Travels with an Eriba
ur aim in building this site is to give a flavour of some of the places we have been lucky enough to discover on our travels with our little Eriba caravan since 2016. In common with all other websites this one is no exception in that it is a work in progress and, therefore, it will change and develop over time. Initially our focus will be on our journeys in the United Kingdom and Ireland North and South.
In the summer of 2004 we went on holiday with our frame tent to a lovely campsite called La Viorna in the Picos de Europa, in the Cantabria region of Northern Spain. Whilst we were very happy with our tent it had become increasingly obvious that we were not finding it easy to erect and pack it away any longer. The answer presented itself when a very distinctive little caravan arrived on the site. This was our first sighting of an Eriba caravan and we were immediately hooked. The owners very kindly allowed us to have a look inside and we knew immediately that not only did we want one, we NEEDED one! Much research followed this revelation. We soon discovered a whole world of Eriba enthusiasts and a wide variety of models.
Why Eriba and not one of the other Brands?
As well as having a very neat, compact appearance, Eribas are built around a lightweight but strong aluminium framework, whereas most other manufacturers use wooden frames which are heavier and not as strong. The design was originally devised soon after the War by two German aircraft engineers to allow a caravan to be towed by the famous VW Beetle car. Despite their small size, Eribas are also known for the cleverness and quality of their interior fittings and for the fact that they hold their price. No wonder we were immediately entranced!
Our Eriba - Here, There & Everywhere!
From 2006 to 2009 we had a great time exploring in our Puck. As time went on, especially after several very cold and wet experiences, we decided we needed a little more space. We enjoy eating al fresco, but at times particularly in the early morning, it does become what our Spanish friends would describe as a little too "fresquito". After considerable internet research, we settled on the choice of an Eriba Triton 410 because it would provide a seating area and table at the same time as leaving the beds in place. Also we felt that, though we loved our open-fronted Movera awning, which came with the Puck, for its elegance and unusual design, we could do with an something with a front door! So preparations were made: the Puck was sold in July 2009, a new tow car was purchased (a Skoda Octavia) and the garage door was replaced to accommodate the height of a Triton. The search then began for a suitable Triton, which initially seemed to be quite simple as many Eriba caravans are advertised on the internet. The only trouble was we couldn't find one ......
Search for a Triton
It seemed that every other Eriba model could be tracked down, but for several months our searches proved fruitless. Nothing suitable presented itself. We constantly scoured all the usual sources for Eribas especially in the Netherlands, France and Germany as well as in the UK, but the hunt seemed hopeless. Triton 410s were as rare as hens' teeth. Andre was looking out for us, but he too drew a blank. Then, late in 2009, we spotted a promising 2002 Triton BS (as the early 410s were labelled) on a general caravan dealer's site in Gronigen, Friesland, not too far from Nieuwehorne. As a bonus it sported the same yellow and grey livery we'd had on the Puck which we'd really liked. We alerted Andre and, after he inspected it and judged it to be in good condition, we asked him to buy it on our behalf.
So it was that in February 2010 we found ourselves once again making the long journey northwards, this time from south-eastern Spain up through France, Belgium and the Netherlands. We were delighted when we actually saw our purchase. The upholstery which we'd feared might be a little dark, was in fact very attractive with its small squares of bright colour and practical dark blue background. More importantly the van had been well cared for. It also came with a very good quality Vanderhorn awning in matching yellow and grey.
In the bleak mid-winter! Maiden journey
The weather forecast had seemed to suggest a temporary break of about a week in the bitterly cold weather everyone in northern Europe was experiencing that winter. How wrong it was. We'd intended to spend a night or two trying out the Triton at the delightful Camping Singel near Jubbega where we'd stayed on one of our previous visits, but the forecast was now saying more heavy snow was imminent, so we needed to get on the road as soon as all the formalities had been completed.
Since that snowy and at times scary journey our Triton has had many more adventures which will are destined to be documented on this site. We've ranged far and wide in many parts of the UK and Ireland, different regions of France and some sites in Spain. The only problem is that we keep travelling on and adding to the list! So watch this space ....
Proud Owners of our Triton 210
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