20 August 2021
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Demand for caravans and motorhomes in Germany sets another new record

The trade organization for the caravan industry in Germany, the CIVD, says German holidaymakers’ enthusiasm for caravanning is continuing in 2021 with 74,957 motorhomes and caravans registered in the first seven months of the year – a new record. This corresponds to an increase of 6.2 percent compared to the same period of the previous year, which had also set a new record.

A total of 12,118 recreational vehicles were newly registered in July 2021. This actually represented a fall of new registrations by 24.8 percent compared to July 2020. This was due to extremely high July figures of the previous year, when there had been a strong catch-up effect (+85.6 percent) after the first lockdown. Comparing these figures with the new registrations July 2019, there is a clear growth in both vehicle segments.

Like many other countries, the caravanning industry is currently struggling with delivery problems, as Daniel Onggowinarso, Managing Director of the Caravaning Industry Association (CIVD), explains: “Many components and raw materials are delayed due to the pandemic. Supply chains are currently hardly available, so we continue to try to meet the very high demand, but sometimes this is challenging. “

The demand for motorhomes is still particularly high. From January to July 57,400 motorhomes were newly registered – more than ever before in this period. But even this vehicle segment, so used to success, saw declining figures in July
2021. New registrations fell 20.8 percent but this is compared to July 2020 when they had doubled. The high base value from the same month last year therefore distorts these figures.

The industry is experiencing bottlenecks in production, yet the result of 8,672 new registered vehicles in July was nonetheless the second best July value in history; also compared with July 2019 there is an increase of 58.1 percent. New registrations increased compared to the first seven months of the previous year by 13.5 percent and are on track for the eleventh record year in a row.

The problems in production of caravans has been even more noticeable. “Manufacturers have hundreds of vehicles that are practically finished, but cannot be delivered because a certain part is missing, ”explains Onggowinarso.

Since the beginning of the year, new registrations have increased by 12.1 percent to 17,557 units. In July 2021, 3,446 caravans were newly registered in July which compared to July 2020, represents a decrease of 33.3 percent. However, the comparison with July 2019 (3,196 new registrations) is clearly positive.

“At the dealers, there was no noticeable decline in demand for caravans – on the contrary. In these times, caravanning is one of the safest forms of vacation because you can travel individually and only with people from your own household and be largely self-sufficient due to having your own sleeping, living, cooking and sanitary facilities “,
said Onggowinarso.

The Caravaning Industry Association (CIVD) represents the interests of the industrial branch of the German caravanning industry. Its members include German and European manufacturers of caravans and motorhomes plus numerous companies in the supplier industry, service providers as well as public institutions and associations. The CIVD is the sponsor of the world’s largest trade fair for leisure vehicles – the Caravan Salon in Düsseldorf – and thus provides important impulses for the caravanning industry in Europe.