Catch up with the latest news from the world of motorhomes:
The Motorhome and Caravan Show takes place from 11-16 October, at the NEC in Birmingham. What better way to explore than with a motorhome for the ultimate in convenient holiday making. You could be ready to hit the road at the drop of a hat, yet still enjoy all of your home comforts while travelling wherever the wind takes you - and the show will show you how! Ticket prices start from just £7.50 pp.
The Camping and Caravanning Club has joined forces with Practical Motorhome magazine to support the annual Motorhome Owner Satisfaction survey. The survey seeks feedback from anyone who has bought and toured in a new or used motorhome since 1 January 2013. Club members and other motorhome enthusiasts are invited to complete the survey which closes on 16 October. Results will be announced in January 2017.
Compact motorhome manufacturer, Wellhouse Leisure, has moved its showroom and Head Office. They still welcome customers, but prefer them to call in advance (tel 01484 861100). Wellhouse is now located at Unit 1 Skelmanthorpe Technology Park, Station Road, Skelmanthorpe, Huddersfield, HD8 9GA
Black Horse is providing a new way of buying motorhomes and touring caravans - using Personal Contract Purchase (PCP). This finance product has already proved popular in the car market, as it allows consumers more flexibility and potentially a better specification of vehicle. More details are available here and at and at the NEC show - see below.
Olympic Champion, Sir Bradley Wiggins, will open this year's Motorhome & Caravan Show (NEC, 11-16 October) and a huge variety of 2017 motorhome models will be on show. To see what the latest comfortable, inviting and well equipped models can offer you, visit the show - tickets cost from just £7.50. Don't miss the leading names in motorhomes - Swift, Elddis, Bailey, Auto-Trail, Auto-Sleepers and many more - see the full list here .
Swift Group is redeveloping its manufacturing facility at its Cottingham HQ. The £8m outlay follows on from other major investments in capital equipment over the past four years as Swift Group introduced its SMART construction systems in motorhomes and touring caravans, revolutionising their manufacture.
Marquis has teamed up with Mobilvetta to bring a new A Class motorhome range to British shores. Launching for the 2017 season at the upcoming Motorhome & Caravan Show, Marquis will be offering three Fiat-based models, the K-Yacht Tekno Line 79, 80 and 85. All models will come with a Fiat 150bhp Euro 6 automatic gearbox.
Auto-Trail's 2016 brochure is downloadable from their website - for motorhomers who are off on a winter break, the company's products now have Grade 3 thermal insulation keeping the interior warm even in temperatures of -15 degrees C.
The NCC launched its new Verified Leisure Battery Scheme at the recent NEC show. The scheme helps you choose the right type of battery for use in your motorhome or other leisure vehicles. Find out more and a list of Verified products here.
BC Motorhomes and Leisure will return as headline sponsor of Scotland's Caravan, Motorhome & Holiday Home Show event. The show, the largest in Scotland, allows visitors from North of the border to explore the latest model motorhomes, caravans and more. It will take place from 4-7 February at the SECC, Glasgow.
The team that brought Airstream to Europe changing their name to Adventure Leisure Vehicles - and they unveiled their first ever motorhome range in October at the Birmingham show. Called the Silverline and based on the V-Line range by Auto-Trail, the motorhome has "undergone the full Adventure Leisure Vehicles treatment to make it one of the most luxurious yet compact motorhomes on the market".
The recent Tyre Safety Month asked drivers in Britain the tongue-in-cheek question: When did you last do it? Ideally, the response will be once a month minimum and before long journeys - this is at least as important on a motorhome as on a car, especially if it has been parked up.
Practical Motorhome's November issue reveals the overall winner of its Motorhome of the Year Awards 2015, plus 2016 new model previews and more.
The Motorhome and Caravan show is the place to see the latest 2016 innovations from an unsurpassed array of manufacturers. The big names of Swift and Bailey will of course be there, plus everything from contemporary compact conversions to smart and luxurious coachbuilts. Compare the newest layouts and interiors all under one roof, and discuss your perfect motorhome with the experts. Take advantage of specialist industry insights from fuel economy to size and weight questions - and benefit from exclusive show-only deals.
