Today we finally made it to a motor home show, and whilst I am glad I went to check it out I have to say that I am disappointed and I very much doubt I will be going to another anytime soon.
We originally planned to go to the Peterborough Motor home Show back in April however due to a monsoon (not quite a monsoon but there was persistent hard rain that didn’t look like it was going to subside) and not wanting to do couple of hundred miles on a wet and miserable day we decided to shelve it. The day we were meant to go to the Peterborough Motor home Show turned out to be the day we went to Brownhills Motor home dealers, and ending up ordering an Eldiss Accordo 120 – so the day wasn’t a total write off. Anyhow, not attending the Peterborough Motor Home Show left us with one alternative and that was the Norwich Motor Home Show, which is on this weekend.
With just one motor home show left (well , that we could actually get to) I was going to the Norwich show regardless of what Mother Nature was going to do. I was going to get to the show, and the only thing that as going to stop me was the organizers pulling the plug, which wasn’t going to happen. Mother Nature has been kind over the last few days so with bright sunshine and a cloudless blue sky we set off to the Norfolk Showground.
Driving up to the showground the first thing I noticed was the campsite was full (which is always a good sign), and the car park was pretty full given the gates opened half an hour before we got there. I was all geared up for a great time…………
I “Google” and research the hell out of everything I do, everything I buy, everywhere I go on holiday, everywhere I eat…… (I am sure you get the idea) so I was well clued up on the exhibitors, the stands and what was going to be there before going through the gate. On the internet the list of exhibitors looked huge however once at the show we realiZed just how few there were.
I thought there would be loads of motor home and campervan dealers trying to sell off (old) stock and take orders for new vehicles, but this was not the case. There were a few dealers there (including Simpsons of Great Yarmouth and Becks Motor Homes among others) but nowhere near the number that were on the show list on the internet. As well as there being fewer dealers, there were less motor home and campervans for sale than I was expecting too. In all honesty I was glad we had already purchased our Eldiss Accordo and were not intending on ordering a motor home at the show.
Although we have purchased an Eldiss Accordo 120 (and are waiting to collect it at the end of the month) we have still yet to see one in the flesh so we were kind of hoping one of the exhibitors would have an Accordo 120 for us to have a look at. Needless to say, there were no Eldiss Accordo 120s out about, which was a shame.
Whilst looking around the motor homes not one sales rep came over to us and asked if we had any questions or wanted to buy one. I know we are several years younger than the average motor home owner (I have said it once and I’ll say it again) but just because we aren’t retired it doesn’t mean we are not interested and wasting time. We experienced this short sighted attitude from Simpsons Motor Homes in the past, and they lost out on the sale of a brand new Eldiss Accordo 120 as a result, as well as future servicing and repair costs and future motor home sales too. Simpsons Loss is Brownhills gain. Walking around it was evident we are young to be interested in motor homes, and the fact that many exhibitors (who we spoke to) were surprised we had bought a motor home has cemented home that my wife and I are going to be the “kids” on the motor home rallies we intend attend. Oh well……….
I was looking forward to buying some of the accessories we need for our Eldiss Accordo (ahead of the collection date) however we couldn’t find a single item on our list. No exhibitors had drive-away inflatable awnings, no exhibitors had wheel clamps or steering locks, no exhibitors had the large chocs we wanted, no exhibitor had TVs for sale……. There was nothing on the list at all. Whilst at the show we thought we would try and get insurance for the Accordo but there were no insurance stands. We also thought we would try and get breakdown cover for the Accordo but there were no breakdown stands. We also thought we would see about getting a tracker fitted (once we had collected it of course) but there were no tracker stands.
The only stalls we found were some large leisure product companies selling off small consumables for little money - you know, the stack ‘em high sell ‘em cheap way. There were pegs, small spirit levels, lengths of rope, clamps, collapsible buckets, cheap pots and pans, toilet chemical but none of the more specialized and expensive accessories. I know this sounds awful but the cardboard boxes of cheap consumables and large number of people rummaging through them battling for the 50 pence pegs reminded me of Primark, and what a Primark sale would be like. I have to say it wasn’t a nice experience and shocking to witness. Needless to say we didn’t buy anything.
One thing I did notice is there were a lot of stands selling electric bicycles, and we counted no less than five. The first stand I took a bit of interest and persuaded the bloke to let me have a go on one of the electric bikes. I can see that owning one would be fun, however it wouldn’t keep me fit at all. Thinking about it and the average age of the people buying motor homes I can see why the popularity of the electric bike has rocketed, however given the cheapest model I saw was £749 (and that was reduced from £999) there is no way I am going to be buying an electric bike any time soon. Besides, the range of the electric bikes are terrible (the £749 electric bike covers just 20 miles) so you’re not going to get too far on one. I’ll wait until the technology improves before I consider looking again.
At the motor home show there were loads of stands and exhibitors that were totally unrelated to motor homes, campervans or camping in general. There were stalls selling (very expensive) products for pampered pooches, there were food stalls selling “artisan” foods and “craft” beers at inflated prices, there were stalls selling action cameras, there were stalls selling wooden picnic benches……. The list goes on. None of these stalls took our fancy so we didn’t even bother looking around them.
We managed to amuse ourselves for just over two hours at the motor home show, so it wasn’t a “day” out at all. The entrance fee was £6 per person although we managed to get a “Buy one get one free” voucher in the local paper so it cost us £6 in total. For £6 it wasn’t bad value but had I had to pay full price I would have been pretty miffed.
As I said, I’m glad I got to experience a motor home show, but I will think twice before going to another one.
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A total motor home newbie with a six year camping background in a folding camper. A keen blogger sharing my experience of researching, choosing, buying and owning a motor home. and every thing that goes with it.
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