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COACHMAN VIP 575/4 a real hit at New Dealer Events
This year's Caravan Extravaganza held at The Lawns, Cottingham, was one of our most successful shows to date and we're pleased to reveal the VIP 575/4 as our best-selling model – not just at The Lawns, but at all our Dealer Events held since then too!
We've put the VIP 575/4's popularity down to the introduction of the transverse bed layout and state-of-the-art Alde heating system, which we decided to make available after an overwhelming demand from our customers. In addition to the new interior features, the VIP range has also been constructed using the latest PU materials and bonding techniques to ensure added strength, durability and water resilience.
This is supported by the introduction of a 10-year water ingress warranty, to give our customers complete peace of mind. Customer feedback is a really valuable tool that has enabled us to develop designs which fully meet the needs of caravan users, and our sales figures just go to show that listening to your customers really pays off!
Our new season Vision, Pastiche, VIP and Laser ranges were all launched at this year's Lawns Show and saw us achieve a 25% increase in sales compared to the 2013 event.
For visitors unable to attend The Lawns' Caravan Extravaganza, the VIP 575/4 will be on display at the Motorhome & Caravan Show, NEC Birmingham 14th – 19th October and will start arriving at dealerships from late October to early December.
Please visit our find a Dealer page [http://www.coachman.co.uk/find-a-dealer] to find out more.
2015 UK MOTORHOME & CARAVAN SHOW DATES ANNOUNCED
Make a note in your diary for the 2015 UK Motorhome & Caravan Shows:
UK Spring Motorhome & Caravan Show - 21st & 22nd March, Newark Showground
UK Summer Motorhome & Caravan Show - 6th & 7th June, Kent Showground
UK Autumn Motorhome & Caravan Show - 5th & 6th September, Newark Showground
These three events feature great value weekend camping, ideal for individual bookings, groups of friends, or club rallies of all sizes:
* Large pitches (64 square metres), suitable for motorhomes, caravans, tents or RV's
* No awning fees
* Choice of hard standing or grass pitches
* Easy access
* On-site toilet & shower facilities
* Disabled camping pitches available close to all facilities (with a number of electric hook-ups available)
* On-site bar and food * Free evening entertainment featuring top music and comedy acts * Free coach trips * Free welcome pack on arrival with free gift
* Dog-friendly venues
* Kids Go Free
* Friendly service
* Giant trade stand areas
Rally Secretaries - To register a club rally at any of these 3 events, please contact us now on 01775 723723. Clubs receive designated areas, plus a free rally marshall pitch for all clubs with 10 or more pitches!
Bailey Unicorn - The Complete Picture
Incorporating the expertise which only sixty-five years of experience can bring, the Bailey Unicorn has now firmly established itself as one of the most well-designed and most well-equipped caravans available today.
All of the layouts in the third-generation range have been appreciably reconfigured to maximise the available interior living space whilst maintaining their accessible unladen weights to provide a choice of eight great-looking models that are as practical as they are comfortable.
Unicorn's four-season touring credentials are further enhanced with an upgraded Alde central heating system featuring a new more economical boiler, a user friendly digital control panel and an additional washroom radiator whilst the new Truma 100 watt solar panel allows you the extra freedom to holiday where and when you want.
These well thought-out caravans include a host of new features designed to make your life easier. Ranging from the chef-friendly kitchens offering additional worktop space and increased storage, plus a new slim-line Dometic 133 litre tower refrigerator*, to the fully-equipped washrooms featuring a separate square shower cubicle complete with a domestic style door and integral lighting. Everything has been considered to make trips away in your new Bailey Unicorn as relaxing as possible.
*Single axle models only. Twin axle layouts feature the existing Dometic 190 litre fridge freezer
The New Bailey Unicorn ( http://dmtrk.com/25PH-2SH2S-FQBSNE-199A4N-0/c.aspx )
To find out where and when you can see this eagerly anticipated new caravan range for the first time please visit the Latest Events ( http://dmtrk.com/25PH-2SH2S-FQBSNE-199A4O-0/c.aspx ) section of our web site
Bailey Pursuit and Honda Civic Tourer wows the crowds at British Touring Car Championship
The crowds watching the latest round of the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) last weekend were surprised to see a Honda Civic Tourer replica race car towing a Bailey Pursuit 550-4 caravan in matching livery around a lap of the Snetterton circuit.