Marquis will be displaying an extensive selection of their 2016 Exclusive Ranges including the Lifestyle, on their stand: 6.55/6.49 at the NEC - the dealership promises to offer 'the best deals' at the show
Wellhouse Leisure is to add a new entry-level model, the Lux, to its award-winning Ford Terrier campervan range. It offers two single beds, a large wardrobe, rear kitchen and either a pop-top or high roof, with on the road prices starting from £34,000.
Motorhome manufacturer Auto-Trail is to build a new multi-million pound manufacturing facility, to help meet demand. The production plant, on the outskirts of Grimsby, builds range of 24 vehicles, on imported Fiat chassis. The proposal will see a move towards the car assembly model, with a ‘clinical approach to ensure the highest standards’.
Black Horse has launched SignIt, a paperless, secure way to offer motor finance ‘within a few clicks’ at its dealerships. The new faster finance agreement process works via a secure online website - customers will be guided through an enhanced security process to help verify their identity, answering questions based on their credit history.
Truma has launched its iNet System, which enables the Combi heater and Truma air conditioning systems to be remotely controlled ‘anywhere anytime’ via the Truma app and to query the current device and vehicle status. The Truma iNet Box central control unit enables communication between the Truma app on smartphone or tablet and the Truma devices.
The latest version of Volkswagen’s iconic transporter, the T6, is expected to be unveiled in the UK at the NEC show in October. VW retains a major share of a very varied campervan sector, with its California enduringly popular.
The NCC has revealed the strongest March for new motorhome registrations for five years. DVLA figures showed 1,953 new motorhomes were registered in the month - a clear demonstration that their popularity is continuing to rise. More than 2,500 new motorhomes have been sold in the first quarter of 2015.
Motorhome and caravan dealership, Lowdham Leisureworld, is one of London Stock Exchange’s 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain. The report is a celebration of the UK’s fast-growing and most dynamic small and medium sized businesses. Lowdham’s was established in 1966 and is one of the first dealerships to achieve the coveted NCC Approved Dealership accreditation.
Thetford is flushed with success after it had it Aqua Rinse Spray evaluated by a consumer panel that scored it 8 out of 10. Aqua Rinse Spray offers a protective layer for a smoother flush in plastic and ceramic toilet bowls.
Dometic has launched its new Clean & Care products, formulated for the care of all surfaces in caravans and motorhomes. It includes stainless steel surfaces, refrigerators, ovens, grills, awning fabrics and acrylic glass windows.
Swift Group says its 2015 models offer higher specification, while its prices remain competitive. With SMART intelligent construction and the new Fiat cab, Swift motorhomes offer a choice of four ranges, including the brand new compact Rio.
Auto-Sleepers has devised a fresh looking, easy-to-use website. It has been designed to allow visitors to quickly view model ranges and specifications, request brochures and locate their local dealer. The new website also includes a unique member login area where those registered can receive special discounts, automatic competition entry and speedy service booking.
Dometic has launched PerfectWall / PerfectRoof, which it describes as ‘the perfect awning for every type of vehicle’. The product range covers lengths from 1.5 up to six metres and extensions between 1.75 and 2.75 metres, in manual or automatic models.
It's showtime! Here's where to see all the latest campers and motorhomes - 17 - 22 February 2015 at the Caravan Camping & Motorhome Show 2015 in Birmingham's NEC. Advance tickets start at just £7 for seniors and £8 for adults - accompanied children go free. Call the Box Office on 0844 581 1250.
This is the UK’s biggest start-of-season showcase, with hundreds of caravans, motorhomes, tents, caravan holiday homes and accessories all under one roof. All the major UK manufacturers will be exhibiting their latest models plus ‘special editions’ from major dealerships, plus:
- Have-a-go FREE activities for the family, dog agility shows and much, much more!
- Speak to the experts who are on hand to give the best advice
- New to caravanning and motorhoming? Visit the discovery zones and find out just how easy getting started can be
- Destination ideas to suit all tastes
Figures released by the industry trade body the NCC (National Caravan Council) revealed that sales of new motorhomes and touring caravans increased significantly in 2014, illustrating that more buyers are entering the leisure vehicle market. New motorhome registrations went up by 18% year-on-year - 8,733 new motorhomes were registered with the DVLA in 2014.