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coppo

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This was the first year we have been when we thought it was not as good as previous years.

Plenty of vans for sale but disappointed with the stalls. I wanted to buy the piece that the plug fits into in the sink but not a single stall was there to buy one, this was not the case in other years.

Judging from the number of sold signs though on the motorhomes dealers had a cracking show in general.

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Hi Paul

Shows have not been the same since O'Leary's and a few other notables stopped attending. Not sure why, maybe the price of having a stall has gone up too much? 
I found a few things I wanted and others just there as samples not for sale so had to order on line and pay postage!

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Totally agree Trevor, O'Leary's is a big miss, I would have bought quite a bit from them, you are probably right in the cost of the stall too expensive.

It doesn't matter to the dealers selling a few motorhomes as there is plenty of profit there.

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I also miss O'Learys although from their point of view they have too much stock to bring to shows while trying to cater for everyone. Perhaps they should arrange a show at their place.
I also agree that some of the edge has been lost at Peterborough. Stall-holders selling cheaper and often more interesting items, find the cost of exhibiting there, too high for the returns they can make. Motorhome dealers on the other hand, have the kind of 'mark-up' that can absorb these fees. There were several areas this year that had not been rented out, including inside the sheds.
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There seems to have been a consolidation in the accessories industry meaning there is less variation in products and leaving stallholders to compete on price with the same offering. Peterborough seemed flat to me although I bought what I needed and was able to have a chat with people from my dealer. Entertainment was much better than expected.
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Apparently the coinciding show at Shepton Mallet was a waste of time this year. I had been going to attend after a visit to Vanbitz, but friends who got there before me said not to bother, there was very little there. Even the facilities hadn't been opened up or taps put on line.
It seems the organisers are charging the exhibitors too much these days, some are pulling out, and the others are being charged even more to try and make up for it. Very short-sighted.

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