Anyone had a fun time at the NEC this week?

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  1. Jeannette van den Oever

    Jeannette van den Oever Read Only Funster

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    Very different experience this time, compared to October.
    No bean to cup stuff offered (if coffee floats your boat); more like instant nescafe/douwe egberts. I understand there are no manufacturers there to pick up the tab!
    Joined everything that moved :LOL: - I'll give 'em all a year, before I'm qualified to be jaded.
    I think we looked in just one MH (pathetic, I know :D). Our 'baby' wasn't there to be viewed, so we'll just have to hang tight until the end of March.
    We DID buy a boat though! Men and their toys. :rolleyes:
    Oh, and a Vango Kela II tall awning - let's hope it fits.
    Was asked where our first outing was likely to be. 'Somerset', I replied, whilst waiting for HWMBO to finish chatting to someone from VanBitz. We're getting a Growler alarm fitted.
    Anyone else got a smoking credit card this week?
     
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  2. TheDogMan

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    Going tomorrow
     
  3. Dorwyn

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    No. All I bought at the show was a coffee. And that was weak and almost undrinkable.
     
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    We are off there on Saturday. I will get my coffee outside the main halls if it is bad in the halls:)

    What kind of boat did you buy :)
     
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    Yep! Had a fun day, although Ron did keep me away from Hall 1 and all the accessory stands! We bought a cup holder thing which we were told would fit our Boxer (it doesn't) a 6m flag pole and Funsters flag (got to be done!) and spent hours (sorry Eddie!) chatting to Eddie and Lynne (Vanbitz) As a result we are currently sat in our Mo in Taunton about to have a solar panel and second battery fitted first thing tomorrow! At least Ron will be a bit happier about going 'off grid' in future...if only at Chester!!
     
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  6. Spud

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    Was there Tuesday and having been to last Octobers found it a little disappointing.
    Had some questions for a couple of the exhibitors and could not believe that a company like VB Air would have representatives who were unable to answer the first, and subsequently only, question ...'fully raised, how much extra height do you gain, above ride height, when the system is fully inflated?'...
    However the rep on the Tow-Trust was fully clued up and offering some good deals.
    But generally it lacked inspiration and I will give it miss next year.
    Spud.
     
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    Going on Saturday. Just for a good old nosey around, could be interested in some tyre pal if there is a good deal going.
     
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    Just returned from the show. Not too impressed as there didn't appear to be as many accessory stalls as previous years. Managed to spend £10 on a selection of salami's but that was it. However now need to find a replacement power cable for the dash cam as the new pup chewed through it when I wasn't looking!!!
     
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    That was the trouble I found last year, so I too will give it a miss in future.
     
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    We are not bothering this year - we went last year with the potential of buying a new MoHo.

    However, and I mean this truthfully, the MoHo's on display were not in the same league as our 06 one (OK we only have 29,000 on it) but everything looked like they were being built by B&Q at the local YMCA, shocking interiors, flat, square edged, corner peeling veneered doors, MDF everywhere, what looked like a pile of pallets (steps) leading up to sky high fixed beds, a sneeze and you would put your head through the roof - we were really shocked.:crying:

    I think the recession hit MoHo (and caravan) manufacturers hard and they cut corners on quality. Doors misaligned, crappy upholstery and just a 'sad' look about them,,,,,, not just the cheap enders either.:Eeek:

    I hope, now the roads seem to be filling up with Moho's, that the quality is going to get back up on target. The cabs, however, were leaps and bounds better than a few years ago, it was just the conversions I found disappointing. Friends of ours have just come back (we went with them last year) and they said the show was not even a little better this year. My old H reg Kon-Tiki was better quality than most there.

    As the 'stage' for new MoHo's here, manufacturers need to re-look at their designs and quality - Jeez they are from 40k - 140k ffs.

    Oh' happy happy.

    Trikeman. ;)
     
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  11. Jeannette van den Oever

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    Yes, not quite the same buzz as October.
    Boat looks fun though - we bought an Honwave t38 inflatable - so the Italian lakes are definitely on this year. :)

    Hope you have fun Merc. At any rate, it's better than work/school run. :D
     
  12. M & M

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    Thank goodness for shop and drop. We bought 2 Quest Elite Deluxe folding chairs, 2 Duvalay toppers, collapseable bucket, Caravan Club membership, Motorhome cleaning products, Toilet cleaners, dog cleaning roll and Fiamma step block bag.

    Mind you we are new to this game so hopefully will slow down on the spending soon - after we get the Fiamma Awning!
     
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    Great post, couldn't have put it better myself.

    I'm always amazed at newcomers genuinely wowed by the new vans, eagerly signing away huge sums of money.

    We always have fun though, it's either hunt for the quality van, or how many faults can we find.

    Also quite enjoy getting told off by my better half for being too vocal about crap build quality and shoddy workmanship.

    Always respect the vans though, someone will ultimately be buying it after all - cannot believe how ruff and uncaring people are, do wonder if they treat their vans the same way ?
     
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    Wanted to see about a Chausson 610 and when I asked about the price was told, no negotiation was going to be done as there is a limited number and full price with no extras, as they will be able to sell every one they get at the full price.
    I will be keeping the old one so I will not be the person paying for the new one. Upemall..
    I did meet Eddie van de bitz in the mobile emporium on his stand , and the esteemed leader J. was lurking back in the trailer, drinking tea.

    I will be waiting in the background for the newcomer who pays for all the bits, doesn't actually like motorhoming and sell up at the end of the year.
     
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    Went last year. Was NOT impressed with any of the salesman's knowledge. Far too many couldn't answer the simplest of Q's. I really do suspect they are family friends or relatives of the dealer principal having an all expenses paid weeks jolly so know now't at all about the product
     
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    I'm still waiting for a call from SMC at Newark after my visit to the NEC last October. :rollingeyes:
     
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    We went yesterday, but as it was the first motorhome show I have been to, I can't really compare it to previous shows. Enjoyed seeing all the latest vans, but still happy with my new purchase -Auto Trail 600B. Made enquiries about Solar Panels, Gasflow cylinders, and bought a set of Mirror Guards and some motorhome cleaner. Dog Agility was great fun. Generally enjoyed the day - despite long walk from East 3 car park in the rain! Got the bus back. Generally enjoyed the day.
     
  18. Jeannette van den Oever

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    I enjoyed the bouncy walk across the lake. It was blue skies all day on Wednesday.
    Kids would have enjoyed that bit too....the rest of the show not so much. :rolleyes: I was impressed how much they laid on for kids though.
    Amazed at the size of some of the tents. More rooms than my first house! Are these the units that the 'clubs' are describing in their handbooks when they ask people to ring in if over 9m x 5m. Nothing with an engine is that huge, surely? Suppose they could mean your outfit plus an annex. Yep, NEWBIE ALERT, sorry!:D
     
  19. StefAndDi

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    We're not going this time; we're already spent out.

    I always think that those who want to see motorhomes find much more of interest at the October NEC show.

    Stef.
     
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    The October show is the one for seeing the next years models of motorhomes & for doing a deal as there are manufacturer offers on top of those that the dealer can do (y) For 2 years running now we have spent 2 days there & totally indulged in all things motorhome related especially being able to talk direct to the companies not just the dealers who rarely know their products that well. Know we might be considered a bit sad but do love innovative products & a good deal! :)
     
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