27/04/2016 Share this story Share on Facebook icon Share on Twitter icon Share on Pinterest icon Share on Google Plus icon Share on Linked In icon Share via Email icon

Caravan royalty, unbelievable stories and years of caravans for sale


Now with models still around that seep vintage charm and classic appeal from every join, founder of Cheltenham Caravans, Arthur Gardner, built his first model way back in 1919.

His son, Cecil, has had caravanning in his blood since birth, taking on responsibilities and, ultimately, ownership of the company way back when.

He's seen some incredible things over the years, and Caravan magazine has been lucky enough to get a few moments of his time to gain insight into a world of manufacturing that is probably long gone. There are certainly some stories that health and safety would take issue with among the pages below. Take a look...


“Butane had no smell at all then, so she struck a match; it blew up and blew the side of the caravan out!” In part one of our interview series, Cecil tells us all about the origins of Cheltenham caravans, accidents on holiday, and driving 100 miles before breakfast.

Read part one here


“If a caravan couldn’t stand up to going 1000 miles then it was no good.” Part two of the series gives us more of an insight into what makes Cheltenhams so good, the dangers of carrying petrol in a caravan's bath (!), and when the capital of caravanning changed from Cheltenham to Hull.

Read part two here


“My father was shot by 18 bullets in WWI. I’m surprised he was alive! Building caravans was a safe procedure by comparison.” In the final part of our interview series, Cecil tells us about his father's lucky escape, how Cheltenham built caravans after the war, and what reasons are behind the manufacturer's interesting model names.

Read part three here


For more information on the Cheltenham Owners Club, visit the website.



Also read:   Caravan reviews       Subscribe to Caravan magazine     Caravans for sale    

Sign up to the e-newsletter for free

Or simply tell us what you think!








27/04/2016 Share this story Share on Facebook icon Share on Twitter icon Share on Pinterest icon Share on Google Plus icon Share on Linked In icon Share via Email icon

Recent Updates

Caravanners, campervanners and motorhomers can take advantage of being members of The Caravan and Motorhome Club this summer, if they’re quick. ...

Surf's up with the Caravan and Motorhome Club

The Caravan and Motorhome Club wants to encourage more surfers to enjoy their campsites and facilities. ...

Camping and Caravanning Club appoints new Finance Director

Richard Griffiths has been appointed as the Camping and Caravanning Club’s new Finance and HR Director ...

New Scotland travel guide published

History Scotland has published a new digital magazine aimed at all those looking to holiday in Scotland this ...

Other News

In the build up to the Tour de Yorkshire, Caravan insurance specialist, Caravan Guard, announced its support of a local charity bike ride. ...

Prince Charles awards OBE to Caravan and Motorhome Club chairman

His Royal Highness, Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, presented Grenville Chamberlain with an OBE at ...

Campsite visitor spending revealed in new report

A new report has found people who stay on UK campsites spend on average £557 per visit ...

Truma hooks up down under in new venture

Caravan heating, cooling and controls specialist Truma has a new, joint venture in Australia. ...