Buccaneer is known for its super-luxury build and spec, but does it make a good pre-owned buy? Andy Jenkinson finds out.

Buccaneer as a brand marks 50 years in 2019, being founded in early 1969, near York. By 1971, the Clipper model name was in use, and soon became popular among caravanners who prefer luxury tourers.

Always a very well-equipped line-up, the Buccaneer range was developed further as a luxury brand, becoming particularly successful over the past few years.

The 2013 range was produced using Elddis Group's SoLiD construction system, which cut down the use of screw fixings, replacing them with high-tech adhesives.

High spec also meant heavier weight, so Buccaneer buyers know not to expect lightweight caravans.

Five models were in the range for 2013, and although they were mainly bought by couples, they are all four-berths.

With that high spec and the Buccaneer badge, pre-owned models won't be in the bargain basement section of the forecourt. So does the 2013 Buccaneer make a good buy? At Westfield Caravans, we found a fine example of the Clipper, in good condition and costing just under £18,000.

Model history

Although the Clipper model name has been around since 1971, it has come and gone over the decades, and most recently re-entered the market for 2010.

Offering a front lounge, side kitchen, twin single beds and end washroom, the Clipper has been a popular twin-axle tourer for couples, with most of these caravans being placed on seasonal pitches.

Seating in the front lounge could also be made up into a double bed.

Based on a BPW V-Tech chassis and having GRP sides, the Clipper also had privacy side windows. Features fitted as standard included Alde 24-hour programmable heating, and an Avtex TV with roof-mounted stick aerial.

There were several upholstery options, although our example had the standard design. Weights were reduced and a new layout was introduced in the range, which offered both twin- and single-axle models.

What to Pay

We found 2013 Clippers at different price levels, with a private sale at £16,995 and a dealer selling one for £15,995. We also found prices from £17,995 up to £18,600, with several at £17,995, including our example.

Alternatives

Check out a Coachman VIP 565 from 2013 for around £16,999. They are stylish, well-equipped tourers with a full kit list. Alde heating was not standard, but the Truma system works well. Or perhaps the Sterling Elite Opal, also with twin single beds. Expect to pay around £15,000 for a 2012 model.

Verdict

Buccaneers are a super-popular luxury tourer, and the line-up in 2013 offered excellent spec. SoLiD construction has generally been up to scratch, although some models have had problems with water ingress. The range offered fantastic storage, with deep lockers, and night lighting is among the best in this class. The Clipper is a great tourer for two and our find had been very well looked after.

FACTFILE

  • Berths: 4
  • MiRO: 1731.kg
  • Payload: 269kg
  • MTPLM: 2000kg
  • Internal length: 6.35m
  • Width: 2.29m

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