Caravan Manufacturers Explained

The majority of caravans you’ll see on the road in the UK will have been made by one of 5 British manufacturers (*), although European caravans are becoming increasingly popular.

Let us guide you through the main players in the caravan market.


Adria Mobil produced their first caravan in Slovenia in 1965 and have gone on to become one of the leading European manufacturers of caravans, motorhomes and mobile homes.

Having won 9 caravan of the year awards, 14 owners satisfaction awards and 5 European innovation awards, Adria Mobil provide 5 caravan ranges including the compact Action and the luxurious Alpina.


Bailey Pegasus Grande

Bailey Pegasus Grande

With over 70 years of experience, Bailey of Bristol is one of the largest caravan manufacturers in the UK. They’ve been at the forefront of innovation and production technology, and introduced the Alu-Tech construction system which is widely regarded as the most significant development in caravan production development in the last 30 years.

Models range from the 2 berth Unicorn Seville to the 6 berth Pegasus Grand 8ft wide Palermo.


Originally an aeronautical manufacturer, this French company diversified into motorhomes in 1962, becoming the French market leader now producing over 10,000 caravans and motorhomes per year.

Caravelair has 5 ranges all offering chic French style at affordable prices.

2019 season models are lightweight, compact and easy to tow.


For just over 30 years, since late 1986, Coachman have been building caravans from their base in East Yorkshire, Having undergone a series of expansions, the family run company now produce a range of caravans all designed with customers’ feedback in mind.

Coachman 2019 Laser 650

Coachman 2019 Laser 650

Four ranges include the affordable and versatile Vision, the spacious and stylist Pastiche, the ultimate luxury, comfort and stylish VIP and the luxurious flagship range the Laser.


Elddis boast 3 caravan ranges, 4 motorhome ranges and a campervan range and include the Compass, Xplore and Buccaneer.

The company is the only UK manufacturer building full-bonded touring caravans with SoLID Contruction. This technology combines strength and rigidity, whilst providing a lightweight tourer with superior protection from water ingress.


Eriba caravans started life in the late 1950s and have now become the German standard known for consistent innovation, customer satisfaction and supreme comfort and quality. In 1980 the company merged with Hymer to form ERIBA-HYMER GmbH.

With key features including a lifting roof and round body shape, Eriba offers 8 caravan ranges, including the Eriba Touring with its cult status, the Eriba Feeling with lifting roof, and the Eriba Nova SL with supreme comfort.


Another quality caravan builder from Germany here. Knaus caravans started in 1961 with the production of a small, compact caravan. The company expanded steadily, and began manufacturing motorhomes in 1988.

With their iconic shape, Knaus caravans are regular award winners, scooping 3 Caravan & Motorhome Club design awards in 2019.

Models include the compact Sport & Fun, the delux Starclass, and the family friendly Sudwind.


Swift Eccles Lifestyle

Swift sold their first caravan for £289 in 1964 and have gone on to become the UK’s largest manufacturer of tourers and motorhomes via a number of brands including Sterling, Sprint, Bessacarr and Autocruise.

All Swift tourers are suitable for use down to minus 15 degrees centigrade and export models worldwide.

With over 40 caravan models available Swift have a design for every budget and lifestyle.

The English Caravan Company*

Something a bit different here. The English Caravan Company are a highly experienced duo who design and build custom Teardrop caravans, as well as refurbish and repair classic vintage caravans. Whilst not on the same scale as the larger companies we’ve mentioned, their love of caravanning and passion for creating the perfect tourer is second to none.

Models include the Classic 2 berth Teardrop, and the larger Number 4 which sleeps 4.

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