After a potentially busy spring, summer and autumn for motorhome owners, it’s that time of year again when many of us will be putting our motorhomes into storage for the winter. However if your motorhome will be inactive over the winter it’s crucial to plan ahead to ensure that your vehicle is safe and secure from thieves and fully protected from the elements prior to the new season getting underway.
Motorhomes are not the first modes of transport you would associate with the lifestyles of rich and famous, however the last couple of years have seen a number of high-end luxury models appear on the market that would only ever be affordable to select few.
Earlier this month though, a motorhome that went on sale in the Gulf of Dubai truly took things to a whole new level.
All industries move and shift with demand, and business in the twenty-first century is much more dynamic than it ever has been before. This is definitely true for the primary and tertiary industries that have to innovate and continually create new ways of getting their products to market. Yet it’s in the secondary sector, businesses like motorhome manufacturers, who really have to dig deep to get the new products out there.
Motorhomes are constantly borrowing ideas from other industries and one of the newest developments we’ve seen over the last six months is the Elddis SoLiD construction technique. This involves using chemical bonding processes to fix together parts of motorhomes and is a vast improvement on traditional screws and bolts which are known for leakage and failure. This process is fairly common outside of the motorhome industry and it’s great to see it being put into use in many new models.
Of course, new developments mean new questions and Elddis have launched a nationwide training programme to ensure that all the dealers and salesmen know the ins-and-outs of the technical detail. Better educated salesmen mean, of course, that it’s much more likely that customers will be paired with a product they really want.
Equally, we’ve seen developments like carbon-fibre, used frequently in sports cars and almost exclusively on racing bikes come into the motorhome industry. Motorhomes are weighty beasts and weight reduction is an important issue to consider for the future.
What all this development means is that motorhome insurance providers can be assured of the increasing safety, quality and security of the motorhomes they’re insuring. This can help not only to reduce policy costs for motorhome owners but it also helps to cut down risk for the insurer. Good technology functioning properly is far less risky than a construction method that might fail anywhere between one and five times out of ten.
It’s great to see true innovation in the motorhome industry and long may it continue because it’s good for us all!
Though times are tough in the economy and smaller motorhome companies were certainly feeling the pinch towards the end of last year, it’s not all doom and gloom for motorhome manufacturers. Yesterday American motor giant Ford announced that they were intending to up production of motorhomes and commercial chassis by a massive 35% to meet demand coming in from customers. This is a quite remarkable increase and great news for the motorhome industry.
The news will be most comforting in America where the motor industry and subsidiary industries like motorhome insurance providers are dependent on manufacturers like Ford to generate the output which helps sell their goods. Across the world there are a host of industries which are reliant on good sales from motorhome manufacturers to generate demand for their own products.
Some are even suggesting that motorhome production is a great indicator of general economic performance. Many of Ford’s motorhomes are priced at well over $150,000 when they eventually hit the market and they are most certainly classified as a luxury good. Increased sales suggests that people are starting to spend a little more and that tight economic conditions may well be starting to loosen off.
It’s also showing that people are still keen to buy new motorhomes. Though the second-hand market is flourishing in these sorts of conditions, there are clearly plenty of customers for brand-new motorhomes. This spreads money to manufacturers and their employees and it allows them to keep innovating. It’s this that really drives the new motorhome market forward as it keeps motorhome technology slick and desirable.
It’s great news that Ford are starting to boost their already busy production lines and though the news is certainly best for those over the Atlantic, we could soon see the same effects taking place over here in the UK.
Motorhomes have always been about families, whether that’s bringing the family together, spending some time with the family, or sometimes just playing happy families! This is true not just for motorhome users, but many manufacturers, dealers, and servicing outlets. One such name which is celebrating 25 years in the business this week is Meridian motorhomes, based on the South Coast of England.
The Meridian name has been associated with quality service and great after-sales care for some time, and the family-run model is one that many dealers in the motorhome industry try to emulate. When buying something as personal as a motorhome, it helps to have someone who really is knowledgeable about the product and, better still, someone who has had knowledge passed down through the generations.
Equally, in this economic climate there are many motorhome owners who have become disillusioned with big-name industries, and the press that large corporations have been getting recently also doesn’t help with the image of larger, more commercial dealers. Family firms have a certain authenticity about them that can really help them to sell motorhomes not just once, but many times over.
This effect has even been seen in the motorhome insurance sector. While it’s much harder to find a family run insurer, many customers are switching away from larger, more well-known corporations, realising that they will get better service and a better deal elsewhere. The scale of some of the smaller companies means that though they can’t serve so many customers at once, those that they can serve usually get great treatment.
The motorhome will always be a purchase for all the family and it could be that in the coming years we see more and more dealers, manufacturers and insurers priding themselves on well thought out and personal service.
The long awaited shortlist for the 2013 Motorhome Awards was announced yesterday and with the award associated with Caravan Club and adjudicated by top motorhome magazines, the prizes will be much coveted. The awards themselves will take place in January after serious contemplation from the judges.
In previous years Motorhome Awards have seriously increased the number of sales and requests for motorhome insurance quotes attached to each motorhome. Winning a category can do wonders for the particular model that wins, but it’s also recognition that the brand is doing something right as well.
The awards nominate four motorhomes under each category. This year’s categories include small campervans, high-tops, a variety of single, double and non-fixed coachbuilts and, at the top end, the luxury coachbuilt which will come in at over £75,000. For most people, this is the ‘dream motorhome’ award, and will attract the affection of plenty of motorhome users.
The most hotly contested category looks to be the family coachbuilt, with the Swift Sundance, Roller Team Auto-Roller, the Dethleffs Esprit and the Bürstner Ixeo Time. Family coachbuilts are amongst the best selling motorhomes and certainly popular amongst first time buyers. There’s a definite loyalty that goes with motorhome purchases too; those that buy a good first one are often inclined to stick with the same brand for the second. Taking a win for any brand in this category could be lucrative.
If you’re thinking of making a purchase in 2013, it could be that you want to wait for the announcement – the panel of expert buyers, testers and journalists certainly know what they’re talking about. However, though the official seal of approval can be a great thing, it doesn’t always mean the winner is right for you.
Of course, we’ll have to wait for January for the announcement of the awards, but be assured we’ll have the latest comment here as soon as we know.