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Hi all we bought an old Jamet Montana trailer tent and have surprised ourselves at how much we enjoyed it, the only problem is that we dont have a large garden so if we have to try and dry out the tent and awning it can be a real headache. So we are keen to upgrade to a folding caravan, easy to tow and store and no problems of trying to dry wet canvas.
This is where you all come in, without starting any arguments please give us any advice you can on make, model, pros, cons etc of any folding caravans you have experience or knowledge of.
So thank you all in advance
Alex and Susan

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For some years we owned a Gobur Carousel T12 ; I can't praise it highly enough if you understand and accept the limitation of it being a folder. You have to unfold and fold it to use it and put things in and take them out; not too big an issue but if the wife wants that outfit she left in the wardrobe she can't simply pop in and get it; those sort of issues.

They are not light and because they are hand crafted, complex and specialist they come at a high price premium. The latter with justification they hold very well into old age as damp is well controlled and the upper sides, and all windows don't suffer UV degradation.

We aged and wanted more luxury so moved to a bespoke built conventional van; the move was nothing to do with failing with the Gobur just we wanted more than it could offer.

 

As for customer service it is a company without equal.

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Thanks JTQ we have looked at Goburs and Susan likes them and like you say they get good reviews for build quality, my concern was when I watched a youtube vid and it looked like you had to build the interior once you erected it, are all folding vans like that? also what are the heating issues as we would like to use it in winter months for metal detecting rallies.

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Yes, clearly with any folder full height items have to be "built" in one sense or other. In our Gobur purchased in the 1980s this consisted of erecting the toilet cubical, simply flicking up the kitchen unit and wardrobe*, these three items being on hinged arrangements. Plus then lifting and placing the overhead lockers onto wall mounted clips; in all no great task. Whether any folder maker has now fully automated doing this I am not aware but if so I am not sure I would want the inevitable complexities that will bring.[nor the funding, extra physical lifting effort or maintenance either]. Gobur then had a very workable system and I know Richard Moss will have refined and polished things in a very focused way where it could constructively be improved.

Mine predated built in heating but it was retained in the family for decades and in the 90s my brother added an in floor gas heater; in a manner Gobur themselves by then offered as an option. I have no idea of what is in current or later builds. We used it pre its addition of a heater quite often in late season on EHUs using a small fan, the units small size and pretty good insulation plus being very well sealed resulted in it being lovely and cozy and we once enjoyed a New years rally in it.

As you will detect we think they were first rate products from a first rate builder and have not the slightest hesitation in recommending them, but do so realising that inevitably to be a folder there are some compromises to be made. Not that all caravans don't have compromises of their own.

 

Edit; * the wardrobe; my wife would and still does very generously fill wardrobes, well stuff them completely full to be honest so lifting that fully loaded was a "man job". Others might not face such challenges!

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Thanks for the info guys it is much appreciated, now Susan not being one for hanging around called me at work today at 3. 30 and by 5. 30 we were the proud owners of an Esterel :) It was torrential rain when we bought it so still to see it up in the flesh but the internet pics look great, the seller was very honest and straight with us and we got it for a good price so although it was crazy and impulsive and knowing how these vans get snapped upI think it will work out ok, fingers crossed.

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