E r expects only a single-digit decline in the current year new registrations and - due to sharply reduced inventories - again with a slight increase in production and sales.
The economic crisis brought a huge drop in sales
According to the Caravaning Industry Association (CIVD), 17,556 motorhomes (minus 16.1 percent) and 16,719 caravans (minus 13.3 percent) were registered in 2009. The economic crisis had led to a decline in sales of 37.2 percent to 1.82 billion euros for the industry. Production fell by 42.2 percent for mobile homes and by 26.2 percent for caravans. The aim was also to significantly reduce the high stocks of new vehicles built up in the boom years and thus to increase the financial scope of the specialist trade. The industry is characterized by temporary work and downsizing, although no specific figures were given.
The medium-sized industry with a good two dozen manufacturers is also feeling the wind from the renaissance of camping holidays. The number of overnight stays on German campsites rose by 9 percent to 25 million in 2009. The German Tourism Association expects constant figures for 2010 and relies on mobile home tourism.