Practical Caravan's experts give their verdict on the Gobur Carousel Slimline 10/2, a folding caravan aimed at couples with a small car and limited storage

Overview

Gobur has been quietly building the only British folding caravan since the late 1970s, creating a loyal niche following for their products. Its Norfolk factory sells used refurbished models as well as new ones. Quality and good old-fashioned service is the key to its business. The Slimline range offers easy towing and storing capabilities with the 10/2 being particularly fitting in this category.

Pitching and setting up

The Slimline 10/2 is a doddle to tow and can be pulled behind cars like a VW Polo or the Suzuki Swift. Built on an Al-Ko chassis, the 10/2 has a width of just 1.72m so it will fit in most owners' drives and garages. The front drawbar has a large GRP locker which houses the gas and any other smaller items such as corner steady blocks.

Aluminium-bonded sides are used to construct the Gobur, while the roof is a solid GRP one-piece unit. A GRP moulded full-width road light panel is also used for the rear of the Gobur Slimline.

Once you have selected your pitch and levelled the Gobur, you wind the corner steadies down and start erecting the caravan. At first sight, this may look daunting. In reality, however, it’s a very simple exercise. You lift the roof up from the front end with the front panel, and then lift the rear of the roof, followed by folding the sides out. The furniture inside simply folds into position.

The Slimline is basically ready to use – Gobur claims it takes just five minutes to get the Slimline up and ready. It’s a breeze then to set up and also to dismantle.

Lounge

The compact Slimline is a deceivingly spacious caravan inside. Its square profile means the interior is not limited to sloping front ends or sharp roof curves.

The rear lounge then offers very good seating – even four people could use it without feeling cramped. The clip-on table is used for dining and for two it’s ideal. The large side windows make the lounge feel even more spacious, and the two rear ones let in good natural lighting and offer high ventilation levels.

The seating is comfortable and supportive and two scatter cushions are supplied, adding to the comfort of the lounge area. The mains electrics convector heater is fitted in the lounge area, along with a mains plug socket.

Storage in the lounge is restricted to a full-width roof locker with shelves and a central clock. However, you don’t get any corner spotlights here, which we believe would be ideal and should be fitted as standard. Other storage is courtesy of the underseat lockers, which are accessed by the top only.

Kitchen

As you may expect, the kitchen in the Gobur isn't much to write home about, but the designers have done a remarkable job of making the most of the space permitted. Sure you won’t find a full oven or even a microwave but you do get the essentials. A stainless steel twin-burner hob comes with a grill, while a stainless steel sink and drainer is fitted, but with cold water supply only.

A cupboard for pans is fitted beneath, while next to the offside is a corner cubby hole. Worktop is very limited.

A fridge is fitted in the kitchen but it’s only a small unit around 60-litres. Next to the kitchen at the bottom of the unit is a mains plug and control for the heating plus pump and main heater switch.

Washroom

The Slimline, in the 10/2 format, doesn’t have a washroom but most buyers will invest in a toilet tent or just use sites with main toilet facilities.

Beds

The settees can be made up into twin-single beds, or a double (1.83m x 1.40m) in size. The cushions just drop down to form the mattress, offering a comfortable bed. Soft furnishings can be chosen from a good selection so customers can make their Gobur more personal.

Storage

The 10/2 Slimline is limited in storage, but again the designers have done their best to make sure where possible that storage is catered for. The lounge, as already mentioned, comes with a rear roof locker and shelves.

The kitchen storage is very good and two double cupboards below the sink unit will prove very useful. Next to the kitchen in the offside corner, a cubbyhole offers more storage while above a handy shelf comes with a roof locker above.

The side-wardrobe comes with decent enough hanging space for two in a tourer of this ilk. It also has a drawer beneath, as well as twin shelves above. The rear seats have more storage for bedding and a small cubbyhole is fitted beneath the table mount.

Technical specs

Berth2
MiRO655kg
Payload170kg
MTPLM825kg
Interior length3.1m
Height1.4m
Awning size670cm

Verdict

The Gobur 10/2 Slimline is a niche market tourer with a very British feel about it. It has a real charm and feels very personal. It’s not cheap to buy, however, and finding used ones is not easy. The 10/2 suits people wanting a very easy caravan to tow and manoeuvre. It’s roomy and offers an alternative form of caravanning.

Conclusion

Pros

  • Super lightweight touring
  • You can tow it with most supermini cars
  • It’s built in the UK
  • Personal service back-up
  • Spacious interior and good comfort
  • One of the easiest folding caravans to erect

Cons

  • No water heater or spare wheel as standard
  • No washroom
  • We believe alloy wheels should be standard
  • Expensive and there's no dealer network
  • We'd like loose-fit carpet as standard
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