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2019 saw the introduction of some wonderfully good looking, South African-made caravans, really top of the range stuff for which I applaud our local manufacturers. They lifted the industry out of the ‘same old/same old’ doldrums by becoming caravan designers and manufacturers, launching innovative, stylish, modern products. So much so that, I believe, their caravans are good enough for display on the world’s biggest caravan stage in Düsseldorf. However, if I had to nominate the best caravan I saw in South Africa during 2019 it would be the imported Swift Atlantic. Now, let me establish from the outset that I…

There are now so many off-road trailers on the market, it reminds me of the world’s biggest ‘caravan’ show, the Caravan Salon in Dusseldorf, Germany. There, they have over 500 different manufacturers with caravans on display. How anybody makes up their minds on what to buy is a mystery. Remember, every caravan, motorhome, and trailer is based on a box shape, yet there are so many to choose from. Just google adventure trailers and you will see what I mean. So, like there are horses for courses, there are trailers for … well, trailer owners, all offering differing layout options…

The name might be a bit of a mouthful, but before you go reaching for your German-made Enigma code cracker, the Evo 6 is much easier to decipher. The H in the new Stealth XHR’s name stands for hybrid, possibly the first time this word is being used among caravan manufacturers in South Africa, and this certainly sets the mind racing. If you have a thought process such as mine, you may have to cross your fingers and hope to be forgiven for illogical thinking… For we know ‘hybrid’ in the case of motor vehicles relates to a combination of…

Pretoria Caravans, the agents for the Summit range of offroad trailers, has launched a new addition to the range, the Summit Karenga. This is a dedicated two-person offroad trailer with a side-folding, hard-top roof, to create increased interior height and sleeping space. The hard-top roof is ideal for attaching solar panels when camping off the grid. What sets the Karenga apart from the many other off-road trailers is the fact that it is built on a hot-dipped, galvanised steel chassis fitted with conventional leaf spring suspension. The body is steel framed for strength and durability, which is why it has…

If style is what sets your pulse racing, then this new breed of gravel-roader – the Okto Gravellor – is just for you. Based on the award-winning Okto (winner of Best Caravan stand at the recent 4×4 Expo show), the Gravellor has the exact same floorplan. The only difference being, it has been given a dose of steroids, beefed up for trundling down dusty, potholed country roads for camping in exotic and exciting places. Mind you, it would be equally at home gracing the lush, green grass lawns of an upmarket caravan resort as it would looking out from the…

As André van Helsdingen the designer and builder of the new Destination Wonder caravan explains, “The Wonder is not about camping but about having a holiday in style!” This eight-meter luxury caravan, with its fully independent suspension and twin oversized shock absorbers, is fully capable of taking you on any reasonable gravel road in the country. Actually, when I fetched the Destination Wonder for my more-than-a-thousand kilometre and 10-day camping trip André said, “Take it on any grond pad you like!” Just in case someone attempts Van Zyl’s Pass with his new Wonder, I thought I had better add the…

Move over Magnus Carlsen, Garry Kasparov and Bobby Fisher, there is a new potential chess grandmaster on the rise in South African caravan circles, and they have just declared “Checkmate”! While the people behind Crown Caravans have been in the caravan manufacturing business for a good few years now, they are expanding their horizons and want to take the current players head on. They have two new, conventional caravan models (non pop-tops) aimed at the upper end of the market where owners place more importance on interior space, a bigger permanent double bed, plus that of having their own exclusive…

Bush Lapa relaunched their little Geitjie off-road caravan earlier this year after an almost seven year break. The new variant comes with a host of upgrades and improvements, providing ample sleeping space inside, a characteristic Bush Lapa exterior kitchen, off-road capabilities, and easy set-up. The Geitjie is the smallest in Bush Lapa’s range of ‘Goggas’ and, with a GVM of 750 kg, it is legally allowed to be towed with a B license. Bush Lapa promotes this “tiny but tough” caravan as “ideal for the light traveller or adventurous couple”. That said, earlier this year at the Caravan, Camp &…

South Africans love bakkies. Caravanners love bakkies. And you can bet your trousers that Ford fans are going to love the latest Ranger. I’ve had the pleasure of attending the launch of the new Ranger, as well as the Ranger Raptor, and if the experience on these trips are anything to go by, caravanners are in for a treat. Ford made a specific point to inform us in no uncertain terms that new Ranger has improved towing capabilities. As a start, all derivatives on the new Ranger have a towing capacity of 3 500 kg – a massive ton more…

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