The Peterborough Show - is it worth going

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  1. BMStewart2004

    BMStewart2004 Funster

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    A bit of a horses for courses question I guess..
    We do not yet own a motorhome but hired last year and are hiring again this year.
    We think we have narrowed down our choice for when we buy next year to either the Autotrail Tracker RB or Bailey Approach 730 both of which have the same layout.
    We will probably go to the NEC in October.
    Its a 200 mile+ round trip for us to Peterborough is the show worth the effort in getting there?
    What is to see there that we might not at the NEC?
    Cheers
    Bill
     
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  2. wingman

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    Hi Bill,

    It's about a 170 mile round trip for me, but I'm going (although we're staying three days)

    It's a BIG show with lots of new and used vans. The MHF attendance is also very large, with over 100 Funsters vans. The difference between this show and the NEC is the amount of accessory and MH paraphernalia stands.

    You must have the patience of Job if you can wait until next October! A lot of people were disappointed in the NEC last October too.

    Weather is ok. No rain forecast. Beats cutting the grass!
     
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    I've been told if we go I cant also go cycling so its a big decision to miss the Saturday morning boys bike ride in the Surrey Hills!!
     
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    (Probably) the best motorhome show around and at the right time of the year with everyone, customers and the trade alike, looking forward to the new season. Great atmosphere on the Funsters field and if, like last year, right next to the displays with no long trek involved to get anywhere. As wingman said the NEC last year was not a patch on the year before and is nowhere near as good as Peterborough anyway.
     
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    don't worry about the 200 mile round trip , I used to do that on a motorcycle 6 days a week all the way from Peterborough to central London even through winter
     
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    Have to say slightly disappointed with the vans for sale this year there seems to be lots of the same models and very pricy ......
     
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    ill be taking a look on Saturday , I doubt that the have the van of my dreams there , so that's why I have a trip to dusseldorf planned in sept , I just love walking around and looking
     
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    If you're looking at new, try and go to the dusseldorf show in September. Cheap flight and even cheaper entry fees!
     
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    It's a must go event, great day or weekend
     
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    far better idea, a fantastic show! With added benefit of probably no autotrail or bailey there:D
     
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    Thanks for that but those vans have the lounge and bed layout we like. We didn't find the continental dinette arrangements suit us. I'm afraid your fixation on German vans and quality wouldn't hold sway with SWMBO. .......... Although the savings by importing may.
     
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    Judge Mental Funster Deceased RIP

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    just take her.....even if it means bribery...it will make sense in the long run:)

    two autotrails on this site down in Spain that have suffered various rebuilds, one 2 year old 65 K van, this not uncommon? bailey stories no better.....

    I think you have to look a bit deeper then the layout that appeals to be honest...
     
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    I think the layout is the most important thing, the common thought is it usually takes three vans before you arrive at the one ideal and the dinette arrangements don't suit everybody.
     
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    Bribery won't work - that just leaves corruption :D
     
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    Judge Mental Funster Deceased RIP

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    Indeedy......sounds like the tails wagging the dog:LOL:

    all really depends on style of camping. we mainly go abroad in search of good weather, so mainly living outside. you spend most of your time sleeping in a van, that the important area for us. Plus vehicle/axle weights and payloads, that most seem to forget about when window shopping.

    Have been to Peterborough a few times, and enjoyed it. more of a social occasion then serious place to buy a camper IMO..Great for accessories and far better then a german show in this regard...




     
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    errrrr ... ummmmmm .... I'm not saying nowt!:rolleyes:
     
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    errrrr ... ummmmmm .... I'm not saying nowt!:rolleyes:
     
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    what's up chuck....all shopped out already?:D

    edit: oh bloomin ech..not another van already :)
     
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    .... I cannot lie to a judge ... yup another van! A Globecar Familyscout L .... 2014 model, unregistered with 250 miles on .... :D
     
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    Putney to Robertsbridge, not as far as Peterborough!

    have a chat to Andy Paul about this one Auto-Trail Tracker RB


    Peter
     
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