I was going to sit down and write a long blog about everything I did and saw at the NEC on Tuesday 21st Feb, but while I was playing with my phone and looking at the pics I realised I could do this:
They say a picture tells a thousand words, so there you go!
That being said, there are a few companies I want to single out.
I had a great chat to Claire McCrea from Whale Pumps. We stood chatting with Patrick Roberts Whale’s MD for a good 10 minutes about social media, after sales support and the history of the Whale company. Did you know that the company can trace it’s roots back to 1810 and that the caravan/motorhome sector is just one part of what they do? You will come across Whale products in the Marine, Industrial, Plumbing sectors, in fact any time you need to transport fluid Whale has a product for it.
Claire was telling me about their Watermaster Mains kit that allows you to connect your caravan to the mains water without having to use your Aquaroll as a storage tank. It has a built in pressure relief valve which will regulate the mains pressure (and an adapter for Truma sockets). I will be reviewing the Watermaster kit very soon.
Another company that I specifically wanted to see while I was at the show was Fit2go. This is the company that is turning the Tyre Pressure Monitor Sensor market on it’s head. Everyone else seems to be wrapped up in giving stats for each tyre which involves nominating sensors to wheels and monitoring them with a display that needs power cables. Fit2go have simplified the whole process, gone are the power cables because the monitor unit is solar powered. Gone is the complicated pairing of each sensor to the monitor because if it’s rolling the monitor automatically recognises it and keeps an eye on it.
You can read my Q&A review on the fit2go TMPS system and I urge you find out more because if you have a TMPS system fitted you can get a discount with Caravan Guard insurance.
Other notable things I saw was the initiative Carapod and Barefoot micro caravans. I loved the Wigwam glamping ‘house’ (it’s huge!) and I had a great chat with a rep from Outdoor Revolution. It seems that everyone is committed to pushing their products further and that can only be a good thing for us who enjoy getting out and seeing the world from our box on wheels or canvas roofed houses.
This was my first show as a member of the ‘Press’, it sounds very grand but it’s not really. The one thing I did notice though, the reps on the stand who normally jump on you and try to get you to buy this and that, would subtly clock your lanyard and leave you alone. In fact a couple turned and walked away just in case I pounced on them and started asking awkward Journo questions! Ha! The power!
I shall go to the show again later this year, and hopefully this time I will get to speak to the the reps from the manufactures. Engaging on social media is one thing but seeing and speaking to someone face to face is much better.
Anyway – I hope you went to the show and had a great time. Please leave your comments and thoughts below and tell me what you enjoyed about the NEC Caravan and Camping Show 2017