Alex NewbySee other caravan reviews written by Alex Newby
The 2012 Buccaneer range is more obviously upmarket than the range has been in recent years, and in fashionable twin-bed Clipper form it's a really impressive package. An inviting interior, high specification and the chunky metal fixtures and fittings also mean this caravan is heavy, expensive and a little too flash for some tastes. But none of this really matters, because this is a caravan you buy with your heart rather than your head.
Pitching and setting up
Drains, steadies and exterior lockers are easy to access and the Winterhoff stabiliser and BPW Diamond wheel lock are standard. At 1930kg, it’s lighter than the previous year’s models but you'll still need to be looking at cars such as a Land Rover Discovery to tow with.
All the main controls are easy to find, but the light switches seem rather scattered about. The privacy glass makes the caravan look swish from the outside but it also reduces the amount of natural light coming in. Fortunately, lighter glass can be ordered as an alternative.
The USB port in the lounge is a useful feature allowing you to plug in your MP3 player or bring your music with you on a memory stick, and play either through the stereo, which means you can leave your CDs at home.
Huge storage spaces below the beds and the six lockers above means there's lots of space here to stow clothes and kit.
The only place where storage does fall short is in the wardrobe. It's a good size, but there are no shelves in the full-height hanging space, although there are two hanging rails. A couple of drawers would have made better use of the available space.
Sharp styling, dark windows and silver-coloured sides make the Buccaneer a head-turner, and the twin-axle Clipper's fixed-twin-bed layout ads to its luxury feel. There's substance as well as style here, both inside and out; at this weight you'll need to make sure your towcar has plenty to it, too.
- Stunning exterior looks, while tough GRP panels help keep repair costs down
- Sumptuous interior
- Sheer weight: with an MTPLM of almost two tons you're going to need a monster of a towcar, or leave it on a seasonal pitch.