The 2018 Covi SuperShow wrap-up

By: Claire Smith , Photography by: Claire Smith


Covi SuperShow 2018 As always, MCD had a stand at the Covi show Covi SuperShow 2018
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The 2018 Covi SuperShow at ASB Showgrounds in Auckland proved to be another record-breaking show, with nearly 19,000 visitors

And many were there to buy, with early indications suggesting around 250 motorhomes and caravans were sold over the three-day event.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by the MCD stand to say hello. We were delighted with the lovely feedback about the magazine. We even ran out of subscription forms after signing up so many new subscribers!

There was certainly plenty to see with two new halls and a new marquee featuring a dedicated accessories area.

"The new accessories hall was a real mecca for visitors wanting motorhome and caravan accessories," Covi SuperShow managing director, David Culpan, says.

Highlights from Covi SuperShow 2018

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Coastal Motorhomes had their new lithium batteries on display. These are now part of the standard specs of their 2018 range. Not only are they lighter and smaller but they also have an extremely intelligent battery management systems (BMS) built into the battery case.

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Zion Motorhomes (formerly Acacia Motorhomes) was a hub of activity with the impressive new Niesmann + Bischoff and Morelo motorhomes receiving plenty of attention. These luxury European vehicles may be at the higher end of the price bracket but their quality is unmistakable. You can read a full review of the Niesmann + Bischoff Arto in issue 166 or online at nzmcd.co.nz.

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At the SmartRV stand, the Hymer DuoMobil impressed with a drop-down bed, which lowers completely over the cab. The DuoMobil is total luxury on wheels for couples and has proved popular since its launch in 2014. And judging from the queues of viewers waiting to take a look through at the show, it will be popular here in New Zealand as well. Also on display at SmartRV was the new StarLine B680.

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Standing out from the whites and greys in Hall 2 was the bold blue Malibu, by Carthago 600DB van from RnRV. This tidy RV features an east–west double bed in the rear and a lounge with seating for four, a decent-sized kitchen, and some clever storage solutions.

RV and Marine Supplies was a hub of activity with several new products on display, including the amazing EvaPolar personal air cooler, which draws just 10 watts of power and can be charged from your laptop computer using a USB cable, or a 240-volt power source, providing up to five hours of cool air in your RV or wherever you may need it.

Also on display was the new range of Evoke TVs especially developed for the New Zealand market to include Freeview and a built-in DVD player.

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Another cool gadget garnering attention was RSE’s 12-volt ice-maker, which can produce 12kg of ice in 12 hours, taking only 6-14 minutes per cycle and producing nine cubes per tray. Perfect for those 4pm G&Ts! Also on display in RSE’s innovation section was their new smart TV and LPG tank measuring system and a new range of brackets from Germany.

Over at the Road Life stand, the new Sunliner Habitat 2 enjoyed a steady stream of viewers keen to put its long-range, multi-terrain features to the test. This touring motorhome has been designed for freedom camping adventures with a chassis built for higher ground clearance plus off-the-grid benefits such as water, solar, battery capacity, and a generator coupled with a RedArc battery management system, allowing owners to unplug for days at a time.

Also receiving plenty of attention was the new ACM Platinum 8.3 from Kiwi Autohomes. Boasting all the bells and whistles, this New Zealand-made beauty is a fine example of what buyers can expect from the ACM and Kiwi Autohomes. 

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Making an impression with the ‘Tardis-like’ Triaca 32XT, Ci Motorhomes proved that with a clever layout, smaller motorhomes have plenty to offer inside. At under six metres long, the Triaca 32XT impresses with its open space layout and sense of roominess inside. The space-age white interior and innovative materials create a clean, elegant interior.

Clever technical innovations impress, too, with a double floor, LEAN BUS technology that allows you to manage utilities through a single connection, smart technology, and an energy-saving control unit.

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The wheelchair-friendly Avida Elegance motorhome from ALM Group in Hamilton showed that a little innovation can be life-changing. New owners David and Carol Wallace proudly demonstrated the wheelchair lift at the rear of the vehicle, along with the lift-up Murphy bed that can be stowed away to create extra room. A slide-out on the lounge side created further room.

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TrailLite held the floor with their TrailLite Seminar Series, giving visitors practical advice on all things motorhoming. They also provided a glimpse of what to expect when the all-new TrailLite 300 series 2018 hits the road later this year.

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Turning heads of all ages and stages was the impressively big Unimog, which had constant queues of curious visitors keen to get a look inside the belly of the beast. Built by Clark Global, Unimogs are built for serious ‘off-the-beaten-path’ travel.

Be sure to note down 15 to 17 March 2019 for next year’s show, which will once again be held at the ASB Showgrounds in Auckland. We’ll see you there!

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