With the motto “Discover Your World,” visitors at Caravan Salon Düsseldorf 2012 will see an extensive international lineup of products and equipment for mobile vacation by 570 exhibitors from around the world: RVs, mobile homes and caravans, basic vehicles, accessories and furnishing components as well as awnings/tents and travel destinations. The event takes place August 25-Sept. 2 (trade visitor day on Aug. 24) at the fairgrounds in Düsseldorf, Germany.
Among this year’s exhibitors will be Wichita, Kan.-based supplier Airxcel Inc. President Mel Adams, in Europe earlier this week in preparation for the Düsseldorf Show, told RVBUSINESS.com that its RV Products division was introducing its new Coleman Mach 8 air conditioner, a new lightweight, low profile rooftop design that is being concurrently introduced to the U.S. marketplace this fall and winter.
“The new Mach 8 is the lowest air conditioner that’s been built in the sizes that we build it, as far as I know, in the world – in the U.S. for sure,” Adams said. “It’s got the same high 13,500-Btu output delivery as the air conditioner that we build in the U.S. It’s also available in an 8,000-Btu model in Europe. The profile of the air conditioner is very stylish and we believe meets the world demand for being a very well styled air conditioner.
“We also are debuting it for the international market in a heat pump variant with a completely new ground-up assembly that is designed to fit all of the international cutout opening sizes for air conditioner installation, which are slightly larger than the U.S. And, also, all of the international models will be accompanied by a remote control device. So, that’s what we’re here for.”
Airxcel has already introduced in the states 13,500- and 15,000-Btu units to all of the OEMs on a one-on-one basis, and will more formally introduce the Coleman Mach 8 to the entire market at this winter’s 50th Annual National RV Trade Show, Nov. 27-29 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville.
Dusseldorf, Adams added, is the place to be.
“Yes, Dusseldorf, Caravan Salon, is the largest RV show in the world as far as square footage as well as diversity of those interested in building or buying RV’s all around the world,” he said. “We utilize this show primarily because you will see customers from all over the world and from smaller countries that would not in all liklihood attend our U.S. shows, such as Louisville.”
Other companies doing U.S. business exhibiting in Dusseldorf include Airstream Inc., Fiamma Inc., Tecnoform S.p.A., Al-Ko Kober, Dometic Corp., Thetford Corp. and Navistar RV.
A total of 120 RV, caravan and mobile home brands will be represented and exhibit space demand was so high again this year that all halls are fully booked. Halls 9 to 12 as well as Hall 14, 16 and 17 will be reserved for vehicles ranging from small caravans and compact mobile homes for two people to family vehicles and luxury motorhomes. Hall 13 will be home to suppliers while Hall 15 will showcase both the tourism and accessories sections.
Reduced energy consumption, pioneering developments, lightweight design options and mobile homes with hybrid drive will be showcased with the return of the Green Caravanning presentation, which debuted in 2010. Equipped with the latest environment-technology components, the Green Motor Home will demonstrate how RVs can become more eco-friendly.
The exhibits will be complemented by a multi-faceted program, including the “caravanning design award: innovations for new mobility,” the vintage caravan exhibition and the “dream tours” presentation about RV travel in Namibia and South Africa, Latin America, the Baltic and East Prussia.
Many caravan enthusiasts will travel to Caravan Salon 2012 in their own vehicles and some 30,000 visitors will spend the night in their RVs or mobile homes at the Caravan Center. The large parking lot close to the fairgrounds offers more than 2,000 serviced and non-serviced slots.
From Aug. 31-Sept. 2, the hiking and trekking trade fair TourNatur 2012 will be held parallel with CARAVAN SALON. In Hall 1, more than 5,000 hiking destinations will be presented while Hall 2 will feature the latest hiking and trekking gear.