The European caravan market

On the basis of the information collected by the European Caravan Federation (ECF) and additional information provided by national data collection agencies, the number of newly registered caravans again increased, to 79,750 units, representing an 8.4 per cent increase in 2017 compared to the previous year (73,540 units). All of the main sales markets for caravans, such as the UK (+6.2 per cent), Germany (+15.0 per cent) and France (+4.9 per cent), performed well performance in 2017. Similarly, markets that were long characterised by decline, such as the Netherlands or Spain, now indications of a sustained stabilisation process with growth of 9.1 per cent and 26.4 per cent, respectively. Some Scandinavian markets reported negative sales trends but also an enormous growth in newly registered motor caravans, which could be indicative of a trend reversal in the leisure vehicle segment. This development should be watched in the future. For 2018, the ECF expects another year of single-digit growth, which gives caravan manufacturers reason to look to the future with optimism.


The European Caravan Federation (ECF) is the umbrella organisation representing the national organisations of the European Caravanning Industry. The ECF collects reliable market data.

More information can be found on www.e-c-f.com