Gobur on Test
With the new distinctive looking Kia Soul 2 car on test it seemed the ideal opportunity to get an idea of what the Gobur folding caravan is capable of. We were loaned the top of the range Gobur Carousel Clubman, an absolute ideal match for the Kia with its torquey 1.6 diesel engine. In fact we reckon for anyone wanting to have an economical outfit yet remain stylish, the Kia / Gobur would prove a great combination.
This two berth is top of the range in the Gobur line up. Available as an L- shaped dinette option, we were given the double dinette version complete for 2010 with new scratch-resistant paint.
Based on the proven Al-Ko chassis (which is specially designed for Gobur) the Clubman comes with steel rim wheels, however alloys can be added as an extra but we reckon the Clubman should have these as standard kit.
The Gobur is built in the conventional coachbuilt method with polystyrene inserted for insulation. The exterior isn’t over-exciting to look at - it is after all a box-type profile, but this doesn’t matter when on site and it certainly doesn’t matter when being towed. The beauty is that the Gobur closes down of course and then it’s basically a trailer on the back of the car.
Hitched up to the Kia, the 1.6 diesel just blew the Gobur away – sure it was unladen, but we reckon that loaded the Kia would be absolutely fine. Stability of both car and folding caravan on open roads and down twisty back roads was so competent that inexperienced towers would find this outfit easy to handle. But that’s the plus of the Gobur; you won’t feel daunted moving it around even by hand - although MD Richard Moss told us that some customers do order a mover! But once unhitched the Carousel is so easy to push into position.
You don’t need a large pitch either; the compact Carousel takes up little room.