This joint initiative by Bailey of Bristol and Honda's BTCC team is designed to show that a modern lightweight caravan such as the four-berth Pursuit 550-4 ( http://dmtrk.com/25PH-2SH2S-FQBSNE-199A4S-0/c.aspx ) can be towed by a compact family car like the Civic Tourer. Furthermore, the total weight of this car and caravan combination is less than 3,500 kg so is suitable for all drivers and does not require a driving licence with B+E entitlement.
The outfit will make a number of special appearances at race tracks throughout the BTCC season as well as appearing on the Bailey stand at the forthcoming Motorhome & Caravan Show. ( http://dmtrk.com/25PH-2SH2S-FQBSNE-199A4Q-0/c.aspx ) ( http://dmtrk.com/25PH-2SH2S-FQBSNE-199A4T-0/c.aspx ) For more on this story why not have a look at our new Pintrest board ( http://dmtrk.com/25PH-2SH2S-FQBSNE-199A4U-0/c.aspx )?
BAILEY PARTS DIRECT
Bailey Parts Direct gives you the convenience of purchasing genuine Bailey caravan & motorhome parts and accessories online, and having them delivered straight to your door.
Based in Bristol, at our South Liberty Lane production facility, we provide a fast and efficient service with expert staff available to advise you on any Bailey parts enquiries.
We currently have over 5,500 parts available to purchase direct from our website which can be accessed by going to www.bailey-parts.co.uk
If you cannot find what you are looking for please send us a part number
CLUB ANNOUNCES YEAR OF THE BIKE CYCLE-CHALLENGE ROUTE
The Camping and Caravanning Club has continued to build excitement around the Year of the Bike¹ with the release of new route details for its cycle-camping challenge!
Starting at Wantage in Oxfordshire, which is the site of the Club¹s inaugural meeting back in 1901, a team of Camping and Caravanning Club cycle-campers will ride up the country, taking in key points of the Tour route and pitch up at campsites along the way. The cycle-campers will pass through key towns, cities and destinations including Cambridge, Peterborough, Nottingham, Chatsworth Park in the Peak District, Glossop, Huddersfield and Keighley before heading to their final destination. Further detailed information on the route and the Club Challenge team can be found on the Club¹s new dedicated challenge website: www.clubchallenge2014.co.uk
Television presenter and first female Club President, Julia Bradbury will lead the riders over the finishing line at the Club¹s Scarborough campsite on Friday, 30 May. The Club¹s founding member, Thomas Hiram-Holding was himself a cycle-camper and established a Club that has expanded from just six members in 1901, to more than half a million enthusiastic campers and caravanners over a century later. All of the riders undertaking The Challenge¹ have agreed to wear traditional cycling clothing, like Hiram-Holding himself, throughout the six days. The six day cycle-camp challenge will take place during National Camping and Caravanning Week (Monday 26 May to Sunday 1 June), which is now into its 14th year and celebrates the nation¹s love for camping and the great outdoors.
The Club is raising money for key partner, Sustrans which is the UK¹s leading charity enabling people to travel by foot, bike or public transport. To support The Challenge, please click here: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/campingandcaravanningclubchallenge <http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/campingandcaravanningclubchallenge> And there are plenty of opportunities to support the Club¹s Challenge Team by following them on its social media channels (www.facebook.com/thefriendlyclub <http://www.facebook.com/thefriendlyclub> , www.twitter.com/campandcaravan <http://www.twitter.com/campandcaravan> , www.youtube.com/thefriendlyclub <http://www.youtube.com/thefriendlyclub> and searching for the hashtag #needfortweed.
Robert Louden MBE, the Club¹s Director General, said: "Cycle-camping is a huge part of our heritage so it seemed only fitting that in the Year of the Bike, we really set out to complete a challenge in the memory of our founding member, Thomas Hiram-Holding. I know sections of the route are very tough but I¹m confident that our team of cycle-campers will be able to complete the course. Cycle-camping is very popular with Club members, it¹s a fantastic way to explore the British countryside at an inexpensive cost!" Sponsors of The Challenge include: Swift, Halfords, Vango, Elddis, Outwell, Marquis Motorhomes and Jaguar Land Rover.
