COST of shows ..can I do better

Discussion in 'Rally Planning Discussion and Chat' started by slobadoberbob, Oct 28, 2011.

  1. slobadoberbob

    slobadoberbob Read Only Funster

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    I was sitting here looking at my wall planner for next year.. having entered all the various shows /meets on same, I then decided to get a rough idea of what it was going to cost me in fuel, pitch etc., Now I know I tend to spend to much at Malvern each year. I started to give some serious consideration to what to do. I have already decided to not do one or two shows for various reasons but I worked out that if I cut back just 3 or 4 shows given that living in Tunbridge Wells in Kent every show is 150 miles or more away from us and one is in fact over 250 miles each way. I could do another run in to France for 3 weeks. No differance to costs given we are less tha 50 miles from the Tunnel. If we did a ship say out of Newhaven in Sussex we would be only 30 miles from the destination area we go to. Not sure how Ezzie would cope with a 4 hours ship crossing, but it could be possible.

    As shows have become very stale of late, same dealers, same over priced items, and sorry to say same old faces in the same old motorhomes... it is not that hard to consider going in to France instead.

    After being stuck up in the corner at Malvern last year, miles from the show I do have my concerns about even doing my favorite show next year. I have recently cancelled my MMM subscription after many years.. just not good value to me any more.

    So I am re-thinking the way I want to use my RV for next season. I have now got a full size trailer to haul the car and where as due to disability I was trapped on a site or show ground I now have more freedom ... been many a year since I took an American RV in to Cornwall.. who knows may be that will be on the cards.

    But, I think a lot of the shows will go from my wall planner next year.. so what's your views? any of you thinking out side the box next year?

    Bob
     
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  2. tick59

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    :thumb::thumb:We are thinking the same way as you.We travel some distance south to shows and i know a lot of people do the same ie: Ray from Dingwall in Scotland.I take the Friday and the Monday off to atend some of these shows,meets this comes off my holiday entitelement,so we are going to cross a few shows,meets off our list next year and spend a lot longer in France.
     
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    I enjoy the shows and will be doing as many as I can next year, however the cost is significant. (I am only 30 odd miles from you, in the wrong direction as far as the shows are concerned)

    The Newhaven Dieppe crossing is very expensive compared to Dover Calais though, the fuel saving in my van is not worth the extra cost, though might be in your RV. There are only two sailings a day though Dieppe is a much nicer town/port than Calais.
     
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  4. Griffs

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    Good evening Bob,

    We only went to two shows this year, being Newbury and Malvern, and find that too many shows can get boring; but just a couple is good, you don't get to see the same show gear repeated plus it is nice to meet old friends like yourselves, Dick dellboy, Geordy and Dragon to name just a few & make new ones.

    Back to the point as you are situated so near the continent we would be going there a lot more if we lived that near, and using the tunnel as it is so fast (also thank you Tesco!)

    Well it's Friday evening and Rhian and myself are sitting outside the camper in t shirts and shorts with a couple of wines (bottles) :Wink: we are in Marjal at the moment and going up to have a viewing of the new site on Sunday.

    Clive & Rhian (Griffs) :Smile:
     
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    We are thinking of just doing P'bro next year. We found our local caravan shop is cheaper than the shows. Though it is nice to meet other funsters old n new. :Cool:
     
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    ha hahahaha.:Blush: This is the same discussion as many landrover owners have every year. The general concensus, is that shows get "samey", prices never seem to go in the enthusiast's favour, and (not for motorhomers) food and drink is a rip off, facilities are just about passable, entrance fees are on the high side.
    many landy enthusiast's are now frequenting the smaller, friendlier shows put on by clubs etc, and staying away from the major commercial shows, there's little at a show that you cant find on the internet, and as for meeting traders and "picking their brains"..dream on, the dealers on here give abetter service.

    As money gets tighter, maybe, people will not pay for fuel/camping/entrance etc, just to be fodder for traders. As with landrover shows, one a year will do for me thanks....the rest will be rallies or casual meet ups.
     
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    Plenty of times we don't even bother to walk around the show. (How much melamine can a motorhome hold:Doh:) We only go to shows to park up with other Funsters and have a giggle I've probably been to more shows than most and never been bored yet. In fact at the big shows it can be frustrating that there is not enough time to chat to all the funsters. This year we did Carmarthen, Newark, Peterborough, Newbury, Shrewsbury, Stratford, Malvern and Lincoln. Thoroughly enjoyed every one and looking forward to meeting new friends and old at the same shows next year:BigGrin:
     
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    :BigGrin: I think you have hit the nail on the head Ken. :thumb: If we can get away without buying anything its a bonus ! :Wink:

    I always look at it as a great way for the funsters to meet up, nobody has to organise a rally or meet, :Smile: and worry about getting the numbers to attend. :Doh: And its not that expensive for a weekends camping if you can stay Sunday night as well, entertainment if you want it, and something to look at if you wish. :Wink::Rofl1: Bob.
     
