If you’re looking to buy a caravan, it’s worth doing your research and finding out what each of the caravan manufacturers offers. There are some excellent caravan brands out there, so have a look online, go to a show see the products and meet the companies in person. Here’s our round up of the some of the major players - so whether you’re looking for a classic Swift caravan, an American Airstream or a smart Bailey caravan we’ve got you covered.
If you find the sheer number of caravans out there bewildering, fortunately help is at hand. There are UK shows you can visit where you can see a wide variety of caravans from many of the manufacturers covered here, and all in one place. The two biggest happen at Birmingham's NEC, with the larger show in October when the season's new models are launched, and a smaller one in February. Two shows at Glasgow's SECC take place around the same time for those north of the border. There is also a smaller show at EventCity in Manchester in January.
Biggest and best caravan manufacturer brands
Drury Drive, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 1WH 01787 888980 www.adria.co.uk
The UK is Adria’s key market for the caravans it produces. The Slovenian company must be doing something right because it has a larger footprint in this country than any other continental manufacturer.
Lowdham Road, Gunthorpe, Nottingham NG14 7GS 0115 966 3838 www.lowdhams.com
The famous American caravans with their silver exteriors have been through quite a few changes in distribution in the UK in recent years. They are now exclusively sold through Lowdhams.
South Liberty Lane, Bristol BS3 2SS 0117 966 5967 www.baileyofbristol.co.uk
Bailey is one of Britain’s biggest caravan manufacturers, with its Unicorn range in particular proving very popular. This season it has started producing more 8ft-wide models too.
Amsterdam Road, Sutton Fields Industrial Estate, Hull HU7 0XF www.coachman.co.uk
Coachman is now the only UK manufacturer focusing solely on caravans, not motorhomes. It is also the only manufacturer to include Alde wet heating systems in all of its models.
Holzstrasse 19, D-88339 Bad Waldsee, Germany www.eriba.com/en
Famous for its miniature caravans with pop-up roofs, Eriba, which is Hymer’s caravan brand, also produces very luxurious (and heavy) conventional caravans.
ERWIN HYMER UK
Delves Lane, Consett, County Durham 0371 964 2113 www.elddis.co.uk
The new name for the company that produces Elddis, Compass, Xplore and Buccaneer caravans. Now part of the huge Erwin Hymer Group, it offers plenty of dealer specials too.
Main Road, Little Haywood, Stafford. Staffordshire ST18 0TR 01889 883088 www.freedomcaravans.com
A niche operation, Freedom has been selling ultra-lightweight and budget Polish-built caravans for some decades. It recently branched out with new Spanish-built models too.
Helmut-Knaus-Strasse 1, D-94118, Jandelsbrunn, Geremany 00 49 08583 211 www.knaus.com/en-uk
German brand Knaus has been gaining some publicity with highly innovative caravans like the Sport & Fun and the Travelino. But it also produces more conventional models in its Starclass range.
Dunswell Road, Cottingham, East Yorkshire HU16 4JX 01482 875740 www.swiftgroup.co.uk
Over the years, the mighty Swift Group has acquired a range of other brands, including Eccles, which celebrated its centenary last year, and Sprite which remains a highly popular budget brand within the extensive Swift stable. Look out too for the Basecamp, aimed at active outdoor types.
Helmut-Knaus-Strasse 1, D-94118, Jandelsbrunn, Geremany 00 49 08583 211 www.weinsberg.com
Weinsberg is Knaus’s budget brand, with a strong focus on family layouts and family-friendly interiors.
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