VIDEO #2: Tour the Caravan Salon in Düsseldorf

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August 31, 2011 by   2 Comments

Today’s video offers a close-up tour of the Caravan Salon at the Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre in Düsseldorf, Germany, which opened to the public Aug. 27. Sorry, the commentary is in German, but the video gives you a glimpse at the wide array of product on display.


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2 Responses to “VIDEO #2: Tour the Caravan Salon in Düsseldorf”

  1. Tom Boles on August 31st, 2011 1:29 pm

    It’s great to see a bit of what’s new in Europe and to consider the questions the clip might raise in the US…
    1) Why are no US motorhomes designed to take a Mini or the new Fiat simply and easily?
    2) Why do US RV shows appear to cater to the industry and not the end user?
    3) Why do US RV shows have so little supporting industries participating (sub system makers, Etc)
    4) Why do US RV shows have little that showgoers can actually purchase, like accessories, add-ons or gadgets?
    5) Why do we in the US seem so reluctant to learn about and adopt new or better features found on European RV’s?
    I am sure their are major differences between the US and European RV markets and I would love to see an article on RV business talking about them.

  2. Dale "Pee Wee" Schwamborn on August 31st, 2011 2:58 pm

    Tom, your questions are right on. I think that commercialism, and egocentric companies deny each of your great points. The last time that I can remember that the USA answered positive to your points is the era of Wally Byam and Art Costello of Airstream. I will not go into details, but Airstream in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s were tuned into these five areas. Wally never went to Europe without coming home with new items to incorporate in the Airstream. In many cases he saw a gadget or a method, he came home and made it better and incorporated the new idea in his Airstream. Times change.