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National Motorhome Show
userOAL Moderator
Posted: 17 April 2009 10:07 AM
Subject: National Motorhome Show

Only Human

Location: Bourne, Lincolnshire

Are you planning to attend the National Motorhome Show, taking place in Peterborough between April 24 and 26?

If so, have you been before? What are you most looking forward to? Anywhere in the area that you visited that you could recommend to others?

Did you attend the show? Any thoughts/comments/suggestions?
Posted: 17 April 2009 6:44 PM
Subject: RE: National Motorhome Show

We hope to go but will not decide until Wednesday depending on the forecast as there is little point in a 600 mile round trip and then £35 odd fee and even less pleasure trudging around a boggy field or three!

Not been to Peterborough before but have been to lots of shows - Shepton Mallet being our favourite.

We go to meet other people, natter, wander about in the warm sunshine and have a look at whats new, admire the well thought out and condemn the poorly designed and impractical vans and accessories - of which there is far too much.

We also do our duty by doing our best to make potential buyers of any X250 based vans that we come across aware of the failings of the vehicle - and of some particular dealerships when it comes to customer care - which will always p**s off a few salesmen in the process - with luck!

What about an 'on the gate' discount for forum members please as an incentive - or would Warners rather we stayed away than told the truth??
Posted: 17 April 2009 11:31 PM
Subject: RE: National Motorhome Show

Lives on the forums

Posts: 549
Location: Yorkshire

We won’t be going to any shows this year
We didnt like Peterborough, Pickering drops on for the start of the skool holidays so we don't fancy sitting on the A64 for hours, & Lincoln has lost the appeal of the open air concert.

From what the traders were saying about their pitch chargers last year, it looks like if we want a bargain we should look at their sites on tinterweb


were all doomed
Posted: 18 April 2009 11:10 PM
Subject: RE: National Motorhome Show
Location: where the wheels on the rv stop

we are going. setting off wednesday night. been going for years now never miss this one or the western show. not booked this year but definately going. with shopping list as usual
Posted: 21 April 2009 4:53 PM
Subject: RE: National Motorhome Show
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Oh dear, Paul from Yorkshire. Not a hardened camper eh? I agree Lincoln is a waste of time (with the worst loo & seating facilities i've seen at any show) but the Peterborough show is worth a weekend away, rain or shine. With plenty of stalls & seating under cover & loos/showers dotted throughout the showground. The Harvester pub at the entrance (despite being very busy) is also worth a visit.
The only thing i'm praying for is that the Muppet who turned off the water supply to all the toilet blocks on the Sunday night last year, had his head put down the bowl Monday morning! (What a site to greet us all, Yuk!).
Posted: 21 April 2009 7:21 PM
Subject: RE: National Motorhome Show
Lives on the forums

Posts: 548
Location: Kent

This will be the second year staying the duration, previous years we have only been day visitors.

We like to be able to wander around and talk without having to rush and keep an eye on the time. Last year at the show we bought and had fitted a SOG which has been the best show buy we've bought - not including the motorhome!

Lets keep our fingers crossed the weathers dry this year.
Posted: 29 April 2009 12:32 PM
Subject: RE: National Motorhome Show

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Posts: 803
Location: 2010 Burstner Aviano i728G

We were disappointed with the Peterborough show last year as well as "the facilities" provided for us campers. Even more disappointed with the NEC so shows are off the list for now and we will spend the time using our pride and joy more (cheaper in the long run......
Posted: 29 April 2009 12:40 PM
Subject: RE: National Motorhome Show

We visited just for the day on Sunday and it seemed like a good show to us with lots of things to look at.

It was conspicuously obvious that every salesman on the site had been briefed about how to play down / ignore / deny all knowledge / explain that Fiat had a revised gearbox that would solve all issues should we be one of the very very small infinitesimal minority unfortunate enough to have a slight problem reversing!

So we did our best to advise any potential customers we met not to take anyone's word but to be sure that their new pride and joy reversed smoothly uphill before parting with their hard earned!

It was surprising how many people are still unaware of the potential for disaster.

To be fair - we did also speak to a couple of X250 owners who were entirely satisfied with the way that their vans reverse uphill.

Edited by Tracker 2009-04-29 12:42 PM
userduetto owner
Posted: 29 April 2009 2:24 PM
Subject: RE: National Motorhome Show

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Posts: 712
Location: North Surrey

never been there, but out of 3 shows i been to sheppton mallet and york were a disappointment.

one at earls court a while back was good.
userMel B
Posted: 29 April 2009 7:40 PM
Subject: RE: National Motorhome Show

The special one

Posts: 12469
Location: E Yorks, Carthago C-Compactline i-138

The toilet and shower facilities for the campers were excellent this year - they looked to be completely new units - the showers were lovely and warm with plenty of hot water.

The only 'fault' we could really come up with was the lack of clear signage. The elsan points didn't appear to have any signs on them (not the ones we saw anyway) and we ended up playing hid and seek to find them! Also the signs for the camping areas themselves were not clear enough - having been directed round by one marshall we drove the whole length and could not see the UK Campsites spot which we had been told was just on the right of the roadway ... we ended up turning around and asking another young lady marshall who told us it was the next row in. In the end hubby got out and went 'hunting' and eventually found it behind the 'Zodiac' club's area - unless you had Superman type vision, or permanently looked through a telescope, there's no way you'd have found the sign from the road. It would have been better if all the marshalls knew where stuff was and for the areas located one row in to at least be marked off the roadway itself so you knew where to turn off.

Grass could've been shorter too ... but I'm nit-picking now!
Posted: 8 May 2009 8:58 AM
Subject: RE: National Motorhome Show
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Posts: 1619
Location: Acklam, Tees-side

Just back from our first visit to Peterborough after stopping at a few other places as well.

Where was everyone at the Meet the Team? I had a chat with Clive but the only other person who I knew from this forum was Don, taking a break from the Vicarious Books stand. We wandered off after about 15-20 minutes.

On the whole the show was very enjoyable and the weather was great.

Very disappointed, though, in the elsan facilities. We were camped near gate 3 and the only point we found was a manhole down in the Pre-booked General area, a bit of a trek. The showfield plan indicated another elsan point should have been located along the main road to the south of us but we couldn't spot it. I also reckon we were lucky that the weather was good or I'm sure it would have become very muddy round the dump point.

It was also a bit disconcerting to read in the Welcome booklet that there were no facilities to empty grey water. We subsequently found that we could empty the container down the same elsan manhole but we would have been stuck otherwise.

Is this type and rarity of elsan/grey facilities typical of other shows run by Warners? They were not a patch on the facilities at Newark (the only other show we have camped at).

userOAL Moderator
Posted: 22 May 2009 9:59 AM
Subject: RE: National Motorhome Show

Only Human

Location: Bourne, Lincolnshire

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