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Making caravans lighter by using new materials.


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Hi to you all out there. There have been some quite dramatic improvements in weight reduction of caravans in the last few years but it is my belief that there is still a long way to go.

The most notable and inherent methods of reduction has got to be at the manufacturing stage and very quickly followed by the manufacturers of after-market accessories and essentials.

The increased use of lighter materials than timber and especially particle board/MDF is a first port of call. I wonder how much weight was actually saved when the Swift Group moved over to the use a moulded under-bed box for their fixed beds albeit grey and not very attractive. A grained wood effect would have been a great deal more pleasing to the eye.

Areas of low stress such as high level cupboard carcases and door fronts  could easily be made of high impact polycarbonate.


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