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Old 13th October 2021, 18:15   #1
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Daimler India Commercial Vehicles (DICV) has unveiled the BharatBenz Caravan. The luxurious and feature-laden vehicle will be used by Kerala Tourism for its latest initiative - ‘Keravan Kerala’.

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The BharatBenz Caravan is available in 2 configurations and can be customised for 2 or 4 travellers. The vehicle has a spacious lounge with recliner seats and a television. There is also a kitchen with necessary appliances such as a microwave, refrigerator, and induction cooktop.

The bedroom in the luxurious Caravan consists of double bunk beds. The vehicle also has a restroom fitted with a shower.

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The BharatBenz Caravan is built on the BharatBenz 1017 chassis which is produced at DICV’s manufacturing plant at Oragadam, Chennai.

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Old 13th October 2021, 18:27   #2
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Really awesome. If they are open to private buyers and if they can price it below Toyota Legender, we could see many on our roads.

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Chassis is by DICV and rest of it is done by coach builder JCBL. We can see their badge at front and on the door.
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It looks like a fish! If its cheap it could pretty much start RVing in India.
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Here's a video review I found on YouTube from the launch event

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Awesome initiative by the Govt of Kerala. Infact, they have placed this as a sustainable and eco friendly replacement to the houseboat tourism that has fueled the tourism industry in Kerala for the last 2 decades. Whilst a diesel driven caravan is not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of eco friendliness, I'm certain that it will be a much better alternative to the houseboats that are known to dump their wastes into the backwaters as well as pollute them with smoke.

Lets see how this progresses over a period of time.
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A wonderful way to travel with family in comfort (love the fact that this has a restroom built in). But is this really aimed at camping outdoors the way imagine a caravan to be (this is a bus!)? How comfortable will it be to sleep on a bed along the windy roads of the State

I feel this might cater to luxury segment of holiday makers and not the population at large

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Old 14th October 2021, 13:18   #8
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Irrespective of the end use, the execution of the caravan is excellent.
On Kerala tourism's initiative: can a normal person who has a passenger car license drive this. If yes then will it not be a risk considering that this is a much bigger vehicle than a car.

Also isn't this a bit wide to be drive comfortably on the 2 lane roads of Kerala.
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If they are open to private buyers and if they can price it below Toyota Legender, we could see many on our roads.
There's a catch:

The road tax of a Caravan is calculated by the Kerala MVD in (believe it or not) square meters. Caravans attract a quarterly tax of ₹1,000 per sq.m in Kerala while a fine of ₹3,000 is charged if they fall in the category of light motor vehicles, ₹4,000 for medium and ₹5,000 for heavy vehicles.
source: https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities...le23404106.ece

Currently there are only a handful of caravans are in Kerala and almost all are owned by movie stars.




Interestingly, the first-ever caravan was owned by Mr. K B Ganesh Kumar, a accomplished movie actor and a former controversial (but very efficient IMHO) transport minister. He is still an MLA.

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can a normal person who has a passenger car license drive this.
No. There are (technically) highly-modified contract carriages hence (legally) the driver must have papers such as heavy vehicle license etc. The caravan can carry up to 8 people + driver.

Let me also second what BHPian shortbread has written in this thread. 100% correct.

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There's a catch:

Currently there are only a handful of caravans are in Kerala and almost all are owned by movie stars.
https://www.Youtube.com/watch?v=nqn0zk5WyBM

https://www.Youtube.com/watch?v=QwUwyaig3-I

The BharatBenz caravan looks much better and bigger than the caravan's of the actor's IMHO.

Guess they might shift to this if its offered to private buyers as well.

Or can they place a separate private order with Bharat Benz themselves as this this an available chassis and the body is anyway custom built by JCBL.
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The BharatBenz caravan looks much better and bigger than the caravan's of the actor's IMHO.

Guess they might shift to this if its offered to private buyers as well.
As you can see, both the superstar caravans are built by Ojes. Yes, the BB caravan looks better, but the real purpose of it is sightseeing and overnight camping. The Ojes caravans have an entirely different role. These are not intended for driving the star around. I'm sure the owners' requests to Ojes were primarily privacy, seclusion and a relaxed environment; they both are very very talented actors and like all such artistically gifted people they have their own demands and quirks.

So, essentially these are luxury studio apartments that can be relocated.
I can see you're from KL09 and you know the above-said better than me since Palakkad is a fav location . Still posting this for other TBHPians,
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So, essentially these are luxury studio apartments that can be relocated.
I can see you're from KL09 and you know the above-said better than me since Palakkad is a fav location . Still posting this for other TBHPians,
Ha ha thanks, yes am quite aware of the locations.
And yes the stars do have their quirky demands. All i meant is this caravan can be a private getaway for them too , to visit some tourist spots and enjoy the nature without getting down or staying at a hotel. Get it tinted and the public wont have a clue that they have a star among them .
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On Kerala tourism's initiative: can a normal person who has a passenger car license drive this. If yes then will it not be a risk considering that this is a much bigger vehicle than a car.
No. This vehicle belongs to the Intermediate Commercial Vehicle (ICV) category. You need an ICV license (with a badge) to drive this vehicle. Probably, this vehicle might come along with a driver-cum-guide.
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These are vanity vans not caravans.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caravan_(towed_trailer)

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