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.
The model we decided on, never having towed before, was the smallest of the range which is called "Puck". We learned that one of the best places to buy secondhand caravans was the Netherlands and so in September 2006 on our way back from the UK to Spain we took rather a long detour! Right up to the day before we were due to catch the ferry we hadn't managed to find a suitable model for sale. Then, almost miraculously, one appeared on the website of a small dealership in the town of Nieuwehorn, in Friesland, in the very north of the country. Immediately we contacted the proprietor and arranged a viewing. Although the proprietor, Andre, isn't an Eriba specialist dealer, we were impressed by what we saw there and even more by the little Puck, which was in excellent condition, and the purchase was made.
To learn more about how and why we moved on to our Eriba Triton
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 Approach to Camping Trips & Campsites
We always take the approach of "slow travel" for our camping trips, Once we arrive at our site we usually stay there for the duration of our holiday and only drive relatively short journeys to explore the local area. So to prepare we research the destination thoroughly by all means available. The same principles apply to our choice of campsites where our main criteria are the cleanliness of the facilities, the peacefulness of the site and a location from which there is the possibility of interesting places to visit. We're lucky in being retired so we choose to travel outside the busier seasons when most of the sites are quieter and not crowded. So far most of our chosen venues have lived up to our expectations and several of them have even exceeded them! We are very happy to recommend all of them that we've featured on this website.
There are many and various people, websites and resources such as YouTube to be acknowledged which were used in the creation of this site. First of all we are grateful to our friends who have joined us on our various jaunts and contributed very much to our enjoyment of the experience. I must acknowledge especially the excellent proof reading skills of Pauline and Kate in helping to keep me on the straight and narrow regarding spelling, punctuation and grammar!
In building the site many sources were consulted and a variety web design and photography software were used. Some of these are listed below.
The photos on the site are, in most cases, our own, as are the composite images created digitally and used on quite a few of our pages. Where it was not possible and other images were used, every effort has been made to acknowledge this. Similarly, where text, video and so on from other sites such as Wikipedia, English Heritage, YouTube or the National Trust, due attribution has been indicated.