Germany recorded its third-best result for new leisure vehicle registrations from January to September 2022, despite the ongoing supply chain challenges and shortage of skilled workers in the manufacturing sector.
A total of 78,011 new leisure vehicles were registered in Germany during that time, which despite being a decrease of about 13.6% in 2021, is still trending far ahead of figures from before the pandemic in 2020, according to a report.
In a further breakdown, towable caravans recorded a decline of 2.7% to 21,110 units, while motorhomes dropped 17% to a figure of 56,901 units.
“Motor caravans and caravans continue to be in high demand, and manufacturers’ order books are filled to the brim. The pandemic has given this long-term trend a further boost,” said Daniel Onggowinarso, managing director of the Caravaning Industrie Verband (CIVD).
This boost, however, is being hindered by several ongoing challenges that are facing the industry at the moment, according to CIVD. One of those challenges is the much-maligned faltering supply chains, a shortage of materials across all sectors, and stopping vehicles from being delivered to customers due to missing components.
Specific to the leisure vehicle industry within this problem is the lack of vehicle chassis, which CIVD claims is evident by the decreasing motorhome registration figures.
To have more vehicle chassis available, more and more companies are entering into new cooperative ventures with base vehicle manufacturers, so the diversity of brands in this sector is increasing.
One of the other main problems now emerging in the leisure vehicle industry is an acute shortage of skilled workers. Not only are there staffing problems due to absences caused by the pandemic, but there is a fundamental shortage of young workers entering the leisure vehicle manufacturing sector.
To counteract this, the CIVD has developed a new specialization called ‘caravan and motor caravan technology’ for the discipline of ‘bodywork and vehicle manufacturing mechanic,’ which is specially tailored to the demands of the industry. The planned start of specialization is August 2023.
“It’s a frustrating situation for everyone involved. Under normal conditions, the industry could build and deliver significantly more vehicles. But in view of the problems in production, dealers, and customers, unfortunately, have to wait longer than usual for their motor caravans and caravans,” said Onggowinarso.
This article originally appeared on Camping Trade World.