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Small caravans to widen your adventure scope

Whether you are a weekend or a long-stand camper, Leefek has just the product to make your camping dreams come true. This month we look at the Gypsey Lite and Impi derivatives.

It’s been about a year since Leefek took over the rights to build the brands that were part of Jurgens CI, including Jurgens, Jurgens Safari, Sprite and Gypsey Caravans. Since then, this Gauteng-based manufacturer, body builder and exporter has been hard at work to bring the full range back to the market With our current licencing system, we have two significant differences for passenger vehicle licenses: the normal B licence you get when doing your vehicle licence and the other is the EB licence. The significant difference between the two is what you are allowed to tow behind your vehicle. The B licence only allows you to tow a trailer or caravan with a GVM of up to 750kg, whereas an EB licence allows you to tow up to 3 500kg.

So, if you are still stuck with the B licence and really want to go on that caravan weekend or holiday there are a couple of options. The Gypsey Impi and Gypsey Lite are both caravans that are suitable for those of you that only have a B licence or a vehicle that is only allowed to tow a maximum of 750kg. This, of course, is great news for owners of crossover vehicles and compact SUVs.

Both these little pocket caravans can sleep up to three people and have a tare mass of 630kg and a GVM of 750Kg, giving you an additional packing weight of over 100kg. Although the Gypsey siblings look very similar there is a small difference between the two, with the Impi having a pop-up roof and the Light having a solid roof with a skylight. Both caravans come with ample storage space for clothing. There are two cupboards in the rear and extra overhead cupboards above the bed as well as below. There is also an access point from the outside to the storage space under the bed. As you enter the caravan in the rear, you will find a small breakfast nook which can be converted to a third berth that is suitable for kids. The large-capacity fridge/freezer combo works well, and a flange socket is installed to provide power to the caravan when camping or in storage. There are plugs available throughout the cabin, with three plug points on the outside. Interior and exterior lights on the caravan provide good lighting at night. Both caravans have tent rails on either side for awnings and added rooms can be purchased through your dealers as these don’t come standard with it from the factory. The Gypsey twins are really only suitable for on-road travel.

The gypsy range at a glance

  • Axle: Alko rubber torsion swing arm – 750kg braked
  • Tyre Size: 155/80 R13
  • Rims: Steel 13-inch
  • Body exterior: Hail resistant full GRP skins (Fibreglass)
  • Body trim colour: Available in green and grey, with an additional blue option for the Lite
  • Driving marker lights: Front and rear
  • Side storage hatch
  • Inside berths: Three
  • Bed type: Island double/dinette single
  • Side cupboards (island bed)
  • Overhead cupboard/ locker
  • Wardrobes
  • Cupboards
  • Refrigerator: Defy 157-litre
  • Interior ceiling and reading lights
  • Exterior patio light
  • Exterior 220V multi-plug
  • Internal 220V plug sockets: three-prong, two-pin and USB point
  • Heavy-duty vinyl cushion flooring
  • Washable Renolit wall a furniture covering
  • Colour coordinated upholstery
  • Colour coordinated window blinds
  • Soft-edge corners to all worktops
  • Tyre pressure: 250KPa – depending on loading and road surface – adjust accordingly
  • Suitable for B licence holders

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