Eterniti Caravans are new kids on the block and we saw two of the new models for the first time at the 2012 Motorhome, Caravan and Camping Show held at London’s fabulous ExCel exhibition centre in February.
There will be four models in the range, two twin axle versions and two single axle models which will all be built on BPW chassis. All feature keyless entry, air-conditioning, electric powered slide-out side, power awning and even a small bathtub, it’s more a hip bath really, with a shower over it. The exterior has laminated fibreglass sides. Extra wide entry doors with fly screens are standard features.
The philosophy behind the range is to produce a high specification caravan, light enough to tow, but with unrivalled living space and hassle free set-up on site, according to the company’s Director, a keen caravanner.
The models on show were pre-production prototypes made in America but production models will be built in Widnes, Cheshire, beginning as we understand it, in April. NCC approval is pending, we were told. Some components will be imported from the USA and these include air conditioning, power awning, slide-out side and the keyless entry system.
At a push of a button the slide-out side extends the living space in around 16 seconds and the awning with an 8ft span takes 24 seconds to extend. The hot water tank holds 37.8 litres and the on-board cold water tank holds 75.7 litres, so enough for that small bath, that has a capacity of 44.5 litres.
The EC2-26-IB4 is a four berth model with an island king-size bed in the slide-out section. Unique to this model are two entrance doors; one to the living space and one to the end bathroom, which is also accessed internally.
The EC2-26-BB6 is a six-berth model, with transverse triple bunks at the rear; the model we saw had wrap-around seating at the front and an L shape kitchen.
Both models tip the scales at 1900kgs MTPLM; the MRO for the island bed version is estimated at 1690kgs. The actual MRO for the triple bunk model is 1587kgs.
Both sport an overall length of 8.44m and are 2.33m wide with a price tag of £24,995 including VAT.
Optional security and safety features include BPW iDC trailer (£895) and a tracker device (£450). We’d certainly suggest investing in both to lower the cost of caravan insurance for this high end outfit. Eterniti told us they are yet to decide which tracking device to offer their customers; as big insurance discounts can apply make sure its an insurer approved caravan tracking device.
The company will sell direct from its UK showroom, without a dealer network and servicing will be done at the customer’s choice of location by company approved mobile service agents.
They are very different from caravans as we know them; they are a niche market product, indeed the company aspire to make between 300 and 400 units this year and we were told that design and finish tweaks will be made during the production phase after listening to feedback from visitors to the stand. You’ll need a hefty 4×4 to tow with. The company plans to exhibit at The Motorhome and Caravan Show to be held at NEC Birmingham, in October; we’ll catch up with it at that time.
Cost to insure: £543*
* Caravan insurance cost based on Eterniti EC2-26-BB6 £24,995 (both caravans cost the same to insure). Fitted with hitchlock, two wheelclamps, and a Caravan Guard approved tracking device. Kept on drive at HX4 0BE. Caravanners over 30 years old, claim free for 3 years and a member of a caravanning club. Quote includes 10% online discount and 6% Insurance Premium Tax and is correct as of 20.03.12.