Practical Caravan's experts review the 2010 Rimor Polaris 530LG, a wide-bodied Continental caravan aimed mainly at couples
Though British manufacturers won’t immediately introduce wider caravans now that legislation has changed, it’s likely we’ll soon see more wide caravans on our roads. That’s because several Continental brands that were prevented from entering the market due to their girth are now an option for UK caravanners.
The Italian brand Rimor is one of these. Rimor have been manufacturing caravans for over 30 years, but the brand is just breaking into the UK market. At the time of writing (July 2010) these vans are only available from 3 Counties Caravans (01684 311 927, www.threecountiescaravans.co.uk) in Worcestershire. We got our hands on the newest layout, the New Polaris 530LG, to see what first impression it would make.
Pitching and setting up
Though the U-shaped lounge is shorter than those in most UK vans, it didn’t feel cramped. In fact it felt open and spacious. The corridor between the kitchen and washroom was generous as well, so one person could easily pass if another was cooking.
The Italian-built Polaris 530LG is attractive and has good equipment and storage. The layout is an alternative for couples who don’t want to clamber over each other to get in and out of bed but it may be a bit weird for UK tastes.
- This van is well equipped
- Beds are a generous size, thanks to the wide body
- Front steadies are awkward to reach
- There's no separate shower
- There's no chest in the lounge to rest things on