News

Catch up with the latest news from the world of motorhomes:

July

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.

June

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

April

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.

March

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.

January 2014

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

December

Motorhome manufacturer Auto-Sleepers is expanding into Sweden and has named Multi Purpose Campers as its latest European dealer appointment.

Swift is offering a whole new range of features in its Esprit, Bolero and Kon-Tiki motohomes.  This includes a Tracker Retrieve system, and ‘Duvalay Duvalite’ mattress in fixed bed layouts, in certain ranges - see their website for full details.  All of Swift's Group's 2014 caravans and motorhomes now meet Grade III standard for heating and thermal insulation. 

November

Full details of the Approach Autograph motorhome range can now be viewed on the Bailey website.  Included are:
- A PDF of the Approach Autograph brochure
- 360 degree interior product tours
-  Image gallery plus specification information and technical data

All models are built using Bailey’s patented Alu-Tech bodyshell and feature an enhanced aero-dynamic body shell.

Auto-Trail  launched its new ‘V’ Line at the NEC show last month – billed as an innovative design in a compact package.   The ‘V’ line is built on the latest Euro 5 Fiat Ducato and offers a wide range of standard features, including the signature raised aerodynamic roof + panoramic sunroof.  The V Line has been awarded Grade III insulation standard, making it suitable for year-round use.

October

At the Motorhome & Caravan Show , all the new 2014 motorhome models from the leading UK and European manufacturers, dealers and importers will be on show - hot off the production line!
Hundreds of new models – from compact 2-berth conversions through to luxurious 6-berth coachbuilt vehicles – will be on display across five huge halls.  Compare all the new model layouts, interiors, specifications and innovations between 15 and 20th October, Birmingham.  The show will be opened by Melanie Sykes and Ed Baines will be cooking live!

August

Bailey of Bristol returned to the Millbrook Proving Ground to complete a simulated six-year structural durability test on their new Bailey Approach Autograph motorhome. The company believes that its Alu-Tech body shell sets new standards in durability. 

Auto-Sleepers has announced the appointment of its first European dealer – Caravaning-Sawitzki based in north Germany. 

Truma has received a special award for being one of the 100 most innovative medium-sized companies in Germany – view their online product brochure on their website.  The company will be exhibiting at both the The Caravan Extravaganza and the Motorhome and Caravan Show.

Shrewsbury-based caravan dealership Salop Leisure has signed a deal with Shropshire Motorhome Hire to add two Volkswagen campervan conversions to its existing hire fleet.  By working together, the companies now offer a range of eight motorhomes, from two to six berths available for hire.

June

Auto-Trail is to launch a new compact vehicle based on the latest Euro 5 Fiat Ducato - the company says the new vehicle will have a high spec and will include a generous payload and a number of key safety and comfort features. Vehicles will feature solar panels, fully moulded toilet shower room and integrated wind-out awning as standard. Auto-Trail will be exhibiting at the Motorhome & Caravan show on Stand 7-20.

ITV’s breakfast shows, Daybreak and Lorraine, are giving away a Swift Bolero 684FB motorhome worth over £52,000 plus £20,000 cash. The four-berth, Fiat-based motorhome is ideal for families and is suitable for all-year-round use. Audiences will get the chance to enter the competition which will run for two weeks from Monday 17th June until Friday 28th June.

It's catchy and features a cool camper - but could it top the charts?  'Livin' the Dream' is the debut single by Club 2gethr.  It is described as 'a fun song promoting the great outdoors', and has the support of The Caravan Club. Mike Stock (of Stock Aitken and Waterman fame) was involved in its creation - downloads will be available on iTunes next month.

Virtual Elddis: the motorhome and tourer manufacturer's website features a virtual tour of the award-winning Autoquest motorhome range. Elddis has also picked up an award for its Majestic 175, which it builds for Marquis - it won the Caravan Club 2013 Design & Drive Award for 'Best Coachbuilt under £45,000'.

Driving licence requirements due to be relaxed
A recent European Directive (2012/36/EU) on Driving Licences is due to relax the rules regarding driving vehicles over 3.5 tonnes for leisure use.   The new category of driving licence (C1 97) due to be introduced will mean that non-professional drivers who passed their test after 1 January 1997 will not, for example, be required to demonstrate knowledge of legislation/equipment such as the digital tachograph/driving hours/rest periods, or rules for the national/international carriage of goods or passengers.

May

Swift Talk, the social networking site from the caravan/motorhome manufacturer has welcomed its 10,000th member. The website allows members are to liaise with the Swift team via the forums and interact with each other through publishing their own content, uploading and sharing photos and videos, posting blogs for other members to follow and to share experiences. The site also acts as a central hub of information for those looking for advice and tips on products.

March

Four more tourer/motorhome dealerships have achieved NCC ‘Approved' status  taking the total number of dealerships to have met the strict assessment criteria up to 34. Brayford Leisure, Broad Lane Leisure Ltd (Alcester), Broad Lane Leisure Ltd (Kenilworth) and Sussex Caravan Centre (West) are the latest to become ‘Approved' under the scheme.

February 2013 

The Spring Caravan and Camping show was the venue for the launch of Lunar's new Vacanza Camper Car which sees the Preston-based manufacturer return to the motorhome market with a new style of vehicle. The Vacanza ‘combines the dual benefits of a roomy, four-person camper with an efficient, easy to manoeuvre, everyday family car'. At just over 2m wide, it stands no larger than most family cars, is fuel-efficient and has four belted seats, so it will appeal to both young families and seasoned camper van enthusiasts.

You can see the latest Swift Escape motorhomes on Swift's own video channel and hear about the two new models - prices start at less than £40k.

Elddis's best-selling motorhome range, the Autoquest, has been given a makeover, which it says has resulted in detailed improvements inside and out. In addition to the benefits of SoLiD Construction, Autoquest now comes with a GRP underskin floor, 13L Whale water heater for longer, hotter showers, 90L fresh water tank, spare wheel and carrier and an all-new interior. There is also a new addition to the range - the all-new 2-berth Autoquest 175.