If you¹re interested in taking on your own cycle-camping challenge, the Club and Sustrans have provided a Tour of Britain resource, which will allow you to plan your trip: http://www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk/ukcampsites/tours-walks-trails/cy cling-tour-britain/ <http://www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk/ukcampsites/tours-walks-trails/c ycling-tour-britain/>
Additionally, if you¹d like to watch some of the world¹s best cyclist¹s ride through the UK for the start of the Tour in July, book a pitch with the Club: http://www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk/ukcampsites/holiday-ideas/tour-de -france/ <http://www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk/ukcampsites/holiday-ideas/tour-d e-france/>
Hello from the Bailey Parts Direct team, and welcome to the third e-newsletter.
Bailey Parts Direct gives you the convenience of purchasing genuine Bailey caravan & motor home parts and accessories online, and having them delivered straight to your door. Based in Bristol, at our South Liberty Lane production facility, we provide a fast and efficient service with expert staff available to advise you on any Bailey parts enquiries. We currently have over 5,500 parts available to purchase direct from our website which can be accessed by clicking this link: www.bailey-parts.co.uk. If you cannot find what you are looking for please feel free to contact us by email on email@example.com.
Product of the month: Protec Towing Covers only £165.00! Protect the front of your Bailey caravan with a tailored towing cover from Pro-Tec. Protects against stone chips, road dirt, black exhaust marks, insects & flies. Model specific covers are available for the follwoing models: Unicorn II, Pegasus GT6, Pursuit, Olympus II, Orion & Unicorn.
Free Prize Giveaway! This month we have a Protec cover to give away to one lucky winner! To enter our prize draw, simply place an order for one of the 6 Pro-Tec covers available through our website, and one lucky winner will be chosen at random and refunded the cost of £165.00! Closing date for the prize draw is 25.04.14. The winner will be notified by email and announced in the April issue of our e-newsletter.
A SMILE TO SURPASS ALL OTHERS : A closer look at the stunning new Swift Elegance and Sterling Continental ranges
SMART HT High Tech Built with SMART HT construction, the Swift Elegance and Sterling Continental ranges showcase an exterior and interior style that radiates class to make them the definitive touring caravan.
Interior With enviable modern styling and a high quality finish, the new flagship Swift Elegance and Sterling Continental ranges surpass all expectations. The attention to detail is apparent and perfectly complements the supreme specification. Join Blair Jacobs for a guided tour of the interior features ( http://swift-mailer.co.uk/B20-275CX-BJLVZ3-XJ5LU-0/c.aspx )
Exterior The rounded corner panels, completely new full GRP front with windows that are flush to the body and curved one piece rear panel give the new Swift Elegance and Sterling Continental ranges a sleek silhouette that exudes quality. Blair Jacobs takes a detailed look at the exterior styling ( http://swift-mailer.co.uk/B20-275CX-BJLVZ3-XJ5LT-0/c.aspx )
For further details on SMART HT ( http://swift-mailer.co.uk/B20-275CX-BJLVZ3-XJ5LM-0/c.aspx ) and the new Swift Elegance ( http://swift-mailer.co.uk/B20-275CX-BJLVZ3-XJ5LO-0/c.aspx ) and Sterling Continental ( http://swift-mailer.co.uk/B20-275CX-BJLVZ3-XJ5LN-0/c.aspx ) ranges visit swiftgroup.co.uk ( http://swift-mailer.co.uk/B20-275CX-BJLVZ3-XJ5LR-0/c.aspx
An impressive start to 2014 . . . With three incredibly successful caravan shows under our belt this year, we are delighted to report that our retail sales are up 22.5% since this time last year!
The beginning of the year is a busy time for the caravan industry with three large shows: Manchester; Glasgow and Birmingham. We have recorded excellent sales at all three events, particularly across our new Vision [http://www.coachman.co.uk/vision-range/overview] range and our top end VIP [http://www.coachman.co.uk/vip-range/overview] and Laser [http://www.coachman.co.uk/laser-range/overview]models.
