Find out how the other half live in our latest TV show, as we bring you our second Summer Special, in which we’re looking at luxury touring. So, for a taste of the high life, tune in to The Caravan Channel on Sky 192 and Freesat 402, or watch live online.
Our first indulgence is the Swift Elegance 630, Practical Caravan’s Group Editor Alastair Clements on hand to review this four-berth, twin-axle tourer, which boasts a fixed French bed. It costs just shy of £29,000, so what do you get for your money? On the outside, there’s a full complement of Al-Ko kit, heavy duty steadies and wiring for a motor mover, plus external gas, mains and shower points. And, usefully, all the services are on the offside. Step inside and you’re welcomed into a very smart, modern van indeed, pale, high-gloss wooden cabinets sitting above two-tone cloth upholstery. The large, comfortable and very airy lounge converts into a 6ft 6in double bed, while the bright kitchen is generously specced with thoughtful details throughout. There’s also tonnes of storage space beneath the fixed 6ft 3in double, which can be accessed from inside and outside, and luxuries including a heated towel rail, a backlit mirror and extra speakers in the washroom. It really is quite a caravan – make sure you watch our TV show to find out more.
So, what can rival this? Next, in our luxury touring Summer Special, we rewind to last year’s NEC show, where Alastair took a look round the Buccaneer Cruiser, another twin-axle tourer. A huge, four-berth van which costs a touch over £30,000, you’d expect top end fittings for that money and you won’t be disappointed. There’s underfloor heating, self-levelling steadies and an enormous, fixed, island double bed that, despite being over 6ft long, still leaves space for you to move around it. The washroom is something special, too, with a Dometic toilet, a large, stylish sink and a super shower.
But that’s not all. Tune in to our luxury touring Summer Special on The Caravan Channel and slip inside the Hymer Nova GL 590, which we reviewed earlier in the year. Build quality is first class and there are many carefully considered touches, such as the hanging space behind a floating wall and cupholders built into the seat cushions. It has an end washroom, a sliding transverse island bed with a huge storage space under it and a spacious, U-shaped front lounge, while there’s a Dometic tower fridge/freezer in the kitchen and underfloor heating in the shower. If you can get past the door being on the ‘wrong’ side, there’s a lot to love about this Hymer. See it for yourself on The Caravan Channel. Watch live online, or on Freesat 402 or on Sky 192.
And we’ve another transverse island bed option for you, as our Group Editor also shows us round the Coachman VIP 575/4. Desirable kit, including an external gas barbecue point, alloy wheels and Alde wet central heating, features on this caravan. There’s a chic, spacious and well kitted out kitchen too, as well as an impressive, full width end washroom.
You’re spoilt for choice with those four luxury caravans, but if you’re in the market for a tourer that size, you’ll need a suitably mighty tow car – and one prestigious enough to match your high end van. With that in mind, watch David Motton’s review of the Range Rover SDV8 Autobiography. Providing strong, seamless, stable performance, it’s a quick car that’s up to towing almost any caravan, accompanied by an opulent, generously proportioned cabin that will cosset occupants as the miles whisk by. This is surely the ultimate, money-no-object tow car.
Now, top spec caravans have impressive, often innovative options and last year, Practical Caravan’s expert John Wickersham got the low-down on one of these: the automatic hydraulic self-levelling system. Tune in to find out more.
And you can do just that by watching on The Caravan Channel, which is on Sky 192 as well as Freesat 402. If you’ve not got these channels, don’t worry! You can watch our TV shows live online on the Information TV website. Each episode is broadcast 10 times over a two-week period, and this one will be on TV from Monday 6 July to Sunday 19 July 2015, at these times, on these days:
- Monday at 8pm
- Wednesday at 5pm
- Thursday at 5.30am
- Saturday at 10.30am
- Sunday at 10.30am
Please tune in and enjoy the show.
There’s underfloor heating, self-levelling steadies and an enormous, fixed, island double bed