Demand for cheaper holdays is good for motorhome Hire companies in Scotland
The rising demand for cheaper holidays can only be good for British-built motorhomes and Motorhome hire companies.
But new, affordable, motorhomes will also play a strong part in maintaining market momentum.
AutoTrail unveiled its Excel value-for-money range at the Caravan and Motorhome Show, while Lunar Caravans reported motorhome sales were also strong, led by its Ford Transit-based Pinnacle over-cab compact coachbuilt model.
Swift recently announced a more affordable motorhome range, labelled the Escape. Prices of this entry-level coachbuilt model start at around £30,000 and are ideal for motorhome hire companies.
Swift’s Escape Motorhome specification list includes a full kitchen and shower room, double glazing, and central heating.
Motorhome manufacturer Auto-Sleepers, whose November 2008 sales exceeded those for the previous year, also plans to launch two new vehicles – a compact coachbuilt, and what it claims will be a revolutionary new campervan.
The Compass Avantgarde 155 and Elddis Autoquest 155 Motorhome models are the latest in the award-winning budget range from the Explorer Group.
These new two-berth low-line vehicles each boast a fixed double bed and front dinette – making them perfect for couples, or singles and ideal for motorhome hire / rental fleets.
Looking ahead, the Motorhomes Information Service (MIS) says the sector will have to weather the storm like everyone else.
“In the slowdown it may be that there is no better way of getting some great-value leisure time,” says MIS spokeswoman Ruth de Mierre.
“Besides the crunch-busting new models, second-hand vehicles are also selling well.
“The sector’s two clubs, The Caravan Club and the Camping and Caravanning Club, also say they expect site bookings to go up this year, as people look for the best value they can get for their leisure pound.