We shall be picking up our new caravan in a few weeks, so we didn’t go along to shop for yet another one, but we did fancy a little look at what the whole show had to offer.
We happened to start in the hall that housed the tents and awnings. So-called “air beam” frames, made of rubber tubes that you pump up are becoming the order of the day rather than metal or fibre frames that you slot together. Some of these tents can also serve as an awning.
It’s foolish of course, and at my time of life I should know better, but I’m as excited as a small boy in a toy-shop. We’ve upgraded our caravan to a much more recent model. We’ll be collecting it at the end of August.
I don’t regret having bought the Elddis as a first caravan, though. The EX2000 was a special edition for the millennium, and was a posh van for its day, with top class fittings.
Well, it had to be done. We went to the Caravan Show, more properly the Motorhome and Caravan Show at the NEC. I must say, I do enjoy this sort of thing. Motorbike show, boat show, poultry show, country and shooting show, and recently the baking show, we normally do two or three a year.
… and ended up buying a caravan.
Last Sunday we were a bit early for a family lunch. The M25 and A3 had been astonishingly clear, and we were at least half an hour ahead of schedule. Passing a camping accessories shop, I remembered that we needed some of those stout rubber bands that you use to peg tents down. We’d been camping in the peak district a couple of weeks before, and two of the rubber bands had broken.
Sure enough, the nice lady had them in stock, so that was good. Then we found some plates that we liked. Then we wandered out the back, and found ourselves in a wonderland of second-hand caravans. We’d been thinking of perhaps one more outing with the tent in September, then packing it away for the winter.
Anyway, we went back after lunch and ended up buying this:
Very nice people, Harris Caravans in Liss.