Newry sees 60% surge for motorhomes | Newry Times

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Friday, July 23rd, 2021

Research shows Northern Ireland is the land of motorhomes with the highest UK demand for motorhome insurance premiums and Newry has seen a 60% surge for motorhomes.




Although demand for motorhome insurance was down by 21% in Northern Ireland across the pandemic, the first five months of 2021 have bucked the trend, with an 84% surge in demand for motorhome insurance compared to the same five months in 2020.  



All district councils showed an increase in demand from January-May 2021, with Antrim and Newtownabbey up 129%, Mid and East Antrim increased by 128% and Armagh City, Banbridge, Craigavon up by 108%.

Research from leading motor insurance comparison website,, which helps drivers find competitive motorhome insurance, found Northern Ireland’s motorhome owners are also choosing to stay relatively close to home with almost three quarters, 74%, selecting the smallest annual mileage possible – suggesting their preference is more local staycations rather than venturing into mainland Europe.



Data sourced by a freedom of information request also showed the pandemic had quite an effect on the motorhome community, with the number of owners who took their holiday vehicles off the road in 2020 going up by 73% compared to the year before – rising from 62,430 in 2019 to 108,200 in 2020 across the UK.’s Founder Greg Wilson comments, “Northern Ireland is famous for its breathtaking coastline, pretty villages and quality local food and drink.



“It’s the perfect place to take a break – perhaps explaining why it’s the number one UK region with the largest demand for motorhome insurance. 

“People are keen to explore the wide range of beauty spots Northern Ireland has to offer, from the Mourne Mountains to the Fermanagh Lakes and stunning North Coast beaches.

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“With uncertainty over foreign holiday restrictions and protocols, I’m not surprised by this surge in demand for motorhomes and caravans for summer 2021.

“The ease of travel with a motorhome has only been highlighted by the pandemic and its effects on air travel. 

“Motorhomes are also a significant investment, costing £25,000 on average, so it’s fair to say people are investing in their future and looking for long-term holiday solutions.”



Recommended by 97% of reviewers, is Northern Ireland’s largest insurance comparison website, comparing products from over 80 insurers including niche products such as caravan, motorhome and campervan insurance.


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