We often bemoan the lack of affordable, lightweight caravans for sale in the UK, and for good reason – they’re important for people holidaying on a budget and for those with smaller cars, plus they’re an ideal entry point for newcomers.

Sterckeman belongs to France’s Trigano Group, Europe’s largest maker of leisure vehicles. It combines purchasing power with volume manufacture to give customers great value for money. Britain has one Trigano dealer, Freedom Caravans in Stafford, which specialises in small, budget vans.

This Sterckeman is the Starlett 420 CP, a light, compact four-berth. In its basic form the 420 CP costs £10,995. The ‘Freestyle’ special we tested is £1,500 more.