Wide choice of basic vehicles
Due to the growing demand for recreational vehicles over the years, more and more brands are entering the market for base vehicles. For example, the previous market leader Fiat Ducato and the identical Citroën and Peugeot models have long been joined by models from Ford, Iveco, MAN, Mercedes, Renault and Volkswagen.
Trend towards compact motor caravans continues
Whether fully integrated or semi-integrated motor caravans, alcoves or campervans, demand for all types of motor caravans is at a record high. However, the campervan has a special role to play. It is the fastest growing segment. Every second new motor caravan is now a van. One of the things customers appreciate about compact vehicles is that their size makes them even easier to drive and suitable for everyday use. The stagnating supply chains have a special effect on the statistics: Due to the shortage of vehicle chassis for classic motor caravan types, the ultra-compact models among the campervans – generally without sanitary facilities due to their size – are currently even more strongly represented in the registration figures: For them, the availability of base vehicles, in comparison, is somewhat more positive.
Innovative lightweight solutions for weight reduction
The many available and popular vehicle features entail greater weight. In addition, motor caravan base vehicles are also becoming heavier due to legal, safety-related regulations. At the same time, drivers who obtained their passenger car driver’s license after 1999 are only allowed to move vehicles up to a maximum of 3.5 tons. The same permissible total weight applies to car-caravan combinations. It is therefore important to stay below this weight limit. In order to keep both caravans and motor caravans agile despite the many equipment extras, manufacturers are continuously breaking new ground in the design of recreational vehicles. For this reason, the CIVD and its European umbrella organization ECF are campaigning in Brussels for an increase in the permissible gross weight to 4.25 tons.