A report said that Japan is seeing a rise in the popularity of camper vans and other recreational vehicles (RV) to help families and individuals travel more easily during the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the report, Kenji Araki (president of Nuts RV Co.), a leading Japanese manufacturer of recreational vehicles, stated that orders rose by 20% in 2020 compared to 2019.
Strong demand continues this year as orders outpace production. Araki added that some models could take up to a year and a half to ship.
Some recreational vehicles can be sold for more than 10million Japanese Yen or almost 91,500 US dollars.
Models that cost around ¥ 5million, including one based upon Toyota Motor Corp.’s Hiace van, sell well. Araki stated that beginners are attracted to affordable prices and quick delivery times, according to the report.
Although recreational vehicles are commonly used on campsites, they are also used frequently at roadside stations.
According to the Japan Recreational Vehicle Association, family trips with recreational vehicles and restaurants are very popular among those in their 30s and 60s, the report said.
In Japan, there were more than 100,000 recreational vehicles in 2016. This number will increase to 127.400 by 2020.
According to the report, the demand for recreational vehicles will continue to rise. Araki stated that recreational vehicles are increasingly being used “for non-recreational purposes, including remote work during a pandemic or natural disasters.”