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Caravan impression: Gecko Extreme

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Gecko off-road is a family owned business that was started by Keith and Alison Teubes in 2010. Their neat factory is in Rissik Street as you enter small hamlet of Haenertsberg. Keith and Alison have been caravanning and camping all their lives. What they wanted was a tough, simple, all-terrain caravan, with luxury.

After an 8 000km test road trip through Botswana and up to the Angola border on the Kunene, Keith and Alison realized their dream had become a reality. A few minor changes and they production line started.

The ethos of Gecko is contained in the letters QLS – Quality, Luxury and Simplicity. After seeing the absolute attention to detail in every facet of their factory and having camped and towed this vehicle I think they have attained their QLS goal.

I didn’t meet owners Keith and Alison Teubes on my first trip in their Gecko. But I certainly felt their welcoming presence in the pristinely presented caravan. Every single thing that I needed for a comfortable trip was waiting for me in the caravan – from the warm down duvet to the Jacobs coffee and home-made rusks… I was ready to camp in style.

I mostly travel alone, so this is a factor when set up a van. The Gecko is one of the simplest, easiest and most comfortable off-road caravans that I have tested. Roll into camp, unhook, level up, pop up the roof and you are ready to light your fire or just climb into a really comfortable king size bed all made up and ready for dreamtime.

I liked the luxury of the loo right there in the van. No nighttime walks tripping over stuff as I stumbled to the loo. I also had a piping hot shower in the Gecko. Not a drop of water spilled outside the shower. No electricity? No worries! Just flick the switch to gas. It automatically lights when you open the tap.

One handle/key opens every hatch and door on the caravan. No messing around with a bunch of keys. On the outside, the slide-out kitchen has everything right where you want it. Just look at my pictures and you will see what I mean.

If I perchance get a third pop at swanning around in a Gecko Extreme it might be the last time the team at Gecko see or hear of me… Zimbabwe isn’t that far away.

SPECS

Length: 3 950mm

Width: 1 940mm

Height: (roof closed) 2 160mm

Height: (roof open) 2 570mm

Ground clearance: 500mm

Towball height: 550mm

Tare: 1 320kg

GVM: 1 900kg

Axle (braked): 2 000kg

Words and pictures by Richard van Ryneveld.
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