Summary of our market study

The motorhome market was estimatedat USD 9 billion in 2020 andexpected to reach13 billion in 2026.

since 2020, the motorhome market in France has seen a steady increase in the number of registrations. The motorhome fleet in circulation stands at around 600,000, and the caravan fleet at 550,000

In 2023, 24,000 leisure vehicles were sold. This figure will rise to over 30,000 in 2021

Although the market is led by a few dominant manufacturers, it also comprises around a hundred smaller entities, including subcontractors, installers and repairers.

The market is largely influenced by the over-50s, particularly retirees, whose growing numbers should continue to drive market growth.

Electric motorhomes are rare due to the weight restrictions imposed by the B driving license.

Analysis of demand in the French motorhome market

In recent years, the French motorhome market has seen a steady increase in demand. The French show a strong preference for this form of travel and vacation accommodation.

As Europe's second-largest market behind Germany, the French motorhome industry reflects consumers' strong interest in camping, with motorhomes being preferred to caravans during their holidays. In fact, of the 113 million overnight stays recorded, only around a quarter preferred caravans to motorhomes.

One of the main drivers of the French leisure vehicle and motorhome market is the increase in the number of over-50s and retirees, who are the main buyers. The dynamism of this market segment is set to continue, with an influx of 650,000 to 750,000 retirees every year.

Purchase and rental prices for motorhomes in France vary according to factors such as vehicle type and size. For example, the minimum purchase price of a motorhome can vary from 17,000 to 42,600 euros, with maximum prices reaching 75,990 to 100,000 euros.

A week's rental for a four-person motorhome can start at 500 euros and go up to 1,090 euros, while rental for a six-person motorhome can range from 700 to 1,190 euros per week.

Additional costs for petrol and tolls must also be taken into account, representing an approximate cost of 310 euros per motorhome stay.

Regulations governing motorhomes are similar to those for cars, and no special license is required to drive motorhomes weighing 3.5 tons or less.

at this weight limit, an ordinary B license is sufficient.

There are specific rules on maintenance, roadworthiness and anti-pollution checks, in line with car regulations.

French motorhome manufacturers

  • Trigano: European leader in motorhomes and leisure vehicles.
  • Rapido: Another major player, Rapido rubs shoulders with the biggest manufacturers with a diversified offering.
  • Pilote: Pilote offers a wide variety of motorhomes on the market.

Car manufacturers offering leisure vehicles

  • Fiat - Ducato: The Fiat Ducato platform is the basis for many motorhomes, making Fiat a key player in the motorhome market.

Motorhome distributors and retailers

  • SLC Group: a key distributor offering a wide range of motorhome makes and models, providing potential buyers with a wide choice.
  • TPL: another distributor in the French motorhome market
  • CLC Group: another distributor
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1 Market overview

1.1 Market definition

A motor home (otherwise known as a recreational vehicle, motor home, or motor home), is a habitable motor vehicle . Annex II. of the European Directive 2001/116/EC of 2001 classifies motor homes in category M1: "vehicles designed and constructed for the carriage of passengers comprising, in addition to the driver's seat, not more than eight seats. "

The motor homes can be of different types defined later in the study: the Capucine, the Profilé, the Intégral, the van or the removable cell.

The motorhome market in France includes both :

  • The purchase of new or used motorhomes,
  • The rental of motorhomes,
  • The various associated services of maintenance, repair, insurance, financing, and purchase of accessories.

With a fleet of recreational vehicles (RVs) estimated in 2018 at more than 504,000 motor homes in France and more than 535,000 caravans in France, the number of registered campervans (new and used) continues to increase every year [ Uni VDL ]. France is also the second largest European market behind Germany . Camping remains the preferred holiday mode for the French in 2019 and out of 113 million overnight stays recorded in 2018, only ¼ of campers preferred caravans to motorhomes.

The motorhome market, dominated by a few leading manufacturers, also includes some 100 very small companies, most of which are subcontractors, fitters or repairers. The financial difficulties of some players in the motorhome market suggest that the outlook may be more bleak in the future.

In terms of consumer profile, the over-50s, and in particular retirees, play a key role in the dynamism of the French leisure vehicle market, including campervans. This trend is expected to continue over the next few years, with the arrival in France of 700,000 retirees each year, and positively impact the motorhome market [ INSEE ].

