‘I’ve been waiting a year to get a motorhome’: Where you can still get a set of wheels for the holidays — and where you don’t
Campsites have been in high demand since the pandemic began. A local retailer, Brugg tour operator and local owner explains how much interest is today and what effect this has on pricing.
In just under eight weeks, summer vacation will begin in many places. Anyone planning a tour with the “mobile home” should step on the gas pedal – at least in the area.
Since the beginning of 2019, Südbahn Rent GmbH in Hausen has been offering two fully equipped mobile homes and a camper van for rent. According to Jörg Wüst, who is himself an ardent camper enthusiast, most are already fully booked this year.
When asked by AZ, the managing director of Windischer Südbahngarage Wüst AG says:
“There are still some appointments available this season, and all mobile homes are occupied from mid-July to early August.”
Cars are not rented during the winter months.
However, compared to the previous year, interest has already waned somewhat. “In 2021, mobile homes are almost constantly on the move,” says West. In this very good ‘rent year’ you would have felt an epidemic, many people who had never traveled with the camper before booking.
However, the industry is unpredictable, the numbers for the current season can still change. “Inquiries and reservations come in relatively short order.”
This destination is already fully booked
Despite the great demand, rental prices at the Südbahn Rent GmbH have not increased in the past three years. However, at the same time, there are no plans to increase the fleet. “Mobile homes are just a marginal aspect of our business, to me it’s just a hobby,” explains Jörg Wüst. In addition, if more vehicles are leased, additional staff will have to be hired.
There is also significant interest in Brugger Island Tours AG. Under the Iceland Camper Tours brand, the tour company offers caravan holidays or motorhome holidays in Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Finland. According to Director-General Sandra Rothenmond, the demand for Iceland as a special destination has risen sharply since the start of the pandemic.
The company even posted a 5 percent increase. Rothenmond says:
“However, the increase would be much greater if there were enough campers available.”
However, Island Tours AG’s managing director does not have a direct link to the pandemic and this trend. He added that “the demand for flights to Iceland in general increased significantly, even before Corona.” This was accompanied by an increase in rental prices.
Since 2019, customers have had to put in 3 to 5 percent more. In the middle of last week, Röthenmund rejected the idea of renting a wagon next summer: everything is already booked.
Purchase prices increased by up to 10 percent
On the other hand, interest in all Scandinavian destinations has been consistently high over the past three years. According to Sandra Rothenmond, rental rates are up 5 to 10 percent. Bitter drop: According to the manager, campsites were still available during the summer months last week.
The increased demand over the past 2-3 years has also been noticeable at Arar GmbH, which sells new and used campers in Hausen. Owner Rene Alleg sees the reasons for this in the pandemic:
“People were more restricted, and some of them couldn’t book hotels or flights.”
Depending on the model, the mobile home purchase price increased 6 to 10 percent during this period. Arar GmbH no longer offers rentals. Alig continues to grapple with coronavirus-related bottlenecks in vehicle delivery. “Currently I’ve been waiting a year to get a mobile home.” So getting your own one quickly before the summer holidays is no problem at Hausen.