On Wednesday we had an interesting work jolly to the NEC for the National Motorhome and Caravan Show.
Our first port of call was to check on our order for our new motorhomes for 2018, namely the replacements for the Tribute 669 (Scott) and T-Line 785 (Armstrong), and the new Auto Roller 747 (Hudson). We found some of them hiding in the grass. These vans are all being built over the course of the Winter and should be ready mid-February for collection.
Our attention after that was diverted by the iconic Airstream brand caravans, with all their shiny aluminium goodness. Very retro, absolutely beautiful, and very cool.
Jonny's attention was particularly drawn by the new Hymer A-Class, which at £88,000 is approximately £80,000 more expensive than his existing Hymer.
We found all sorts of unusual stuff in all sorts of shapes and sizes. From a mid-sized Fiat Ducato with an elevating roof and bed normally seen on VW campers, an overland adventure Ducato with a canoe on the rack, large bespoke motorsport motorhomes (complete with garages for race bikes), HGV sized palaces with slide out sides to create even more room (£120,000) to the creme de la creme of motorhomes at £349,000 (not pictured) with enough room inside to store a car!
No motorhome and caravan show would be complete without a reference to where it all began back in the 50s and 60s, and this was to be found with a display of classic VW campers, complete with an advertisement from the time and even a white picket fence. "It may not be much, but to many it's home".
We also spent a while looking at inflatable awnings to fit to our existing VW T5 and T6 camper vans to generate more room on your campsite whilst still utilising the 'go anywhere' philosophy behind these vans. Watch this space for further developments!
So, after seven hours of seeing the best of what the industry has to offer, we have this advice: motorhoming is expensive. Leave the big spending to us and hire one of our lovely vehicles for your next holiday instead.