Motorcaravans in the Netherlands

The number of motorcaravans (camper vans) in the Netherlands has risen steadily over the past year and that is unlikely to change in the coming years.

On 1 January 2017 there were 102,370 motorcaravans in the Netherlands i.e. the number of motorcaravan registrations had increased by 56%.

Great Britain has 210,000 motorcaravans, France has 440,000, Germany 460,000 and Italy has 210,000. There are about 2 million motorcaravans in Europe and the Netherlands is in fifth place.

There are over 100 makes of motorcaravans in the Netherlands. Hymer tops the list (19%), then come Dethleffs (8%), Bürstner (7%), Adria (7%) and Volkswagen/Knaus (5%)
98% of NKC members have a motorcaravan; on average a motorcaravan lasts about 11.2 years in the Netherlands.

Motorcaravan owners tend to keep their vehicles for about 4.7 years before changing them; 9% contemplate having a new or different motorcaravan within a year.

In 2016, Dutch campers spent 415 million Euros on their travels i.e. on average 55€ per camper per day, paying out mainly for fuel, overnight stays, food shopping, general shopping and restaurant meals. They spent most in France and Germany. Local communities in the Netherlands can hardly imagine life without the camping fraternity. Altogether camping tourists spend 182 million Euros in the Netherlands, 70 million of which comes from Dutch campers. 4% of campers undertake a three month-long trip although on average campers stay just three days on the same campsite before they take off again in their motorcaravan to explore further.


Source: Kampeerauto (NKC-NL)