December was a fairly quiet time for campervan news, though there was still an exciting new motorhome announcement and some great news for a UK-based campervan manufacturer. There were also some important changes announced for a big campervan event in 2021.
Here’s what’s been happening in the world of campervans over the last month.
Date Change for the 2021 Commercial Vehicle Show
The date of the 2021 Commercial Vehicle Show has been changed due to the disruption caused by Covid. The free-to-attend event was due to take place in April at the NEC in Birmingham but will now happen on June 8-10 in the same venue.
It is an exciting event for campervan enthusiasts as there are usually a lot of new campervan base vehicles on show for the first time to the UK public.
The new date should allow plenty of time for exhibitors and visitors to plan their exhibits and visits, with the confidence that the show should go ahead.
The CV Show Director, Murray Ellis, said: “The last year has shown the resilience and determination of everyone involved in the road transport sector. We are confident the 2021 Commercial Vehicle Show will provide the ideal platform for companies to launch and promote their products and services alongside all of the networking opportunities that the show is renowned for amongst exhibitors and visitors alike.”
Mr Ellis added that the date change should ensure that they can deliver the ‘best and safest possible’ event for our industry.
RP Motorhomes Launch New 4×4 Rebel Mercedes-Benz Campervan
RP Motorhomes used December to launch a brand new all-wheel drive version of the Rebel campervan. The Mercedes-Benz campervan manufacturer has won awards for the original version of the two-berth camper and now hopes to have a similar impact with the all-wheel off road version.
The new Rebel campervan will feature Mercedes’ all-wheel drive system which can be engaged manually to improve traction in off road or other difficult driving conditions.
The new Rebel camper will be available with three layouts including the Rebel Twin that will have rear single sofas that convert into single beds. There is also the Rebel Slide with a slide-out washroom and the Rebel U that will have a U-shaped rear lounge that converts into a large double bed.
The prices have yet to be confirmed but are expected to be in the region of £100,000.
Jerba Campervans Accredited to the Good Business Charter
Scotland-based Jerba Campervans has been accredited to the Good Business Charter which confirms the status of the employee-owned company as one of the UK’s most ethical businesses.
An official audit revealed that the company demonstrates an ethically-minded business model which includes paying employees a living wage along with a dedication to maintaining a healthy work/life balance. Other ethical endeavours include their tax arrangements, supplier relationships and customer service.
The co-founder of Jerba Campervans, Simon Poole, said: “Our goal is to provide an ethical and sustainable business for our staff which they can be proud of.”
Jerba makes the Volkswagen T6.1-based campervans and has previously stated that their productivity levels have significantly increased since they became an employee-owned company in 2018.
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