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Are you off to the NEC Birmingham next week? Find out who's coming to the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show and start planning your trip today!

You'll certainly get lots of variety if you're heading to the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show at the NEC Birmingham next week!

Spread over an impressive five halls and running from Tuesday 21 to Sunday 26 February, no matter what size of caravan or what layout takes your fancy, there will be plenty to catch your eye.

Make sure you wear comfy footwear, you're going to be doing a good deal of walking!

Is this the time to buy a Swift?

The Swift Group has chosen this show for its first full public display of the new Sprite Quattro DD. This twin-axle tourer, measuring 7.92m in length and with a 1642kg MTPLM, has a possible double set of longitudinal bunks at the rear. Could this be your family's next caravan?

It's also worth mentioning that next week's Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show will be one of the last opportunities you'll have to buy a Swift Group caravan at current prices. A price increase was announced the start of the year and will start from 27 February, the day after the NEC show closes.

To illustrate the price changes, the aforementioned Sprite Quattro DD will increase from £17,995 to £18,445 OTR.

Lunar, meanwhile, has chosen the February NEC show for the public launch of its new four-berth Lexon 590. And with its central-washroom and rear-island-bed layout, it is bang on trend for the 2017 season.

Lightweight launches

It's always fun to poke around the niche vans on display at shows like this, and we're excited by what's in store this time round.

In recent times, Barefoot Caravans stirred the market with the launch of its quirky, monocoque model with a retro interior. However, with prices of this van now at £23,950, it was a fun and funky tourer with a pretty serious price-tag.

Which is why the company is now launching the Naked Barefoot, which costs £14,995 OTR and weighs just 650kg. It is just a bare caravan with a Karndean grey oak floor, grey felt walls and electrics, but otherwise no internal furnishings at all.

Customers can then build this up as they wish. And for an extra £600, Barefoot will paint it any flat colour you like.

But if 650kg is still too heavy for you, you can go lighter still. Carapod is launching two new models at the show which weigh as little as 320kg!

The Nomad and the Impulse are the first new designs to be made by the Somerset-based company since Nigel and Paula Broderick bought it last September, and changed its name from Pod Caravans.

Both models are only 1.6m wide, but still manage to feature a kitchen, a dining area and a double bed. The Impulse costs £8995 OTR and comes in eggshell blue. The Nomad costs £1000 more and comes in chrome. It also features LED rear lights and alloy wheels.

Want to track down a Pursuit?

Of course, there's much more to see from more mainstream manufacturers, too. For example, you can check out the brand-new Pursuit range from Bailey Caravans. This includes the 400-2 we've reviewed and the six-berth 570-6 unveiled at the Manchester show.

In addition, Elddis will have over 40 tourers on display and Coachman will have 20. And Adria will be showing all of this season’s new Alpina range.

Don’t forget to check out loads of dealer specials as well. There’s the six-berth twin-axle Swift Kudos 630DD from Preston Caravans and Motorhomes, and the Ultima 590, the latest addition to Robinsons Caravans’ tourer range, based on the Lunar Lexon.

Or how about the Kosmos range by Campbell’s Caravans, Ropers Caravan World’s second-generation Jive by Bailey, and other special editions from Glossop and Grantham Caravans.

So if you're heading to the NEC show next week, you're not going to be short of things to see – have fun!

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