What does this mean for the 2022 holiday season in Germany? Quite clearly: The interest in mobile homes, caravans and parking spaces will also ensure high demand and thus rising prices this year. AUTO BILD shows ten concrete tips to ensure that your dream holiday in a motorhome and the like still works. It does not always have to be a new expensive camper model.
Novices should rather rent a mobile home for the first time. We will also show you interesting alternatives – from compact roof tents to individual extensions – that are much cheaper. And please think about booking the parking space in good time. Then nothing stands in the way of your dream vacation in 2022.
1. Buy a new motorhome
2. Buy a used motorhome
“The demand for used recreational vehicles is high,” said CIVD man Dreckmeier. Dealers are currently bringing fewer young used vehicles onto the market. The reason: owners keep their cars longer because of the long delivery times for new models. The used market is basically empty. Even older motorhomes quickly cost five figures.
Important advice when searching: Don’t commit to a specific model. Compare different mobiles. Beware of water damage! If you want to be on the safe side, do a used check at ADAC. Depending on the size of the vehicle, it costs between 200 and 400 euros, takes two hours and offers additional security.
3. Rent a motorhome
Before you buy an expensive motorhome, we recommend a short vacation with a rental vehicle. First try out whether this type of holiday is something for you and which model and size suit you. You can find rental campers at local motorhome dealers and the large online platforms. On average, a motorhome costs around 120 euros/day, much more in the high season. At the moment early bookers still get discount. Minimum age for tenants mostly 21 years. For motorhomes up to 3.5 t is enough driver’s license Class B.
4. Motorhome expansion
Owners of high-roof station wagons and minibuses can convert their car into a mini motorhome with little effort using pre-assembled camping elements. Depending on the vehicle, provider and wishes, the extensions cost from 1000 euros. Hobbyists can also lend a hand themselves. So-called camping boxes are available in hardware stores from 500 euros.
5. Roof tent & folding caravan
These compact constructions turn your own car into a camper van. Roof tents are mounted on the car roof and offer space for two to four people when unfolded. Folding caravans are larger tents in single-axle trailers that become real space miracles when unfolded. Costs: tents between 800 and 4000 euros, folding caravans around 5000 euros.
6. Book a pitch
7. Drop-off cabin
For owners of pickup trucks, vehicles with an open loading area, there are practical living cabins as an add-on. The fully equipped cabins with bathroom, dining area, kitchen and alcove bed are ideal for two people and can be removed in a few simple steps. The advantages: no registration required, no TÜV approval and no extra road tax. Used demountable cabins are available from 5,000 euros, new models cost from 18,000 euros.
The practical caravans have been around since the early 1930s. All you need is a car with a trailer hitch and the appropriate towing capacity. The equipment is comparable to a mobile home. The caravan is particularly popular with long-term campers. Small, older models cost a few thousand, new models from 13,000 euros.
10. Apps for campers
ADAC CAMPING/PARKING PLACE 2022
The app from ADAC for 4.99 euros offers many discounts in addition to the parking space finder.
The free app is Europe’s largest platform for private motorhome sharing.
With the app, you can control iNet devices such as air conditioners and query filling levels.