Caravanning: What to expect in 2020
Last year brought us telescopic caravans, lightweight caravans designed for people new to caravanning, luxurious caravans for seasonal siting, and more eight feet wide models.
One manufacturer went into administration, but a new owner resurrected the business. Bookings at campsites increased because people stayed in the UK amid Brexit uncertainty.
It was quite a year.
What can we expect in the world of caravanning in 2020? The Caravan Magazine team looks at 2020 to predict what to expect in the world of caravanning.
Dark mornings and evenings means caravanners and holidaymakers yearn for sunshine. It’s no wonder that holiday searches reach a high peak on Google with all of us looking for places to see and campsites to book.
Start as you mean to go by promising yourself plenty of breaks and adventures. But, where do you go?
A good place to start is looking at the Club sites. The investment by the Clubs in their sites is staggering. New restaurants, better facilities, new sites and better infrastructure mean Club sites are more attractive than ever. And, they are in some great locations.
We still don’t know what Brexit means for travelling abroad, so we expect there will be more demand for pitches at the Club sites (and others). Get ahead of the crowds and secure your pitches early to avoid disappointment.
Get caravanning ideas!
You might have decided you want to buy a new caravan, but missed the October show. You might have decided you want to do more caravanning in the UK, but don’t know where to go.
Get along to the Caravan, Camping & Motorhome Show at the NEC in Birmingham in February.
You’ll see the new caravans launched in October. You can visit the Club stands to join or find out their new and updated sites. Experts will help you with tips, advice and ideas for caravanning. And, you can find travel and accessory companies to help you decide on where to go, what to see and where to stay.
We predict that caravan manufacturers and dealers will compete for your business harder than ever in 2020. Why?
Some new ranges launched in 2019 are for people who’ve never had a caravan before. They are lightweight, good value and different in style to ‘traditional’ caravans. Great. So, what?
The caravan industry needs to appeal to new entrants to the pastime. Selling a traditional caravan is tougher now than ever. The manufacturers and dealers have traditional caravans sitting on the forecourts which they have to sell to make way for the new models and stock.
It’s becoming a caravan buyer’s market. You will be in a better position to haggle a great deal in 2020 in a tough market.
Do your research, find a layout you like and get ready to strike an incredible deal at the February show or at your local dealer. Bargain hard and you can get yourself a bargain in 2020.
Don’t go electric yet!
The car industry is changing. People are buying fewer cars now. Changes in legislation mean car owners don’t want a petrol or diesel vehicle when there is the prospect of a clean, low emission electric vehicle soon.
The move towards electric cars means big car makers have to merge with other big manufacturers to cut costs and reposition themselves to make electric cars.
But, for most caravan owners' electric cars don’t have enough torque or power to tow any distance. We’ve seen electric car and caravan concepts at shows. But, they are still concepts and won’t roll off production lines for ages.
Hang on to your powerful diesel tow car for as long as you can. Don’t buy electric yet because they are not up to the job of towing your caravan.
Invest in your own Wi-Fi
Love it or loathe it, having internet access in your caravan is useful for planning, entertainment and staying informed. But, the Wi-Fi infrastructure in most campsites is patchy, which makes staying connected a pain in the neck.
We always take mobile Wi-Fi ‘dongles’ with us on caravanning trips to stay in touch, update our social media channels and update websites. Our jobs would be difficult without mobile Wi-Fi.
But, dongles, good as they are, often suffer from interference from the caravan which weakens the performance of your internet connection.
What’s the answer?
We’ve seen some great mobile Wi-Fi kit available, and new equipment due for 2020 which should transform our internet connectivity. A Wi-Fi dongle isn’t too expensive. And, the mobile internet kit we’ve seen is affordable, easy to fit and increases the ‘gain’ on your internet connection massively.
Watch this space for reviews on the new kit!