Between April and July, a large number of young people purchased a caravan or motor home, according to data from BOVAG and data provider RDC last week. The group up to and including the age of 35 with a caravan increased by 6.6 percent and the number of camper owners in that age category increased by 17.2 percent.
Nearly eighteen thousand young Dutch people now have a caravan. In the provinces of Groningen and Flevoland, the number of caravan owners in the age category up to and including 35 years increased the most (about 9 percent), followed by Limburg, Noord-Brabant and Overijssel.
The strong increase in the age group 18 to 25 is striking, where caravan ownership increased by 7.2 percent. Older people aged 65 and older said goodbye to their caravan. The number of owners in that group fell by 1.9 percent.
On 1 July, BOVAG and RDC had a total of 422,127 caravans in our country. These are, incidentally, those with a permissible maximum mass of more than 750 kilos, since these caravans have a license plate and are therefore registered.
Caravans and motorhomes were particularly popular in the 18 to 25 age group. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Campers popular in the Randstad
The number of campervan owners aged up to and including 35 rose to over 4,600. Again it is especially the age category 18 to 25 years that proceeded to purchase a motorhome. The number of owners rose by 26.8 percent, while growth in the group aged 65 and older was limited to 1.5 percent.
According to BOVAG and RDC, the number of campers in the Netherlands increased by 3.2 percent between April and July to a record number of over 135,000. In 2015, the number of campers in the Netherlands was still 100,000.
The group of young motorhome owners grew fastest in Utrecht, North Holland and South Holland, where an increase of more than 20 percent was noted. In Flevoland, the number of owners in the age category up to the age of 35 increased by 10 percent.
Vans often serve as the basis for a motorhome. (Photo: AutoWeek Campers)
"Camping evokes beautiful memories"
"For young people and families with small children, the campsite is of course the ultimate holiday destination. Now that long trips and all-inclusive holidays are not an option for many, everyone is looking at what can be done. Camping suddenly turns out to be not only a great alternative, but also once corona proof ", says Siewert Gorter, chairman of BOVAG Caravan and Motorhome Companies, in a reaction.
"In addition, young people with and without children soon think back with a warm feeling about the beautiful time at the campsite with their own parents," says Gorter.
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