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Anew car­a­van man­u­fac­turer, Stealth Car­a­vans, has en­tered the mar­ket, and with the prob­lems at Jur­gens Ci it’s good news for lo­cal car­a­van­ners. Judg­ing by Stealth’s manag­ing di­rec­tor Garry Coady’s qual­i­fi­ca­tions and work ex­pe­ri­ence, he clearly knows what he’s let­ting him­self in for. For 10 years Garry had been pro­vid­ing fi­bre­glass car­a­van bod­ies to one of the big­gest off-road car­a­van man­u­fac­tur­ers in the coun­try.

Garry is now plough­ing his knowl­edge and abil­i­ties back, but this time his fo­cus is on the or­di­nary road car­a­vans. The first model, the Evo­lu­tion XR6, is com­pa­ra­ble to the Sprite Swing. The in­te­rior and ex­te­rior sides of the pan­els have a fi­bre­glass layer over a poly­styrene foam in­ner. This in­ner ma­te­rial is al­ready used in the man­u­fac­tur­ing of Euro­pean and Aus­tralian car­a­vans.

Be­sides the floor and some of the in­te­rior fin­ishes, the car­a­van has no other wood con­struc­tion parts. Be­cause the car­a­van pan­els con­sist mostly out of fi­bre­glass, the pan­els are joined in such a way that the body forms a mono­coque unit and there’s no pos­si­bil­ity of wa­ter leaks.

The Evo­lu­tion’s queen-size is­land bed fits in front at the nosecone’s side, with the top on the side of the A-frame. The break­fast nook at the back of the car­a­van folds flat to form a sin­gle bed. The Evo­lu­tion has an ex­te­rior kitchen with a basin, gas stove and 220 V elec­tric­ity sys­tem. The 158 ℓ fridge/freezer is in­side and op­er­ates with 220 V, but the Stealth also has a 12 V trans­former for the wa­ter pump and LEDs. The de­sign in­cludes a pop-up roof.

Garry says that at this stage the Stealth will be avail­able at four deal­ers. Visit Lof­tus Car­a­van City in Rand­burg, Kemp­ton Car­a­vans in Jo­han­nes­burg, Na­tal Car­a­vans & Ma­rine in Pine­town and Tyger­berg Car­a­vans in Cape Town for a closer look.

The num­bers 5,276 (l) x 2,399 (w) x 2,096 m (h); tare weight ap­prox­i­mately 1 110–1 200 kg; pay­load 300–400 kg; GVM 1 500 kg; axle 1 600 kg

Price Not avail­able

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JUST RIGHT. Stealth Car­a­vans’ first model, the Evo­lu­tion XR6, is aimed at the road mar­ket, with pan­els con­sist­ing al­most en­tirely of fi­bre­glass. There’s a queen-size is­land bed up front and an ad­di­tional sin­gle bed that folds flat from the break­fast nook right at the back.

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