Used Caravans

Two Berth

Family Tourers




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Abbey GTS Vogue 516

Dealer Price 2010: £4,995
Year: 1998
Berths: 5
Length: 5.23 m
Width: 2.19 m
MIRO: 1040 kgs
MTPLM: 1300 kgs

Typical tow car: Ford Mondeo TDC

Layout: front end dinette, side kitchen, side washroom with adjoining wardrobe, centre chest of drawers and L shaped rear dinette.

Coachman Genius Colchester
Abbey GTS Vogue 516; a cracking modern design that sold on looks alone

Layout: front end dinette, side kitchen, side washroom with adjoining wardrobe, centre chest of drawers and L shaped rear dinette.
Pros: smart looks, mains lighting, spacious interior, quality soft furnishings, good spec overall.   
Cons: Not built anymore, no loose fit carpet, no flush work top

One on sale at: Burlingham Caravans Garstang, Lancs  

Extra equipment? Look out for spare wheel, AKS stabiliser hitch

Coachman Genius InteriorTraditional interior featuring light oak effect furniture, dating feature is the none flush kitchen worktop-look for badly scratched sink units.

Jenkinson’s opinion: The good thing about the Abbey GTS’s is that there are plenty around to choose from. Very popular when new and plenty were sold so the used market has stacks to choose from. The 516 is a classic family tourer for five persons, its sleek exterior looks and good spec makes the older models still desirable to buy especially as a first used van buy.

Solid build and pleasing interior finish helps sell the Abbey GTS 516, fab thick upholstery is so good for retaining its shape and support while the 516 comes with acres of roof locker storage to. The front end dinette can be a great place for five to eat and also watch TV. We like the under seat access flaps and the compact yet excellent side washroom complete with electric flush loo. That L shaped rear will sell it though for many as an ideal play area for the kids on a wet day.

Coachman Genius KitchenL shaped rear end makes a great play area for the kids, thick upholstery lasts well and gives good support.

How to find a good one
Seek and ye shall find! The Abbey is so popular as already mentioned it’s a great range to go in search of. Ex-Abbey dealerships still see these caravans coming back in on swops so this is a good place to search. Check out the Internet for ones for sale generally to see what’s about. Do the checks when you get to see the caravan your after, look for usual signs of damp. Check those corners both inside and out for re-sealed damaged panels.

If the van has some damaged trim check for availability and see if it’s repairable. Check the Abbey owner’s club website for used GTS’s for sale another great place to find a genuine quality used Abbey. Look out for the 416 the end washroom model, it’s a popular choice and very good ones especially get snapped up quick.

Free tow car matching service here: Tow Car Matching.

Caravan Insurance on this caravan should be around £90 - £130. Security: If it does not come with a wheel clamp or hitch lock budget around £100 for a good one of these.