Have you ever seen a caravan with its own veranda before? No? Well, prepare to have your mind blown because the Piazza range of caravans from Royal Flair redefines the concept of outdoor living.
Although Royal Flair builds their Piazza series of caravans in a range of sizes from 16ft 6in (app 5m) to 24ft (app 7.3m), as a firm believer that bigger isn’t always better, I’m taking a closer look at the Piazza 16ft 6in.
A veranda on a caravan? Yes, please!
Three particular things initially stand out, with the first being the most obvious – that very appealing veranda (aka the Sky Deck). Taking only minutes to set up, the deck gives the Royal Flair Piazza an additional 4.5 sqm of undercover living space, making it ideal for those travelling with pets. You don’t even need to unhitch the van from your vehicle to use it.
Breakfast in the morning sunshine and dinner under the stars on the verandah sounds mighty appealing as well. Chuck a beanbag or two down, and you can even watch a movie out there.
I do have some bad news though. A few months ago, the supplier of these wonderful ‘Sky Decks’ announced they were no longer supplying their decks to Royal Flair so you may need to get in quick to score earlier stock or be on the lookout for second-hand.
The bed lift
The second standout feature of the Royal Flair Piazza is the bed lift. The bed lowers to a usable height or raises to the ceiling, allowing you to utilise a club lounge during the day without the effort of making and unmaking the bed. All you need to do is lower the club lounge table and press a button on the wall, the bed will then electronically lower with no effort on your part. This, of course, allows the inclusion of a club lounge in the smaller van, something not usually seen in a 16-footer.
That split bathroom is a deal clincher
Nobody enjoys a tiny bathroom in their caravan, particularly if it’s a ‘wet’ bathroom, in which the shower and toilet occupy the same space. Fortunately, this isn’t a problem in the Royal Flair Piazza, with a toilet on one side and a separate shower on the other.
The space in between the two forms a short corridor through to the verandah. This split bathroom design is a clincher for me, making it one of the most practical and liveable caravans I’ve seen in a while.
Here’s a walkthrough of the 16ft 6in Royal Flair Piazza:
SPECS on the Royal Flair Piazza 16’6-1E
- Dimensions: 5029mm (L) x 2350 (W) x 2670 (H)
- Tare: 2266kg
- ATM: 2766kg
- GTM: 2560kg
All of the caravans in Royal Flair’s Piazza series boast luxury features, and more details on inclusions can be found on the Royal Flair website.