by Alice Scarsi
The Caravan, Camping & Motorhome Show finally arrives at Birmingham’s NEC tomorrow and CaravanTimes takes a look at some of the most innovative features on show
Leisure industry ideas evolve each and every year and 2015 is no different. Sometimes, with evolution comes surprise and, from tomorrow, the Caravan, Camping & Motorhome Show 2015 will be full of them.
So, if you are one of the lucky 80,000 visitors expected to attend the NEC this week, make sure you check out some of the most innovative ideas we’ve compiled below. It goes without saying, you’re in for a treat.
Hillside Leisure will be introducing two new electric campervans from tomorrow. The Dalsbury E, is based on the Nissan ENV200 and has zero emission. It comes with all the mod-cons you would expect, including cooking facilities, bed and pop-top roof. The second is the Birchover campervan, based on the VW T5 van and both will enable you to explore the great outdoors in comfort, whilst having zero impact on the environment.
Do you like to add a personal touch when it comes to your caravan? Well, the new Adria Altea 4 might just be for you. Adria are offering you the chance to choose your own paint job from a kaleidoscope of colours and design using their interactive website, enabling you to stand out from the crowd like never before.
Do you remember the Markies we talked about a couple weeks ago? Well now comes Moto-Trek’s Xcite G. This camper van with expandable sides provides room for a large bed, kitchen and enough storage space to store bikes or scooters inside – all whilst remaining compact enough to park in a garage or driveway when not extended making it the ideal choice for those with limited space, but a love for the outdoors.
We are used to luxurious models, but this is truly one of a kind. The Rapido 890FF motorhome, in fact, offers more than you can imagine, including a solid marble kitchen, a large fridge, a stove and a large living room. It will be unveiled at the NEC, and it promises to turn some heads.
Car-like driving experience
Well House Leisure will launch two versions of the Ford Terrier, a versatile campervan promising a car-like driving experience and many customisation options at the NEC this week, including a large solar panel on the roof, a forward facing clam-opening roof, all-leather intern, a twin-burner hob, a 42-litre fridge, recessed lighting and smart storage solutions.
Small and versatile
If you don’t see yourself as one to tow around a heavy caravan or simply don’t have enough space to store one, we think that Mogo Freedom could be the perfect choice for you. It is a light, two-wheeled caravan that fits into a garage and can be used to carry bikes, kites, skis and any other equipment to your camping destination whilst also having the ability to be adapted into a place to sleep, a kitchen or whatever suits better your needs. This is innovation at its best.
The Campmaster Air is an inflatable trailer tent that expands out from your trailer. What makes the Campmaster Air even more innovative is that it is so light that even a motorbike can tow it. Who said that caravanning is only for car drivers?
The Swift S-Pod is not a caravan, nor a motorhome, but a fresh new innovative take on the holiday home that can be situated wherever it best suits your needs. This compact, yet spacious new addition to the Swift family comes equipped with washroom, kitchen and spacious living quarters all featuring modern interiors and comes in two layouts: a two-berth where a double bed folds down above the sofa and a five-berth that also has a corner searing area with bunk. The public we spoke to seems to love it already. The versatility of the S-Pod means that it can be put to a number of uses, including a holiday home, office or even a granny flat at the end of a well-sized garden.
Hopping on board a helicopter is probably something most people would love to do at least once in their lives. At the NEC this week you will be able to do exactly that. A converted Lynx helicopter with funky interior with will be on display courtesy of Reams Hill caravan park, who offer overnight stay in the Lynx at their park.
So there’s our take on just a small handful of innovative products on show at the NEC this week. Let us know what you’re looking forward to seeing.