Saturday, 25 November 2017

New mini caravans are cheap alternative to home extension

New mini caravans are cheap alternative to home extension

I once took a caravan on holiday to France and vowed never to do it again.

Part of the problem I think was the sheer size of the caravan I was towing behind a very large 4x4 off-roader.

As I recall the caravan was a four- or five-berth, six-wheeler and was a monster to park and manoeuvre.

So while I probably won’t be doing that again in a hurry, I might be attracted to one of the new mini-caravans that will be on show next week at the Camping, Caravan and Motorhome Show 2017.

Their makers claim that mini caravans and holiday lodges “could be the answer to creating extra space at home”.

They say they are cheaper than the average extension, requiring no more than a grassy garden or simple hard standing.

Mini-caravans could also double up as a place for children to play, or even a home office.

New caravans being launched from the Somerset-based company Pod weigh only 320kg and can be pulled by small cars.

The Pod Nomad model comes in shiny retro chrome: another model Impulse in a stylish, vintage eggshell blue.

Nomad and Impulse are 1.6 metres wide and manoeuvrable by hand. Pod caravans are big enough to include a full-length double bed, a dining area and galley kitchen.

Barefoot Caravans is showing its Naked Barefoot at the show. With grey oak floor and grey felt walls as standard, the “naked” vehicle weighs 650kg and can be pushed and pulled by one person on a flat surface.

Starting from £14,995, the Naked Barefoot is available in duck egg blue, cream and pale grey as standard, or for an additional £600 Barefoot will paint any flat colour of the owner’s choosing.

Including a rechargeable leisure battery the Barefoot can also be connected to mains electricity and comes with 230v and USB sockets as standard. If a stylish garden room is required, the innovative new four-bed S-Pod 4 from Swift will also be on display.

Designed to provide hotel room chic, the S-Pod 4 builds on the success of the original S-Pod 2. A Swift optional plinth system provides a cost-saving alternative to a concrete hardstanding and is quick and easy to install with adjustable levelling. Measuring 5.33 metres long excluding towbar, with a width of 3.42m and maximum sloped roof height at 3.17m, the rigid pod with 10-year warranty on its galvanised chassis can be towed in or craned into position.

Buyers should take expert advice regarding planning permission, which may not always be required.

Starting from £25,155, the S-Pod 4 features a sofa that pulls down into a double bed, a fixed high-level bunk with removable ladder and an additional sofa that becomes a single bed with storage underneath.

Accessed by double doors the S-Pod 4 includes a kitchen area, shower room, fridge and plenty of storage space.

The Camping, Caravan and Motorhome Show 2017, running from February 21 to 26 at Birmingham’s NEC, showcases more than 600 of the latest tourers, caravan holiday homes and motorhomes as well as camping gear, with ideas on how to spend leisure time from organisations such as the Woodland Trust, visit Wales and Surf Snowdonia.

Advance ticket prices start from £7 per person and children 15 and under enter for free. Tickets are on sale now: visit www.ccmshow.co.uk

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