Once again, the NEC was packed full of tents, caravans, and motorhomes this February. Watch our highlight video:
BTW, the kids filmed the video 🙂
Some of the highlights in this video are detailed below.
Tents & Camping Accessories
The Outwell Greycliff 7SATC Tent
This was a large tent on display at the show.
It’s using Outwell Smart Air inflation system, where you only have to inflate the tent from one point. It also has their Technical Cotton, giving it that more traditonal canvas feel.
This is a very large, ideal for creating a home form home for a camping holiday.
The Outwell Greycliff 7SATC tent can be seen in the video here: https://youtu.be/kJtVxYyXfZQ?t=63
Further details of this tent can be found by clicking here to see it on the Outwell website.
Outwell Lake Superior Inflatable Sofa
Sticking with the inflatable theme are these range of inflatable sofas from Outwell called Lake Superior.
These sofas come with a built in pump to make it easy to inflate and deflate. Unlike some other inflatable sofas that you can get, these have a fabric cover, giving you a bit more of that home-style comfort while your family is camping.
The Outwell Lake Superior Inflatable Sofa can be seen here in our video: https://youtu.be/kJtVxYyXfZQ?t=84
Details can be found here on the Outwell website.
Outwell ECOlux 35L Coolbox
This is a large and impressive looking coolbox.
It was at the show in white, complete with a bamboo trim on the metal handle, making it look quite sophisticated.
The lid of this powered coolbox is split, making one compartment easy to get things out of without losing the cool air in the main compartment. You can even charge USB devices from the coolbox!
Another neat design feature I like with this is the divider inside the coolbox is an ice pack, which further helps keep things cool.
You can see the Outwell ECOlux 35L coolbox at the show in our video here: https://youtu.be/kJtVxYyXfZQ?t=124
Further details can be found on the Outwell website.
The Opus Camper
I must admin that I’ve never really got into trailer tents. Normal tents of all shapes and sizes: yes. Caravans: Yes. Motorhomes: Yes. But trailer tents: No.
However, the Opus Camper could really change that, and is something that looks right up our street.
Why? Well, two reasons:
- The layout is all self contained within the trailer, though you can get an extension if you want more living and sleeping space.
- When its all folded up, the trailer is a place to transport canoes and bikes.
It’s bit of an adventure wagon.
You can see the Opus Camper in our video here https://youtu.be/kJtVxYyXfZQ?t=156
Outwell Corvette 7AC
Another big family tent at the show was the Outwell Corvette, complete with an additional side awning on display.
You can see the Outwell Corvette 7AC inflatable tent in our video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJtVxYyXfZQ&t=195
Here’s a rather funky accessory that was on display inside the Outwell Corvette 7AC tent. It’s a new collapsible lantern, called the Outwell Mira.
The Outwell Mira collapsible light can be seen in our video here: https://youtu.be/kJtVxYyXfZQ?t=246
You can also see the other colours it comes in on the Outwell website.
Outwell Hornet 6SA
The Outwell Hornet 6SA is a newer version of our old Outwell tent, the Hornet XL, which we absolutely love.
This tent is big enough for family camping holidays, but is not too big for weekend camping.
We really like the porch area, and on the 6SA the covered side door (which we didn’t have on the older model).
The Outwell Hornet 6SA inflatable tent can be seen here: https://youtu.be/kJtVxYyXfZQ?t=262
For more details on this tent, have a look at the Outwell website.
Outwell Drayton Kitchen Table
In the porch of the Hornet 6SA tent was the excellent Outwell Drayton kitchen table. This is something we’ve reviewed before.
View the one on display at the show here: https://youtu.be/kJtVxYyXfZQ?t=277
The specs for the Drayton kitchen table can be found on the Outwell website.
Outwell Vermont 7SA
Continuing with the theme of large inflatable family tents was the Outwell Vermont 7SA.
If you are planning a week or two camping with the kids, then this tent is like a little holiday home.
