Musings about wanderings

Month: February 2013

MOT

Friday was also when I’d booked Harmony in for it’s Mot and service. After last year, I had my fingers crossed that it wouldn’t be too expensive.

But mid Friday afternoon I go the text saying all was well. Picking the van up on Saturday, it looks like it just needed new windscreen wipers to pass. There are some advisories but nothing that needs any urgent attention.

Just the habitation check and that’s the main maintenance tasks done for the year.

Caravan Show 2013

Friday was a visit to the caravan show Scotland. As usual, they’d taken over the whole SECC.

Firstly there was a trip to the accessory and awning hall. I’d heard that Duncan’s Caravans where showing off an easy erect motorhome awning. I watched the demo of the Quest Elite Instant Motorhome Awning and was very impressed. All the poles are fixed to the fabric so it is just a case of clicking them into place and it is standing up. Also on display at Duncan’s stand was a caravan awning that used columns of air instead of poles to hold it up. Just attach pump (or compressor) and it would be standing in no time.

After the Accessory hall, I took a wander through the static caravans and lodges. Fantastic some of them, bigger than my flat and very luxurious. If you find a spot that you love, these would be perfect. And there were plenty of sites trying to tempt you.

Didn’t spend too much time in the caravan hall, some very lovely units in display but as a confirmed (for now) motorhome-er I wasn’t that interested.

The motorhome hall though was full of very shiny and nice stuff. Hymer were present showing off their A-class units. Very opulent inside but with a price of close to £70000 to match.

A new dealer, Border Cars from Ayrshire were in attendance. They’ve only been dealers for about 10 months but they had a big stand and some very nice kit on display. They had a Globecar van conversion on a Transit base which is quite unusual these days with most motorhomes on Ducato/Boxer bases.

Tyne valley motorhomes had the van that if I ever decided to sell Harmony, I’d want. This was an Autocruise Jazz. Smallish van conversion but with all mod cons. Looked lovely. £38000.

After drooling and the vans, there was a trip to Warwickshire Clothing’s stand for some bargains on Craighopper trousers and a fleece then it was back to the accessory hall for a new water carrier and water hose then home.

All in all, a good day out.

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