Dealer specials round-up
Dealer specials offer distinctive looks and great spec at attractive prices. Find out more in our comprehensive guide
WOULDN’T IT BE great if you could buy a ‘super-plus’ version of a desirable caravan, one that’s been made even more appealing with the addition of extra goodies for an affordable all-in price? Well, you can, thanks to the widespread availability of dealer special editions. These are ranges produced by dealers across the country, in collaboration with the UK’S leading manufacturers.
A dealer special edition is based on a best-selling entry level or mid-market range, featuring a selection of factory- and dealerfitted options to boost the spec. You’ll see differences inside and out, and the range will have its own distinctive name – so if you’re the kind of person who cares about what you pitch up in on-site, you won’t be rocking the same look as everyone else. Added-value items typically include Al-ko’s ATC, a solar panel, external mains and gas barbecue points, external access to interior storage areas, pleated blinds and an alternative soft-furnishings scheme. A tempting package like this could be worth up to £2000, but many dealer specials retail for just a few hundred more than the standard model. Some might say they don’t need all the extras on a dealer special, and that they could fit the ones they really want themselves, saving a wad of cash. That’s true, but bear in mind that a manufacturer and dealer working together will have access to accessories and equipment at bulk-buy prices. If you do manage to source what you want for a good price, who needs the hassle? With a dealer special, you sign on the dotted line and drive off with an even more desirable caravan.
What customers want
Another objection could be the furnishings, which might not be to everyone’s taste. But dealers offering special editions have a good idea of the kind of look their customers will want. Think of it this way. Buying a dealer special gives you access to some of the features found in a higher range, without having to shell out a few thousand pounds to take the step up. To help you make your choice, in this guide, we’ve rounded up some of the UK’S leading dealer special editions, arranged by the manufacturer of the base van.