Posted on 12 Mar 2011
Caravanning Test Team
|Model Year ||2007|
|Class ||Single Axle|
|Base Vehicle ||-|
|Price from (£)||15995|
|Shipping length (m)||7.19|
|Max width (m)||2.22|
|External height (m)||2.56|
|Back & Front Dinette||No|
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Avondale Osprey, 2008
Price new: £15,495
This caravan is a: four berth with an end washroom
Confession time: I have a bit of a soft spot for Avondale’s ‘Bird’ caravans. The first-ever test caravan to come my way was a 1995 Avondale Mayfly, (not a bird, admittedly) complete with cheerfully twee curtains, fiddle-rails galore and a dinky little rear lantern window. After years spent labouring under the misapprehension that a neighbour’s rather austere early 1970s ABI Monza was as good as caravans got, it seemed to me to be the height of camping luxury and modernity. I also seem to recall that the prose which appeared in print shortly afterwards was as purple as it was possible to get this side of a manufacturer’s advertisement.
Twelve years later, and the rosy spectacles have long gone (as has the Mayfly, which breathed its last in 2001), but Avondale’s range of single-axle clubman caravans remains, albeit in a barely recognisable form.
The Osprey, tested here in its 2008 guise, first appeared back in 1999 and is still going strong today, thanks in no small part,
I would imagine, to the rallying fraternity who clearly appreciate its tried-and-tested layout and unusually opulent feel. It works as a family caravan, that’s true, but I’d lay good odds that 90 per cent of Osprey customers are retired couples who divide their time between full-blown club sites and facility-light CLs and CSs.
Click here to download test: Which Caravan, April 2008
| Direct rivals from Swift Group may have the visual edge, and those from Bailey more attractive asking prices, but anyone looking to spend around £15,000 on their next luxury caravan overlooks the Osprey at their peril.
It’s fair to say you’d buy the Avondale over the others with your head, not your heart, not least in light of the exterior looks that only the truly dedicated can distinguish easily from lesser Avondales, but it’s difficult to argue with its upmarket lounge, superb end washroom and almost comically huge kitchen. These days, top-end Avondales even stand comparison with rivals in terms of build quality, too.
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