It has a large enclosed porch area, where you can remove the groundsheet if you want. Then there’s a second living area, that comes with a built-in wardrobe. And finally, there are the extra large bedrooms.
For a quick tour of the Outwell Vermont 7SA inflatable tent, watch our video here: https://youtu.be/kJtVxYyXfZQ?t=405
More details and videos of this tent can be found on the Outwell website.
Outwell Clarkston 6A with Dual Protector
At the show was the Outwell Clarkston 6A tent. This was on display with the dual protector.
This not only helps protects the roof of your tent from bird muck and muck when pitching under or near trees, but the protector comes with a reflective barrier to both help keep more heat in the tent when it’s cold, or keep the heat out when it’s hot.
Plus, a feature I really like, the protector has an additional flap that can be extended out over the side door to create a useful additional sheltered area for your family.
The Outwell Clarkston 6A inflatable tent can be seen in our video here: https://youtu.be/kJtVxYyXfZQ?t=512
For more details, visit the Outwell website.
The Vango Serenity Inflatable Tent
The Vango Serenity also has a layout we like, with a front porch area that’s ideal for sitting out or just providing a bit of shelter to your seats at night.
Inside the tent you have a little bit of flexibilty for the sleeping arrangements, with an additional bedroom that you can add.
To see the Vango Serenity inflatable tent, watch this part of our video: https://youtu.be/kJtVxYyXfZQ?t=559
For more details, visit the Vango website.
Vango Shangri-La Grande SIM
This year Vango have brought out a new range of thick sleeping bag with their own take on the easy inflate/deflate valve. The mats are called Shangri-La.
See theVango Shangri-La Self-Inflating Mat in our video here: https://youtu.be/kJtVxYyXfZQ?t=605
For more details, see the Vango website.
Glamping with the Vango Rosewood
An interesting looking tent we saw at the show this year was the Vango Rosewood. This unique shaped tent is ideal if you want to go full-on glamping.
Here’s the Vango Rosewood tent in our video: https://youtu.be/kJtVxYyXfZQ?t=608
The details of the tent can be found on the Vango website.
The Compass Casita 586
It was nice to see the caravan we’ve just bought (yes, we bought Casper!).
See the Compass Casita 586 at the show here: https://youtu.be/kJtVxYyXfZQ?t=634
Compass Casita 866
Next to our model of caravan was it’s big brother: the Compass Casita 866.
This is a wider van and a twin axle – and still a family style van, with two built in bunks for the kids at the back of the caravan, and even their own seating area.
See the Compass Casita 866 in the video here: https://youtu.be/kJtVxYyXfZQ?t=650
The Outwell Tide 440SA Caravan Awning
We’ve been using an inflatable awning for our caravan, but it was nice to see a slightly different design at the show this year. This from Outwell, but it doesn’t look like an inflatable tent on the side of the caravan. Instead, it looks like a modern take on the traditional caravan awning. However, this one you can simply inflate to put it up.
The new Outwell Tide 440SA Caravan Awning can be seen in our video here https://youtu.be/kJtVxYyXfZQ?t=807
More details can be found on the Outwell website.
Elddis Autoquest 196
One of the problems we’ve had when looking at a motorhome for family use is finding one that can take everyone. It’s not necessarily the number of berths that’s the issue, but the number of seat belts.
I’ve seen far too many motorhomes described as for the family, with 6 berths, but could only drive with less than that.
I was really pleased to see in the Autoquest that it had the right number of seat belts for the right number of berths.
In this case, the 196 looks like it would be ideal for a family, where all can sit around the table while travelling on their adventures.
See the Elddis Autoquest 196 motorhome in our video here: https://youtu.be/kJtVxYyXfZQ?t=711
More details can be found on the Elddis website.
Hymer B Class Supreme
OK, maybe not your typical family motorhome, but we thought we’d see what some of the top end motorhomes look like!
Of the course the show had lots more stuff, but there’s only so much I can cover in one post.
Our photographer and film crew took literally hundreds of pictures 😉
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