The StarClass range from Knaus is the German manufacturer’s attempt to create something with the ‘right’ spec levels, furnishings and layouts for UK buyers.

For example, the biggest van in the range, the StarClass 690, can be specially adapted for those who want to use it for seasonal touring only.

The process involves fitting it with a slightly longer front panel to take its overall length just over seven metres, so VAT on it can be reduced from 20% to somewhere between 5% and 7.5%. To qualify fully, the dealer also needs to supply the caravan to the customer’s seasonal pitch with spare wheel, IDC, stabiliser and road lights removed.

Our test model was more conventional, we hasten to add, but how does the Knaus StarClass 690 stack up as a tourer? Let’s find out!