Layouts - Spoilt for Choice?
Although caravan manufacturers are fewer than in the days when I was choosing my first – there are still a good amount of layouts, specification and choice to make the job just as difficult as it was back then! Before we go into the stages of buying a new tourer, it’s probably a good idea to look at the state of the market. In other words check out just what’s happening in the caravan world.
The last few years has seen a dramatic swing in layout design. Triple fixed bunks have become popular for most manufacturer’s ranges and enticed the larger families into caravanning. But 2010 looks to be the year of several breakthroughs in the touring caravan world.
Firstly the fixed bed layout takes further sales, with the new single axle fixed bed and end washroom design taking the market by storm. This layout offers sleeping for four persons and yet manages to also make this design towable by smaller cars than the original larger twin-axled versions.
The next big layout sensation was the Explorer Group’s six-berth Elddis Tempest Crusader with extra wide single side dinette, large side kitchen with triple bunks. The washroom is in the offside corner with the wardrobe being situated between the bunks and the washroom wall.
Layouts that have slipped from popularity include the six-berth end fixed bunks design. Once used by every maker, they’ve now been replaced by the triple rear bunk design mentioned earlier.