I found various aspects of the Scottish Caravan & Outdoor Leisure Show, which we attended yesterday, less than satisfactory. Delayed by the rain and traffic congestion in Glasgow, we arrived later than expected, and pulled in to SECC East, only to find that the carpark was closed, and that we should have been in SECC West. Well – it might have said to go to SECC West on the tickets.
Then, we had to pay £6 for parking. That seems quite a lot for a badly maintained carpark. It probably helps to pay the seven miserable-looking parking attendants who were forced to stand around doing very little in the atrocious weather. It really was pissing down, and you had to feel sorry for them.
When we got into the show, there was no indication at all as to what was where, as far as I could see, and as this was a massive show, some sort of basic plan or directory would have helped a great deal. At Online Information, for example, there are excellent plans contained in the programme. If there was a programme for the Scottish Caravan & Outdoor Leisure Show, I couldn’t find one. I eventually found one signpost, indicating that there were five different Halls.
We’d gone to the show mainly to see campervan awnings, but I could only find one awning, which was designed for a caravan. One stand, Towsure, sold them, but had none on display or in stock at the show. So we left empty-handed.
However, there were lots of caravans, recreational vehicles, campervans and tents on display, so we randomly walked round the show and enjoyed looking inside several.
I wanted to see the Dub-box, a caravan with an amazing classic VW Campervan look and feel, and we eventually found the right stand. It’s a stunning design – see below, and remember that this is a caravan, with no engine – but it’s not half as sturdy as, for example, the T5 Campervan. Unless you buy the pop-top version, you wouldn’t be able to stand up in it. Lovely concept, though.
Some RVs have very high quality interiors, with all mod-cons.
The one on the right in the picture below costs £47,490 and the one on the left was the largest and fanciest RV at the show. It was so busy I couldn’t get inside it, but Lindsey said it was really impressive.
Afterwards, we met up with Jamie & Kat, and took them to Chow on Byers Rooad.