Caravan increasingly popular with young Limburgers 1Limburg

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More and more young people have bought a caravan since the coronavirus outbreak. In Limburg, the number of young caravan owners up to the age of 35 rose by about 5 percent in the previous quarter.
Nationally, the number of young caravan owners rose by 6.6 percent to nearly 18,000, according to figures from BOVAG and RDC.
Popularity
In Groningen and Flevoland, the number of young caravan owners up to the age of 35 rose by about 9 percent in the previous quarter, while the increase in North Brabant and Overijssel, as in Limburg, was between 5 and 6 percent.
In the youngest age group from 18 to 25 years, caravan ownership grew by 7.2 percent, while the number of caravan owners aged 65 and older decreased by 1.9 percent. A total of 422,127 caravans were registered in the Netherlands on 1 July this year.
Holiday alternative
According to Siewert Gorter, chairman of BOVAG Caravan and Motorhome Companies, these figures show that camping is the perfect holiday alternative. “The campsite is of course the ultimate holiday destination for young people and for families with small children.”
“Now that long-distance travel and all-inclusive holidays are not an option for many, everyone is looking at what is possible. Camping suddenly turns out to be not only a great alternative, but also a corona proof”, says Gorter.
No caravan hotspot
Figures from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) show that Limburg is not exactly the caravan hotspot of the Netherlands. On January 1, 2018, there were only six postcode areas in our province where at least five percent of the inhabitants have a registered caravan.
Only postcode areas in Gennep, Bergen, Venray, Horst aan de Maas and Venlo achieved that percentage.
Difficult spring
Gorter says that the 300 caravan and motorhome companies affiliated with BOVAG have had a difficult spring. “In that spring all things should have been running at full speed, after all, we are seasonal. The increasing interest in camping is making our year somewhat good for the time being.”
Heavier caravans
The figures only include caravans heavier than 750 kilograms with their own registration number. Lighter caravans, like folding trailers, carry the registration number of the towing vehicle and therefore do not need to be registered. No figures are therefore known about this.

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