Lizzie Pope
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It's an NEC show debut for the Knaus StarClass 560 and 565, a pair of German caravans built with the British market in mind, writes Lizzie Pope

Knaus has revealed its brand-new StarClass range of UK-friendly caravans, underlining the German brand’s commitment to and investment in the British market.

As we previewed, these tourers will be making their debut at this month’s Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show at the NEC Birmingham. And following hot on the heels of the snazzy Knaus Eurostar 650 ES which wowed crowds at the NEC in October, this range is one of the most exciting launches at the February show.

The two-model range comprises the StarClass 560 and the StarClass 565, both of which are four-berth tourers on BPW chassis with IDC, MTPLMs of 1600kg (with optional increases available to 1700kg and 1800kg) and 7.5m shipping lengths. Crucially for the British market, the habitation doors are on the UK nearside.

The 560 and the 565 have parallel front lounges, offside kitchens and full-width end washrooms. The two differ when it comes to the sleeping arrangements, the 560 with a fixed nearside double bed (2.03m x 1.36m), the 565 offering fixed singles (2.03m x 0.75m and 1.91m x 0.75m); the front lounges of both convert into 1.98m x 1.45m double beds. Whichever you choose, you’ll be able to wake to glorious views, the 560 with a long window on the nearside, the 565 with windows on both sides.

Standard features across Knaus’ StarClass range include alloy wheels, a hail-resistant GRP roof, a large, panoramic front sunroof, heavy-duty corner steadies, an exterior 240V socket, Truma heating and LED lighting. The end washroom has a separate shower cubicle, while in the kitchen, a microwave oven, a four-burner hob (with one electric plate), a sink with built-in drainer, and a separate oven and grill are standard. It’s a strong spec, but the microwave mounted high, above the grill, might be an issue for some caravanners.

If you fancy roof-mounted air-conditioning, a bike rack on the rear panel or the A-frame, or a motorhome-style wind-out awning, these are on the options list. You could also replace the front chest in the lounge with wraparound seating or change the upholstery – there’s even a leather option.

To take a closer look at the new Knaus StarClass range, make tracks for stand 3185 in hall 3 at the NEC’s Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show next week.

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