Goodalls Caravans of Shepley
They should do, with the accumulated benefits of thirty years of experience of both buying and selling them. Goodalls deal only in used caravans, so they are not tied to any particular manufacturer, creating a far greater diversity of used stock.
There is a small area reserved for bargain basement trade-ins, as there is always a small but steady market for these. They are usually sold as seen, but rarely hang around for very long.
If you are travelling from outside the area, allow time for a scenic journey around the rolling roads of the hills above the site.
Then, if you need refreshment after your journey, the excellent Sovereign Inn is right next door, where on warm days you can eat your meal outside.
The Shepley site has room for over a hundred caravans, a selection of which are kept under the cover of a canopy.
Most of these are connected to electrical hook-ups and heated in the winter, allowing Goodalls to benefit from steady sales at times when other businesses have frozen to a standstill.
The current stock ranges from a few hundred pounds to just under £15,000. The featured caravan was parked conveniently at the front of the forecourt – a newly arrived and unusual Lunar Zenith EB GTS.
Lunar Zenith EB GTS - £9,495
The first thing that will strike you about this little seen version of the Zenith, is the open plan feel to the interior.
This impression is created not so much by the floor space, rather it is the very long, nearside cupboard, finished with a worktop surface, although a bit on the low side to be actually put to that use.
Although the woodwork is of high quality, this isn’t a caravan packed with fancy panelling, racks and shelves.
Instead, you are presented with the means to make this caravan into whatever you want it to be. It would make a very spacious caravan for two people and it also wouldn’t be too much of a burden to tow.
A four-berth usually translates into a family caravan, but for children to have a separate beds, they will need to fit comfortably on the five foot length of each sofa.
The kitchen has full facilities and has an impressive food preparation area – even more so with the cupboard to opposite.
The end bedroom with the fixed double bed can be entirely closed off, which provides a nice en-suite feel for a couple, but is perhaps not so good for families.
As is usual in these layouts, the washbasin is in a corner of the bedroom, an arrangement that I never think is ideal for children, although you can always nudge them into the shower and hose them down.
The Zenith is great as a roomy two-berth, but although it can accommodate two grand-children as guests, it is probably not one that you would buy specifically as a family caravan.
Sovereign Crossroads, Holmfirth Road, Shepley, Yorkshire HD8 8BB
Tel: 01484 608888
- This profile was first published in Caravan Motorhome & Camping Mart's Summer Special issue.