Claudia DowellSee other caravan reviews written by Claudia Dowell
Read the Practical Caravan Eriba Puck 230 GT review to find out more about this diminutive van that's packed with surprising touches
Pitching and setting up
The steadies come flush to the van so are easy to reach, but the waste water outlet is by the nearside rear corner. Being a Continental van, the entrance door is on the offside.
The spare wheel is easy to reach though, from the nearside locker. Other positives are high-level brake lights, two strong front locker gas struts and the easy pop-top roof. The latter erects in seconds, supported by sprung hinges.
Drop-in carpets are easy to remove and clean. The sofa backs have Velcro pads to keep them in place – a touch that shows a welcome attention to detail. The clip-on table also clips to the outside of the van.
There is one mains socket but no TV aerial point. Sitting up straight, headroom is limited under the lockers if you are six foot tall or over. The only other niggle is that the box housing the spare wheel intrudes on the aisle and is easy to trip on.
Lighting is good with two strip lights, and there is a mains socket to the right-hand side of the worktop. Storage is good, too, maximising the available space. Tucked into the corner are three shelves and there's a cutlery drawer. There is even a cubby hole cut into the work surface for stashing dry foods, and a small rubbish bin on the door below the sink.
There is no hot water, oven or grill but the Puck is designed for caravanners who tend to prepare light, simple meals in the evening after a day out and about. The cold water, run from an in-board water tank, is operated by a microswitch system.
The poles stow in the sofa box, taking up very little room. At the head end the shelf made by the shape of the front of the van is handy for resting a book or morning brew. The spotlights, however, are at the end by the kitchen, which is no use for reading.
The full-length wardrobe has a rail running front to back, making the most of the space. It has a shelf above it, and cubby holes are built into the entrance door. Besides this are two coat hooks, completing the finished feel.
Come the end of the Practical Caravan Eriba Puck 230 GT review, we feel that this little tourer is a neat compromise, being small, light, well built, stylish and also practical.
- The lounge is big, the kitchen is very usable for such a small van and the bed is huge
- The equipment is modern and the van feels well-finished, with the lay-out maximising the space
- It’s also aerodynamic and one of the lightest two-berths on the market.
- Being German, the entrance door is on the offside
- Headroom under the lounge lockers is a little restricted for those six foot or over
- Underseat storage can’t be accessed via slats or front doors, and the spare wheel box infringes on legroom in the lounge.