The caravan shows are the perfect opportunity for people to compare models and to take a good look around layouts. They also give us the chance to explain the technical improvements we have made across the ranges, including the introduction of PU components and innovative bonded construction techniques. We know that these things are incredibly important to customers. Buying a caravan is, initially, a significant financial outlay for most so, naturally, buyers want to be sure that they are making a sound long-term investment in a quality product.
Coachman's best selling two-berth models so far this year have been the Vision 450/2 and the VIP 460/2 If you'd like to see why these models have been so popular, or take a look at any of our other superb quality tourers, check out your closest Coachman dealership.
There are some great deals available. To find a Coachman dealership near you, click here [http://www.coachman.co.uk/find-a-dealer].
Win an iPad Air! Visit our website to enter our superb competition to win a brand new iPad Air. Sleek and stylish exteriors, strong and solid construction and packed with more features that you can shake a stick at – the iPad Air and the new Vision range of caravans have a lot in common. An iPad Air also makes the perfect caravan holiday companion, so why not enter our competition to be in with a chance of winning one? Visit our website and answer a simple question about our new Vision [http://www.coachman.co.uk/vision-range/overview] range of caravans. It's that easy. Closing date for entries is 25th April 2014 and the winner will be drawn at random from all correct entries. Full terms and conditions can be found on our website.
SWIFT - TAKING CARAVAN CONSTRUCTION TO THE NEXT LEVEL
HT (Hi-Tech) is the most exciting breakthrough in caravan construction since
Swift's inception in the 1960's. It takes intelligent construction to a new
level with the best modern materials. Such is the advance in design and
construction many elements have patents pending.
details will be revealed 18th February 2014.
Visit the Caravan and Camping Show 2014 at the NEC Birmingham 18th February-23 February 2014 where you will be able to see these exciting new products and join in with Swift Group's 50th Anniversary celebrations.
A STELLAR OFFERING FROM CAMPBELLS - LUNAR COSMOS
Campbells Caravans Lunar Cosmos has had a revamp for the start of the spring season and will make its first official outing at The Caravan & Motorhome Show at EventCity in Manchester (stands 1-27 & 1-51). The very special retailer edition of the Lunar Quasar now boasts over £1,500 worth of added luxuries as well as offering families flexible and spacious holiday accommodation.
Dealer extras now include:
* LED mood lighting
* Upgraded Thetford oven with built in pan door
* Luxury heavy pile carpet
* Large heki rooflight
* 3 speed omni vent
* Acrylic infill kitchen doors
* Chrome ceiling grab handles and furniture handles
* External gas BBQ point
* Remote control insurance approved alarm
* Offside services light
* Auto changeover gas regulator
* Heavy duty door steadies
Being based on the Quasar, the single axle lightweight Cosmos benefits from versatile living accommodation, ideal for families. A variety of different bed configurations are offered, from doubles to fixed singles and bunk beds, providing up to six berths. The new 2014 Quasars benefit from Lunars Core design philosophy and are lighter than ever. Interior and exterior design has been improved offering a stunning new full height curved front panel with 25% larger flush fitting front window, more headroom, more useable locker space and a powerful new 4kw Truma combi gas/electric water and central heating system with fast heat up. The Cosmos starts at £15,289.
For more information visit http://www.campbells.ltd.uk
New Pursuit Caravan and Approach Compact Motorhome Ranges
The Bailey Retailer Network will be presenting the new Pursuit caravan and Approach Compact motorhome ranges as part of a National Bailey showcase during January and February.
A new low-cost light-weight first caravan range in a choice of six best-selling layouts suitable for both couples and large families. A range of compact coachbuilt motorhomes in a choice of innovative layouts includng features such as drop down double beds and rear storage garages suitable for couples and small families. To see these and the other multi awad-winning ranges in our model line up click on the following link to find details of your nearest Showcase event : www.bailey-caravans.co.uk.
In addition look out for Bailey caravan and motorhomes on Retailer Stands at these key shows during the next few weeks.
