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  1. As another NEC Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show draws to a close we remember the special guests who appeared each day on stage at the "Freedom to go Theatre" . . . Each day (except Wednesday) Graham Powell gave an introductory talk for those new to caravanning . . . . . . while Dave Hurrell gave an introduction for new motorhomers, explaining the pros and cons of the various layouts. Meanwhile in addition to the manufacturers stands, there were numerous dealers also displaying their caravans and motorhomes. Seen here are two adjacent stands where one can see the "battle of the brollies". Throughout the week there was plenty for all to see, from small compact caravans . . . . . . and campervans . . . . . . from Pop Top caravans . . . . . . to large motorhomes . . . There were also other things going on, such as the painting of the "Basecamp" that was "customised" outside of the main NEC entrance. Love it or hate it, you cannot deny that it is unique. For those who were unable to attend the NEC show this time, there are various regional shows throughout the year. The next NEC show will be in October 2020.
  2. The show was predictably busy today (Saturday) with all sorts of additional entertainment for the younger visitors. The small side stalls were doing a good trade and many visitors could be seen carrying assorted purchases. . . . . . while other companies were advertising various services on offer to the caravanner, such as awning repair and modifications . . . . . . or a van conversion service for motorhome owner . . . . . . and photocell units that are available for both. The CMC were doing their part outside of the main NEC entrance, offering potential caravan owners a chance to try towing . One thing that is very noticeable is that the bias has noticeably moved towards greater motorhome ownership, in preference to caravans, and one thing that has tracked this change is the range of electric pedal cycles that are now on offer. Love 'em or hate 'em, for many years flags, pennants and assorted light poles have also been available at the shows . . . . . . and for those that wish to socialise on site, there are always the open dining covers such as the range below. Finally for those who wish to have dedicated rest rea for their furry friends, there's always a scaled down awning Don't forget that tomorrow is the last chance to visit the NEC Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show this February.
  3. Another day at the show and people were waiting patiently at the entrance for it to open. There were some interesting touches of style such as the window surround below . . . . . . and the appealing look of this sink . . . . . . but it occurs to me that greater emphasis is being placed on what looks looks in a sales brochure over the practicality of living in a caravan or motorhome. For example, are light coloured fixed carpets really more practical than darker colours or a vinyl floor covering? Does a motorhome with three different floor levels work better than one with a single level (trip free) floor throughout? I also spent a while today looking at the numerous static homes on offer. . . . . . then investigated the other end of the market with campervans . . . . . . and small tourers.
  4. Look at this video as it give a good idea of what has been happening so far this week. I spent today mostly looking at various accessories, so things like cool boxes featured . . . . . . as well as bike racks . . . . . . and quirky awnings that wrap around the caravan rear . I also looked at tents whether large . . . . . . medium . . . . . . or small. Then finally a visit to the climbing wall . . . . . . and the indoor golf . . . . . . but kept my feet firmly on the ground
  5. Another day and I've found the perfect table and chair set for the transparent dome But there is much to appeal to the family at the NEC show this year. . . . from inflatable chairs . . . . . . to a Tipi for the more adventurous camper . . . . . . or a small timber structure for your garden . . . . . . for those "stay at home weekends" when the grass needs attending. If you're seeking a replacement car, there are a number of options on display.
  6. Well I'm here again at the NEC for the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show 2020. The row of motorhomes outside of the NEC entrance gives a clue of what is inside. As the official opening time approached the Freedom Theatre was full . . . . . . so with the technical chaps in place . . . . . . it wasn't long before Rowland Rivron once again bounced onto the stage to welcome everyone, and introduce Matt Alwright and Shane Richie to the stage for the official launch of the 2020 Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show. This year there is something for everybody from the unusual . . . . . . to the innovative . . . . . . and the entertaining. There are tents and much more . . . Meanwhile here's a taster from last year's show:-
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  8. Collaboration between The National Trust and Vango Vango and the National Trust will be revealing at the NEC a camping collection that is manufactured from a new Sentinel Eco™ fabric incorporating recycled PET plastic bottles, salvaged from waterways, streets and landfill, the tents use a minimum of 69 plastic bottles for the three sleeper Devon tent, through to 302 plastic bottles for the six sleeper Antrim. In the first year of release, it is projected that the National Trust camping collection will repurpose almost 295,000 PET plastic bottles. The sleeping bags in the National Trust collection feature a 100% recycled filling made from used plastic bottles that are reprocessed and turned into a polyester fill. Through sales of the National Trust camping collection, Vango will contribute a minimum of £10,000 to the National Trust, to help fund conservation projects in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, so that future generations can enjoy the places, we as a nation, love to experience. The show organisers are also excited to have TV doctor Hilary Jones at the Camping, Caravan and Motorhome Show on Friday 21st February – he will be welcoming visitors to the Willerby stand (4100). Dr Hilary has partnered with the holiday home manufacturer on a campaign to discuss the benefits of UK breaks on physical and mental health. Dr Hilary will take to the NEC stage to discuss how holidaying in the UK can have a myriad of health benefits, from the physical effect of spending more time outdoors, to having more time to relax, read books and explore hobbies. Smaller talks will also be held on the Willerby stand throughout the day. Dr Hilary will also share tips on how people can look after their health before, during and after a holiday, as well as sharing examples of how to live a healthier lifestyle. Dr Hilary said: “Holidays have long been proven to have a number of benefits for physical and mental wellbeing, so I am proud to work with Willerby to promote the ways holidays and short breaks can enhance our lifestyles”. Follow this link to view the show guide.
