NEC Motorhome Show October Dates - Room £29+

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  1. Wombles

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    NEC Motorhome Show dates have just been confirmed as 11-16 October 2016 - might be a bit early for some but we are trying to plan ahead to make the most of this year :) Cheapest accommodation near to the NEC is at the Birmingham Airport Travelodge with the Friday night at £29 plus £7.50 NCP parking next door. Currently only 30 minutes free wifi is included but unlimited at NEC. The other nights are £34-£36 at the moment. If you book via your Quidco account then 12% cashback too (y) The reviews for the Travelodge look ok as it is a modern purpose built one with the option of breakfast at £5.75/£7.95 & 2 course meals for £12.95 if wanted. Not tried this one before as we normally stay at the Holiday Inn Express (parking £7) but already nearly fully booked so prices have gone a bit crazy this year even taking the included breakfast into account.
     
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    Certainly not a bad price. We've stayed at a Travelodge elsewhere a couple of times and the rooms are OK but only 1 seat (like most) so one person ends up sitting on the bed.

    Last October circumstances meant that we had to leave it late before we decided to go to the NEC and we stayed in a B&B a few miles away. When we go again, though, we will book a pitch at the CC temporary site so we can stay in the van, as we much prefer that to any hotel room.
     
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    The Caravan Club temporary site at the NEC is a consideration but at £30/£35 per night with minimal facilities it doesn't have enough advantage for just the one night for us. Ideal for those who use it as part of a trip to or through that area or if going on to a rally though. Other campsites in that area tend to have high prices for that time too knowing the demand - Chapel Lane CC (not that close but full facilities) is normally fully booked quite soon after the NEC dates are released but still showing spaces at the moment.
     
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    I've previously thought that the CC price was high but it is still less than a hotel at £29 plus £7.50 parking. Next time we go we will probably be staying 2 or 3 nights so as to be able to go to the show on 2 days instead of just 1.
    In the past we've stayed at Chapel Lane and Warwick CC sites when attending the show, which was OK but you still have to drive to the NEC and back.
     
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    A few vans have on previous years parked up overnight in Tesco's car park situated just by J4 of the M42. Be aware, they have recently put barriers in place to prevent use when the stores are closed. This has nothing to do with motorhomes, the car park area had become the preferred location for the 'car enthusiasts' get togethers.
     
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    Heard that CC will be charging £35 this year at NEC but not confirmed :unsure: With the Quidco discount £29 - £3.48 cashback (12%) this goes to £25.52 which even plus £7.50 parking is £33.02 so possibly cheaper. We get better mpg with our car so saving there for us too. Can understand why using the motorhome would be preferable for many but also know that quite a few on the forum book a hotel for just one night - think the HIE was full of them when we were there last year! Wanted to share the cheap offer for those who might want to do this & advise of the dates of the Show :)
     
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    I appreciate that and I'm not knocking it. It's our personal preference to use the van :) We could have used a C&CC rally last year but decided to call in at Nottingham on the way down (on top of being late) so opted for B&B and car - we won't do it again :D
     
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    Our staff are booked into a hotel for the show, but Lyn and I prefer the coyness of our little van after a hard days work talking to Funsters and "Muggles" (Non magical people, ergo, not Funsters who are, well, in the main Magic)

    Makes me laugh seeing all the traders advising what's the best for this or what you should buy (from them;)) to achieve this, then they jump into their Mercs, BMW's and Jags and bugger off to their hotels
     
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    Last show at the NEC whilst parked up very late following a puncture on the A5 I parked in the main carpark with the lorries as the CC site was blocked off and closed after hours . I did note that the number of dealers had chosen to park in the Premier inn and use the hotel. So they obviously do not what motorhomes are actually for or maybe do not want to get their Saville Row suits creased.
     
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    Perhaps they were demonstrator vans & they didn't want them to get any wear & tear, have to clean them afterwards or have a lived in feeling? It is a bit offputting if you view a van classed as new but it is clear that the bathroom has been used recently...
    It is disappointing that a lot of salespeople at the shows aren't motorhomers themselves - probably why they aren't always knowledgeable about their products.
     
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    Only here can you go to a camping show and not be allowed to overnight in the car park. It just gets up my goat.
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    Stopped at the same Travellodge just before xmas and was cheap, very comfy, very quiet (despite being so close to the runway) and the staff were really kind and helpful. Decided to eat at the hotel that night rather than travel into nearby Solihull and food was quite adequate. Worth booking .
     
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    There is now a £5 discount code for Travelodge bookings VCUKJAN5 which expires in 5 days. Just checked Travelodge website for the NEC Show week & Friday 14th is still £29 (£36 other nights) so hopefully the code works with this as £24 is a great deal for up to 2 adults & 2 children or 3 adults - too late for us as already booked but might benefit someone :)
    Don't forget 2% cashback via Quidco - every little adds up!
     
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