CaravanTimes Classic Gold: Sterling Eccles Jewel

Was the Sterling Eccles Jewel really as bad as we remember?
Was the Sterling Eccles Jewel really as bad as we remember?

Thursday, 11, Jun 2020 10:12

By Chris Littley

Throughout the CaravanTimes' Classic Gold series, we've seen some much loved models come under scrutiny, but today we're looking at a motorhome that failed to impress. In fact, back in 2014, our reviewer was driven to despair by the Sterling Eccles Jewel. So, was she just unlucky or did other owners of this caravan have similar experiences?

Barbara Feather gave the Sterling Eccles Jewel just one star out of five for an overall rating, but what could possibly warrant such a response? She said: "Whenever we arrived at our destination, I would open the door with trepidation, wondering which bit would have fallen off this time." Oh dear!

First it was the shower, with the door falling off not once but twice, and then she was concerned for the microwave, which looked like it might fall out at any moment. And it seems like the plastic trim was not good at staying in place either, with pieces coming off with every trip.

If it sounds like things couldn't get any worse, Ms Feather goes into more detail, with the oven door falling off and the toilet fill light not working reliably. She elaborates on this caravan farce, stating: "But the crowning disaster was when the hitch lost the two of the three bolts holding it onto the chassis at less than three years old."

At this point we can see why our reviewer might have given the Sterling Eccles Jewel such a harsh rating. Did the model have any redeeming features? Ms Feather did like the layout and the locker space, but opted to trade the caravan in for something else, as it obviously failed to meet her needs.

Did you ever own a Sterling Eccles Jewel? And if so, did you experience the same litany of disasters as our reviewer? We'd love to know your thoughts.

Comments - What do you think?
Related stories

Surge in demand for caravans for post-pandemic holidays

Demand for caravans and motorhomes in the UK is set to surge

Caravan and motorhome dealers are experiencing a surge in demand for leisure vehicles, as the British public looks towards staycations for post-lockdown holidays

Caravan owners reminded of overnight stay ban

Caravan owners have been reminded of the need to avoid overnight stays

Caravan owners have been issued with fines and reminded of the ban on overnight stays away from home, after some have flouted the rules.

Caravan parks should issue partial refunds, says Martin Lewis

Caravan owners could be eligible for partial refunds if they've been unable to use their vehicle during lockdown

Martin Lewis of Money Saving Expert has updated his advice for caravan owners who have leisure vehicles at caravan parks during lockdown.

Caravan holidays could return from April 12th

Cornwall is among the destinations experiencing a booking surge

It's the announcement we've all been waiting for from prime minister Boris Johnson, who yesterday (February 22nd) announced that caravan sites could reopen in England from April 12th.

Set up camp at one of these stately homes

Soak up the stately home vibes with an overnight stay in the grounds

Visiting a stately home is a quintessential British pastime, but how do you fancy staying behind once all the daytrippers have left?

Brits look forward to iconic views post-lockdown

Bamburgh Beach and castle

Which of Britain's sweeping vistas are you most looking forward to casting your eyes upon once coronavirus travel restrictions are eased?

Sage scientist backs beach breaks

Beach breaks could be back on in the UK

Going to the beach will be one of the safest activities to engage in once lockdown restrictions have eased, according to a government scientific adviser.