It has been another busy year at Caravanning Life with more content on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and here too.
Here is a quick run through what has happened during the year.
In January it was a visit to Manchester and Event City for the Caravan and Motorhome Show. The five berth Coachman VIP 570 was launched at the show using a layout that is not commonly used for a luxury Tourer.
In January we were also invited to visit the revamped awning showroom at YC Leisure in Bawtry where each brand of awning sold are in their own area. A good display of Isabella Awnings accessories were also on show.
The Caravan Camping & Motorrhome Show was in February with a new layout. Some stands were moved to new location, some in familiar spots. By the end of the show, just about worked out the show plan.
Whilst the ‘Beast from the East’ caused traffic disruption and freezing temperatures were were invited by Sussex Caravan Centre to the launch of the Swift Expression by Sussex range of caravans based on the Swift Sprite.
We also visited the Yorkshire Motorrhome & Accessory Show held at the Great Yorkshire Showground in the beautiful town of Harrogate.
March also saw the results of the Caravanning Life Awards 2018 being announced with the Coachman VIP 520 being the overall winner with the Bailey Pursuit 400-2 being runner up and the Hymer Nova S 620 taking third spot.
Over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend we went to the Caravan & Motorrhome Club National Rally at Sledmere House in East Yorkshire. Despite a wet start, the weather improved over the weekend.
Collected a new caravan, a Coachman Singleton VIP from Sussex Caravan Centre.
A beautifully sunny time at Stanton House Hotel for the launch of the Bailey Phoenix range of ‘first choice’ caravans to replace the Pursuit range. Also took the opportunity to visit Pearman Briggs Caravans in Gloucester and Swindon Caravan Centre whilst in the area.
In August it was time to take the ferry from Harwich to The Hook of Holland for a visit to The Netherlands and Germany. Whilst there we visit Pauw Recreatie at Heerhugowaard. Completely rebuilt since our last visit due to a deviating fire and very impressive it is too.
We also visited the Elddis and Lunar importer Weel Caravans where we discussed the changed made to the caravan they sell.
It was soon time to travel to Dusseldorf for the world’s largest caravan and motorhome show.
Staying onsite at Dusseldorf, you saw outfits of all sizes and camped with people from across Europe and the world.
Whilst in Germany we travelled back across the border to visiting Obelink at Winterswijk, possibly the largest caravan dealer and accessory shop. Spent a few Euros there too.
Back in the UK and it is show time again. First stop to The Lawns in Cottingham near Hull for the Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire Caravan Manufacturers Association (HERCMA) show. I do like this show as caravans are displayed on grass without any extra lighting so you can see what a caravan looks like in a more natural environment.
In September it was another trip to Wiltshire for the launch of the new 8′ wide Bailey Pegasus Grande range.
There was another invitation from Sussex Caravan Centre to visit their 30th Anniversary Launch Weekend with dealer special caravans from Elddis, Coachman and Swift and also motorhomes from Swift.
October always means a return to the NEC for the Motorhomes & Caravan Show. Plenty of new models to look at.
Also launched in October was a dedicated Twitter page for motorhomes, motorcaravans and campervans, @MotorhomesPlus.
Time for a subtle change in logo now with CaravanningLife.co.uk replacing the words @CaravanningLife.
As the year comes to an end, final visit was to Teesside Caravans for their annual charity Farmers Market & Gift Fair in aid of the Middlesborough and Teesside Philanthropic Foundation.
Plans for 2019 start with visit to Manchester in January and also the results of the Caravanning Life Award 2019.
More things arein the planning for 2019, more places to go, caravans to see and people to meet.
© DB MMXVIII