........ I bought an Eriba, but though very well made, is barely stronger than normal eurovans.
I beg to differ.....
Steel tube frame to begin with........I suggest you do a little more reading about your purchase. The only vans I know of (except Airstreams) that hold their value so strongly. A 2006 Troll model has recently sold for £16000! A 2002 model is up for sale at £13000. A 2004 model (my year) was sold for more than £14000 earlier this year. A 1997 Puck (the smallest model) is asking £7800. There is a reason for these prices.
Mine, Scotland 2012 (I think?). Many thousands of miles since.
21st Sep 2017 1:24 pm
Member Since: 16 Nov 2013
Location: Nr Bath
I bought mine new at the end of 2015. I know exactly how they are made and how good their residual values are. And thats why I bought one. I said they were well made by comparison with 'normal' vans. But they only weigh about 1200kg all up. The furniture inside would soon fall apart if taken off road, or accross anything like the outback. The chassis and suspension would probably soon fall apart as well. Fine and long lasting on European roads of course.
I was suggesting a heavy chassis, rock solid internal and external build model to get nearer to the heavy 2-3 ton jobs shown in this thread.
I'm also a sailor. I recon a good yacht builder could build a caravan to take some serious action. You might not believe the pounding a boat gets.
Though one guy did take a small Eriba puck all the way to India, so they clearly aint cr*pD4 XS new November 2013, RLD Spare protector, Bodsy bars
2010 (60) Jag XF 3.0 P Lux. Gone but not forgotten
2012 Toyota IQ 1.3 auto (The wife's)
2015 Eriba Triton tin tent
2001 Triumph Bonneville
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I like the fact its self contained, no outside kitchen etc like teardrops, which really are not conducive to the British / European weather.
Just rock up, drop and its ready
Space can be easily enlarged with a Kyham or similar extension.
Also liking underfloor heating option, effective and space saving.
IMOH having a rear door configuration makes it a lot more useful, loading push bikes or even motorbike very easy.
I see Swift are now doing a rear door caravan (Base Camp), but no off road version yet.
Size wise about the standard 2 berth caravan size, but once again that rear door provides more options than a standard caravan setup, but price wise getting on for 20k seems a little over the top, but was impressed with what I saw at Caravan show NECD4 HSE MY12 Marmais Teal: Gone. Missed a lot!
Freelander 2 SD HSE MY11 Silver:Thankfully gone.
D4 HSE MY11 Silver: Gone missed !
Range Rover Sport MY06 HSE Buck Blue: Gone missed!
Discovery D2 TD5 Facelift MY Red Gone Missed!
Discovery D2 TD5 Cobalt Blue: Gone Missed!
Discovery D1 Auto Oxford Blue Not missed at all!
Discovery D1 Avalon Blue First LR! missed!
Now driving a rather nice Black Van (joined Club Landmark)
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