The camper sector in Spain faces challenges

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The Spanish trade association for campers and caravans, ASEICAR, has taken stock of the past year and presents some striking findings for the camper sector for 2023.

First of all, the number of camper registrations has fallen by as much as 41.56% in the past two years. According to ASEICAR, a bright spot is the increase in the number of registrations of small camper vans by 20.82%. That has somewhat helped the sector to close 2023 without major losses. In addition, caravan sales have fallen by almost 31% in the last two years, with an annual decline of 16%.

Steady growth of the second-hand market

The second-hand market, on the other hand, has shown steady growth of 3% per year since 2021. For the time being, that growth does not seem to be stopping. These figures indicate a possible recession within the sector. A recession that has been exacerbated by the industrial crisis and the current national and international economic uncertainties. However, a slight recovery is expected for 2024. This is partly thanks to falling interest rates. These would make it easier to finance purchases.

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New campers are expensive

The prices of new campers remain high, despite the normalisation of material costs. According to the camper sector, this indicates a possible bubble. The used market is also expected to feel the downturn, but demand remains strong due to the lack of new vehicle inventory and long wait times. The role of caravans seems to be decreasing. Although there is still demand among people who are looking for more mobility and self-sufficiency without the high costs of a camper.

Popularity of camper tourism in Spain

Since the corona pandemic, the camper sector has seen a significant increase in the number of camper travellers through Spain. Municipalities are noticing an increase in interest, especially along the Spanish Costas. This manifests itself in overcrowded camper pitches or more campers who spend the night ‘in the wild’, i.e. not at the designated camper pitches or campsites.

The temptation is of course to park your small house on wheels along a beautiful sea promenade on the Costa Brava or Blanca. Officially, that is also allowed, as long as you do not extend your awning and put your chairs outside. Moreover, there are many municipalities that tolerate campers in all kinds of places. It is therefore important when travelling through Spain with your camper that you carefully study the regulations for campers of the municipality where you want to stay. Or you can inquire with other campers who have been there for a while.

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