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The RV: what it’s prefer to reside with the house on your back

By triji Mar 13, 2024

Zamora (EFE).- Motorhome tourism is experiencing a second boom as a result of the covid-19 pandemic,

as confirmed by motorhome owners and companies in the sector, who reveal to EFE how much it costs and what it is like to live with the house on your back with occasion of the Autokaravania concentration and the Mobilizas open-air leisure fair, held in Zamora this April.

Both point to the freedom of not having to depend on accommodation reservations or a pre-established plan to opt for this type of tourism in which there are authentic mobile homes that include all the comforts that can be enjoyed in an apartment. , but with the advantage of having it in the middle of the countryside, next to the beach or in the city, depending on where you park.

Motorhome travel, widespread in many European countries for 15 or 20 years, experienced a first boom in Spain about two or three years before the pandemic and Covid-19 favored a second boom.

“People who were loyal to the hotel tried this and no longer want a hotel, it is a sector that has come to stay,” Carlos Calleja assured EFE, who together with Joana Quiñones shows some of the motorhomes and camper vans at the Mobilizas fair. They have them for sale and for rent in Cavaranea, one of the companies in the sector with offices in Zamora and Valladolid.

Motorhome prices and options
Three beds, one of them double and another that lowers from the roof using an electric mechanism, shower, bathroom, living room-kitchen, refrigerator, air conditioning… One of the motorhomes that they have taken to the fair does not lack anything even It has a lot to envy of a home, despite the fact that its price, 80,000 euros, is much cheaper than what an apartment costs in most cities.

Regarding cost, companies and fans present at the Zamora fair have agreed that a new motorhome can be purchased from 50,000 euros with a limit that can reach 150,000 or 200,000 euros for the most luxurious home vehicles, while second-hand motorhomes can be found starting at 20,000 or 25,000 euros.

For those who want to try this type of tourism, there is also the option of renting, starting at 85 euros per day in low season up to 150 euros per day, the cheapest in July and August.

In a mobile home at 80 years old
In some cases, motorhomers start by renting and end up buying and in others the love for nature tourism leads them first to the tent option, then to the tent trailer, later they opt for the caravan that they transport with a hitch. to the car and finally decide on the motorhome.

That is the evolution that the octogenarian couple formed by Berliner Imke Schmah and her husband Fernando García de Dios have followed. Arriving from Madrid to the Ifeza fairgrounds in Zamora by motorhome, they have stated that they have traveled to more than thirty countries and there is practically no corner of Europe that they have not visited in a motorhome since they bought it in 2004.

Imke Schmah has explained that she likes the freedom that this type of tourism gives, in which she has also introduced her children, who are now older and have their own motorhome. Camper vans, the latest trend
For his part, Luis Ángel Martínez from Valladolid, who gave a presentation on this way of traveling at the Mobilizas fair, told EFE that camper vans are added to the three existing types of motorhomes, nasturtium, profiled and integral.

Campervans, increasingly in demand, have both advantages and disadvantages because they are smaller and that makes them more accessible in the city and easier to park, although with fewer features and comforts inside.

So many back stories. Each has a tale to tell among those who, by choice or happenstance, have ended up living in a motorhome on the Costa del Sol. Tales too from those living the van life, who have chosen campervan conversions to save money in their new way of life, or to free them from the parking restrictions of a motorhome.

Many are free spirits, men and women seeking an alternative lifestyle to the mainstream, consumer-driven society, either for just a while or forever, mostly while studying or working or after retirement. The more conventional thinkers among us might be tempted to assume that some material hardship pushed them to lead such a life on the margins of society.

Yet their words suggest that they have caught a taste of true freedom with this lifestyle and they claim to enjoy it to the full, in spite of what might be down the road. This is the case of one man who has already passed retirement age. He spouts philosophical words worthy of Socrates without realising it, giving us a speech in favour of autonomous learning throughout life. Then he says he does not want to live in an apartment (he regards that as “prison”). He just wants to enjoy his own company with his two cats and his few belongings that clutter up his van and seem to be his only assets, after having tired of a former champagne lifestyle. He now keeps a clear head and avoids alcohol. He probably also steers clear of people, as he gives neither his name nor a picture to SUR.

Juan, 60, on the other hand, was happy to tell us his story. When SUR approached him for an interview he was busy with home improvements to the insulation of his caravan. Marital separation triggered his lifestyle change. He admits that he wanted to give a new focus to his life and he has been in his house on wheels for three years after some time living in a car. In winter he stays in Sacaba, a beach on the west side of Malaga city, and for summer he heads to Campo de Gibraltar, largely because, he tells us, when more tourists appear in Malaga, the authorities evict people like him from those prime parking spaces right by the beach.


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