A Visit to the Scottish Caravan, Motorhome and Holiday Home Show 2017
On a rainy Glasgow January day by the River Clyde. Using the tunnel across the Expressway I was amazed by the size of the crowd venturing towards the event. So many people, all in a joyous happy mood – incredible to see so many people keen on the great outdoors!
But my amazement was short lived when I realised that 80% of the crowd were actually heading for the performance of the BBC Scotland comedy Still Game, on at the next door Hydro arena! Ah well maybe one day caravans and motor homes will attain that height of popularity.
The Scottish Caravan, Motorhome and Holiday Home Show was in Glasgow from the 2nd to the 5th February 2017, and featured a good array of items on display.
The exhibition hall, and the smaller annexe, was crammed with mocked-up holiday home cabins, motorhomes and caravans for sale and hire, tents, and the usual display of all the things the great outdoors lovers require – blankets to clean a muddy dog, fire extinguishers, extendable cleaning brushes, pet foods, wooden furniture and so on.
From a motorhome perspective, there was fine display of the latest models from suppliers such as Highland Campervans, Kimberley Caravans, Dicksons of Perth and Tyne Valley Motorhomes. All around the motorhome displays there were break out areas where motorhome sales staff were frantically trying to get the responsible customer signature on a sales docket – but this being Scotland I personally witnessed one slightly frustrated sales person being lambasted by an irate lady for not offering enough of a discount!
The open-house motorhome displays proved to be popular with families – not sure how many were interested in buying, more interested in seeing how the other half live. That said the event was busy and there was a fair share of mature couples who no doubt would eventually pick up a bargain.
There were companies there happy to help you repair your ailing motorhome and I was interested in the second hand motorhome auctioning facility provided by MotorhomeDepot.com
I spoke with many of the contributors, all happy to provide their view on the current state of the caravan, motorhome and holiday home market. From a vehicle perspective, I was advised by one of the caravan organisations that the motorhome market had “gone through the roof” in recent times.
I overheard one lady being offered a £60k motorhome by a keen salesman – her response being that it was very expensive and she would prefer to hire one – music to my ears!
The displays by the holiday parks was particularly interesting – all keen to be one better than their next door neighbour. From my own perspective I thought it was great to see such a healthy variety of locations to book a cabin, pitch your tent or berth your motorhome. The Portsonachan Hotel was doing a particularly good deal for travellers who fancied a 3 night break away from the motorhome. I’ll do a separate blog on Scotland’s motorhome parks at a later date.
My visit had been brief but very fruitful – my one purchase being a £12 tin of wax polish to waterproof my shoes – much needed as I headed out once more into the Glasgow rain.