New for 2016, and with nine different configurations to suit everyone’s needs!
The Oakley from veteran caravan manufacturer ABI has been specifically designed as a mid priced static caravan. No less than nine versions of the Oakley are available – from a 28ft x 10ft x 2 bedroom up to the 36ft x 12ft x 3 bedroom. We review the 36ft x 12ft x 3-bedroom version.
From the outside, the caravan is clad in pale cream aluminium with a black steel pantile roof, white uPVC guttering and downpipes with a nice bargeboard overhang in charcoal to the front elevation.
The windows are all uPVC frames and uses ABI’s special Low ‘E’ Thermaglass double-glazing. The caravan is mounted on a steel, pre-galvanised twin axle chassis. It might be worth considering upgrading to a fully galvanised chassis which would benefit from ABI’s 10-year warranty. We think this would be money well spent.
Insulation on the Oakley is 100mm in the roof and below the floorboards with 50mm in the walls. ABI also offers a s Winter Premium Pack which they’ve designed to keep the caravan warm and cosy during the cooler months. It includes things like 300W heaters to all bedrooms, heated towel rails and domestic central heating. If you enjoy using your caravan all year round, it’s worth considering as an option.
Entering the caravan via the side door, you step into the kitchen area with the lounge to your left, along with the dining space, and a door to the bedrooms is on the right.
The lounge is a beautiful large space with light coloured walls and medium timber trim to edges, joints and finishes. The centrepiece here has to be the huge L-shaped seating unit which wraps around the front and down one side. This is in a light beige colour and features a pull-out bed for occasional use, upping the accommodation to eight when necessary.
A brown fitted carpet gives the space a warm feel and all furniture is in a nicely contrasting light timber. Opposite the sofa is a long, low shelving unit with space for the TV on top and the usual digi boxes below along with books or DVD’s. Next to this is an integrated gas fire set into a wood surround and backed by a chimney breast – perfect for a mirror or painting. There’s also a panel radiator near the sofa unit.
In the opposite corner of the lounge, near the kitchen is a nice L-shaped dining area which comprises corner seating and two free standing upholstered stools. The table is plenty big enough to seat up to eight people and has a nicely turned central support leg. Behind the seating is a half height bulkhead separating the dining area from the kitchen and is a nice touch. We liked that the dining space was integrated into the lounge on the Oakley. Although this is an optional extra on some models only, so often this important area is (literally) a ‘moveable feast’ but here it feels part of the caravan.
The kitchen is galley style with units down both sides and the stainless steel sink and mixer tap is in a central position at the far end with a window above. To the left is cupboard storage up to the sink, all with soft close mechanisms to the doors, more below the sink itself and again cupboards and drawers on the right hand side. These are surmounted by a black countertop and there are some small wall cupboards and space for a microwave oven (optional extra).
There’s also an integrated cooker with oven, grill and four burners, above which is an electrically powered extractor hood vented to the outside. To the right of the entrance door are tall units which have a built in fridge/freezer and further storage.
Lighting in both lounge and kitchen is ceiling mounted circular fittings with frosted shades and there are also plenty of power sockets. The TV space is pre-wired for electricity and aerial.
Accessing the sleeping quarters from the central door, the first room on your right is the family shower room. This features a very spacious, walk-in shower with sliding glass door, a pedestal hand basin with mirror above and a double flushing toilet. The floor is a vinyl timber effect and there’s an extractor fan. Next to this room is a small en-suite bathroom accessed via Jack and Jill doors from the corridor giving access from the master bedroom and the twin bedrooms. A small handbasin and double flush toilet are fitted here and there’s also access for the Oakley’s combi boiler, which supplies hot water to the caravan’s sinks, showers and (if fitted) central heating system.
There are two twin bedded rooms on the Oakley – the first of these is opposite the bathroom. Traditionally, the twin bedroom on static caravans is always on the small side, but ABI have managed to offset this fact by giving as much space as possible. You have the two beds and you can just about walk between them but, the room is light and bright with pleasing colours of cream and pinkish red on the headboards, which also have timber surrounds. Above the beds is a wall-mounted unit with two cupboards and central shelves and there’s also a wardrobe and vanity shelf at the foot of one bed. The second twin room on the Oakley is at the back of the caravan and has a similar layout and styling.
The main or master bedroom has a splendid, large double bed with integrated headboards and a large storage unit with cupboards and shelves above. There are also two bedside tables with lamps and a radiator below the window. Curtains, in a pretty floral pattern are suspended on wooden poles. At the foot of the bed is a double wardrobe and attached to this is an angled vanity shelf, three drawers and a circular stool. The room is comfortable and, with the fitted carpet and soft furnishings, inviting.
ABI have produced a caravan which would be a very attractive proposition for larger families. The fact that they have no less than nine variations and footprint sizes indicates that the Oakley is one of their most popular model ranges and, at this price point, we’re not at all surprised!
Attractive, open plan lounge with plenty of seating.
Integrated dining area.
Well-equipped galley style kitchen.
Comfortable, well-proportioned rooms.
Good range of optional extras.
Maybe supply that microwave as standard? They’re not that expensive!
The ABI Oakley is the perfect choice for those wanting excellent value and flexibility in their static caravan.
Size: 36ft x 12ft.
Build Standard: EN 1647
Berths: 8, in three bedrooms (two twin and one double). Plus an extra two on a pull-out sofa bed in the lounge
Other layouts available: 28ft x 10ft – 2-bedroom; 36ft x 10ft – 3-bedroom; 32ft x 10ft – 2-bedroom; 28ft x 12ft – 2-bedroom; 32ft x 12ft – 2-bedroom; 30ft x 12ft – 2-bedroom; 36ft x 12ft – 2-bedroom; 38ft x 12ft – 3-bedroom
Key optional extras: Pre-galvanised or fully galvanised chassis; Winter Packs; Integrated microwave; Patio Doors; Voiles throughout; free-standing or integrated fridge freezer; bedding packs; L-shaped dinette
Ex works price: £26,249.81 inc VAT*
*Additional charges will be made by park operators, and/or distributors for transport, siting and annual maintenance. Please check the price carefully before you commit to purchase, as prices vary considerably dependent, amongst other factors, on the geographical location of your chosen park.