Yes, the doors will soon be opening for the February NEC Show (13-18 February) will soon be opening again, with many thousands of eager visitors ready to explore the exhibition halls. Including, very likely, you.
The February NEC Show usually has more of a focus on accessories and camping (which is why it’s called the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show). However, it’s still a great chance to see the best motorhome manufacturers and van conversion companies, all in one place. There are debuts taking place, including brands making appearances for the first time.
As well as that, anyone looking for accessories for the new season of touring will find a wide range on offer, including the best motorhome awnings. Guests can also head to the Event Theatre and listen to different speakers who will be appearing.
Have you got your ticket yet? If not, don’t miss our ticket discount for the February NEC Show 2024 – you can save 50p as standard on a standard advance ticket, and £3.50 off the price of a ticket on the door. The offer runs up until midnight on 12 February 2024.
Whether you want the best campervan, a motorhome or to stock up on accessories, the NEC Show is the place to be, as our guide shows.
Adria – Stand 3060
Although there won’t be anything brand new on Adria’s stand, you will be able to see a model from every one of the Slovenian company’s ranges.
That includes the MAN-based Twin Max van conversions, which are new for this coming season, as well as the Mercedes-based Supersonic A-classes and the new Renault
Trafic-based Adria Active Duo campervan, our pick of the small campervans on the market for the 2024 season, and a model that has had its price lowered recently too.
Auto-Sleepers – Stand 3075
Pride of place on the Auto-Sleepers stand will be the Mercedes-based Auto-Sleeper M-Star van conversion. However, there should also be plenty of other ’vans to browse among the company’s Peugeot- and Mercedes-based van conversions and low-profile vehicles.
Auto-Trail – Stand 3040
The February event should give you a second chance to see the Grimsby firm’s new compact Excel low-profile range. This was unveiled at the October show, and named after a line-up that Auto-Trail launched in 2011. It’s particularly designed for people who want to move up from a van conversion, but who don’t want a much larger coachbuilt.
Bailey – Stand 3020
Bailey’s new compact Alora range was launched with virtually no fanfare at the October NEC show. This time, the three-model line-up – which includes the transverse bed 69-4S, the island bed 69-4I, and the fixed single beds 69-4T (reviewed in the latest issue of Practical Motorhome) – will be much more the centre of attention.
You can also check out the firm’s Ford-based Endeavour van conversion, including the two-berth Bailey Endeavour B62 and the B64, a rising-roof model that features a well-appointed end kitchen.
Carthago – Stand 1050
The German luxury motorhome manufacturer will be showcasing its newest model, the Carthago c-tourer T/I 145 RB LE. Available as a low-profile or an A-class, the fixed single bed model can also run on either a Fiat Ducato or a Mercedes Sprinter. In either version, it comes with a low Al-Ko chassis for added stability. It still has an MTPLM of just 3500kg, so anyone with a regular licence can drive it.
Chausson – Stand 3052
Chausson has had a change of heart for the February show. At the beginning of the season, the French company said it would be temporarily withdrawing its slimline ‘S’ range from the UK market, because of supply chain issues.
But the two models are coming back sooner than expected, in Sport Line spec, and will take pride of place on the Chausson stand. They include the Chausson S514 Sport Line, with its innovative ‘butterfly bed’ at the back, which is designed to give you room to store a bicycle.
Coachman – Stand 3000
Still solely a caravan manufacturer just a few short years ago, the Hull-based Coachman (backed by its new owner, KABE of Sweden) has now launched into motorhomes in a big way, first with the Mercedes-based Travel Master low-profiles, and now with the A-class Travel Master Imperial.
The brand is also set to have the Sportivo motorhome and the Affinity campervan on display, two new models that are set to provide a high-end touring experience.
Hillside Leisure – Stand 5015
The Derby-based van conversion brand will have a new model to show off at the NEC. The Hopton isn’t based on the VW Transporter, on which the firm has largely made its name (it is one of the few van converters to be VW qualified), but on a MAN TGE.
The new model has a rear lounge, a central kitchen and a washroom that is impressively large for a van conversion.
