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Caravan review: Eriba Nova Light 465

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Key Features

  • Model Year : 2022
  • Class : Single Axle
  • Berths : 3
  • Internal Length (m) : 4.86
  • Shipping Length (m) : 6.07
  • MRO (kg) : 1065
  • MTPLM (kg) : 1200
  • Max Width (m) : 2.25
  • External Height (m) : 2.57

The Verdict

With a pedigree traceable back more than 50 years, Nova caravans will never go out of style. Attention to detail and bags of storage are just two characteristics of the Nova Light and, when you combine that with a low MTPLM across the range, you can begin to see how appealing these caravans are to those who are new to caravanning.

AT A GLANCE

Price: Starting from £23,310 Berths: 3 Length – Body: 4.86m; Overall: 6.07m Width: 2.08m Headroom: 1.98m Weight – MIRO: 1,065g; MTPLM: 1,200kg

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

Model Year
2022
Manufacturer
Eriba Caravans
Class
Single Axle
Range
Nova
Price From (£)
21700
Berths
3
Shipping Length (m)
6.07
MRO (kg)
1065
MTPLM (kg)
1200
Max Width (m)
2.25
External Height (m)
2.57
End Washroom
No
Island Double
No
Fixed Singles/Bunks
No
Triple Bunks
No
End Kitchen
No
Back & Front Dinette
No
Side Dinette
No
Caravan Test Date
Caravan Buyer Test Date

DETAILED REVIEW

 

Words: Clare Kelly  Photography: Erwin Hymer Group

 

 

The Eriba Nova Light 465

 

Eriba first introduced the Nova caravan in 1966 and it remained one of the brand’s most popular models over the years and, in 2004, there were a whopping 21 layouts available. Today, you’ll still see plenty of Novas on the road on the Continent, but, here in the UK, you’ll only find the Nova Light available from new.

Nova Light, which arrived in 2013, is of a similar dimension to the Feeling line-up but with the comfort level of the Nova. There are five layouts to choose from, including four three-berth models – 425, 442, 465, 470, and one five-berth, the 515.

For our review, we looked at the 465. This model has a fixed bed to the rear on the offside and an end washroom on the nearside. The front lounge can also be made into a single bed, making this a neat little caravan for a couple or a small family.

With an MTPLM of 1,200kg, it’s an appealing option for those who don’t wish to upgrade their car to a 4x4 – and with the recent changes in driving licences making caravanning more accessible, a lightweight caravan is even more attractive to those who’ve never towed before. Even the five-berth Nova Light 515 has an MTPLM of just 1,400kg. Couple this with a payload of 465kg and you’ll soon realise there’s no need to fret about what to take with you on your holiday and what to leave behind.

 

The exterior

The exterior of the Nova is simple and understated – white with accents of grey. As with all Eriba caravans, nothing is superfluous. Instead, it’s only added if it makes a real difference to the end user. The long drawbar makes towing a more stable experience – something, again, those new to towing will appreciate, and there’s plenty of space for a bike rack if you enjoy cycling while on tour. Storage on the exterior includes an integrated front storage compartment which can take two gas bottles, ideal for longer trips, plus any other bits and pieces.

 All Eriba caravans benefit from excellent insulation to keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Known as PUAL, this technology, developed back in 1987, comprises closed-cell foam and makes up the bodyshell which is then coupled with an aluminium outer skin. We didn’t sleep in the 465 but, after having spoken to Eriba owners, we can testify it is very effective, especially if touring all year round. Increase your space with a Thule awning to save the faff of carrying a separate awning and you’ll be ready for all weather.

 

The interior

Step inside the Nova Light and you’ll be struck by the light and it certainly befits its name – both lightweight and, indeed, bright and airy. The panoramic skylight in the living room is the reason and natural lights floods in and allows a little romantic stargazing if you’re into that sort of thing…

Natural wood-effect cabinetry in ‘Chiavenna Nut’ is modern and the generous wardrobe is a triumph of space with added laundry compartment to keep things nice and tidy. We love the thoughtful design.

In the bedroom area is the fixed bed, super comfortable and complete with washable mattress cover. In the 465, we would advise, however, that the taller person in a couple takes the spot closest to the window as this allows for more legroom. Overhead lockers can be found above the bed forming an L-shape.

 

The kitchen

You’ll find the kitchen on the nearside of the caravan in the 465 (the 470 also features a nearside kitchen), and it’s well-equipped with a three-burner hob and generous sink, plus 80-litre fridge.

Removing the hob control buttons is easy, too, and makes it much less of an ordeal to clean in the event of splatters. Work surfaces are steel/grey in keeping with the rest of the caravan’s colour scheme.

 

The washroom

The washroom is a fantastic space-saving design with a huge cabinet and little curved cubbyholes. A shower doesn’t come as standard but, with today’s sites offering excellent facilities, there is likely no need.

If, however, you enjoy the off-grid lifestyle, opt for the shower package which includes a showerhead and curtain – the model we viewed has the shower fitted and it took us a while to work out where it was, testament to the clever design. It’s integrated into the washbasin tap and simply pulls out to use. Genius!

 

The storage

If you want extra space to prepare for the day, make use of the vanity unit with large mirror and socket – stow hair dryers, etc, out of view and keep your caravan tidy. There’s even a small cupboard next to that for even more items.

The more we looked, the more storage we discovered. It’s literally in abundance and, thanks again to the payload, there’s no reason to leave anything behind. A home from home this truly is.

 


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