The ALV Journey
In 2005, our company was founded with the primary objective of introducing Airstream trailers to Europe, marking a significant milestone in Airstream's 75-year history since its establishment in 1931. Three visionary Englishmen named Michael, David, and Anthony recognised the need for Airstream to establish a permanent presence in Europe. With their proposition to develop a fleet of European Airstream trailers, they approached Airstream Inc., kickstarting a journey that would shape the future of Airstream in Europe.
Serious engineering work began in 2004, paving the way for production to commence in 2006. The arrival of Jon, our head technician, in 2007 coincided with our move to the Tebay premises. Initially occupying a third of the building, with the rest devoted to Christmas Pudding storage, we laid the foundation for the birth of Airstream Europe.
2010 marked a significant expansion for us. We made the decision to bring the Airstream internal fit-out in-house, resulting in rapid production growth that led us to occupy the entire Tebay building. Additionally, we opened a second location in southern UK and began retailing other "Cool Camping" brands, starting with the Holtkamper tent trailers from Holland. However, our focus soon shifted, and we replaced the Holtkamper brand with the T@B teardrop trailers manufactured by Knaus Tabbert. T@B perfectly complemented the Airstream brand with its rounded and retro design, offering an appealing alternative at a more accessible price point. This led us to rebrand the business as "Airstream and Company," signifying our expanding product range.
In early 2013, our product line welcomed the esteemed ERIBA Touring range manufactured by HYMER of Germany. This was a long-awaited addition and a pivotal moment in our growth. The ERIBA Touring became a cult favourite, cherished for its aero steel shell, exceptional towing capabilities, and exquisite interior finish. We continued to expand our offerings with other HYMER/ERIBA caravans, further satisfying customers seeking the finest in German engineering.
In 2015, we embarked on the venture of selling motorised leisure vehicles, starting with Autotrail. This prompted yet another name change for the company, now known as Adventure Leisure Vehicles. As our main focus shifted towards HYMERCAR, we concentrated on HYMER Campers, aligning with our preference for HYMER as our primary supplier.
Unfortunately, in 2016, due to the decline in the value of the pound against the dollar, we had to part ways with the Airstream franchise and close our Gloucestershire branch. This created an opportunity for the Buccaneer franchise, which we had been associated with since 1970 when Michael recalls selling the first Buccaneer Caribbean for £630. Subsequently, the Erwin Hymer Group acquired Elddis, bringing all our brands under one roof. In 2019, THOR of America, the owner of Airstream, acquired the Erwin Hymer Group, further reshaping the landscape of motorhomes and touring caravans.
In 2020, the decision by EHG to discontinue the Nova GL & S models in the UK market led us to seek a brand that could fill this gap in our range. Coachman, a prominent British manufacturer, emerged as the top choice, and we established a dealership partnership with them, cementing our association in the same year.
At Adventure Leisure Vehicles, we are passionate about providing you with the perfect leisure vehicle to fuel your wanderlust. Our dedicated team, led by Michael, Mike and Faye, are committed to ensuring your journey is filled with excitement, comfort, and unforgettable memories.
With our extensive selection of caravans, camper vans, and motorhomes from renowned brands, you'll find the ideal vehicle to suit your style, preferences, and travel aspirations. From the sleek and stylish designs to the cutting-edge features, each vehicle in our collection is carefully chosen to deliver exceptional quality and performance.
But our commitment to you doesn't end with the sale. We believe in building lasting relationships with our customers, offering comprehensive after-sales support to keep you on the road with confidence. Our experienced team is always here to provide expert advice, assist with servicing and maintenance, and ensure you have the best possible experience throughout your ownership.
Reasons to choose Adventure Leisure Vehicles
- Convenient Location: Our Showroom & Service Centre is conveniently located just off Junction 38 of the M6, opposite Tebay Services.
- Experienced Team: You'll receive a friendly welcome from our dedicated Sales and Service team with over 100 years of combined experience in the Leisure Vehicle industry.
- Extensive Range: As your trusted North West retailer, we offer a wide selection of new and pre-loved Buccaneer, ERIBA, Coachman, Knaus & T@B Caravans, as well as HYMER, Ford Landseer Camper Vans, and Knaus Motorhomes. We also provide direct finance options via Close Brothers.
- Impressive Display: Explore our professional display of up to 100 vehicles in all-weather display areas, ensuring you can browse comfortably.
- Trade-In Options: We accept Motorhomes for Tourers and Tourers for Camper Vans, offering you flexibility when making a change.
- Customer Rally: You'll receive an invitation to our popular and unique ALV Customer Rally held in Cumbria, where you can connect with fellow enthusiasts.
- Approved Workshop: Our fully equipped workshop facility is an approved service centre, where we offer annual servicing, water ingress checks, motor mover installations, air conditioning fittings, and comprehensive bodywork repairs for any Leisure Vehicle.
- Accessories and Amenities: Browse our selection of Isabella full and porch awnings and camping furniture in our Showroom. Plus, enjoy complimentary coffee from our excellent Rijo 42 Coffee machine.
- Exceptional Care: At ALV, we have the passion, skills, and dedicated team to support you every step of the way, both before and after the collection of your new Adventure Vehicle. Whether you are an experienced Leisure Vehicle user or a newbie, we aim to make you feel valued and part of our owner community.
- Happy Customers: We have a track record of satisfied customers who have had positive experiences with us. Check out our customer reviews to see what they have to say.
Join the Adventure Leisure Vehicles family and experience the thrill of exploration, the freedom of the open road, and the joy of creating lifelong memories. Start your adventure with us today!
Michael, Mike, Faye and the entire Adventure Leisure Vehicles team.