Ian Hartley’s IH Leisure has provided knotmove.com with exclusive pictures of their stunning Monopod 660 Caravan (travel trailer) which debuted last week at the UK International Caravan & Motorhome Show. The expo – held at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham – ended on Sunday.
The Monopod, with its 3 vertical panoramic windows at the front and large horizontal picture window at the rear, was the star of the recreational vehicle extravaganza which was opened this year by US TV celebrity Patrick Duffy (Bobby Ewing in the TV show “Dallas”). In a huge media coup for IH Leisure, Duffy, a UK Caravan Club member and a Winnebago motor home owner, was interviewed by ITV’s “Daybreak” – a weekday breakfast TV show – on the IH Motor Campers stand in front of their new Monopod 660.
The IH Monopod 660 – launched with a base MSRP of £41,995 – is a 21 feet 6 inch travel trailer which weighs in at just 1580kg. Just like the iconic Airstream travel trailer – its closest US design counterpart – the Monopod 660’s sleek aerodynamic lines and iridescent paint job guarantee that you’ll be noticed when you pull into the campground. However, unlike the vast majority of caravans available to RV buyers in the UK or abroad, the Monopod’s moncoque GRP construction will ensure that this particular travel trailer will outlast many of the units on offer from the competition.
The Monopod’s “E” type glass body rests on a 50mm ply floor which is supported by a wood frame (insulated with closed cell foam). This is then over laminated and bonded to the outer shell.
The Monopod 660 is currently offered in three different floor plans (see slideshow):
- 4 berth with central galley kitchen
- 4 berth with rear fixed bed (1930mm long x 1400mm wide/6ft 4″ x 4ft 7″ wide )
- 4 berth with rear bathroom and side dinette
The IH Leisure Monopod 660 is one of a select number of outstanding travel trailer designs which have utilised composite construction. Some notable US examples are the Evergreen Element, the Earthbound and the JMS Galileo travel trailers.
Main Equipment Specifications: Truma 6E Combi Blown Air & Hot Water Boiler ( Under Seat ) 10 Ltr |Truma Ultraflow Water pump | 2 x 6Kg Gas Bottle Storage With Regulator | Thetford Fridge Model N112 107 ltr Fridge / 14Ltr Freezer compartment Gas, 240 volt, 12 Volt | Piniflow Caprice Mk 111 Cooker Unit With Grill and Oven | Status 530 Vision Plus TV digital aerial With FM Antenna |
Weight & Dimensions:MIRO (Mass in Running Order) 1580kg | MTPLM(maximum technical permissible laden mass) 2000kg | Payload 420kg | External length 6600mm / 21’6″ | Internal length 6350mm / 20′ 8″ | External Width 2280mm(max width over protrusions) 2290mm | External Height 2680mm/ 8′ 9″ | Highest head room 2006mm/ 6′ 7″ | Lowest Head Room 1850mm / 6′ 1″ |
Contact: IH Motor Campers Ltd, Great North Road, Knottingley, West Yorkshire, WF11 0BS, England. Tel: +44 (0)1977 677118