And what is it you get from an RV holiday that you can’t get elsewhere?
I think it’s freedom. I just had a customer come back from two weeks in Scotland. I think he went to one campsite; apart from that he was just, well, camping wherever he stopped. He had everything with him, so he could do that. There’s nothing quite so liberating as knowing you’ve got your food and your bed in the middle of nowhere. You really can get away from everything.
Who are your customers?
We get a lot of families over the holiday period, but we also get a lot of couples – our rental customers are probably a bit younger than the average motorhome customer. In a typical year, around a third of our bookings would be couples, a third would be families and a third would be for people going to festivals and events.
And where do they tend to go?
This year, it’s mainly been trips around the UK. It seems to be going in waves: I’ve just had people heading off to Norfolk and Suffolk; in the next few weeks, we’ve got customers heading off to Devon and Cornwall; then it’s up to Scotland and Wales. The great thing with an RV is, if everyone’s going somewhere at the same time, you can go in the opposite direction. That East Anglia coast is so beautiful and I think people have switched plans to go there because they’ve thought it’d be a bit quieter. And, of course, you can always be guided by the weather: if it’s raining in Scotland, go to Wales instead.
Where do you think you’ll go next?
I think it might be the Yorkshire Moors. It’s an area I don't really know, and I like to try and go to places that are a bit different. We’ve got two children who are 10 and 13; they’re coming with us on this one but sometimes, especially in January and February, it’s great for the two of us to get away somewhere really remote on our own.
Finally, what does the future look like for the business?
I think there’s going to be a dent in overseas or long-haul travel for the next few years. If anyone’s planning a big adventure, instead of Australia or South America, they might be looking more seriously at taking an RV around Europe for a couple of months, going to places no one would have thought about before.
We’ve also just started to see a new interest in people buying our RVs as home offices. If you travel for work, or are having to work on a particular site, they’ve got everything you need – including mobile wi-fi – and you don’t have to worry about public transport. Compared to a regular home office, the costs are obviously high, but you do get to do other things with an EV – like go on holiday! So this could be the next exciting new area for us.
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