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Buying an RV In China? Tips

Buying a RV In China? Tips
Buying a RV In China? Tips
Collected information if you are interested on purchase of RV/motor home or caravan form China

Visited RV sales in Shanghai Haibo Junyi Automobile Sales Co.,Ltd.

This time we paid a visit to motor-home sales and checked out some models and prices. Here sales were including different manufacturers and also camping trailers. Motor homes are mostly made in Chinese with chassis from Iveco or Maxus, and camping trailers are 50/50 local vs imported. We are not going to go thru technically the motor homes or trailers and if there is interest we can share contact information.

This is the latest one with the extensions both in the rear and side. The maximum length for RV in China is 6m and therefore innovation is the key. Normally these RVs are 5990mm in length and this way when parked you can get additional space inside by extending the flanks.

Buying an RV In China? Tips | Extended Chinese RV
The maximum length of the RV in China is 6m. so this is the way to get more space, by extending the side and rear flank.

Motor-home/RV

For the more expensive ones, there is a side and rear extension (flank) available. Also for the added price: bigger engine, solar power, better and more functional kitchen, and washing machine as an example. Most of the frames that I have seen have been either IVECO or Maxus. Personally, I would prefer Iveco as it has more power and the automatic gear is working great. On the Maxus, the gear shift is very laggy and the driving is not so smooth.

What is included is depending on the model and of course the price.

All the locally made motor-homes exterior looks like coming from the same factory and internally the biggest difference is how the bed arrangement.

Prizes vary from 360k CNY to 690k CNY (55k USD- 110k USD). The camping culture with RV is somehow limited on the basis of whether you live in the city where to keep it? Parking space price could be measured in gold.

Longer holidays are not so common, except for the Chinese New Year. During that time, the highways are packed with millions of travelers who are getting home at the same time. I’m not joking, in the worst case, you could get stuck for half day in some traffic jam. Meanwhile, the lack of well-equipped camping grounds stops people’s interest in traveling by RV. Last is that compare the price with average income, it is really high-end traveling. Check out the campgrounds that we have been to.

As we can see there are many manufacturers in China for motor homes. These are only the biggest ones. Difficult to find information about the small ones.

There are some good Chinese apps and we have collected some information about them on our pages.

Below are some of the brands that I have seen in China including domestic produced, imported, and license/joint ventures made

RV/motor homes

  • Maxus one the the big ones and having also a big rental network.
    • This one we have experinced and the quality andinternal layout is good.
  • Yutong one of the more famous local brands. built-in China

Caravans

  • Yutong RV, one of the more famous local brands. built-in China
  • Forest River, imported
  • Eazy Trail, off-road trailer, built-in China
  • Hobby, imported
  • Landhaus, imported
  • MIY (this was our brand during the Inner Mongolia trip) made in China

Overview of the RV Market in China


China’s RV market has undergone significant changes over the past several years, including a national focus on the development of tourism, campgrounds, and the RV industry. With a growing demand for RVs and a shift in consumers’ travel preferences, tourism experts in China anticipate a surge in RV-related business in the coming years. More people are choosing to explore the countryside and hit the roads with recreation vehicles.1
China’s domestic RV market is in the early stages of development. By the end of 2016, Chinese consumers purchased an estimated 25,000 RVs; this number could reach 500,000 by 2020 as China’s growing economy and rising middle class continue to energize an increasing demand for leisure-related goods and activities, such as RVs and RV camping.2

China has 56 active RV manufacturers. Chinese manufacturers offer a variety of products from towable RVs to motorhomes. Domestically produced RVs dominate the marketplace, accounting for the majority of overall RV sales.

Despite the growing popularity and demand for RVs, China has a shortage of available campgrounds. In 2014, China had around 200 campgrounds nationwide. In August 2015, the State Council set a goal of establishing 1,000 RV campgrounds by 2020 nationwide as part of China’s 13th Five Year Plan (2016-2020). From there, we can actually see significant increase years 2016-2019; the numbers rise from 958 to 1778 campgrounds. The lack of an adequate RV infrastructure, however, has led to the unrealized need for downstream goods and services by RV travelers (e.g., camping equipment, clothing, gasoline, food, etc.).

The growth of the RV industry has also been hampered by the lack of standards and a regulatory framework governing the manufacture and use of RVs. Although some government agencies have adopted their own rules and regulations for RVs, these are not uniform across agencies. Also, existing standards and regulations commonly are based on motor vehicle-related standards without regard to the unique characteristics of RVs.

State Council, China’s cabinet has announced the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-25) and will promote inbound tourism. The country has pledged to improve services to provide more convenience for foreign travelers by optimizing self-driving trips, customs clearance, financial payments, internet services, and signs in various languages.

Even caravans for sale, have not seen many of them on the road. In the Shanghai area, maybe a couple of times. Where do all of them go?

It is possible if you find, to rent a caravan and drive in China. The needed driving license type is C1. New regulation after 1st April 2022 is that you must have a C6 license for towing caravan. Our review of the Chinese MIY MYY9012XLJ03 caravan. Check our Shanghai-Inner Mongolia trip with it.

Import caravan to China
This is Pacific coach caravan that is imported

The Pacific Coach Works caravan, this price was in the 130k range and it is imported. A small issue is that you need to check is what type of hook you should install on your car as there is no standard hook regulation and caravans are imported from many countries with different awnings.

Some of the biggest rentals below and also what type of RV used.

  • Iveco, used by many local suppliers
  • Maxus, have their own brand for motor-homes
  • Ford, smaller RV’s
  • REV, using one of the above chassis
  • Tiande RV, either Iveco or Maxus chassis

What is mostly limiting the size of the RV is the maximum allowed length. What I understood is a maximum of 6m therefore all RVs are 5.99m long. I have seen some mini-buses for sale on the internet whose total length would be longer but the question is are they legal?

We are not looking to buy one, but for rental. At this place, they also had some RVs that are privately owned and we were looking at one fully equipped with a short-time rental price for 1200-1600CNY/day. In case renting for a longer period, I think the price could be negotiated.

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