Bailey leisure vehicles have won both the Caravan of the Year & the Motorhome of the Year Awards in the Caravan Times nationwide poll. Caravan Times is the UK's largest online magazine for caravan and motorhome enthusiasts and every year they invite their readers to choose their favourite caravan and, for the first time in 2013, their favourite motorhome in a public vote. On this occasion it was the Bailey Pegasus GT65 caravan range and the Bailey Approach Autograph motorhome range that beat off stiff competition from other industry rivals to run out winners, claiming 28% and 37% of the votes in their respective polls. Bailey would like to thank everybody who took the time to vote for their products in this public survey.
BBC TV presenter, explorer and marine biologist Monty Halls is the latest celebrity to enjoy a great escape in a new Bailey Caravan. Monty and his family used a top-of-the-range Unicorn Barcelona as their base for a recent Public Speaking tour of Scotland and North East - staying on a number of Caravan Club sites in the process.
Quasar Wins Award for Best Lightweight Caravan
The 2014 Caravan Awards took place last week at a prestigious awards ceremony staged at Searcys, an exclusive venue in Knightsbridge, London.
Lunar won first place in the Best Lightweight Caravan category with the Quasar 564. New for 2014, the flexible family orientated Quasar 564 provides a rear side dinette that seats 4 during the day and quickly converts to a double bed at night. Equipped also with a spacious front lounge, high specification kitchen and luxurious end washroom, this new model offers comfort and room in an extremely lightweight package.
Lunar chairman and CEO Brian Mellor says, ‘It is a fantastic accolade that Lunar won this award. We are also extremely proud that first place was scooped by a Quasar model. This range has undergone many new advancements for the 2014 season, including a sleek curved front panel and an array of contemporary styling changes. This award win really does emphasise our passion for designing lightweight caravans that offer home from home luxury.”
COACHMAN CARAVANS - NEWS
Vision is a Motorhome & Caravan Show stopper!
Following on from the successful Motorhome & Caravan Show, held at the NEC last month, the Vision [http://www.coachman.co.uk/vision-range/overview] has really taken off.
In addition to this, our Pastiche [http://www.coachman.co.uk/pastiche-range/overview], VIP [http://www.coachman.co.uk/vip-range/overview]and Laser [http://www.coachman.co.uk/laser-range/overview] models have all received an annual makeover too, and sales on these and the Vision models are still strong and dealerships active.
This positive news – along with the record attendance of more than 100,000 visitors at The Motorhome & Caravan Show – proves that it really is an exciting time for the industry!
Coming soon: The new Bailey Pursuit Caravan range Pursuit 430-4
Six and a half decades of providing happy holidays for generations of owners has helped Bailey become the UK's favourite caravan brand. During this period the company has earnt a reputation for bringing well designed, well equipped, yet affordable vehicles to the market and in the process making the enjoyment of a touring caravan available to a wider audience.
The new Bailey Pursuit has all the attributes to continue in this rich tradition, whilst at the same time offering something genuinely different for a new generation of caravan owners.
Display models will be arriving on Retailer forecourts from late November onwards.
COACHMAN CARAVANS - A new caravan . . . a new Vision
Technical improvements for 2014 include the introduction of PU components and innovative bonded construction techniques across the ranges. We've worked hard to replace many of our mechanical fixings with a technologically advanced bonded process, and we've improved the structures of our caravan walls by introducing PU components to the framework. The result is ergonomically stylish shapes and resistance to water ingress.
A brand new design from the ground up, Vision's [http://www.coachman.co.uk/vision-range/overview] eight different layouts [http://www.coachman.co.uk/vision-range/floor-plans] feature state-of-the-art materials and innovative engineering techniques. Accessibly priced, the Vision delivers all the attributes caravanners have come to expect from Coachman. Sleek looks, luxurious soft furnishings and the usual design details are evident throughout the range.
Whether you're looking for a base for a couple's escape, or a comfortable caravan for family holidays away with the children or grandchildren, the Vision provides all the caravan you'll ever need – and with eight fantastic layouts to choose from, there's a model to suit everyone.
