More to See At Covi Super Show

More new models, new product launches and increased space with more marquees, means this month’s Covi Super Show at Auckland’s ASB Showgrounds will be bigger and better than ever before.

Already New Zealand’s largest annual motorhome, caravan and outdoor expo, the Covi Insurance Motorhome, Caravan & Outdoor SuperShow, will have more of everything.

Demand from exhibitors has been very strong which is great news for visitors attending the show. The unprecedented demand for exhibition space has meant the massive indoor space is completely full, and the outdoor display area will be significantly bigger than ever before, having almost doubled in size.

As well as all the latest motorhomes and caravans – with many new models being exclusively launched at the show – all the country’s major accessories distributors and retailers will showcase the latest innovations that make life on the road a whole lot more enjoyable.

No matter what you’re after in the motorhome and caravan line, you’re pretty much guaranteed to find it at the Covi SuperShow. The show runs Friday, Saturday, Sunday March 17, 18 and 19, and is open from 9am till 5pm every day. Tickets at the gate: adults $16, multiple day passes $25, children under 16 free.

Romotow Caravan

Manufacture of the revolutionary new New Zealand designed Romotow caravan, is now underway. The Romotow is a new concept in caravan design, and looks rather like a giant USB memory stick. Invented by architect and designer Matt Wilkie and engineer Stuart Winterbourn of Christchurch, it is lozenge-shaped and has an aerodynamically curved front, which the developers say will make it easier for towing.

But, it’s when you park up that the real innovation comes into play. The whole thing swivels open, forming two wings arranged in an ‘L’ shape, one opening into the other. The result is almost twice as much space as a standard caravan, with a bedroom that flows out to an enclosed dining/kitchen area.

When you’re ready to drive away, collapse the kitchen and dining furniture and swivel the caravan closed like a Swiss Army pocketknife.

The developers say they have designs for four different styles and believe the Romotow will set a new benchmark for luxury in the RV world, with a design ethos that is more akin to luxury yachts than traditional caravans.

The entire unit is built with carbon fibre and other composite materials to keep the weight to no more than conventional caravans.

For more information visit: romotow.com

Briggs & Stratton Inverter Generators – Smart Efficient Power Anywhere

Ideal for caravanners, campers and 4-wheel drivers who like to head to the bush for a few days (or weeks), but who don’t want the noise and power surges typically associated with traditional generators.

Briggs & Stratton PowerSmart Inverter generators are lightweight at only 26kgs (for the P2000 model) and 44kg (P3000 model), they provide consistent quiet power, and automatically adjust engine speed to conserve fuel and run longer. They’re a safe source of power for sensitive electronics like laptops and smartphones, they have easy portability with air lockable fuel cap and anti-vibration rubber feet, and come with two-person twin-grip handles for easier lifting. They have two 240 volt outlets, and one 12-volt DC power accessory socket.

They’re available from specialist Briggs and Stratton dealers New Zealand-wide. For your closest dealer, phone: 0800 274 447 or visit: briggsandstratton.com

Diesel AdBlue is not for you

By Robyn Dallimore

Motorhomers and car owners – beware when filling up with diesel at your local truck stop. It came to my attention over the NZMCA rally weekend that some motorhomers are seeing the new AdBlue pumps next to the normal diesel pumps, and thinking that it’s some kind of super fuel, are putting it into their diesel tanks. DO NOT DO THAT.

This is a new additive that’s only used in the latest technology Euro 6 BLUE engines, which have a completely separate tank for this product, which goes into the engine exhaust system automatically.

AdBlue is essentially an exhaust cleaner, and is made from water and urea. If you add it to your diesel tank, you’ll stop moving pretty quickly, and worse, you’ll probably be faced with having to replace your engine, tank and lines.

If you have a latest model vehicle that has BLUE in the name – e.g. Peugeot Boxer 2L, Blue HDi Turbo Diesel – your dealer will explain it all to you in detail.

We’ll have an editorial in the next issue of RV Travel Lifestyle (Issue 64) in May that will explain AdBlue in detail. But we wanted to make sure that everyone is aware of this warning as soon as possible, to avoid you facing a repair bill of $20,000 or more.

TrailLite Get Together

The fifth biennial TrailLite motorhome and caravan get together took place this year in Marlborough. The weekend-long event was held at Blenheim when 50 TrailLite motorhomes, along with some 100 occupants, gathered at Waterlea Racecourse on Friday afternoon, before enjoying a social get together over drinks in the evening. Saturday involved a tour of some of the many fine vineyards in Marlborough, Sunday was a get together at the Marlborough Farmers’ Market for a Sunday breakfast and restocking of fresh fruit and produce.

TrailLite sales manager, Mandy Davies, says the TrailLite Get Together was started by some of its customers 10 years ago as a way of meeting other motorhomers, but the organisation and running of the event is now in the hands of TrailLite.

“The TGT weekends are about bringing people together and helping our customers connect with other like-minded people and creating new friendships, to help them get the most out of their adventures,” she says.

“It’s part of TrailLite’s commitment to its customers to make the most of their investment and ultimately building relationships that last the whole journey.”

Previous get togethers have been held in places such as Lake Karapiro and Christchurch, and the next TGT is likely to be held in the North Island, probably in February 2019.

Winnebago coming to Auckland

 

DeLuxe Group of Blenheim has entered into an agreement with RnRV in Silverdale, under which RnRV will sell the 2017 Winnebago range of motorhomes.

The first batch of Winnebagos for this market has arrived and will be on display at this month’s Covi Motorhome, Caravan and Outdoor SuperShow in Auckland, and can also be seen at the RnRV sales yard in Small Road, Silverdale, just off the northern motorway.

The range includes the top-of-the-line Winnebago Whitehaven which features a slide-out dinette and bedroom, the Balmoral and the Airlie which both have a dropdown bed at the back, and the 2-berth Bondi.

There’s an option of 3-litre Fiat or 2.2-litre Mercedes-Benz for those who have preference for front or rear wheel drive, and the models on offer are slightly different to those built for the Australian market, with some subtle changes being made specifically to suit New Zealand conditions.

Full specs and details can be found at: deluxegroup.co.nz/winnebago.

NZMCA event supports Kaikoura

The NZMCA Support Kaikoura Event will take place over Easter weekend, April 14 to 17. The objective of the weekend is to provide support to the people of Kaikoura, by visiting the township and supporting local Kaikoura businesses.

The theme of the event is: explore, recall and relax! Participants will gather at the Kaikoura Primary School, with entry via Yarmouth Street, after 4pm on Thursday April 13. The cost is $5 per person per night, with all proceeds going to the school and the Kaikoura community. Pets are welcome, but need to be kept on a lead.

Only Certified Self-Contained vehicles can join the rally at the school, but other campers are welcome to book into the Kaikoura campgrounds and join the NZMCA in supporting Kaikoura.

There’ll be two nights of entertainment, raffles and Shop-a-Docket Draws, and a fund-raising auction. The school swimming pool will be open, with a gold coin donation entry fee.

An evening meal is being planned for Easter Friday night, which will be catered by the School, at a cost of $20 per person for a main and dessert. Bookings for dinner are essential for numbers, please phone Chris King 027 283 4202 to make your booking.

Saturday morning will see a visit to a local market. Please make sure your waste tanks are empty and your water tanks full before entering the grounds.

For information, contact the rally marshalls: Chris King 027 283 4202; Bob Newby 021 039 6007 or Brian Chamberlain 027 226 6335