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Okto Caravans have introduced a second caravan into their product range. Just months after launching the Okto Villa in 2018, the manufacturer revealed to Caravan & Outdoor Life their next venture: a smaller version of the caravan to be named Cabana. The three-sleeper Cabana is lighter than the Okto Villa, measures 5.895 metres in length and fits into a standard garage. A few design changes have been made in the smaller unit, including moving the microwave to the outside kitchen. Okto gave Caravan & Outdoor Life a sneak peek at their design plans, but notes that this is not the

Conqueror Off-Road Campers have once again lived up to their “military tough” reputation by partnering with Recce Incorporated for a range of limited edition units. Recce Inc is a company (shares held by the Recce Heritage Trust), that exists to commercialise the RECCE brand for the benefit of the members of the South African Special Forces Association (SAFSA), a Non Profit Military Veterans Organization open to all retired and serving Special Forces members. This company does not partner with just any brand – they choose only the best to put their name to, and told Caravan & Outdoor Life that

What do you do if you caravan is stolen a month before you were to head out for a Christmas holiday in Mozambique? Trip ruined, right? Wrong… thanks to Kempton Caravans. Arnold and Yolande Venter’s beloved Jurgens Xcell was stolen on Saturday, 24 November 2018, from a caravan shop in Alberton where it was in for some upgrades. After raising the alarm on social media, the Venters thought their holiday was saved when later that weekend, online users informed them that the caravan has been recovered by Glenvista Community Policing Forum. The Glenvista CPF caught the thieves red-handed on the

To say that 2018 was a tumultuous year for the caravan and camping market would be an understatement. But after a few months of shake-ups and uncertainty, the industry got back on track and we were treated to the introduction of various new caravan manufacturers. By the end of last year, it seemed caravanners were more spoiled for choice than in the past decade. And this is only going to become more true in 2019. Caravan & Outdoor Life reached out to manufacturers, old and new, to find out what they are planning for the upcoming year… and man, oh

Flying in under the radar, Profibre Products – a specialist composite manufacturer of bus, truck and train components – have launched their best-kept secret: the new Stealth Evo XR6 caravan. Together with a few selected caravan dealers from Natal, Gauteng and the Cape, Caravan & Outdoor Life was invited to attend the launch at their premises in Pinetown, KZN, in early October. Their first model is an upmarket 3-berth pop-top on-road caravan aimed specifically at the most popular size of caravan range, a gap left largely vacant by shenanigans going on in the industry of late. When we say “first”

Two years ago at Rally SA 2016, the Caravan Club of Southern Africa – Regions in Natal Province accepted the challenge to host the next Rally South Africa. The last time Rally SA was hosted in KwaZulu-Natal was 25 years ago when it was held at Midmar Dam. After much research and a failed bid by a caravan park in the Midlands (due to the sale thereof), Richards Bay Caravan Park was approached as it was the only other venue capable of accommodating an expected turnout of 250 caravans, trailers and tents over the Easter Weekend (29 March to 1

Another year, another upgrade to the popular Penta. Is was difficult to miss the Penta 2018 on the Beeld Show floor – with the roof popped up but no side canvas installed, the multi-coloured twinkling lights in the roof and blue interior lighting option caught the attention of anyone walking nearby. Stepping in, you’ll notice the finishing colour scheme is now grey and white. The dinette is still on your left (front of the caravan), with the fridge to the right of the door and a kitchen across from this. The gas stove have been replaced with a massive Yuppiechef

Jurgens has unveiled another B license-ready product: A teardrop caravan named Bonzai. The Bonzai is a classic teardrop design, with the entire interior floor being a bed, and an outside kitchen at the back under a fold-up door. Inside the little caravan has cupboards against the ceiling both at the front and the back (with reading lights underneath). The roof vent can open to provide fresh air. Access to the trailer is via a door on the passenger side of the unit. On the right side is a big window. However, Jurgens has informed Caravan & Outdoor Life that they

The biggest new caravans in SA were on display for the public for the first time since the announcement by André van Helsdingen and the Destination Caravans team in December 2017. Three of the five models in the range were on show at the Beeld Show – Dream, Journey and Wonder. Destination caravans are built with a unique fibreglass body. Between the interior and exterior fibreglass layers is a PVC Core material combined with fibreglass, which are made one through a cold vacuum process. André tells Caravan & Outdoor Life: “The advantage is that the core inside has structural integrity,

Jos Joubert from Abba Campers has unveiled the first of his new Weekender campervan conversions. As a trained and approved installer of the German Reimo Van Concept products, Jos says they decided to start the conversion range with the Weekender concept: “Statistics have shown that this conversion is the most popular, due to the multi-purpose layout.” The Weekender conversion features the installation of a clam-shell pop-up roof to create a sleeping area “on top” of the van, which allows the inside of the van to be used as normal, or there is the option to install a moveable sleep/seat in

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