We’ve come to this show for the second time, as we enjoyed it so much last year. It’s always inspiring to see what’s on offer and what other people have in their motorhomes in order to make our travelling experience and holidays even more enjoyable.
Last year we only came for the Saturday, but this time we decided to make the most of it and stay for two nights, so we came after work yesterday, arriving here for 6.30 pm, early enough to heat up a pizza, and then we strolled to the bar and enjoyed some real ale and live music, courtesy of Dave Grant, who was excellent, including hits from The Beatles and Tony Bennet to Robbie Williams and The Killers. Nice to sing and bob along…
The show exhibition area opens from 9.30 am to 5.00 pm on the Friday and Saturday and from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm on Sunday, but I expect we’ll be leaving after breakfast tomorrow.
After a leisure breakfast of egg and bacon for Adon and a mango yogurt for myself and Bramble’s walk, we were ready and eager to hit the exhibition and part with our hard-earned cash in order to improve the comfort in our home on wheels. And so the spending spree began.
There are 242 stands altogether, including catering outlets and residential park homes and leisure lodges, apart from what one would expect in the way of motorhome/caravanning and camping supplies. It’s a wonderful way to spend a day or two and it certainly opens your eyes to what is available out there, often at a discounted price.
The main reason I wanted to come back was to buy the windblocker shades from Lillypad Leisure we saw last year to fit on the sides of our Fiamma F45 Plus awning, as we don’t really want a full awning or a safari room, but I wanted something to block the wind, especially after this very blowy Easter holiday in France. So, after a quick measuring of the height and width of our Fiamma, we came away the proud owners of two blue end panels, which we fitted in less than 5 minutes and tried out straight away this afternoon, as it happened to be quite windy again. To our amazement, these very fine, lightweight and see-through nylon-like material works like magic and we were able to sit outside and enjoy a glass of wine (or two) without so much as a breeze! This is a £98 investment that really works and it does exactly what it says in the box (or bag) and I’d recommend it to anyone who might find him/herself in the same predicament. Worth every penny. I can’t wait to show it off on our holidays now!
Other investments of the day include storm straps for same awning, a new 8′ runner to replace the one we bought last year, some LED spot light bulbs, a 1.5 litre, 750-900 watts kettle that will not blow up the fuses in French campsites (yes, we’ve done it a couple of times), a metal screw stake to keep Bramble on the chain outside, a hosepipe adapter that will come in handy in aires in Germany where our watering can wouldn’t fit, some spare fuses and two chocks to go on top of levelling blocks for extra security and to ease pressure on hand-brake when not on flat ground. So, all in all, it has been a very successful day and well worth the visit and we’ll certainly be back next year. We are leaving very happy indeed!
Something else I did earlier was to wander around the gigantic Winnebago area, as I am absolutely awe-struck by these leviathan RVs and the way their owners decorate them, and I am afraid I was so distracted by it all that I got completely lost and it took me a while to find my bearings, but I feel my sense of direction is finally improving and I was able to retrace my steps and find my way back to our pitch all by myself! You see?: Where there is life there is hope! It was good to see that our American friends have their own little club too.
But the icing on the cake has to be the excellent shower block where I was able to enjoy a hot shower this morning: the cubicles were large and clean, with proper hooks for clothes, etc, a seat, a wash basin, an electric heater on the ceiling and beautiful hot – but not scorching – water on a generous shower head: far better than in many campsites I’ve been to: 10 out of 10 for that!
And so a most fantastic weekend came to an end and I feel ready to face the world again. Until next year!