A 1965 Eriba Caravan

Turn and face the strange changes!

Ch Ch Ch Changes...

We decided that since we were re-skinning the whole caravan that we would be working with a ‘blank canvas’ as far as the inside goes. We could put windows pretty much where we liked, which meant we could lay things out a little differently from the normal ‘run-of-the-mill’ caravans you see around these days.

After seeing an Eriba Pontos at the U.K. Eriba Forum Fest in Lincolnshire we quite like the idea of an island bed. So this will be our take on what the Pontos should have looked like had it been a little longer and we’d a hand in the design.

Bed and twin cupboards at the back similar to the Pontos but with spare wheel storage under the bed. We may have this as a slide out to enable it to sit right over the axle when travelling then pushed out of the way when pitched up on site. It will depend on the nose-weight of the finished ‘van.

Sink and fridge ‘amid-ship’ on the door side with a cooker set into the work-top on the opposite side.

Continuing round in a clockwise direction we will have a traditional dinette seating arrangement that will convert into a guest bed when required.

Also up front, avoiding the pop-top we will have a reasonably sized toilet with washbasin arrangement.

Finally there will be a small wardrobe next to the door. The T.V. Will be able to sit on either of the two work-tops, ensuring we’ll be able to watch the ‘goggle box’ from either end of the caravan.

1965 Sales Brochure

Back in the day...

Year of Manufacture
First Registered as WH-12-62
Chassis Number
External Length (including hitch)
6.54 m
External Length (body only)
5.50 m
Internal Length
5.40 m
External Width
2.09 m
Internal Width
2.00 m
External Height
2.40 m
Internal Height (Top Down)
1.85 m
Internal Height (Top Up)
1.98 m
Nose Weight
60 kg
Un-laden Weight
966 kg
Maximum Technically Permissible Laden Mass
1200 kg
Maximum Payload
234 kg

Modifications for 2012

Original 1965 Floor Plan