Dethleffs is a German firm best known for manufacturing motorhomes – indeed it produces more motorcaravans than any other brand. However, it also does a respectable line in touring caravans. One of its caravan ranges, the Tourist, is sold exclusively in the UK by Automotive Leisure in Poole, which also sells Eriba and Knaus tourers.

Our first impression was that it’s very different from the regular white boxes we see at big caravan shows and on campsites. For starters, our test model came in an attractive pastel shade called Laguna Blue (a £450 cost option – it comes in white as standard). The Tourist models are also available in Cacao Grey (which is oddly a golden brown) and silver.

Our test van was a 2013 model, but the only real change for the 2014 season is a differently engineered roof, which is lighter. The result is a higher payload than before.