This day marked the very beginning of a new adventure, when a motorhome was just a glint in Robert’s eye and we travelled up to ‘The Motorhome and Caravan Show 2017’ at the NEC, Birmingham.
Robert had done some extensive on-line research and had previously visited a dealer in Romford to view the model he thought would meet our requirements. The dealer was very professional and user-friendly and advised Robert not to place an order with him there and then as a new 2018 model would be available which would be launched/previewed at the Motorhome and Caravan Show at the NEC in Birmingham. He also said there would be staff from lots of dealerships who would be keen to offer discounts and deals at the show. He warned however, that they would be from dealerships from all round the UK and you could talk to someone who would offer you a deal only to find they were based at the opposite end of the country. So if you want to have maintenance, servicing and habitation checks you might prefer to build a relationship with your local dealer.
We visited the show and hoped to place an order with him but unfortunately, he was not on the RollerTeam stand.
There was a definite deadline as we had booked a train home and although Robert – having done his research in advance was reasonably sure of his choice – Matilda made him walk at high speed between two stands several times as she could not make up her mind. Although the finish on another model appealed to her, the deciding factors were a fixed island bed with a central bathroom so that both guests and owners could access the facilities without disturbing each other in the night.
In the end we decided that we would purchase a brand new Rollerteam T-line 740, as pictured. The order was placed with a dealer in Rye and the £1,000 deposit paid with limited time to spare to catch the train home and then began the six month wait for delivery.