Kaktus – Stand 5085
New show exhibitor Kaktus is a van converter based in Pontypool, in south Wales. Previously specialising in VW Transporter conversions, for this event, the company will be unveiling its new Dune model, which is built on a MAN TGE chassis. It includes a roof pod, as well as side pods to create extra width.
The interior features Scheel-Mann seats, a 60-litre Vitrifrigo Black Air Lock fridge, a cassette toilet, a shower, and a memory foam mattress on the generously sized double bed.
Marquis Leisure – Stand 3075
Britain’s largest motorhome dealer network has exclusive distribution rights on a number of very popular Continental models. So visit the Marquis Leisure stand to discover the new-look Benimar Mileos and Tessoros, the Benivan van conversion range and the Italian Mobilvetta A-classes.
Morelo – Stand 3075
The Morelo stand is always a good place for pipe dreams, if nothing else, as here, you will be able to see some of the most luxurious liner motorhomes currently available on the European market.
Project Yonder – Stand 5132
Another first-time exhibitor at the show, Sussex-based Project Yonder will be demonstrating its new Freedom 4X model, based on an all-wheel-drive Mercedes Sprinter. This also includes a number of habitation features designed to make it easy for you to live off-grid for as long as possible.
Rapido – Stand 1120
A new range and an updated model – both within Rapido’s Dreamer campervan brand – should make the French manufacturer’s stand a real must-visit at this February’s show.
The new range is City by Dreamer, based on a Ford Transit Custom and very clearly designed to be as much a day-to-day vehicle as a touring ’van.
The first model in the range, the City Camp, includes a rear bench seat fitted as standard, but as an option, you can go for two independent seats, which will take the total number of travelling seats within the vehicle to six.
The side kitchen in the City Camp includes a gas hob that you can remove and take outside, while as an option, you can have a roof canvas insulation kit, to make this an all-season ’van.
The updated model, meanwhile, is the Cap Land – also based on a Ford Transit Custom, but featuring an end washroom. The Cap Land now provides an electrically convertible lower bed, and a fold-out pedestal table.
In addition, the cab seats fitted in the new model can also be swivelled.
Robeta – Stand 5148
Slovenian van converter Robeta is also coming to the UK for the first time, so visitors will be able to see the firm’s Adonis Mercedes Sprinter-based van conversion. The 5.3m-long vehicle arrives in this country having already won awards elsewhere.
It runs on a 190PS engine, is fitted with an electric sliding door, has six different interior finishes, and will soon be available in four-wheel drive.
Roller Team – Stand 3065
Roller Team is set to have the UK versions of its Livingstone range on its stand. The Italian Trigano Group brand will also be bringing a wide selection of its current motorhomes, including three Zefiros, and two each from the Auto Roller, T-Line and Pegaso ranges.
WildAx – Stand 5080
WildAx launched its MAN TGE-based Altair model last year. This year, it will return with, among other models, the Altair Sport, complete with body kit, higher-spec wheels and graphics.
This is similar to what the company already does with its Proteus model.
Other brands and dealerships
The February NEC show has always been designed to be slightly more dealership-focused than the October extravaganza. As a result, there are several well-known names that will not have a stand of their own at the event, but whose vehicles you should still be able to view – either as standard models or as dealer specials – on the dealership stands.
Brownhills, on stand 3085, for example, should have a good selection of its Elddis Evolution dealer specials.
Elddis itself will not have its own stand, despite Erwin Hymer Group UK recently sharing more information about the Xplore campervan. But you should also be able to see Elddis models, in particular at Glossop Caravans, on stand 2208 (including its Chatsworth dealer specials), Marquis Leisure, on stand 3075 (with its Majestic dealer specials), and Preston Caravans, on stand 1056.
Swift is also not exhibiting, but its vehicles and dealer specials should be at Glossop Caravans, on stand 2208, Lowdhams, on stand 3090, Preston Caravans, stand 1056 and Wandahome South Cave, stand 2100. Wandahome South Cave should also be the place for new ’vans from French brand Fleurette.