Coachman's favourites the Pastiche [http://www.coachman.co.uk/pastiche-range/overview], VIP [http://www.coachman.co.uk/vip-range/overview] and Laser [http://www.coachman.co.uk/laser-range/overview] have all been given a fresh new look for the coming season. We've introduced changes such as new soft furnishings, Vortex alloy wheels, solar panels and a 6kw Truma Combi Boiler.
To find out more about these, and a host of other new additions, visit our website [http://www.coachman.co.uk/our-ranges]
Coming Soon: The new Bailey Pursuit Caravan range
Six and a half decades of providing happy holidays for generations of owners has helped Bailey become the UK's favourite caravan brand. During this period the company has earnt a reputation for bringing well designed, well equipped, yet affordable vehicles to the market and in the process making the enjoyment of a touring caravan available to a wider audience. The new Bailey Pursuit has all the attributes to continue in this rich tradition, whilst at the same time offering something genuinely different for a new generation of caravan owners.
Models will go on display for the first time at the Motorhome & Caravan Show, NEC, Birmingham 15th - 20th October (stand 19-29) and here's a sneak peak http://bit.ly/19l6SZz of what you can expect to see when you are there.
Bailey Alu-Tech caravans pass 'true blue' Australian durability test
'When the going gets tough, the tough gets going' so the song goes and that is
what two Bailey Alu-Tech caravans proved by successfully completing an 850 mile
off-road journey across the Australian Outback.
The challenge was organised by Bailey Australia (the official distributor for
touring caravans in Australia) and involved towing a Unicorn Series II
and a Pegasus GT65 Verona through the centre of the country on a combination
bitumen, gravel, dirt and corrugated roads, to provide all vehicles involved
the ultimate structural examination.
Plus to see the type of conditions the caravans had to endure when taking on the 'true blue' challenge http://bit.ly/GzLWHX watch the following video footage.
CARAVAN CAT !
FIVE years ago the moggy wandered into the compound of Cosford Caravans and made herself at home. The kind-hearted staff took to her at once and started to feed the tortoiseshell intruder on a daily basis.
Nick Howard, the managing director of caravan producer Bailey, enquired about the cat and asked where it slept. Staff explained to him that he spent his days on the site sleeping on chairs in the showroom and mooching around the caravans. The pampered cat was however, put out at the end of each working day.
Mervyn Hughes, owner of Cosford Caravans takes up the story. "Two weeks later, much to our amazement a miniature Bailey Orion caravan arrived at our Newport Road site, purpose-built by the Bailey engineers in Bristol, especially for our cat. In my 28 years here at Cosford, I have never seen anything quite like it. It turned up with a message saying 'something for the cat to sleep in at night in comfort."
To find out more about the caravan cat just click here - www.cosfordcaravans.co.uk/Press/CAT+NAPPING+IN+STYLE/704
Swift Group launch new SMART construction across their entire caravan range
06 August 2013
SmartSwift Group is launching a new SMART intelligent construction system across their entire UK touring caravan range.
SMART is based on proven technology and provides a Strong timber-less body frame with Modern desirable looks and a leading Aerodynamic shape that is Resilient to moisture, all wrapped up in a Caravan that has undergone the most comprehensive Testing.
The new Strong timberless body frame uses ‘PURe’, a tough, hard polyurethane based product that is totally impervious to water and has been proven through use. The construction method prevents the transfer of moisture from the 5000 Series marine grade aluminium sidewalls to the wall board inside, making the caravan highly Resilient to moisture.
All fixings, including windows and doors are made into the ‘PURe’ frame which is varied in density in different areas to suit the strength required. Already lighter than timber and with this density tuning it provides around a 10-14kg weight saving without any loss in strength.
A special waterproof sealant is used around fixing screws and they are engineered so that they do not go all the way through the ‘PURe’ frame. The ‘PURe’ material being totally impervious to water and having no veins means there is no passage for water from the outer skin to the inner wallboard, combating moisture ingress.
Everything including the insulating HD polystyrene insulation core is CNC (computer numerically controlled) cut to provide accuracy and consistency time after time to give a high quality engineered product.
The new bodyshell has been through extensive safety and durability Testing at the Millbrook track and through cold chamber Testing down to minus 15 degrees C and beyond. This puts prototypes through conditions most products will never have to experience in a life time; all part of the Swift Ethos to deliver the best products which are both safe to use and fit for purpose providing confidence for customers.
