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I JOINED THE crowds at Catterick Caravans’ Great North Caravan and Motorhome show today (Sunday 6 May 2012), to enjoy the sunshine and check out the bargains.

I JOINED THE crowds at Catterick Caravans’ Great North Caravan and Motorhome show today (Sunday 6 May 2012), to enjoy the sunshine and check out the bargains.

 

The car park at the show, based at Catterick Caravans’ site near Richmond in North Yorkshire, was packed with visitors’ vehicles and displays of secondhand vans. Window stickers advertised hefty discounts under the banner of Catterick’s ‘Mega-discount sale’ and most were occupied with visitors checking out the merchandise.

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I passed a swing band and an ice cream van doing a roaring trade, and entered the recently built, state-of-the-art showroom, where I was met with a complimentary glass of wine. This is where the new caravans live. The biggest discount on offer? Nearly £5000 off a 2012 Lunar Delta TL, on sale for £19,495 (including delivery), compared with a list price of £24,290.

 

The event features all the latest models from ElddisLunar and Swift as well as loads of great deals on good quality used caravans.

 

A line of marquees, erected for the show, housed trade stalls from the likes of tracking systems specialist Phantom, component maker Dometic, and rack and roof box manufacturer Thule, while a burger van dealt with the hungry masses.

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And anyone who registered with the dedicated show website could benefit from a 10% discount on everything in the accessory superstore.

 

MD Chris Kinsell told me: ‘Accessories have been hugely popular. Yesterday we enjoyed our best ever sales in our Leisure Superstore – up 40% on our previous best day ever!’

 

The biggest hit was the pyramid caravan double steps priced at £9.99, while a host of products priced at just £1 – cloths, batteries and much more – were selling in volumes. Half price Sunncamp Mirage awnings and Gelert tents were also being snapped up.

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OL:Pro, a new producer of outdoor leisure products, launched here, and was retailing melamine crockery and its own brand toilet chemicals and cleaning products.

 

I spent a couple of hours wandering the site, and treated myself to an ice cream, before beating a retreat as people seemed to arrive in waves.

 

Last day of the show is Monday 7 May, so if you’re in the area and are a sniffer for tasty bargains, it’s worth a couple of hours of your time.

 

Catterick has been in the news recently thanks to its ambitious expansion from a single site dealer to three-site group under the Leisure World umbrella. To celebrate this, Practical Caravan has partnered with the group to publicise a massive £50k Caravan Giveaway. There is still time to enter too, either by visiting a Leisure World branch, using the coupons in Practical Caravan or by visiting our Facebook page.

 

ROB GANLEY

 

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