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:? As the title say's 'Why do you go to Motorhome Shows?' I cannot understand Motorhomers/Campers/RV's/C****** fixation with going to shows every time there is one on. Is it to meet other's with the same interests? If so? Why not organise and go to Rally's all the time? Is it to look at and dream of owning one of the sparkling brand new vehicles of all shapes and sizes on display? Is it to gain ideas for updating or making better you own vehicle? It certainly cannot be to buy something every time. Please? Explain? :?
 

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BACkGROUND: have been interested (obsessed?) by motorhomes since seeing my first dormobile a VERY long time ago, achieved my ambition to own a motorhome in the 80s. since then have had a further 3.
Had a romahome when john and i first met, sold it to my son who's need was greater than mine :D :cry:
Has taken me some time to convince (browbeat, co-erse what have you) john that this will be a great way of spending our retirement. He had seen motorhomes on the road, but only inside the romahome. the shows have been a great way of getting him to see the vast variety and options available, has also helped us focus on the necessities, fixed or drop down bed, good payload, 4 belted seats.
It is for us also a social occassion, can't book into a rally if you don't yet own a motorhome :cry: did go as day visitors to Beverley, very helpful. John is now a convert : :D :D :D
NOW for the biggie, how do i persuade him we aught to get one BEFORE we retire, just to get into practice :wink:
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"NOW for the biggie, how do i persuade him we aught to get one BEFORE we retire, just to get into practice "

Do it ! see separate thread by Mandyand Dave - Major decisions- head or heart. For all those reasons make your choice and buy now. You'll have all those weekends away to look forward to before you retire and a hobby to pursue when you do. It's also very good practice for having himself at home and in close proximity all day. :D

Seriously though -we did and we don't retire until July and we don't regret a minute of the time we've had our van even though we can't get away when we want ( like this weekend....)

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I can see the attraction of shows, and always go to 2 or 3 every year.

We have been going with some good friends for the past 2 years, and it's a weekend where we lose the kids, pick up bits and bob's and and have a good old chat in the evenings putting the world to rights.

It's also the ideal place to change your van, especially if you are busy working 5-6 days a week and have kids. At the bigger shows there are hundreds of vans to view, you can strike a good deal, and get it all over with in one weekend.

It's a great place to have accessories fitted. We have had an awning, top box, and airide suspension fitted at shows, normally with a free fitting or special show price. This saves time off work , and brings the specialist's to you for a weekend.

Although it's frowned upon by the organisers, you can flog your excess motorhoming accessories, by advertising them at your pitch.

It's a great place to see what others have done to their vans, how they arrange their pitches, and what accessories make life easier. By looking through the second hand vans on offer you can pick up some good ideas for modifications and get the feeling why a certian layout of a van might work better for you.

Our van is our hobby as well as the vehicle that propels around on our travels, and it's part of the fun picking up accessories for it, like changing your old cassette trolley for a super duper one, which we did at Peterborough.

We actually save up, and make a list of things we are looking for as Peterbourough and York are approaching. Peterborough is for the things you think you need for the coming season, and York is for the things you wished you had bought earlier.

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Its just such a thoroughly enjoyable weekend, where you can also buy any bits you want, see any mods you might want to make but hadn't thought of and look at weather you are still happy with what you have or could improve, if you do getting a good deal into the bargain!
 

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Can't add any more to what Dave (Road Runner 644) has said.

We go for all that too. Plus its the bst time to see all the new vans, inside and out without being bothered by salespersons, as happens at most dealers.
Not all shops attached to dealers have all the accessories one sees at shows either, even if we don't buy them there!

For example at Peterborough show, one can often see similar items for cheaper at the local QD store, just a few minutes cycle ride away!

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Hi,

usually I go to a show once or twice a year. Max. once a year I would actually travel to a show, the second show would be a local one if there is one. And in fact I have never been to a show with my van, last year to Dusseldorf I took the train!

The motivation to visit a show has changed, of course:

Before owning a van I was looking around for different manufacturers, models and dealers. Also motorhome rental companies, because we started motorhoming that way. And, of course, dreaming of having my own van... :wink:

In fact, we found the rental company/dealer where we rented several vans and finally bought the last one on a local show in Freiburg/Germany.

After having bought a van the motivation changed, of course: Now I am more looking for new accessories and "gimmicks" and for some bargains in this area. Also it is possible to get some consumables (like cleaning agents) at very good prices. And of course to get new ideas what could be improved.

Nevertheless I still enjoy strolling along (and through) all the new motorhome models put on display by the manufacturers. Just having a nice day and a little chat

Best Regards,
Gerhard
 
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