The Fifth Wheel Company, based in north Wales and best known for its innovative fifth wheel tourers, launched its first ever slide out touring caravan, called the Inos earlier this year.
The living area is where the big difference is with the electrically (12V) operated slide out which gives almost three metres square of extra space.
For those interested in the provenance of the name, Inos comes from the Welsh word Tŷ unnos; it translates form Welsh as “one night house”. But this is a caravan like no other on the market, and one that you’d be pleased to spend more than one night in with its stunning Italian walnut finish and luxury look throughout.
The floor is not carpeted and this has nothing to do with cost cutting. Vinyl covers the under floor heating. An Alde heating system is installed to complement the under floor heating. The kitchen area has a four burner gas hob, a grill and an oven with a light, real practical luxury; there is a drawer unit under the sink.
The lift up island double bed does have a lot of space under it; add the over bed lockers and mirror fronted wardrobes each side of the bed and there’s plenty of storage space for two people. What we thought it lacked was space each side of the bed. The washroom was split in to two parts and the layout created a spacious area with a clear acrylic shower door, oval shaped basin and a convector heater by the door to warm your legs as soon as you enter the space.
Insuring an Inos caravan will be made cheaper by the standard fit BPW IDC anti snaking device. However, buyers of the caravan will need fit a tracking device to obtain caravan insurance cover given the caravan’s value.
Inos is built to order form a standard floor plan with a 3 to 4 month lead time and has been designed to be towed by larger 4×4 vehicles.
It’s a niche market caravan due to its size and you’d need to consider the issue of storage and be wary of pitch sizes on caravan sites at home and abroad. But if it’s luxury that you want, then take a look at Inos.
The technical stuff:
High security locks fitted to all doors
Built on BPW chassis
IDC anti-snake trailer control system
Winterhof 3000kg coupling
Overall body length 7.0m (22’11”)
Overall height 2.7m (8’10”)
Overall width 2.3m (7’6”)
Length behind tow vehicle 8.3m (27’3”)
Internal width 2.2m (7’3”)
Internal height 2.0m (6’7”)
Maximum permissible laden mass 2700kg
Prices start from £36,000
Price for model as seen £40,470
Options as seen: Blackout Aero windows: £600
BBQ port: £110
All wheel drive movers: £1550
Leather upholstery: £1400
Exterior styling upgrade: £810
A wide range of other options are available.
Cost to insure this caravan: £644 *
The Fifth Wheel Company is a family business established in 2002 based in Rhuallt, North Wales. For more information visit www.thefifthwheelco.com or if you’d like to see one in the flesh, The Fifth Wheel Company will be exhibiting at these shows in 2011.
Cost to insure this caravan is based on a 2011 Inos (Fifth Wheel Company) valued at £36,000, kept on driveway at HX4 0BE behind 24 hour locked gates. Fitted with hitchlock and wheelclamp plus alarm (optional extra on this model) and approved caravan tracker. Caravanners over 30 years old, claim free for 3 years and a member of a caravanning club. Premium includes IPT at 6% and is correct as of 13.05.11.