Essential Guide to 2020 caravans - Buccaneer caravans
Buccaneer Barracuda caravan
Laden with impressive equipment including an automatic levelling system and underfloor heating, Buccaneers sit at the pinnacle of specification excellence.
Buccaneers have long represented the ultimate in caravanning luxury; caravans to consider for those who are looking for the highest spec they can get.
As spec levels are driven ever upwards by demand, other caravans have emerged in this top bracket, of course, which is good, because this focuses attention on caravanning at a top-luxury level.
Buccaneer, though, remains iconic, a sort of Rolls-Royce of caravans, one might say. And this is why: they are eight feet wide. Until a few years ago, they were the only UK-built eight-foot-wide caravans. They set the benchmark. And they have the luxury of underfloor heating, which works in synergy with the Alde heating system.
The twin-axle Barracuda has an L-shaped lounge with a 32in television mounted on the offside wall. Shelves stretch the length of this wall, below the television, to accommodate all manner of media accessories.
At the rear is a secluded bedroom with an extending island bed flanked by wardrobes. The Barracuda’s wide body means there is plenty of space to walk along the sides of the bed. It also means the washing arrangements, forward of the bedroom, are luxuriously spacious, too; the shower is located on the nearside while the toilet and washbasin ‘room’ is opposite.
The corridor in between becomes a dressing room; an adjunct to the bedroom, when the forward door is closed.
Luxury is clearly evident in every area of the Barracuda but it’s arguably the E&P Levelsystem that will impress you first and foremost, and for good reason.
At the simple touch of a button on a handset or a panel by the door, the caravan levels in around two minutes. Giant axle stands level it sideways, then heavy-duty corner steadies lower to make the caravan level from the front to the back.
ATC stability control, a 100W solar panel, a 40-litre on-board water tank, an extractor fan, a clothes dryer in the shower cubicle, wheel locks, an Aquasource connector so that you can take water directly from a tap on your pitch, plus an external shower are all standard on this model.
Buccaneer caravans, like all of the caravans made by the Erwin Hymer Group in County Durham, are built using a fully bonded technique called SoLiD, which is backed by 10-year water ingress and body integrity warranty. This is a caravan made to withstand the weather in all seasons.
Price from: £35,294 inc £595 delivery
Layout: L-shaped lounge, double bedroom
Buccaneer Clipper caravan
This twin-axle model is big on light and that is perfectly demonstrated in the living area to the front of the caravan – it’s the ideal space for couples and families to relax and enjoy being on holiday, whatever the weather.
It offers a versatile layout with two twin beds at the rear and the washroom separates the two sleeping areas, allowing for privacy. With that in mind, couples with young children may choose to convert the front seats into a comfortable and spacious double.
The Buccaneer range is designed for those who love touring all year round and don’t want to compromise on luxury. As such, the features are top of the range with Unique Alde underfloor heating and Grade III thermal insulation. If you’re taking your dog away, you’ll be delighted to discover the sumptuous ‘Samarkand’ ActivCare + Pet Friendly upholstery. It is anti-snag, hypoallergenic, and certainly makes muddy pawprints a lot easier to deal with!
During the day, make use of the retractable bed. Simply stow it away and you’ll get extra floorspace for lounging. This is the perfect day-to-evening caravan to use 365 days a year if you so desire!
Price from: £34,994 inc £595 delivery
Layout: Rear twin bedroom, central washroom
Buccaneer Aruba caravan
The Buccaneer Aruba is the most luxurious six-berth caravan you can buy... That’s quite an accolade.
The Aruba has three distinct sleeping areas. There’s a double bed at the rear, with the shower room alongside it. There’s a super-sized double bed to create in the lounge – or two single beds, if you prefer. And in the centre, a double bed to convert from the wide, wrap-around dining area.
Buccaneers are eight feet wide, and you appreciate the extra width in all areas.
The Aruba is a fabulous layout for versatility. If four are on board, you can keep either the central dining area or the lounge in day mode, so you don’t have to put away beds in order to create a breakfast area. And all the time you are cocooned in the luxury of not only Alde heating but underfloor heating, which works in synergy with the heating system.
And there’s more. Buccaneers have the E&P LevelSystem, which levels the caravan in two minutes in response to the touch of a button on a handset or the control panel by the door. Giant axle stands level it sideways, then heavy-duty corner steadies lower to make the caravan level from front to back.
ATC stability control, a 100-watt solar panel, a 40-litre water tank, an extractor fan, a clothes dryer in the shower cubicle, wheel locks, an Aquasource connector so that you can take water directly from a tap on your pitch, plus an external shower are all part of the kit. And if you want leather upholstery you can have that, too, for an extra cost.
Price from: £34,994 inc £595 delivery
Layout: Central dining area, rear fixed double
Highlights of Buccaneer’s 2020 caravans
- Eight feet wide, light bright and airy
- Alde central heating, underfloor heating and load monitor
- Versatile layouts for families of all sizes
- 100W solar panels
- E&P remote control Levelsystem - works in two minutes
- Perfect for year-round touring
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