A specialist caravan insurance provider, Caravan Guard and Leisuredays, have scored the maximum five-star rating from independent research company Defaqto for yet another year.
Defaqto, which rates, compares and analyses financial products, bestowed its highest honour to Caravan Guard’s tourer policy and Leisuredays’ holiday caravan insurance, in recognition of their highest standards of cover available in today’s caravan insurance market.
Caravan Guard’s touring caravan policy has been five-star rated since 2011 and Leisuredays’ holiday caravan policy for the last four years.
A family-run caravan manufacturer is celebrating 70 years of production by bringing out an anniversary model. Founded in 1948, Bailey Caravans is the longest-established UK independent designer and producer of leisure vehicles. Over seven decades, the company has grown to become one of the UK’s favourite caravan brands, accounting for approximately one in three new caravan sales. It is also one of the largest producers in Europe and, since 2011, has produced motorhomes. The firm exports to markets as far afield as Australia, New Zealand and South Korea.
A Somerset touring park which saw motorhome visitors leap by almost 20% last year predicts that the passion for freewheeling lifestyles will continue in 2018.
But Bath Chew Valley Caravan Park, set in the tranquil Mendip Hills, says the on-trend image of motorhomes is not just driving up bookings.
It's also bringing down the average age of guests as younger couples increasingly view them as a way of making holidays more of an adventure at any time of the year.
Now the family-run park has moved to make itself even more motorhome friendly by providing pitch facilities for campervans and motorhomes up to nine metres long.
Electric cars are one of the next big things on the market, but are they going to replace the classic holiday caravan? Like it or not, it seems as though they’re here to stay, but that doesn’t mean they won’t be changing.
These days, caravans and motorhomes are often described as being too wasteful or inefficient considering they’re essentially an entire house, albeit a small one. However, with the improvements in electric engines and appliance, we might be seeing caravans turning up alongside electric lease cars in the near future, with their own 100-percent-electric solar-powered cooking equipment. Not only will this be a greener caravan, but if you combine it with an electric car, you’ll keep your destination unpolluted and the air fresh no matter how long you spend there.
Thinking of buying or selling a caravan park? Richard Prestwich from Savills property services’ leisure and trade team gives his view on the holiday and home park market for 2018…
Last year was a particularly strong year for the holiday and home park market, which encompasses touring parks, holiday static parks and residential parks, driven predominantly by domestic investment as the popularity of staycations continued to increase. According to research from Ortus Secured Finance, turnover at the 100 largest holiday parks was up 9% from £2.46billion in 2012 to £2.7billion last year.
Want to set up a caravan park or campsite or improve one you already own? Outdoor accommodation specialist and founder of Pitchup.com, Dan Yates, has some advice for all potential owners…
“For anyone with land to spare, setting up and running a caravan park or campsite can be a lucrative option. Statistics from VisitEngland show that caravanning and camping accounted for 28million bednights and £950million of spending by Brits in the first half of last year. With domestic demand up 11% and visits from abroad rising by 20% compared to 2016, this year could be the time to get a share of the action.
Bailey of Bristol has once again joined forces with Peugeot UK to support The One Show Rickshaw Challenge 2016 in aid of the BBC's Children in Need Appeal.
As in previous years Bailey supplied a fully equipped motorhome, in this case an Approach Autograph 765, as a support vehicle providing on-the-road living space for the team during their eight-day challenge. It was part of a seven vehicle convoy specially provided by Peugeot UK for the eight-day 470 mile challenge.