Caravan owners are not who you think they are

TEACHERS are the most likely profession to be found towing a caravan according to research compiled by The Trading Floor (now part of Callcredit Information Group), which manages the UK's largest database of car insurance data consisting of 8.8 million motorists.

The statistics, which study the correlation between occupation and ownership, reveal that the top five professions that own a caravan are teachers, engineers, company directors, police officers and civil servants.

*2011 saw a 5% increase in the level of domestic holidays taken in the UK compared to 2010, with holidaymakers opting to holiday at home rather than abroad. The caravan industry itself in the UK contributes around **£6 billion p.a. to the UK economy with 1.5 million people regularly take touring caravan / motorhome holidays (The Caravan Club alone boasts 1,000,000 members while the Camping and Caravanning Club has over half a million members.)

Consequently it is no surprise that there should be such a diverse mix of people from all walks of life who own a caravan.

Commenting on the findings, Chris McDonald Managing Director, Data Solutions, Callcredit Information Group said: "There are many stereotypes associated with caravan owners but our figures reveal that there is a real cross section of people who have fallen for the charms of caravan ownership.  

"Every summer approximately 2 million caravans take to the roads and although the majority of people who own a caravan are retired, our study of caravan owners that are still in employment, has shown that a surprising range of people have opted for the freedom a caravan can provide."