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    hi. i worked this out years ago. as a vw ,m,bike and camper fanatic . if i do 10 shows per year the cost is better spent going away for 6 months in winter. i do sometimes do odd show . do landrover shows as well occasionally. and traction rallies . but the cost living here is the same as going away so go away is better.
     
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  10. scran

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    same old same old we stopped doing the shows this year and spent the money going to other places we are looking forward to the alnwick meet though as just a nice distance from home and we will get to meet up with old friends from motorhomefun into the bargain :Smile:
     
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  11. motorhomelover

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    WE CUT OUT 3 SHOWS THIS YEAR SAVED A FEW BOB IN DOING SO
    WE WILL NOT BE DOING OSWESTRY 2012 EITHER

    SHAME THERE ARE SO MANY IN A CLIQUE IN THE RVOC
    IT WILL BE GOOD TO MEET UP WITH SOME FUNSTERS NEXT YEAR
    IF THEY WILL ACCEPT AN RV IN THEIR MIDST :Rofl1:

    ENJOY YOUR TRIPS OUT N ABOUT BOB
     
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    If the best a person can do with a MH is visit shows it's a sad waste of a MH. I don't think we did one this year. Or did we ???

    A few more meets would be a good thing.

    This year we had two excellent Cheshire ones. Excellent Misterton one. Soon to be, I'm sure, an excellent Whitby one.

    Next year is looking good.
     
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    I did quite a few this year from a zero start the years before.

    My first show was Peterboro 6 or 7 years ago and I hated it and it put me off shows for life.

    Fun persuaded me to start going again and I over cooked it this year doing too many.

    My favourite was Stratford and I will go out of my way to go to that one again. Any others will be visited only if I am not too far away from it.

    Great meeting up with everyone though :BigGrin:
     
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    The few shows that I do attend are mainly to catch up with other funsters.
    Am not to bothered about walking round the shows as I wouldn't dream of buying another motorhome from there. As Jim says how much melamine do you need.
     
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    I'm sure your friends are pleased to see you Bob, even if you are not pleased to see of them :RollEyes:
     
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    Having ran American RVs for many years and being a member of RVOC have never parked up with them. Have always prefered to be with the funsters, which is what I am whether I am out with the yank or the European.
    Am sure you will have a great time with the rest of us.:BigGrin:
     
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    Hi guys, I have only visited two shows. Newbury and Shepton, one on a bike and the other in a car both just for the day.

    Next year I will do both of those again in Knobby (MH) not for any more melamine, but to put a few more faces to names. It's you lot I want to meet not necessarily the traders.

    Really looking forward to meeting Hilldweller, Smudger, JJ, Papajohn in fact all of you, so don't go just for the show come along to meet all the new faces, who knows you might strike up a lasting friendship.

    No changed my mind............Coz I might just bump into ShitZz or even worse Swift

    .............Griff
     
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    We love the show, a good excuse for time away with good friends and make as many as we can.

    Now we are with FUN :thumb: its even nicer so you won't find me complaining lol

    We attend Cheshire, Peterborough, Lincoln and if Malvern did not clash with setting up for The Copper Kettle Festival we would be there too.
     
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    I suppose a group of people sitting around talking and drinking and enjoying themselves, could be called a Clique..

    That could be said of any club gathering or group..

    I have been to many meets with both "Funsters" and "RVOC"... and found both club`s to be very welcoming..

    No one could be more shy than myself and my wife. (And yes I may be a Gobby Git hidden behind the screen of a computer).. but I dont expect hundreds of members to rush out and greet me when I arrive on site.. every one says hello etc..

    So I think it is up to the individual to mingle and make friends ..


    If you go to a meet with friends or join friends and make an enclave out of canopy`s and and wind breaks, no doubt you will all sit around in your little encampment chatting and enjoying yourselves.... does that make you or your group a clique ???

    Not sure of what your interpretation of "Clique" is... But take the Lincoln Show which was marshalled superbly.... had Jim put RV`s in the middle of all the Euro-vans I think by there sheer size you would have had some upset/irate eurovan owners.. parking to one side made sence. and if that constitute`s a clique, then yes we are clique`y...

    Cliquey on the forum.......... er not really..... most of the crap I write is aimed at people I have met or know, now I wouldn`t have a pop or go to far with yourself till we have met, and I know or think I know you can take and give a bit of ribbing & banter..

    Strange word "Clique"... and one I would associate with a private club or gathering,,, which is certainly not the case I have found with either the Funsters or the RVOC.. :thumb:
     
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    Strange thing to say; because the RVOC have never rallied at shows in their own right. The RVOC have always been part of the fun show rallies. So you won't be on your own, you'll be surrounded by FUNSTER RVOCers :thumb:
     
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