This year is looking to be an important one in the world of caravanning. Thus far, there has already been a number of large-scale exhibitions displaying the latest in caravan equipment and accessories, with a number of new mobile and static carvans for sale from Park Resorts (click the link for more details).
Among the most important announcements in 2011 was the introduction of a brand new range of Bailey caravans, known as the ‘Retreat’ range. This selection of luxury caravans has already appeared at the ExCel Centre’s Motorhome, Caravan and Camping Show in March, and is set to continue blazing a trail through the caravan world for the rest of the season.
The Retreat range bears all the hallmarks of the Bailey brand, with a few notable differences. It is one of the first Bailey ranges not to include mobile homes. The latest range are all too long to be towed, and must be permanently sited, usually on a seasonal pitch. Transportation and installation costs will vary according to the individual dealer, but once settled on a pitch, will run in a similar fashion to your average touring ‘van. Of course, you get that extra degree of luxury which you would expect from a touring caravan, with inboard water tanks, drainage, toilets and super pitch connectors. The one major difference between these and what you would usually refer to as ‘static caravans’ is the fact that all facilities are permanently onboard, as opposed to being plumbed into the local pitch or hooked up to the main power supply. The Retreat price range for 2012 is expected to be between 15 and 25 thousand pounds.
But the biggest event of the year is undoubtedly the Motorhome and Caravan Show at the NEC in Birmingham. Taking place between 16th-21stOctober, this year’s show hopes to build on the huge success of the 2011 event, at which more than 350 exhibitors filled ten halls. More than 60,000 visitors streamed in over the course of the event, to view new caravan models from all the major manufacturers. Sadly, the announcement of the aforementioned Bailey Retreat line was a little too late for inclusion. The Motorhome and Caravan Show 2012 is the only caravan event to be fully supported by all leading manufacturers.