From the archives 2005: Caravanning


Car and caravan 004Don’t look now but the caravanning holiday is apparently enjoying a renaissance these days.  A new breed of super camper has arrived, banishing all those images of freezing cold showers, muddy fields, and chemical toilets.

Today’s stylish models could be the perfect start to an all-the-more mobile adventure. Owning a caravan or motorhome gives you the freedom to roam without the constrictions of pricy hotels and B&Bs. There are over 100 caravan parks in Ireland.

Owning your own static caravan makes last minute breaks so much easier and many parks allow pets, so you can avoid kennel-guilt every time you go away.

Holidaying in a caravan park is not all barbecues and beach balls. Activities are organised for the very young to the extreme teen, so you can stay there and get some extra R&R, while the younger ones discharge their batteries. Or you can escape to the beautiful surrounding scenery for a peaceful week or weekend away: inexpensive, relaxing and very enjoyable.

The sheer variety of family caravans available today is immense. New models have arrived in the whoroom, minimalist interiors fitted with MP3 and DVD players and a flat-screen TV, as well as “luxury upholstery”A battalion of new compact commando-style easy to get in and out of caravans have taken to the road and the business is now worth GBP3bn in Britain. There were 40,000 sold in GB last year, one in six holidaymakers now use caravans, and the market in Ireland is also growing.

In England there are  now almost a million leisure vehicles in use, including 500,000 tourers and 120,000 motorhome, and there is a caravanning site every 30 square miles and a recent survey showed that 55pc of children are more likely to have a shower in a caravan than a home.

The big innovation of 2005 was the unveiling of this futuristic new caravan. The Voyager Vector is the first ever monocoque caravan, it’s built in a single mould so has no external seams to let in water.

The joint manufacturers, Voyager Caravans and Barrons, claim this design and construction will add 15 years to its life.

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