This year’s Motorhome and Caravan Show, held last month in the Birmingham NEC, proved to be a worthwhile weekend for motorhome buyers and traders alike. The Swift Group, one of the largest motorhome manufacturers in the UK, sold over £9m of motorhomes. Converters also reported good sales and the show was certainty a success whether you were buying or selling.
A Better Year to Come?
The NEC show is often considered the ‘start’ to the motorhome selling season. Motorhomes usually sell well during the Christmas period and also in the run up to summer. March and April are popular months for making the purchase. However, good sales at the Motorhome and Caravan Show are a good indication that there is demand out there and people do want to buy motorhomes.
We’re in tough economic times at the moment and undoubtedly manufacturers have been suffering. Rising input prices, rising rents and a higher costs of labour are all contributing to problems within the industry and we’ve seen a number of small firms go down over the last year or so. However, sales figures like this should boost confidence amongst manufacturers and amongst their creditors, which should make everyone feel a little more secure about the future of manufacturing.
A Push for the Industry
Of course, surrounding motorhomes is a huge industry of motorhome accessories retailers, motorhome insurance providers and, of course, campsites. It’s great news for all the auxiliary suppliers to the motorhome market that sales are good. In turn, this is a big help to the motorhome owner who is after more choice, better service and better prices: investment in the industry really is driven by good start-of-year sales.
Things are looking up after the Motorhome and Caravan show and hopefully 2013 will be a better year for motorhome fans than 2012 was!