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Ci Wilks 5 years 2 months ago #257163

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Hi, I have the opportunity of buying a CI Wilks 6 berth caravan. However, there appears to be very little information available about these caravans. I would be grateful for any advice or comment from anyone who has experience of these caravans.



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Ci Wilks 5 years 2 months ago #257164

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Wilk used to be a small German caravan manufacturer who, in the 1970's teamed up in with others (I think Sprite was also included) in a loose joint marketing venture called CI (Caravans International). However, as far as I can gather, CI was never a real success and the various members of the group went their own way again after a few years. Wilk went into liquidation in 1986 and was then taken over by Tabbert, later to become the Knaus Tabbert Group until they went bust last year and were rescued by a Dutch investor. Wilk covered the lower middle class segment of the Knaus Tabbert Group, although they appear to be trying to go further upmarket now.
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ps: Caravans International still exist in name as an Italian manufacturer of the Mizar, Riviera, Elliot, Paddock and Kyros brands of motorhomes.
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Ci Wilks 5 years 2 months ago #257166

Spares in the UK will be difficult as they were never officially imported and some insurance will not accept them.
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Ci Wilks 5 years 2 months ago #257167

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Thanks for the responses folks. I'll go have a look and let the price be the deciding factor (adjusted accordingly for hard to source parts). If I buy it, expect a new 'CI Wilks Questions' topic.



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Ci Wilks 5 years 2 months ago #257168

CI Wilk - not bad vans but few in UK, CI bought them in 1965 and German makers were so afraid of UK industry they formed an alliance to stop other take-overs. When UK CI went bust in 82 all the company was tragically sliced up and sold off Wilk being one. I would steer clear of the brand as parts and as Peter says insurance will be hard to get. Imported tourers look good on paper, but in practice arent!

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