approach aims to mitigate risks in an unpredictable market.

Despite material costs stabilising, manufacturers seem hesitant to reduce vehicle prices, potentially signalling a price bubble within the caravanning sector.

High vehicle prices, coupled with a sharp sales decline, underscore the precariousness of the current market equilibrium.

Second-Hand Market

The second-hand market, once a haven for speculative gains due to new vehicle shortages, is expected to recalibrate.

Prices are likely to normalise as the supply of new vehicles stabilises, altering the dynamics of the pre-owned segment. This shift might not diminish the market’s significance but will certainly affect its trajectory.

Despite motorhomes overshadowing caravans in popularity, the latter still holds appeal for certain demographics.

Families with limited budgets or a strong preference for the caravan lifestyle continue to invest in making these vehicles self-sufficient, adding to their allure despite the growing motorhome trend.

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Written by

John Ensor

Originally from Doncaster, Yorkshire, John now lives in Galicia, Northern Spain with his wife Nina. He is passionate about news, music, cycling and animals.