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    Bailey Unicorn Vigo + Nissan X Trail
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  1. NMcI

    NEC Caravan Show

    "Is there an area promoting UK holiday sites? " The 2 main UK organisations will have a presence, and there will probably be stalls for some of the bigger private caravan parks such as Stowford Farm Meadows.
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    I did know that.

    When people say "it is a statutory requirement" my first question is usually to ask for details of the relevant statute.
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    Caravan Show 2018

    "Do they let you nose around the caravans or is there a lot of look but don't touch?" For most of the 'vans on display you can have a good nosy around, open drawers, check under the beds etc. The only exception tends to be the the extreme high end motor homes (you know, the ones which if you have to ask the price, you won't be able to afford, short of a Lottery win).
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    Coming back to caravanning !

    For me, it would be a dealer, you have more comeback if something goes wrong. I also think that, if they specialise in that brand of caravan, they will be able to deal with any issues. But, on the other hand, you'll probably pay a bit more.
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    Coming back to caravanning !

    Personally, I would always go for nearly new. Someone else has taken the initial depreciation hit and has paid the Delivery Charge. You should also be able to get the benefit of any residual warranty.
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    Coming back to caravanning !

    "When is a good time to buy?" That's the $64,000 question. The answer is, probably, "it depends". The first decision is whether you are going to buy new or second hand. Then, as far as timing is concerned, it is about trying to identify a time when the vendor (be that a dealer, or private seller) wants, or needs to shift stock. Generally, if you can wait until the "season" has ended for many people, ie autumn or winter, this can be helpful. Of course, all this might be knocked on the head if the type of caravan you're looking for is in short supply, and there are lots of other people looking for the same type. In my case,we had already decided on the type of layout we wanted, and that we were happy to go for a "pre-loved" van. We kept an eye on the local (ie within 50 miles) dealers and when we saw one which matched what we wanted, we wnt to see it. This was late last November. I think that there was only one other couple looking at caravans when we were there. The 'van we were looking at had been supplied by the dealer in the previous May and had had a motor mover installed. When we asked the obvious question as to why it was being sold on so soon, we were told that the owner had bought a bigger one. We were able to buy, what was a very nearly new caravan, with motor mover, at what we thought was a good price.
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    Practical Caravan TV

    "Something to do with the cost".....I think we are seeing a lot more of this. For example, it appears that one can no longer use Tesco Clubcard vouchers to purchase a certain caravan magazine recently taken over by Future Publishing. .......
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    A dangerous lack of common sense.

    I bought a spare one, just in case. .....
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    A dangerous lack of common sense.

    I have, ahem, a "friend" who did that. ... I, sorry he, was picking up the caravan from the dealers and did the same. 10 miles down the road after wondering where the remote was, a phone call to the dealers discovered that it had fallen off the A Frame on the first roundabout. Fortunately it was spotted, and picked up, by a couple who were going to the same dealership and who knew what it was, and handed it in.
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    A dangerous lack of common sense.

    No, I've never done that either. .............
  11. Hello, after lurking on the Forum for a while absorbing the pearls of wisdom, I thought it was time to make myself known. I'm a first time caravanner, past the first flush of youth. After much deliberation we bought a Bailey Vigo which is towed by our X Trail. We have had one trip away so far, and have probably made a few newbie errors but, thankfully, nothing serious. Loving the Vigo's layout and the facilities.