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  • Evolution des prix à la consommation des camping-cars
  • Evolution de la part des Français âgés de plus de 60 ans
  • Evolution de l'indice CNR sur la période 2021-2022
  • Evolution du nombre d'immatriculation de camping-cars neufs
  • Evolution des exportations de camping-cars
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Latest news

Gustave Rideau hands over the company to his sons - 10/10/2023
  • The group has 1,100 employees.
  • Group sales amount to 260 million euros.
  • The group is made up of three distinct entities:
    • Aluminium Rideau: 550 employees, over 50% of group sales, 3 manufacturing sites.
    • Mobil-home Rideau: 370 employees, 3 manufacturing sites.
  • Cybèle Vacances: 40 employees on permanent contracts (454 in season), 4 campsites from 3* to 5* and 1 vacation residence. The group has forecast growth of 64.4% between 2020 and 2022.
  • The pergola plant currently in operation plans to produce 2,500 units in 2023 and 3,500 units in 2024.
  • The Group plans to increase mobile home production by 30%, reaching a manufacturing capacity of 6,500 products per year.
Recreational vehicles: Hunyvers accelerates its move into the marine sector - 27/09/2023
  • Limousin distributor of leisure vehicles (VDL)
  • 250 employees
  • Number two in the market with 1,800 leisure vehicles
  • The group's fifteen dealerships service 30,000 vehicles a year, accounting for 18% of sales
  • VDL registrations to top 22,000 in 2022, after peaking at 30,000 in 2021
  • Prior to the pandemic, registrations did not exceed 20,000
  • Acquisition in 2020 of Groupe Nautic in Arcachon
  • Two acquisitions in the yachting sector:
    • Marine Plaisance Service in May on the Arcachon basin (six million euros in revenues)
    • LBC Nautic in La Baule, a boat dealer with sales of 13 million euros, two stores in the ports of La Baule and Le Pouliguen, a large hardware store, a vast repair yard, a dry port and a dive store.
  • With LBC, the marine sector will account for 15% of Hunyvers' sales of 97 million euros by the end of 2022.
  • Enormous synergies between motorhoming and boating
Motorhome rentals: Yescapa merges with Goboony - 30/08/2023
  • The consolidation between Yescapa and Goboony will create a European leader in motorhome rental between private individuals, with 30,000 vehicles available.
  • Yescapa, founded in 2012, has made several acquisitions, including Germany's ShareaCamper and Spain's AreaVan.
  • Goboony, founded in 2015, has acquired the assets of the UK's Camptoo.
  • American platforms such as RVshare and Outdoorsy each raised around $150 million, compared with 18 million euros for Yescapa and Goboony.
  • New investor Ixo Private Equity injected 7 million euros, valuing the new company (Yesboony) at around 100 million euros.
  • The new group employs 210 people.
  • Each company will retain its autonomy and brand name until 2026.
  • The new group generates sales of around 100 million euros, but remains loss-making.
  • Only 2% of motorhome owners rent their vehicle, out of an estimated 2.5 million vehicles in Europe.
Horizon L'Agence de Loisir looks beyond its Vendée borders - 10/07/2023
  • Objective: double sales in 5 years
  • Crédit Mutuel Private Equity investment in the company: 4.2 million euros
  • Current sales: 12 million euros
  • Number of employees: 15
Trigano enters into exclusive negotiations with Bénéteau to acquire BIO Habitat - 05/05/2023

Trigano is in exclusive negotiations to buy Bénéteau's BIO Habitat subsidiary.

The acquisition could be completed by the end of 2023.

Bénéteau's Habitat division includes the O'hara, IRM and Coco Sweet brands.

The division employs 900 people at seven production sites in France and Italy.

In 2022, Bénéteau's Habitat division generated sales of €257.2 million.

Lack of materials prompts Périgord van builder VDL to halt production - 13/10/2022

2/3 of the company's employees affected by short-time working

Production shutdown until mid-October - 200 of 300 employees on short-time working

French industrial activity still impacted by shortage of materials

Périgord VDL doubled its annual production between 2017 and 2020, from 1,700 to 3,300 vehicles.

Objective announced in November 2021: to reach 6,000 vans by 2023

New plant planned in the Périgueux area

Companies quoted in this study

This study contains a complete overview of the companies in the market, with the latest figures and news for each company. :

Trigano VDL Groupe
Rapido Groupe
Pilote Groupe
Fiat Ducato
Loisireo Lhoro-Agest
CLC Loisirs
Ypo Camp

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