Record Breaking Sales of Motorhomes in the UK for 2016
Sales of new motorhomes and campervans in the UK are booming. They reached record levels last year, when sales exceeded 12,300 vehicles for the first time.
The previous sales record was 10 years ago in 2007, when registrations peaked at 11,646. Over the following years they dropped significantly, only bottoming out in 2012, when fewer than 7,000 new motorhomes and campervans were registered. As the economy has begun to recover from the recession, the past five years sales have been climbing again and have now reached their record peak.
Why the Boom?
There could be a number of reasons for this increase. Motorhoming can be a great holidaying option for those who are retired, meaning the new pension freedoms have allowed people to access their funds more readily. The UK’s vote to leave the European Union could have also had an effect too, with consumers worried about price rises due to currency fluctuations. The hassle with traveling overseas has helped the motorhoming holiday boom, as more Brits are choosing to enjoy the UK.
Of course, there’s also the fact that motorhomes offer a great way of taking a holiday, allowing you to go whenever and wherever you please at your own pace. There are thousands of locations where you can stay in the UK and across Europe, and you don’t have to pack and unpack your luggage each night. The comfort and convenience of modern vehicles mean that many people are using them all year round.
Buying a Motorhome
So if you fancy the lifestyle and being able to take off on holiday any time that you want, then you may be tempted to look at the range of new motorhomes for sale.
With sales looking to be as strong in 2017, many factories are working at full capacity to meet demand. Fortunately, dealers like Viscount Motorhomes in Hampshire offer a great range of Adria, Sunlight and Swift motorhomes, with models in stock to suit a range of tastes and requirements. All of these brands are top-sellers in the motorhome industry.
If you’re looking at motorhomes for sale in Hampshire, you need to decide on your needs. Models range from smaller van-based conversions to larger coachbuilt vehicles that can sleep up to six people.
Which motorhome you choose will depend on your needs and on your budget. Things to consider include how many people you need to sleep, what cooking facilities you need, how much storage you require and so on. Partly, this will depend on the type of use you have planned. A smaller camper van may be best suited to weekend trips, but if you’re planning longer adventures, then you may need a motorhome that offers more space.
Larger vehicles offer things like space above the driving cab that can be used as storage or as an extra berth. Look for features like swivel seats that allow you to make best use of the space when parked. Obviously, fuel economy is not your first priority when buying a motorhome, but most are powered by diesel to deliver decent fuel consumption, and more compact vehicles will be more frugal.