THE STARCLASS IS perhaps Knaus’s most UK-friendly range – lighter and with layouts more closely resembling British-made vans than some of the German firm’s designs.

Until recently, there was one thing these solidly built tourers missed – Alde heating. Now it is part of the £2450 Platinum Pack.

We visited MG Caravans in Todmorden, West Yorkshire, to check out one model, the Starclass 565, to see how it performs.


Black front windows and a grey-blue stripe down the side give the Starclass a somewhat retro look. But along with Alde heating, the Platinum Pack also provides you with ATC trailer control and an Al-Ko wheel lock.

Our test model had the £447 Convenience Pack, which you can only have in conjunction with the Platinum Pack, and with that, you get an exterior mains socket and barbecue point, and heavy-duty corner steadies.

Just beyond the door on the nearside, you will also find an awning heater. This is an occasional addition to caravans heated with the Truma blown-air system, because the heater in effect uses the same technology.

But combined with the wet heating of the Alde system, it is unheard of, and is surely a sign that more thought has gone into how an option pack might fit into a caravan than is often the case. Knaus says it might soon roll this out to other Alde-heated models.