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The Caravan Salon 2015 in Düsseldorf, Germany, which started Aug. 29 and runs through Sept. 6 and will welcome some 175,000 visitors, is one of the world’s largest consumer RV shows.
According to a release, nearly 600 exhibitors are showcasing motorhomes and caravans – the European term for travel trailer – as well as basic vehicles, accessories, equipment, tents, mobile homes and travel destinations.
Declaring it the “world’s largest trade fair for motorhomes and caravans,” event director Stefan Koschke said the Caravan Salon offers a unique insight into the world of mobile leisure.
“Visitors can look forward to a complete market overview, numerous world premieres and a host of innovations. Demand from companies was so great that the halls were already fully booked early on,” Koschke said.
All told, 590 international exhibitors with 130 caravan and motorhome brands is being presented on some 640,000 square feet in 11 halls and the outdoor space of the exhibition center.
The Caravan Salon is traditionally the platform for innovations and premieres in Europe – this is where top manufacturers in the sector showcase their innovations and a huge variety of brands. The lineup of vehicles presented in Düsseldorf ranges from folding caravans and family vehicles through to luxury motorhomes. There are small, simply fitted caravans available even for budgets of Euro 5,000 ($5,605 U.S.) while at the other end of the scale with custom luxury motorhomes the sky is virtually the limit.
The fair showcases everything the market has to offer: Tried and tested interior layouts and vehicle classics alongside the new models for the 2016 season. Proving particularly popular, as always, are semi-integrated motorhomes and box vans, i.e. compact vehicles weighing less than 3.5 tons. Lightweight construction, environmental technology, security systems, reduced energy consumption and future-oriented developments are particular focuses of the manufacturers.
However, it is not just the vehicle lineup, but also the range of accessories that is on display. Whether it is under the engine hood, in the living space or related to the vehicle in general – new technical developments and detachable parts are very popular with visitors. In one display hall alone 150 international exhibitors are presenting a unique lineup in the field of equipment, technology and installations.