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The premier destination for Scottish caravan and motorhome buyers each year is The Scottish Caravan, Motorhome & Holiday Home Show, at Glasgow’s SECC exhibition centre, and this year it was held from 4-7 February 2016.
Several 2016 motorhomes made their UK debut in Glasgow – weeks in advance of Birmingham's NEC Caravan, Camping & Motorhome Show, in the last week of February. All the major manufacturers were well represented as well as a few small Scottish converters, who also use this show as a shop window.
BC Motorhomes, the large Scottish dealership that sponsored the show, unveiled the new Roller Team Pegaso 740 – making first public appearance in the UK. This is the first A-class motorhome for Roller Team in Britain and it's built on a Fiat Ducato 2.3 130 bhp chassis.
The Pegaso 740 has a rear fixed island bed, with a garage beneath it, while the washroom is in the middle and has a separate shower compartment. There's also a well equipped L-shaped kitchen and an L-shaped dinette. A double bed drops down from the front cab's roof. The Pegaso is well equipped and beautifully finished, offering good value for less than £58,000.
Also on the BC Motorhomes stand, there was a new Trigano 680 twin-bed van conversion, based on the Fiat Ducato. As well as its pair of rear single beds, the 680 boasts a large side washroom and side kitchen, complete with an oven and grill. Storage for two is ample, and the 680 is competitively priced at £38,500.
Motorhome dealership Dickinson's of Perth attracted much attention by displaying the NU Venture Micro coachbuilt motorhome for the first time in Scotland – which resulted in two sales. The other 'exclusive' on the stand was the new Rapido Itineo FB600 – a four-berth rear fixed bed A-class motorhome, based on a Fiat chassis. The Itineo FB600's front dinette sits beneath an electrically operated drop-down double bed. The side kitchen comes with an oven/grill and fridge, while its corner washroom has a separate shower. The new Itineo FB600 is priced at £49,500 offering good value for money for a compact A-class motorhome.
Roseisle Motorhome dealers showed the new Westfalia Joker City panel van for the first time in its full UK spec, after the left-hand drive version was launched in Britain at the NEC Motorhome & Caravan Show in October 2015.
The other show-stoppers came from two Scottish converters, both established around four years ago, converting mainly Volkswagen T5 and T6 vans into campers.
Caledonia Camper & Conversions had two VW-based campervans on display. First was the new Caledonia Silver, a campervan with a contemporary interior and a rock n roll settee bed made from stainless-steel. It has been fully tested to comply with UK regulations and we were pleased to see that it has a good quality interior and excellent LED lighting. The company also will convert vans to customers' exact specifications, and the firm also runs a hire fleet.
Another small Scottish maker, Kilmarnock-based Rockin' Vans had some innovative ideas on their two VW-based models such as hooks that fitted to the side to hang towels on and even a loo roll! The firm also displayed a novel side-fitted shower/changing booth, which clips onto the side of the campervan. Rockin' Vans' new Grey Camper model also had a pair of swivel cab seats and an L-shaped side kitchen. Rockin' Vans is happy to do bespoke van conversions to suit customers and is also a campervan hire firm.
Perthshire Caravans and Motorhomes was showcasing its Platinum range of dealer specials, based on the Elddis Autoquest.
The Scottish Caravan, Motorhome & Holiday Home Show proved to be a superb opportunity for motorhome buyers looking to change to a 2016 model.