Every issue features live-in road tests of all the latest models and reviews of parks throughout Scotland and the North of England by respected industry insiders – plus the latest news and what’s on guides. Whether deciding on which caravan or motorhome to buy, looking for the ideal park to visit or browsing for new gear to enhance the touring experience, Scottish Caravans & Motorhomes is the perfect companion for travels throughout Scotland and the North of England.
Showreport Lawns gives a peek into 2018 It may not be the biggest show, but Lawns keeps the crowds coming in as new caravans and motorhomes get their first full airing to the public, as Andy Jenkinson discovered in Yorkshire’s East Riding I’ve covered this show non-stop since 1984, and although there may be fewer manufacturers represented than at the bigger national shows, this year’s event, at Cottingham, near Hull, once again gave the public and trade alike a first glimpse of the new season’s offerings from the likes of Swift, Elddis, Compass, Lunar and Coachman ahead of the big show at the NEC in October. Surprisingly, the much-publicised Swift/Airstream tie-up wasn’t shown to the public but did appear at the trade show. Prices are predictably high, but Swift are hoping to sell this niche American tourer, with its distinctive aura of days gone by, through selected dealers around the UK. On the podium In other news, the 2018 Coachman VIP sold well over the public weekend, while Lunar’s Clubmans and Deltas also performed well. Elddis had a good reaction to their new end kitchen layouts, while the Compass range saw sales strengthen over the public weekend. Although tourers may have been relatively thin on the ground this time, the holiday home side wasina state of rapture, with plenty of new models for those wanting to try this side of the leisure industry. There were new models and ranges from Willerby, ABI, Swift, Carnaby, Regal and Atlas. For those wanting a lodge, Tingdene, Pathfinder, Wessex, and Prestige had some fantastic new models on show. If you were after a park home, Red Rose, a new manufacturer, had three new units on display. Overall, the Lawns proved yet again that touring, holiday homes and lodges are very much in demand. Clockwise from top left: The supercool Go-Pods got a lot of attention at the NEC; the Manchester show opened the year with good crowds; Lunar’s tie-up with clothing company Joules offered something different; tenters enjoyed their own section of the Glasgow show; motorhomes were well represented in Manchester; many campervans and motorhomes appeared in Scotland; SC&M’s Kirsty and Tom were swamped with enquiries at our Glasgow launch 50 Scottish Caravans & Motorhomes winter 2017 www.scottishcaravansandmotorhomes.co.uk
pictures Andy Jenkinson The Scottish Caravan, Motorhome & Holiday Home Show – where the adventure begins! The Scottish Caravan, Motorhome & Holiday Home Show has been welcoming visitors through its doors for over 30 years and is set to delight again as it makes a return to Glasgow’s SEC from 8 to 11 February 2018. For Scotland’s outdoor enthusiasts, the show is the perfect place to compare models, layouts and specifications in one destination. Taking over Glasgow’s entire Scottish Event Campus (SEC), it invites visitors to explore the latest models and the widest selection of caravans and motorhomes from the UK and Europe’s leading manufacturers and dealers. Under one roof With brands including Airstream, Autocruise, Auto-Sleepers, Auto-Trail, Bailey, Coachman, Compass, Elddis, Hymer, Lunar, Rapido, Roller Team and Swift, the extensive range of exhibitors will have vehicles to suit all tastes and budgets on display, from entrylevel to premium. Group Show Director Jamie Taylor told Scottish Caravans & Motorhomes: ‘The 2018 models are the best I’ve seen in years in terms of innovation, and I’m excited about the diverse range of vehicles that we’ll have on show for our visitors.’ Showgoers can also step inside their dream holiday escape, with a fantastic selection of holiday homes on show, from luxury lodges to quirky eco pods. Following the success of camping equipment and accessories at the previous show earlier this year, there’ll be an even bigger Camping Village next time, featuring a range of the latest and best-selling family tents. With many show-only offers and discounts, free entry for children aged 16 and under, and free caravan towing or motor caravan maneouvreing sessions from the Caravan & Motorhome Club, the show is the perfect destination for all enthusiasts and those thinking about touring for the first time. Entry prices for the show will remain the same as in 2017, with advance tickets priced at £10 for adults and £9 for seniors (plus booking fee). Visit www.caravan showscotland.com for all the latest news and to book. Tickets can also be purchased on the door, priced at £12 for adults and £10.50 for seniors. Children aged 16 and under always go free. Meanwhile, look out for a special Scottish Caravans & Motorhomes show entry offer in the next edition of the magazine, on sale in the New Year. winter 2017 Scottish Caravans & Motorhomes 51