Miss the North Island Motorhome & Caravan Expo?

By: Jill Malcolm

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The Motorhome & Caravan Expo held at Claudlands in Hamilton from 5-8 March, was deemed by everyone I talked to, a pleasing success.

Thursday was wet and windy but by Sunday it was bright and sunny, and so were the faces of the exhibitors. And one of the things it clearly demonstrated was that despite the economic gloom, the interest in RVs is as high, if not higher than ever. The crowds were plentiful on all four days and there were a significant number of vehicles sold at the show.

The other thing that impressed me was that innovation had not gone to ground. Regardless of predictions, many manufacturers were showing off new designs and ideas and had high hopes for the industry’s future.

KEA made a statement of confidence with a very large designer stand that set a precedent for future presentation. RoadCraft too, repeated its "great outdoors" theme on its stand, which the company had first employed at last year’s expo to highlight the reasons behind its Base Jumper motorhomes. On the stand was the new L2t model.

Some of the new designs causing a stir were:

  • Trail-lite’s new Evolution range, comprising five distinctive luxury models. And the eight-metre, Piha model was displayed with every available option as a flagship to show people what is possible.
  • New from Leisurebuilt was the clear-lined, modern Venturer 700 caravan
  • The luxury, high-end Paradise motorhome made in Queensland, Australia, and sold here through its agents, Cars and Vans of Nelson.
  • Winnebago from Australia exhibited its first public viewing in New Zealand of a 2634 from its new and stunningly appointed Esperance range. This one had a slide-out lounge and rear island bed.
  • Platinum Motorhomes introduced the Platinum cab-over, available in Luton and low roof-line versions. These are fully moulded, one-piece composite bodies ready for fit-out by professionals or DIYs, and can be built on four different chassis types. They are also offered as completed motorhomes with the fit-out by Platinum.
  • Talvor Motorhomes, from Queensland, had on view the compact and thoughtfully designed Euro Tourer on VW crafter chassis, and the larger Murana, with a luxury interior and an innovative bed lift system.
  • CI Munro displayed a good number of its extensive range of caravans, motorhomes and holiday units, including a prototype of a new caravan concept being developed by the company.
  • The Warwick, from Auckland Motor Homes, a stylish converted panel van imported from England and applauded for its quality and flair.
  • UCC Motorhomes in Christchurch presented its new, compact, tidy and aesthetically fitted-out six-berth, a 6.8-metre motorhome on a Mutsubishi Fuso Canter.
  • The New Sunliner Monaco from Australia (we will review this in an upcoming issue of MCD)
  • The Winnebago Freewind reviewed in the February 2009 issue of MCD


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