The February NEC show is often a great place to pick up a real bargain if you are shopping for an awning. Here are just some of the models available.
Cinch – Stand 4165
Campervan owners should head here to look at the Hub, a pop-up tent with its own campervan attachment that you can put up in no time, but which packs away into a circular bag that’s just 86cm wide and 10cm deep.
Dometic – Stand 1024
Since it took over Kampa, Dometic’s awning offer has evolved, so it now provides awnings – both driveaways and more permanent models –
mainly for larger motorhomes.
Glawning – Stand 1064
Yorkshire-based Glawning is known for producing awnings in a variety of fabrics, which provide masses of extra room and tend to look very much like glamping tents.
At this season’s show, you should be able to see a new 4m version of its 5m-wide polycotton three-door awning known as The Hub. It comes with a zip-in groundsheet and even
an opening where you can fit a stove flue. It’s also been designed so that it can be attached to two different motorhomes at the same time.
Isabella – Stand 1048
If you make your way to the Isabella stand, you’ll be able to browse a wide range of high-quality awnings from
the Danish specialists, including the innovatively designed Buddy, which can be assembled from your vehicle’s own roll-out awning.
Kampa – Stand 4270
Now owned by Dometic, and minus the previously distinctive ‘blue square’ brand mark, Kampa offers a wide range of inflatable tents for campervans – awnings that run either parallel with or at right angles to your vehicle, and may or not come with a front canopy.
Outdoor Revolution – Stand 1042
A full range of both lightweight and performance awnings should be available to view on this stand.
Outwell – Stand 1042
Outwell will be showing two models from its Superior Air Awnings range – the Crossville and the Jonesville.
Both have been fitted with its new for 2024 Drive Away Ready system, which is designed to make attaching and detaching the driveaway awnings much easier. This system zips on to the awning from the vehicle, and comes complete with colour-coded tabs to help in positioning.
In addition, both models have also been fitted with the company’s awning sealing system, which is designed to keep out any side draughts without interfering with the sliding door mechanism on your vehicle.
Vango – Stand 4150
Among Vango’s extensive selection of camping furniture, sleeping bags and tents, you will also find a good choice of driveaway awnings. All are made with variations of the company’s Sentinel fabrics, which incorporate ColorLok technology to reduce fading and have SPF50+ UV protection.
There’s always an impressive choice of accessories at the show in February. Here is our pick of the new launches.
Cadac – Stand 5002
The camping oven company is now expanding its range this season, with the 2 Cook 3, Carri Chef 40 and E Braai 40 S models. All should be on display.
My Bespoke Mattress – Stand 2135
The specialist mattress company will be unveiling its new Viroclean mattress, which uses a fabric treatment to neutralise a range of viruses and bacteria. The mattresses also feature mould and odour resistance, so should be ideal for leisure vehicles being kept in storage over the winter.
RoadPro – Stand 5004
Among new products displayed on the RoadPro stand will be the BR Systems Bike Lift, designed to lift heavy ebikes from the ground onto the back of your vehicle, to the height of a conventional bike rack. The system uses power from your motorhome’s leisure battery and can be controlled either remotely or via a switch in your garage.
Trelino – Stand 4128
Making its UK debut at the NEC show, German company Trelino produces composting toilets that are water- and chemical-free, and designed to be used anywhere in a sustainable way.
As well as all of those tempting stands, there will be a brilliant line-up of guest speakers at this February’s show.
You can still enjoy seeing regulars such as Ray Mears, Practical Motorhome’s very own Marcus Leach, and Kat Bird, aka The Wandering Bird, who this time will be talking about travelling on the Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland.
But this show will also welcome newcomer Annabel Croft, the former Wimbledon tennis star and Strictly Come Dancing contestant, who is an active member of the Caravan and Motorhome Club. Look out, too, for Will Mellor, former Hollyoaks and EastEnders star, who appeared in the very topical ITV drama Mr Bates vs The Post Office. Like Annabel, Will is a keen campervanner.
Or maybe you’re unsure between a caravan or motorhome? If that’s the case, the show will be a great opportunity to see the tourers on offer too, from a variety of the biggest brands.
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