Our data suggests if people had to travel for work, almost 1 in 3 UK adults would feel more comfortable staying in a motorhome, rather than a hotel or serviced apartment, showing social distancing and hygiene standards continue to be a worry for people. This is a particularly significant concern for the 15% of the UK workforce who are regularly required to travel and stay overnight for work.
Our research showed that 27% of people believe having access to a motorhome would create an ideal quiet space to work in and almost 1 in 10 believe it would give them somewhere to safely self-isolate if they became ill, so they could protect their family.
1 in 5 adults feel employers should provide caravans or similar motorhome options for their employees if staff are required to travel and stay overnight for work in the current climate, with 16% of respondents expressing they believe employers should contribute toward the cost of buying a motorhome for work.
On our website we have seen a year on year increase of 51% in views of motorhome adverts (for the last two weeks of June). Notably, our data reveals a shift in the age ranges of people searching, for motorhomes since before the lockdown, with a reduction in people over the age of 55 searching and an increase in 18-34 year olds.
Our YouTube director Rory Reid comments: “We’ve recently seen a huge spike in interest for caravans and motorhomes across our app and website. Whilst a large portion of this is down to people needing a staycation this year, there’s a really interesting trend emerging of using motorhomes for contact-free ways of working, or even self-isolating to keep key workers safe.
“Businesses need to adapt to a greater need for safety when sending employees to travel and stay overnight for work. Using caravans and motorhomes can facilitate this, as well as providing a quiet space to help optimise working. It may well be in a business’ best interest to start looking into motorhomes!”