Motorhome and Caravan Show 2020
The Motorhome and Caravan Show 2019:
The Motorhome and Caravan Show in October is the highlight of any avid caravaners year, including mine! With 11 halls filled with caravans, motorhomes, trailer tents and accessories, you never know where to look! So in this blog post I am going to share the highlights of this years show. Below each highlight is a small highlight video, showing the highlight and at the bottom there is some links to my videos from this show.
1. Bailey Autograph
The Bailey Autograph was originally released in 2013 when it was called the Approach Autograph. The Autograph name was then dropped in 2017 when the new Autograph was released. Now fast forward to October 2019 we have the brand new Autograph and it is looking better and more stylish then ever!
The Autograph didn’t just get a new lick of paint and some different fabric. No, it has a whole new Alko chassis, curved cupboards, sumptuous memory foam mattresses and dual opening fridges! It really does look the part. But is should do due to it being north of £55,000; it really needs to stand out against the competition, such as the new Swift Kon -Tiki Sport. My personal favourite layout is the 79-4i, this is my dream motorhome!
2. Adria Astella
When the Adria Astella Grande was first released in 2013 I was in love, due to its quirky front kitchen, centre L shaped sofas and hight adjustable back rests on the beds. Unfortunately it didn’t sell that well so for the 2015 season Adria dropped it. But now in 2019 Adria has dropped the Grande part and brought back the Adria Astella and its’s longer, wider and heaver than before!
The Astella is now for permanent pitching due to its size and weight. The one which was at the show was the 904HP which is the biggest, it is 35ft long and weighs around 3 ton! But due to it’s size and weight you get a lot of caravan! It features domestic style sofa’s like you get from DFS and the likes! Furthermore you have a shower which rivals some houses and a double bed fit for a king. Unfortunately we there was no price at the show as it is planned to come to the UK priced next year, but we were given a rough figure of £50,000, which is a lot, but knowing what you get it’s basically a static caravan, a new one of those is £80,000 plus.
3. Coachman Acadia
When Coachman released they were dropping Pastiche there was out-raw due to Pastiche being an established range which always delivers good kit level, style and substance. However they replaced it with the new Acadia which is the Pastiche’s newer, better looking younger brother!
The Acadia is Coachman’s middle of the range even though it’s the cheapest. This is due to a generous kit level including external gas and 230v sockets and Alde wet central heating. I had a look around the 630, which is best suited to families due to the double bunks and side dinette. There are 9 other layouts and one is 8ft wide. Prices range from £21,800 to £27,360.
4. Freedom Jetstream Twin-sport
I have always been aware of Freedom caravans, but this year I decided to do a video on budget caravans (link at the bottom) and I went over to the Freedom stand a saw the Jetstream Twinsport, I was instantly hooked!
The Twinsport is a caravan which can be towed by anyone with a basic car licence (B licence) due to its small weight of 750kg. Even though it only weighs 750kg it's small and mighty! It even has a 25 year body warranty. Why can’t mainstream manufacturers do that? The Twinsport even has a kitchen, bathroom and shower, and a large seating area perfect for at least 4 people. It is only £13,995, you do get a lot for you money.
5. Colapz Flexi Water Trunk
Filling your aquaroll up is a usual task for us caravaners, unless you are lucky enough to be on a fully serviced pitch! Usually when you go to fill up an aquaroll or other water container the tap spits all over you and you get soaked! But Colapz have overcome this with the flexi water trunk. It will go along with the other Colapz products in the range.
The Flexi Water trunk is a food grade trunk which fits any tap. It will cost £15 and will go on sale at the February show.
6. Buccaneer Caravans
I have always liked big caravans which stand out, and the Buccaneer definitely does this! Buccaneers are now exclusively twin axles and have an MTPLM of nearly 2000kg! Furthermore they are 8ft Wide and with prices north of £30,000, they really do need to stand out.
All Buccaneers have E&P electronic levelling which makes setting up a whole lot easier. The inside of the Buccaneer is amazing! They are light, airy and incredibly well put together. You can really feel the quality. My favourite two picks of the bunch is the Cruiser and Barracuda. If you want a caravan to live in or use as a long term tourer, this is the caravan for you!
This years show has been a real eye opener for me as lots of new and exciting caravans have been released.
If you couldn’t make it to this years October show, there is a show in February at the NEC, but I will fill you all in with a blog post closer to the time.