There are many advantages of living in the Midlands, not least the chance to pop into an interesting show at Birmingham’s NEC for an hour or two.
So it was that I stopped off at the Commercial Vehicle Show (‘Britain’s biggest road transport show’) for a couple of hours on my way back from the office yesterday.
In among the articulated lorries, Workshop (for the lorry and van maintenance market) and Cool (everything you might need to transport your cold or frozen goods) I came across a few intriguing camping and caravanning nuggets.
Firstly, Lunar was making quite an impression in the halls. Not only was the brand new Trafic Campervan causing a stir on the Renault stand (main image), but the Proace Lerina was doing the same for Toyota. Some prices were quoted for business customers, without VAT, so the sticker price of just £28,445 for the Renault looked particularly attractive.
Also – there was a sneak preview of a potential new motorhome range from the now-Chinese-owned van maker LDV. The company is talking about bringing a traditional, panel-van conversion to the market for just £35,000 or less – and that’s including VAT. One to look out for in the next couple of years.
But by far my favourite exhibit had to be the baby campervan on Dometic’s stand. I’m hoping to take this one for a test drive soon...