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The luxurious Buccaneer Caravel, with its space, comfort and practicality, impresses Practical Caravan's expert reviewer Gentleman Jack
When buying eight metres of luxury caravan you expect to pay a premium. If you’re thinking about shelling out for a Caravel you’ll certainly do that. Aside from the cost (more than £22,000 at launch) you also pay a weight penalty, with an MTPLM of 1900kg. But buyers of this van, who are largely experienced caravanners, will not be put off by the big numbers, provided the van delivers unrivalled space, comfort and practicality.
Pitching and setting up
The Alde wet central-heating system is an addition that makes this van rather special. The heating, controlled from a digital panel by the entrance door, is easy to use and accurately maintains a set temperature. It has many advanced functions – you can even set the heating to come on at a suitable time, much as you would at home.
The toilet area works less well. You’ll feel cramped when using the toilet or brushing your teeth, but the laundry bin is handy and the radiator will keep it toasty on chilly mornings.
This one even has a fantastically comfy memory foam mattress. There’s plenty of room underneath the mattress for storing bulky items, too. But there’s no denying that the island bed takes up a lot of space. With the bedding in place, it is a squeeze getting around the foot of the bed.
This frankly luxurious caravan is designed to keep its owners in the style they're accustomed to. It's superbly comfortable and well designed. If you have deep pockets and a powerful tow car (or possibly a seasonal pitch) this is for you. Overall, we'd give it 8/10.
- A very special caravan
- The island bed is very comfortable
- Enormous fridge/freezer
- Alde heating
- MTPLM of 1900kg is too much for most tugs
- There's no tracker
- The island bed uses a lot of space