What makes the perfect 2 or 3-berth caravan suitable for a couple? For one thing, it’s important not to overlook the essentials: solid build, easy towing, and no quirky annoyances on the fixtures and fittings side. As for layout and spec, we all have our own preferences, and the sheer variety out there means you’re likely to find something that meets your needs without breaking the bank.
A great starting point comes courtesy of Shield Insurance, with its handy New Caravan Selector tool, enabling you to check what’s on the market according to number of berths, size, weight and manufacturer. To help you narrow down your search, here are five ‘couple-friendly’ touring caravans that stand out from the models currently on the market…
Berths: 2. External length: 17’5”. MTPLM: 1350kg. Catalogue Price: £16,794.
The award-winning UK manufacturer Elddis has three specification ranges of touring caravans: the lavish Crusader range, mid-level Affinity, and the affordable – yet still stylish Avante range.
The smallest 2016 model, the Avante 482 is billed as a classic couples’ caravan. One of the standout features across the Avante range is panoramic Sky-Scape sunroof, allowing lots of light to pour into the unit and thereby creating a feeling of greater spaciousness. A decent sized living area transforms to provide two full-size bunks, with everything tastefully finished off with ‘Marone’ craftsman built carpentry, along with two-tone kitchen units.
The green credentials are also strong on this caravan: you get a Whale dual-fuel heater and water heater, along with LED lighting throughout the interior, helping you to save up to 80% on battery consumption. The exterior has also had a stylish facelift for 2016.
Berths: 2. External length: 17’9”. MTPLM: 1090kg. Catalogue Price: £13,190.
Thanks to Bailey of Bristol, it’s possible to get hold of a brand new touring caravan for the sort of price you would expect to pay for a good second-hand model. It’s an entry-level model, although you’re not having to sacrifice too much in the way of comfort or convenience. The low weight could make this an attractive option for novice caravanners who are still getting to grips with towing. Work surface space in the kitchen is rather limited, although on the plus side, there’s a good-sized washroom and shower.
Berths: 2. External length: 18’7”. MTPLM: 1180kg. Catalogue Price: £15,185.
In the caravanning world, Coachman tends to be synonymous with luxury, so even though the VIsion 380 is Coachman’s most compact and least expensive offering, it still has plenty to offer the discerning caravanner.
With light coloured fabrics and soft tones, the impression inside is one of contemporary chic. A nicely equipped kitchen includes a respectable quota of working space, microwave a within a dedicated cupboard, dual-fuel hob with separate grill. The pull-out table is stored conveniently between the wardrobe and washroom and is capable of seating four people comfortably. The beds can be configured as a double or two singles, while the storage options throughout the unit are generous.
Berths: 2. External length: 20’4”. MTPLM: 1477kg. Catalogue Price: £24,450.
Spaciousness, refinement and an attractive bundle of state-of-the-art features all add up to make the Sterling Continental a highly desirable top-end caravan. The little touches certainly stand out, such as real leather “Winchester Black’ seating, combined with SwiftShield stain-resistant fabric for extra durability. In the kitchen, natural acrylic stone surfaces and even an LED-lit cocktail cabinet all help to create a ‘dinner party-friendly’ ambience. An LCD control panel and the ability to control or monitor certain functions remotely, an 80W solar panel and an efficient Alde central heating system all help to make this unit stand out from the crowd.
Berths: 2. External length: 20’3”. MTPLM: 1265kg. Catalogue Price: £21,299.
Looking for luxury but keen to keep the weight down to a minimum? Lunar’s Clubman CK is worthy of attention. ‘Montana Oak’ wood contrasts with refined ‘Sarona’ soft furnishings, while dimmable LED lighting, complete with spotlights add a cosy glow to the space. The kitchen area is dominated by an Aspire 4-burner hob, grill and oven (along with a microwave), while roll out slats ensure easy front double bed make-up. Grade 3 classification for thermal insulation and heating means this is a caravan for all seasons.
After narrowing down your search for the right model, make sure you have the right insurance cover in place. For award-winning touring caravan insurance from as little as £50 a year and a variety of safety, security and no claims discounts of up to 60%, get a quote from Shield Total Insurance today.
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