Rare Silverline Silvercrest GT 10-2
FOR SALE £1495 ono
What a pity Silverline stopped production back in 1992. They were so well designed and built and I haven't seen any other well equipped caravan that competes at this size and weight. Most of the tiny caravans that can be towed by a small car (and/or by a driver with a post-97 category 'B' licence) don't have a toilet/shower compartment, hot water system or central heating.
These brilliant little caravans are also quite modern looking compared to some other 'compacts'.
Built on the ubiquitous AL-KO galvanised chassis, the GT 10-2 has a gross weight of just 750 kg (560 kg unladen) so can be towed by almost any car, and being comparatively narrow (at 6'5"), does not present a rear view visibility problem. In fact, with many cars the use of extended side mirrors (with all the vibration problems they introduce) is unnecessary.
My 'Tardis' has two single bunks (or full width double), shower/toilet compartment with drop-down wash basin & Thetford Porta-Potti, stainless steel hob and grill, Electrolux (now Dometic) RM 212 3-way fridge, Carver (now Truma) Cascade hot water system, Propex blown air central heating system, mains wiring with ehu and battery charger. The double windows all have both fly screens and blinds and except for the kitchen have curtains too. I have further enhanced her with an under-slung spare wheel carrier, lightweight gas bottle, 12v solar panel for battery charging and an omni-directional digital TV antenna. She is 'end kitchen' layout and comes with a full length awning as well as all the usual caravanning odds and ends such as hitch lock, stabilizer, ehu lead, kitchen equipment etc..
She is over twenty years old of course and, although that may not be obvious from outside, she feels a bit dated and aged inside. Soft furnishings are not bad but some of the surfaces would benefit from a little renovation, which would not be beyond the skills of a reasonably competent DIYer.
REASON FOR SALE?
When I purchased the caravan, I was regularly attending weekend events at such as Classic Car shows and Steam Fairs as well as camp site based Walking trips. I particularly wanted an ultra-lightweight unit that would not overtax my 1968 classic sportscar and the Silvercrest fitted the bill perfectly. I currently don't do any of those things and have made only occasional use of it over the last couple of years. I should have sold it at the same time as the sports car and would have saved hundreds of pounds in storage costs!