A leading Shropshire dealership has reported its best ever October for sales of caravans and motorhomes.
Compared with the same month last year, Salop Leisure’s orders were up 37 per cent for touring caravans and motorhomes and up 25 per cent for caravan holiday homes.
The company, which has sales centres in Shrewsbury, Machynlleth and Stourport-on-Severn, secured many of the orders at the 10-day West Midlands Caravan and Motorhome Show at the start of the month and at the National Caravan and Motorhome Show at the NEC, Birmingham.
But sales activity continued strongly for the rest of the month and has continued into November.
“I have been in the industry for nearly 50 years and I have never seen such high demand for caravans and motorhomes so late in the season,” said Salop Leisure’s chairman Tony Bywater.
“I think the improving economic climate and the good autumn weather has helped a lot. Parks have been very busy this autumn with people using their caravans due to the good weather during September and October.
“More than ever, people are looking for value for money. Caravans are not cheap, but they do represent great value for money because they allow the owners and their families to get away for a break whenever they please.
“It was very pleasing to see the age profile of customers buying caravans and motorhomes during October. They ranged from young families to retired couples who have one thing in common: a desire to make the most of their quality time together.
“We are also seeing an increasing number of customers who have opted for a change of lifestyle. Many of them have left very successful jobs to spend more time with their families and have invested in a top quality motorhome to travel.
“We are looking forward to an exceptional year in 2015 as even more people recognise the freedom that caravans and motorhomes offer them.”
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