Most popular motorhomes and caravans for first time buyers revealed

Auto-sleepers Winchombe
Auto-sleepers Winchombe

Thursday, 15, Sep 2016 01:54

by Ed Davies

According to a poll, Bailey caravans and Auto-sleeper motorhomes are the most popular vehicles for first time buyers

Insurance specialists, Caravan Guard, asked both new and old buyers to select the manufacturers they had bought their first caravans or motorhomes from.

Auto-sleepers came out on top for motorhomes, with 10 per cent of the vote whereas Bailey models were preferred by 13% of caravan buyers.

For motorhomes Auto-sleepers were closely followed by Volkswagen and Elddis, who notched up eight per cent of the votes.

The figures also showed that many owners had picked up their first caravan during the 70s and 80s.

Keen caravanner Ian Sherwood, whose first caravan was an Ace Diplomat, which he bought from new in 1977.

"This was a two-berth caravan with only a gas mantle above the front window for light," he said.

"The Diplomat was 11 feet long but had a toilet compartment in which we used a Porta Potti 33.

"We could not afford the 13 feet long Ace Rallyman but we were proud of our little Diplomat which we towed behind a Ford Capri 1600.

"The wardrobe overhung the double bed and lost count of how many times I banged my head on it."

Other big name manufacturers, such as Swift and Elddis were also very popular for both motorhome and caravan enthusiasts.

However, there were votes for some caravan makes that are now no longer being manufactured, like Abbey, Avondale, Lynton, Thomson and Robin.

Comments - What do you think?
Related stories

Eighty-year-old caravan sells for £34,000

The Pontiac Six

An 80-year-old motorhome, believed to be one of the UK's first, has been snapped up at auction for £34,000

Caravan nostalgia: Do you have any old pictures of your favourite caravans?

CaravanTimes logo

We here at CaravanTimes are thinking of introducing a new feature called Caravan Nostalgia

New tow car

We are looking for a new tow car and what a mine field it is.  We are fairly fussy as we find so many cars extreme...

AHA LieFlat pegging - Discussion closed

Discussion closed till I get admin permission. ...

New Caravanner

Hi all, My name is Alan and my partner and I have recently started looking at the possibility of caravanning this...

lunar quasar 2007 manual

Can anyone help with one of these ...

What's this caravaning lark all about?

We have been canvas campers all our long lives but time moves on and we have retired ourselves, the large tent and...

Restoring astral scout

Hi all , I have just been gifted an astral scout , she is lovely but needs rather a lot of work or so it seems for...

Overnight sites near to Harwich for the ferry to Holland - and return.

Hello Everyone, We're returning from Holland on the ferry which arrives in Harwich at 19.45 and are looking for a ...

Replacement light fittings needed

We have unfortunately broken one of the light shades in our 2012 Lunar Venus caravan having been in touch with Lu...

Damp in new caravan

I purchased a new Lunar Venus caravan in August 2016. I used it in August on a sunny week, for two days in October...

Elddis/ Glossop horrendous

So back in 2015 we bought a new van from Glossop caravans mistake from day one we had issues Cracked front panel w...

For Sale

Burstner Nexxo t720 - 2012 - £44995

Burnster Nexxo t720

Low Low profile chasis motorhome

Rapido A-Class 999M - 2009 - £54995

Rapido A class 999M

This flagship Rapido model is based on the Mercedes Sprinter chassis (very rare) with the fantastic Mercedes 3.

Monaco Knight 38 PDQ - 2006 - £79995

x

THE most practical RV layout ever on the market with four slide out rooms, full cream leather interior and light oak cabinetry creates even greater feeling of space.

Niesmann+Bischoff Arto 69 PL (auto) - 2011 - £61995

Niesmann + Bischoff Arto 69 PL

One of the best build qualities in the industry including aluminium sandwich construction, deep double floor and front electric thermo windscreen blind make this motorhome fully winterised.

PLANS VETOED: Essex caravan park plans vetoed again

Possible site location at Port Flair

Plans for a 70 pitch caravan park in Essex have been rejected by the local council for a second time.

Caravan site gutted in huge fire causing £1m in damage

Burnt out caravans at the site. Pics from Devon & Somerset Fire Service

An enormous fire has ripped through 160 caravans causing £1 million in damage at a site in Somerset

Caravan dealership launches new online store

Managing director Chris Talbot

Cheshire's largest caravan dealership, Leisure Sales, has unveiled its brand new online accessory store

Caravan manufacturer invests £8 million in new facility

Jim Bolton (Swift Group) and Steve Hewick (Houlton) review progress on the ground works

Manufacturers Swift Group is developing a new £8 million purpose built modern manufacturing facility at its headquarters in Cottingham, Yorkshire