THE UL­TI­MATE DES­TI­NA­TION

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Sen­sa­tion Boats & Liv­ing re­cently launched their lat­est range of car­a­vans in South Africa. The new Des­ti­na­tion car­a­vans are avail­able in three mod­els that range be­tween dou­ble and sin­gle axle, and an­other one or two vari­ants are in the pipe­line. The ex­ist­ing Sen­sa­tion car­a­vans were ini­tially also built by Sen­sa­tion Boats & Liv­ing’s own­ers, but these were sold to the cur­rent own­ers of Jur­gens Ci. Mean­while, quite a few cus­tomers of Sen­sa­tion Boats & Liv­ing ap­proached them, and the re­sult was the birth of a new car­a­van range. Sen­sa­tion Boats & Liv­ing was es­tab­lished in 2000 by the twin broth­ers An­dré and Ri­aan van Hels­din­gen and was first called Twin Boats & Trailer. It wasn’t long be­fore they started ex­port­ing lux­ury boats. Ten years later, Ri­aan launched the Sen­sa­tion car­a­van range and at that time the car­a­vans were the only ones you could com­pare with the Euro­pean car­a­van mar­ket in terms of style and qual­ity. In 2015, Ri­aan took the Sen­sa­tion car­a­van range and broke away from Twin Boats. The busi­ness was sold a year later. The Des­ti­na­tion car­a­vans are there­fore part of a new range of car­a­vans with An­dré at the helm. If you com­pare the new range with the Sen­sa­tion car­a­vans it’s clear that An­dré has taken the ex­ist­ing glam­our and taken it to the next level. Lo­cally, there isn’t much com­pe­ti­tion in this seg­ment of the car­a­van mar­ket. The car­a­vans’ body is made al­most en­tirely of fi­bre­glass, and the pan­els, roof and floor are made separately and then at­tached with fi­bre­glass strips. Due to the na­ture of this build­ing ma­te­rial the com­plete body looks like it came out of one mold. The fi­bre­glass pan­els have an ex­te­rior gel coat­ing with a spe­cial plas­tic in­te­rior layer as well as a fi­bre­glass layer and coat­ing on the in­side. These lay­ers are merged by means of a cold process un­der a vac­uum and it’s su­per hardy. This panel is 20 mm thick. The cup­boards and cup­board doors are made of light wood doors and alu­minium. There are three mod­els: the Dream, Jour­ney and the Magic. The first two are dou­ble-axle mod­els, and the Dream has a De Lux vari­ant. The De Lux has two pan­els that slide out to make the liv­ing and sleep­ing ar­eas even larger. All the car­a­vans sleep four. The Dream costs R485 000 and the De Lux is R200 000 more. (The prices of the other mod­els were not avail­able at time of go­ing to print.) The Dream has a 30 ℓ geyser, air con (12 000 BTU), king-sized is­land bed, 28 ℓ mi­crowave oven, and a sep­a­rate bath­room as well as toi­let. The Dream’s tare weight is roughly 1 800 kg and is rel­a­tively light com­pared to the Jur­gens Ex­clu­sive. The Dream is 1,5 m longer though (9,15 m) and 2,45 m wide. For this kind of car­a­van you re­quire a pow­er­ful tow­ing ve­hi­cle be­cause the GVM is fixed at 2 500 kg and it has run-in brakes. Con­tact 010 140 1337 sales@sen­sa­tion­boats.com

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