  9. To help you plan your visit, below is the timetable for guest appearances in the "Freedom to Go Live Theatre". See the official website for more details.
  10. Caravan Camping & Motorhome Show: New tow partner for 2020 Subaru’s first self-charging hybrid The Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show returns to Birmingham’s NEC from the 18 – 23 February 2020 and this year the show has a new tow car partner, Subaru UK. Subaru will be bringing their all-new Forester e-BOXER to the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show 2020. Awarded 4x4 Magazine’s Best Small SUV of the Year 2020, Forester e-BOXER is the first self-charging hybrid from Subaru. This will be the first time the show has featured a self-charging hybrid. At the show, visitors will be able to experience first-hand the multi award-winning Forester e-BOXER and Outback, during free towing tuition sessions. All-new Forester boasts a series of interior and exterior upgrades from the outgoing model and is one of the safest family vehicles on the road. Awarded Euro NCAP’s Best in Class 2019 in the Small Off-Road / MPV Class, Forester e-BOXER achieved the maximum five star overall rating with outstanding scores in all four assessment areas (Adult Occupant, Child Occupant, Vulnerable Road Users, Safety Assist) and the highest score ever in its class for Child Occupant Protection in the Euro NCAP 2019 assessment protocol. Forester e-BOXER is fitted with a suite of driver-assist and safety features fitted as standard, including EyeSight driver assist technology (including Pre-Collision Braking and Adaptive Cruise Control), Subaru Rear Vehicle Detection, Reverse Automatic Braking and a Driver Monitoring System. This brand-new technology, winner of the Technology Award at the 2020 What Car? Awards, uses facial recognition technology to detect if the driver’s gaze has wandered or if the driver is dozing off and alerts occupants if this occurs. Forester is Subaru’s top-selling model in the UK and is a perfect fit to partner the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show this year. The model is an extremely popular choice amongst customers who trust it to be safe, capable and reliable.
  11. Top 10 Reasons To Visit The Show Over 390 exhibitor stands showcasing their latest products under one roof Browse and compare motorhomes, campervans, caravans and caravan holiday homes, tents, leisure accessories and gadgets to see what's new. Camping Zone A great place to start if you want to see tents of all types, shapes and sizes, all pitched under one roof with experts on hand to offer advice on which are best for you. FREE Leisure Vehicle Tuition Choose from Motorhome Manoeuvring, Tow-reversing and Campervan Test Drive all under the guidance of trained instructors. Plus try a FREE towing session with Subaru, the show’s official first ever Hybrid Tow Car partner. Special Guests and Experts Our special guests and industry experts will share their adventure stories and provide tips and advice to help inspire you ahead of your next outdoor pursuit. Holiday Inspiration Discover your next outdoor adventure with leading UK and European Holiday Parks and destination exhibitors on hand to provide advice on where to go and what to do. Show Competitions & Exclusive Offers The chance to win with our daily prize draw plus take advantage of special deals and discounts. Parking Included Enjoy a hassle free arrival at the show without the need for change for the car park. FREE Family Friendly Attractions With a Climbing Wall, Bushcraft Workshops and popular Top Dog Arena – there’s plenty to keep the whole family entertained! Meet the Clubs Come and say hello to the Caravan and Motorhome Club and the Camping and Caravanning Club - for all your touring needs. NEW FOR 2020: Adventure Golf and Electric in Motion Battle your way to a hole in one and attempt to beat our special guests to be the top scorer on our leaderboard! Plus, come and trial an unrivaled range of electric ride-ons on our indoor course. Recipe inspiration for your next pursuit into the great outdoors. We've collated some delicious, quick and easy recipes from some of our special guests who will be at the show - perfect to try on your next escape.
  12. In order to quickly fit and remove the headlamp masks on our cars, I fitted them to some quick release stone guards as shown below.
  13. I agree in principle David, however technically the beam should not deflect under any circumstances towards the oncoming vehicles, as could be the case with a lowered left dipping headlamp when driving on the right of a road with an uneven surface. I have read reports from those who have, "got away with it" and those who have, "been caught" so personally I would not take the risk of not complying precisely with the letter of the law. Do you recall the set of illustrations I posted on CT some years back?
  14. I wonder if that situation will continue given the current political climate. I have been the subject of a random stop to have my papers checked, and I'm sure others have too. That said, many newer cars have "clever" headlamps that can be set to dip left or right, so they look no different from an "unmasked" headlamp to the casual observer. Gordon.
  15. I have also done that on a few occasions the caravan was towed with folded bike rack fitted but with such a short overhang (just inches) I don't believe there is any legal requirement for this. We don't have a bike rack on the MH as there's room in the garage for them.
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