Catch up here on some of the latest news from the world of touring caravans:

The NCC offers independent advice on leisure accommodation vehicles - not only tourers but also on motorhomes and on caravan holiday homes.

August 2015

A new Guinness World Record will be attempted at the Motorhome & Caravan Show in October - the largest ever touring caravan made entirely of LEGO® bricks. More than 150,000 interlocking plastic bricks will be used to make the TAB-style caravan, which will feature working electric lights, simulated cooking facilities, bed and seating.

Sprite, Swift Group's top selling caravan range has been enhanced for 2016. With the launch of the new Sprite Freedom, the Sprite range now moves to mid-range level.

Bailey's fourth generation of Pegasus touring caravans arrives this autumn. Bailey says this moves 'caravan design in this market sector to the next level, both in terms of practicality and desirability'. All Bailey leisure vehicle models are built using the patented Alu-Tech construction technology.

July 2015

The Caravan Club will be hosting the first ever nationwide Caravanner of the Year competition which will see the Club search caravan parks across the land to find the best of the best caravanners and motorhomers. It will be filmed for a special BBC2 programme due to be aired on BBC2 next year.

There are some special offers for caravanners travelling by ferry from Hull to Rotterdam with P&O Ferries.

Improving CRiS and caravan security with VIN Chip: The NCC has introduced a new and improved theft deterrent for new touring caravans. The theft deterrent and identification system, known as VIN Chip, will also aid the recovery of stolen touring caravans. It will be introduced in September across all new NCC member manufacturers' caravan ranges in the 2016 model year.

VIN Chip is unique and features a specific 17 digit Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) which will be carried on windows and gas lockers, using tamper evident display stickers. The VIN Chip system, which uses both visible and invisible markings, will also contain hidden electronic RFID (radio frequency identification) chips and embedded Quick Response (QR) codes that are traceable by the police.

Important advice on towing: make sure your caravan is correctly loaded and not overweight, check all tyres and check that you have the right mirrors. Recent police checks along a popular holiday route found a significant number of caravans were not legal - check the latest NCC Caravan Towing Guide for lots of helpful advice.

June 2015

Read how the Meek family say that life in a caravan 'set them free'

Adria's 50th anniversary
Tourer manufacturer, Adria, is commemorating 50 years of operation, during which time it has sold some half a million tourers across Europe. It will be celebrating with the new Silver Collection anniversary models - limited edition versions of its best sellers.

The National Motor Museum Trust, Beaulieu
The National Motor Museum has opened a new exhibition, Caravans and Charabancs - Leisure Motoring after the First World War. It charts the revolution in leisure motoring and showcases previously unseen items from its own Photographic Collection and that of The Caravan Club.

Preston Caravans celebrates
Preston Caravans, based in Blackpool Road, Preston, is celebrating its first year of trading. It will showcase its success at an open weekend on 26-28 June with entertainment, activities and offers.

Swift - first time buyers guide
Swift now offers a first time buyers' guide and a helpful video for newcomers on Swift TV. You can also see Swift products on its newly launched Instagram page.

Bailey's new Pursuit
Bailey's new Pursuit 540-5 has been given the thumbs up by Caravan Magazine, for its family friendly layout at an affordable price.

NCC safety notice
The NCC's advice on breakaway cables (see leaflet below) recommends only replacing breakaway cables with those specifically recommended by the caravan manufacturer, i.e. Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) approved cables.

Calor Lite cylinder recall
Calor Lite 6kg cylinders manufactured in 2008, 2009, 2010 or 2011(*) have been recalled - customers receive a free replacement. Calor says there are still many cylinders that haven't yet been returned and it is crucial that they have them back 'as soon as possible'. (*Cylinders manufactured outside of this date range are unaffected and safe to use).

April 2015

How to connect a breakaway cable
Download this leaflet to see how to correctly connect a breakaway cable:

Breakaway cable leaflet

Approved Workshop Scheme tops 390
The Approved Workshop Scheme which ensures that a tourer is serviced by trained and experienced professionals, now has more than 393 outlets across the country.

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March 2015

The UK's largest start-of-the-season holiday showcase, The Caravan, Camping & Motorhome Show, kicked the year off in style with nearly 87,000 people visiting Birmingham's NEC across the six day event in February. This was a record for this show since NCC Events ran its first spring show at the NEC in 2012. TV's Ben Fogle and Matt Baker opened the show, which had more than 350 exhibitors across five halls. Check out the website for the 2016 show and see the reviews of the 2015 show.

NCC Events' second consumer exhibition, The Motorhome and Caravan Show 2015, will return from 13 - 18 October 2015 at the NEC and tickets will be on sale soon.

January 2015

The caravan and motorhome industry launch Freedom to Go campaign to promote the lifestyle benefits of caravan and motorhome holidays.

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