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Record sales of motorhomes and campervans in 2016

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Sales of new motorhomes and campervans in the UK reached record levels last year when they exceeded 12,300 for the first time

According to figures just released by the NCC (National Caravan Council), 12,332 motorhomes and campervans were registered in the UK last year, compared to 10,572 in 2015 – a 16.6% year-on-year increase.

Sales of new motorhomes and campervans have never been so high.

The previous record was 10 years ago in 2007 when registrations peaked at 11,646.

They then dropped signifacntly over the following years, only bottoming out in 2012 when less than 7,000 new motorhomes and campervans were registered.

For the past five years, sales have been climbing again and have now reached record levels.

The early signals are 2017 will be equally strong, with some motorhome manufacturers reporting that their factories are at full capacity and are not taking any further orders from dealers until they launch their 2018 models in the summer.

However, franchise dealers still have many 2017 models for sale.

The NCC attributes the record sales to the extensive choice and variety of motorhome and campervan models now available.

“This high number of registrations clearly demonstrates the continuing strong demand for motorhome products,” said John Lally, NCC Director General.

“Short breaks and holidays at short notice are growing in popularity with UK holidaymakers. Motorhomes are ideal for this kind of break, as they give consumers the freedom to decide where and when they want to travel. The wide range of motorhomes now available makes them an increasingly attractive proposition for consumers of all ages.”

Frank Finch, the NCC’s Membership Services Director, added: “NCC approved dealer members are reporting that an increasing number of customers are buying motorhomes for year-round travel, both in the UK and Europe. Recent improvements in thermal insulation and better, more flexible heating facilities in motorhomes, coupled with longer park opening periods, make this possible.

“As well as having access to some of the highest quality products on the market, consumers also have peace of mind that when they go to one of our NCC Approved Dealership members, they will be dealing with a business that has committed to treating them fairly – whether they are buying a motorhome, touring caravan or caravan holiday home.”

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