“What’s in a name? A rose by any other name would smell as sweet…”
Shakespeare might not have thought a name was important, but many of our caravanners go to great lengths to give a special name to their touring caravan – with girl’s names topping the list!
A massive 81 per cent of our readers, who voted in our recent community poll, have a special or pet name for their caravan or motorhome! And we loved reading some of the stories behind those names.
Some caravans are named after lost loved ones, favourite places to visit, or the children got involved in the naming game with the “nanna-van” or Sterling Continental “Connie” or “Pistachio” the Coachman Pastiche.
Other names are just a bit of fun, like “Stalker” because “she follows us all the time”; and “Eva” as “that’s what we do” (heave-her). Then there’s the Bailey Valencia called “3P” which stands for Purple Passion Palace and “Poppy” the Abbey Spectrum named after the family cat. Not forgetting “Queenie Quasar” and Babby Abbey, because the owners of this Abbey caravan come for the Black Country where a baby is called “babby”. Mr Gidney calls their’s “Carolvan” after the wife!
“The wobbly box” was one of our favourites as well as the Hymer Nova called “Supernova” and the Adria Adora Isonzo called “Adora the Explorer”. Plus there’s the T@B 400L teardop caravan named “Joy” by owner Julia. “She was given to me after I survived my brain operation,” she said.
Names beginning with B seemed to be a favourite, with ‘Bertha – the 5-berther’; Betty; Bessie; Betty Boop, Bailey, Bella, Big Bertha and the Bean family’s “Beanpod” on the list.
And girls’ names definitely came out top with April, Anna, Claudette, Charley, Caroline, Daisy, Davina, Daniele, Fergie, Helga, Isoabel, Jennie, Libby, Louisa, Louise, Miranda, Mary, Maggie, Mabel, Peggy, Patsy, Rosie, Rene, Ruby, Sue, Sophy, Tilly, Taylor, Vanessa, Wendy, and Wilma all getting a shout out.
Others choose to use their name to describe their tourers or motorhomes, like Doug and Sara who named their Compass Corona “The Burrow” and Mike Potter naming their Lunar “Augustina” because she was bought in August, and “she’s a dream to tow and brings sunshine into our lives every time we use her”. Then there’s “The Magic Carpet – our transportation to freedom and joy!” and “Little Mo as she’s our little mobile getaway”. But then there’s poor “Ugly Betty Bailey”. Owner Pam commented: “The inside is perfect, but you must agree the Bailey Olympus with its discoloured squares on the front is an ugly van!”
Fun names include “Tiara” – it’s an Elddis Whirlwind which had TR on the side. Owner Jacqui didn’t know what it stood for so called her Tiara. David named their new caravan “Pheonix” as his last one set on fire and was totally destroyed. And this one has risen from the ashes!
Alliteration and rhyming come into play with “Stephanie Sterling”, “Lexie Lunar”, “Bertie the Bailey” and “Trebah the Eriba”. And then there’s some affectionately named caravans like “Elvis the Elddis” or their owners “TinBox traveller” who have their own Twitter accounts.Elaine and Phil break the mould calling their Bessacarr Cameo “Bert” and have even written a poem about him. Plus there’s “Eddie the Elddis”, “Dennis” the Delta and “Colin”, a Champagne, and not forgetting a Swift Conqueror called “Cyril”.
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