Lightweight Caravans Week: celebrating green and affordable tourers

Throughout this week Caravan Times looks at lightweight and cost effective caravans
Throughout this week Caravan Times looks at lightweight and cost effective caravans

Monday, 28, Feb 2011 04:22

by Marcus Dubois

As Boat and Caravan 2011 came to a close on Sunday the main story this year was the increase in lightweight caravans on display. Caravan Times has often heard from readers looking for models with low weight and towable by ordinary family cars. And with fuel prices on the increase, it gives us an even greater need for lightweight tourers as Britain claws its way out of recession.

So throughout this week on Caravan Times we're celebrating lightweight caravans. Each day we'll showcase a manufacturer's range of low weight tourers, giving you the inside track on features and specifications available. Most of all, we'd love to hear your thoughts about the weight and size of caravans today: click here to have your say in our forum topic.

Boat and Caravan 2011: light and affordable touring

Mainstream manufacturers stole the headlines at Boat and Caravan by showcasing a number of lightweight and cost-effective models. Take a look below at what's coming up during Lightweight Caravan Week.

Elddis Caravans has continually innovated in the small caravan sector and with the Xplore 302 offers the smallest UK-built caravan in the market today. Elddis also revealed its big brother the Xplore 304 at the NEC - and with a weight of only 1050kgs MTPLM, the firm claims it is the UK's smallest and lightest four-berther. Both have full-sized bathrooms and show clever use of space with their L-shaped lounge layouts.

"Lightweight luxury" is the motto of Lunar Caravans - and at Boat and Caravan 2011 they didn't disappoint.

The Lexon 550 and Quasar 464 are squarely aimed at the family market, and both feature bunk beds and strong levels of equipment. The Quasar offers an impressive MTPLM of 1,240kg but still offers four berths, a front end lounge, and a spacious kitchen.

Meanwhile Bailey Caravans took the opportunity to showcase its new "entry-level" tourers which combine light weight with popular layouts. The Bailey Orion is light enough to be towed by popular family cars such as the Citroen Picasso, Mazda 3 and Ford Focus C-Max.

Earlier last month Swift Caravans caught up with Caravan Times and revealed the Sprite Caravans range has seen a 40% increase in sales over the last year. Since its relaunch in 2004 the Sprite range has been renowned for being light and affordable caravans, and its competitive price may have attracted new buyers.

Finally, we'll take a closer look at some of the lightest caravans on sale today. Trigano Caravans range of "Silver" pop up tourers were on display at Boat and Caravan 2011, and we'll give you the lowdown on these striking caravans this week. We also spoke to Freedom Caravans about their Microlite range. And for those looking for something different entirely, Tab Caravans and Little Guy Caravans offer that classic teardrop shape with a modern twist.

Are caravans getting too heavy to tow with ordinary cars? Have you recently changed to a lightweight model to save fuel costs? Click here to have your say in our forum topic

Comments - What do you think?
Related stories

VIDEO: Bailey Orion review and interior tour

Take a look at all the new features on the four Bailey Orion models

Bailey's newest Alu-Tech range was launched at the Boat & Caravan Show 2011. In our web-exclusive video interview, Holly Tribe talks to John Parker of Bailey and takes us on a guided tour around the four new models in the Bailey Orion range.

Boat and Caravan 2011: Pictures, prices, and layouts of new Lunar Quasar and Lexon caravans

Take a closer look at the interior of the 2011 Lunar Lexon

Throughout the week we've been bringing Caravan Times readers all the latest industry developments from the 50th anniversary Boat & Caravan Show. In today's round up we look at two new lightweight family models from Lunar Caravans.

Winter Touring

Who is away over the Festive period?  We away from the 27th until the 2nd of January. Looking forward to getting a...

help me with my control pad

Hi  I am brand new to the caravan world and purchased -collected a sterling eccles sport 6 berth 586 model 2014  I...

Spare Parts

Hi all, we have a Bailey Senator Indiana series 5 with a cracked front window. Does anyone know of any breakers th...

Are caravan shows the cheapest place to buy a caravan?

Hi all, I've put a deposit down on a new Caravan. It's a Sprite Major 6td with the diamond pack for £16,400. I've ...

new zealand

hi all hope you are all well just seen the earth quake  on the telly looks bad all the houses and roads a lot of p...

2017 Sprite Major 6TD price and value for money ???

Hi everyone, I've just dived straight in and put a deposit on a 2017 Sprite major 6td. The offer was £16,400 with ...

Lunar Design Awards

I am interested that Lunar have done well with the design awards.  We bought a new Venus in the Spring and here is...

Motorhome search.

My wife and I have taken early retirement and intend to travel abroad long term for the next five years. We've dec...

Motorhome search.

My wife and I have taken early retirement and intend to travel abroad long term for the next five years. We've dec...

What's the difference

Hi all we purchased a new 2017 model Bailey Unicorn Cadiz at the NEC this month, with a collection date of Dec or ...

For Sale

Burstner Nexxo t720 - 2012 - £44995

Burnster Nexxo t720

Low Low profile chasis motorhome

Rapido A-Class 999M - 2009 - £54995

Rapido A class 999M

This flagship Rapido model is based on the Mercedes Sprinter chassis (very rare) with the fantastic Mercedes 3.

Monaco Knight 38 PDQ - 2006 - £79995

x

THE most practical RV layout ever on the market with four slide out rooms, full cream leather interior and light oak cabinetry creates even greater feeling of space.

Niesmann+Bischoff Arto 69 PL (auto) - 2011 - £61995

Niesmann + Bischoff Arto 69 PL

One of the best build qualities in the industry including aluminium sandwich construction, deep double floor and front electric thermo windscreen blind make this motorhome fully winterised.

PLANS VETOED: Essex caravan park plans vetoed again

Possible site location at Port Flair

Plans for a 70 pitch caravan park in Essex have been rejected by the local council for a second time.

Caravan site gutted in huge fire causing £1m in damage

Burnt out caravans at the site. Pics from Devon & Somerset Fire Service

An enormous fire has ripped through 160 caravans causing £1 million in damage at a site in Somerset

Caravan dealership launches new online store

Managing director Chris Talbot

Cheshire's largest caravan dealership, Leisure Sales, has unveiled its brand new online accessory store

Caravan manufacturer invests £8 million in new facility

Jim Bolton (Swift Group) and Steve Hewick (Houlton) review progress on the ground works

Manufacturers Swift Group is developing a new £8 million purpose built modern manufacturing facility at its headquarters in Cottingham, Yorkshire