Stealth Caravans are conducting extensive gravel road tests with their standard first model, the Evo XR.
Garry Caody, managing director of Profibre Products, that manufacturer the Stealth, tells Caravan & Outdoor Life that they have taken the Evo XR we put it to the test for for limited gravel road use in an endeavour to realise its limitations as well as to understand what is needed to do for a more suited gravel-road version.
Garry says: “During our 800 kilometres of gravel road tests, the microwave came out twice, and we made modifications, but we are still going strong.
“Yes, on the standard caravan you will have to live with some dust ingress and will have to be careful with the step, but provided you follow some simple rules the standard Evo XR range can be used on reasonably maintained gravel roads.
“For the more adventurous travel, based on our experience with the testing so far, Stealth will be launching its Hybrid Evo XHR caravans in June.”
The new caravan from Stealth will be equipped with larger 15” ATX tyres, Alloy rims, step well and rear protection bars, pressurisation vents, upgraded 6-stud 10” brake drums with larger bearings, trilocking door and sealed from dust ingress on the under body.
Garry says that despite their recess-mounted doors already standing up to the gravel challenge, they will increase fixing systems for shelving and general cabinetry inside the caravan, just for good measure.
“Due to the nature of gravel-road use, we will increase the required service intervals to six months on the hybrid caravan.
“In general the use will be subject to certain operational conditions, the most important of which will be the deflation of tyre pressures to 1,5 bar when using the caravan on gravel surfaces.”
To make this easier, the hybrid caravan will be supplied with auto tyre deflation valves and a small compressor to inflate the tyres once you are back on the bitumen.
“All in all we are very happy with the standard Stealth performance on some really demanding tracks and have had no major failures to date, all testament to the strength of our current XR range,” says Garry.
Stealth are also upgrading all current dealer and customer Evo XR range products with a better microwave fixing system, and as a precaution some additional fittings on the A-frame coupler will be made. This to give current customers who own the caravans piece of mind should they venture a bit off the beaten track.