This has been done with no compromise in the Modern desirable looks inside and out and Swift Group touring caravans continue to lead the way in Aerodynamics using Computational Fluid Dynamics to help shape the bodyshell for better fuel consumption and safer towing.
Nick page, Swift Group Commercial Director commented, ‘We are constantly looking at new and better ways to construct our products and only introduce new developments when we know they are fit for purpose. SMART intelligent construction bears the ethos of what we want to achieve for all our products going forward. The introduction of ‘PURe’ is a simple change that will make a big difference to moisture resilience and has already been well proven through use. Our customers can be confident that this small but significant change will enhance the quality and longevity of their purchase.’
NEW 2014 LUNAR RANGE ECLIPSES COMPETITION LEADERS IN LIGHTWEIGHT LUXURY GET EVEN LIGHTER FOR THE NEW SEASON
As the leaders in 'Lightweight Luxury', Lunar Caravans has set a precedence within the industry for driving down the weight of luxury tourers. This has been achieved without compromising either the quality of the finished product or the comfort afforded to the customer.
For 2014, Lunar has once again delivered significant weight reductions across its new range – with some models now up to 55kg lighter.
This reduction follows an extensive research and development programme, which has resulted in Lunar introducing a pioneering new thermoplastic material into the inner wall construction to create an enhanced bodyshell with superior properties
The new enhanced bodyshell ensures that the 2014 breed of Lunar caravan will deliver the same quality build, durability and luxury finish as it's predecessor whilst being even lighter and with reduced risk of condensation and internal cold spots.
The ethos behind the new method of construction is 'Core' – an approach to product development, which focuses on strengthening the emotive bond between a customer and their experience of Caravanning.
Lunar CEO and Chairman, Brian Mellor explains, “The new season Lunar models are the first to evolve from our 'Core' philosophy and technology and signify a long line of future product innovations.
“'Core' is how we apply our beliefs and technology to the design of caravans, that enables our customers to experience the enjoyment of caravanning – wherever and whenever they choose and with no compromises.
“For example, we've reduced the weight of our tourers to enable our customers to have a wider choice of towcar and to ensure their holidays are not limited in frequency or distance by their fuel consumption. However, 'Core' ensures these weight reductions are delivered with the same traditional high quality build and levels of luxury for which the Lunar brand is renown,” he added.
'Core' Innovation - Tried and Tested
Lunar continues to carefully design, construct and thoroughly test every aspect and component of its caravan range.
The thermoplastic material now employed in the construction of Lunar's new range has been proven through widespread use in the automotive and marine industries. To ensure its suitability, Lunar has put the material through further rigorous testing using two leading facilities.
'Core' Road Test At the AL-KO test centre in Stuttgart, Germany, a 2014 prototype was subject to a lifetime test equivalent of 30,000km (18,641 miles):
- 10,000km (6,214 miles) of which were spent on a 'rolling road' simulator which subjected the prototype chassis and body shell to exaggerated road bumps and vibrations. - 20,000km (12,472 miles) were spent on a track which incorporated all the demands that real life roads impose on today's caravans. The prototype travelled over cobbles, potholes and repaired asphalt surfaces on the test track.
The prototype construction proved to be extremely resilient to these tough structural tests, reinforcing the fact that 'Core' design has successfully reduced weight with no compromise to strength and durability.
'Core' Climate Test Further testing was conducted in one of the world's largest climate chamber test facilities operated by Truma/Alde. A 2014 prototype Clubman caravan was subjected to extreme temperature variance over a 100 hour test programme. The results from the tests showed that, with the use of 'Core' design and the new thermoplastic material, the new season caravans have a more even spread of warm air inside which resulted in the elimination of cold spots. This also resulted in fewer moisture deposits on the walls and windows, which significantly reduced the occurrence of condensation.
New Exterior and Interior Enhancements:
Lunar's new 2014 model range will also offer a number of visual and specification enhancements, cutting a dash on the campsite whilst creating an even comfier home-from-home environment.
For more information on Lunar Caravans 2014 range visit www.lunarcaravans.com