Catch up with the latest news from the world of motorhomes:
It's showtime! Here's where to see all the latest campers and motorhomes. There's an amazing choice of 2015 models.
15-18 January 2015: The Caravan & Motorhome Show takes place at EventCity, Manchester
5-8 February 2015: The Scottish Caravan, Motorhome & Holiday Home show takes place at the SECC, Glasgow
And the biggest of them all ...
17-22 February 2015: Caravan Camping & Motorhome Show 2015 at 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.
Elddis is 50! The motohome and caravan manufacturer will celebrate its 50th anniversary and new-season launches by hosting an extra special weekend at their factory in Consett. On Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st September, this one-of-a-kind event promises fun for all the family!
Improved Caravan Guard insurance: New and renewing Caravan Guard customers can enjoy enhanced UK breakdown cover as part of their fully comprehensive motorhome insurance policy. Operated through breakdown assistance provider, AXA Assistance, the cover has two new features: misfuelling cover and stuck in mud recovery. The insurer also offers services of the Helphire Group to provide assistance for motorhome customers if they are involved in an accident that wasn't their fault.
A new Truma app gives news about the company, information about their products, fast access to user manuals, brief instructions, tips and how-to-videos. It is available on Android and iOS from 29th August.
Camping in the Forest has invested £500,000 into its Bracelands site in the Forest of Dean. This includes the instalment of 60 hardstanding pitches, 200 electric pitches, new site roads and a motorhome service point. Bracelands offers panoramic views of the countryside and easy access to scenic walks and cycle paths.
VisitEngland is offering a free map of cycle routes across coast and countryside to encourage people to get ‘on yer bike’ ...
The number of Approved Workshops in the AW Scheme has now reached 350 nationwide. To find your nearest workshop, use the search facility, choosing the option 'motorhome' under type.
A recent edition of George Clarke's Amazing Spaces on Channel 4 features a £40k renovation project of a 1960s split-screen VW camper, dubbed 'Matilda'. The owners sought out original features to re-create the iconic van, giving it a 'new' authentic look ... complete with souped-up engine, leather upholstery, swivel front seats and pop-up TV.
Improvements to motorhome cover: Insurance specialist, Caravan Guard, has made a number of improvements to its motorhome cover – the policy caters for all types of motorhomes including campervans and RVs. It is available to both new customers and existing policyholders at renewal. Customers can now benefit from £5000 automatic cover for portable equipment such as awnings, gas bottles, TVs and trailers.
Customers can also venture abroad for up to nine months per policy term, and there is additional cover for motorhome keys plus personal accident benefit.
Bailey Parts Direct gives owners the convenience of purchasing genuine Bailey motorhome parts and accessories online, and having them delivered straight to their door. Over 5,500 parts available currently available to purchase direct from the website www.bailey-parts.co.uk
Camping and caravanning road atlas map: Philip’s, the map and atlas publisher, has released the first edition of its Navigator Camping and Caravanning Atlas of Britain, in association with The Camping and Caravanning Club. This is based on Philip’s famous Navigator 1:100,000 scale mapping, which includes detail down to farm track level. Over 3,000 sites operated or recommended by The Club are located on the maps – plus details of over 6,000 bridges restricted by width, height or weight.The Atlas is available now from: www.myccc.co.uk/atlas
Auto-Sleepers comes to Sheffield: Marquis is opening a new outlet in Dinnington, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, on the old South Yorkshire Motorhomes and Caravans site. A range of Auto-Sleeper motorhomes will be stocked, and some exclusive Elddis and Swift models. The dealership's grand opening is on 25-27 April - there will be some special opening offers.
Auto-Sleepers recently named BC Motorhomes in Ayr as their new dealer in Scotland.
Swift goes black: A new Kon-tiki Black Edition motorhome has been launched for 2014. The makeover includes a striking black metallic cab and special graphics. Swift says the enhancements make this the ultimate Kon-tiki range, at the best ever price.
Lunar has expanded its motorhome offering with the launch of the Landstar RL, a new 2 berth Mercedes-based van conversion. Lunar says it offers exceptional performance and a high-spec interior. It delivers 129bhp, with a three-year unlimited mileage warranty - the lead-in price is £49,995 on the road.
The Caravan & Camping Show makes a welcome return to the Birmingham NEC next month (18th – 24th February 2014). Over 300 companies from the UK and Europe are expected, filling the halls with a sparkling display of new caravans, motorhomes, accessories and related products. Britain's Got Talent winners Ashleigh & Pudsey will be performing in the Dog Agility Theatre on 19th & 20th, demonstrating their skills and entertaining antics. Tickets for the show start at £7.00 and can be booked online.
Details of Swift’s four latest motorhome brands – Esprit, Bolero, Bessacar and Kon-Tiki – are live on the website, with a lead-in price for 2014 of £38,885.
The Approach Compact, from Bailey’s range of smaller coachbuilt motorhomes, is now available in a choice of innovative layouts, including features such as drop down double beds and rear storage garages. They are aimed particularly at couples and small families and can be seen at dealerships around the country and at the NEC next month.
New models have been added to Auto-Trail’s V line range – they are less than 20 feet long and weigh in at a standard 3,500kgs