Eriba Touring Troll 530 Rockabilly Camper ReviewTravelling South Norway with the retro charm of the 50's including modern amenities
A caravan adventure
When Erwin-Hymer Group asked us if we were interested in borrowing their Eriba Touring Troll 530 Rockabilly caravan for our trip to South Norway, we were super excited.
The size was perfect for our first caravan trip – and from the looks of it, not only was the Eriba stylish, it also included everything we could wish for.
After driving around Jutland and Norway’s southern part for two weeks, we really felt like we said goodbye to a beloved friend when we returned the Eriba back to KG Camping in Kolding.
Here’s our review of the caravan including its specifications, details and amenities.
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Having sold caravans since 1957, Eriba has quite a long history of helping people create amazing memories on the road.
All campers in their lineup are winterproof and follow the highest security standards.
The touring models are famous for their focus on both style and functionality – and while the underlying concepts haven’t changed drastically since the caravans started rolling out, they have been continually improved to be up-to-date with the times.
Eriba Touring Troll 530 Rockabilly
Eriba Touring Troll 530 Rockabilly is a small-sized pop-top caravan.
The exterior has its origins in aircraft design making the caravan both lightweight, sturdy and efficient.
The rounded shape of the front is not only stylish, it also improves fuel economy by lowering air resistance while making the driving stability better.
From when we first entered the caravan we were impressed with the attention to details.
Everything is there for a reason and it’s obvious that the design has been finessed over many years.
Inside, there’s a double bed, a small kitchen with a fridge and a sink, a toilet as well as a sitting area in the front which can also be transformed into a second sleeping area.
- Overall length: ~ 5.79 metres.
- Body length: ~ 4.71 metres.
- Internal length: ~ 4.66 metres.
- Overall width: ~ 2.1 metres.
- Internal width: ~ 2 metres.
- Overall height (with the pop-top roof closed): 2.26 metres.
- Maximum headroom in the living area (with the pop-top roof opened): ~ 1.95 metres.
- Floor thickness: 35 millimetres.
- Bed size: 1.98 metres x 1.40 metres.
- Refrigerator capacity: 70 litres.
- Heating type: Gas.
- Anti-sway coupling.
- Automatic brake adjustment.
- Mud flaps.
- GRP pop-top roof with 26 mm sandwich insulation. Plenty of space to stand upright (if you aren’t very tall – Alex is about 1.87 metres).
- Pull-out entrance step. A very nice addition.
- All windows with mosquito netting and blackout blind. Worked like a charm.
- Spacious wardrobe.
- Shoe compartment at entrance.
- Seating area that can be converted into a bed.
- Lots of electric outlets.
- 12 V LED lighting.
- Ambient lighting.
- Kitchen drawer with cutlery insert.
- Fold-out kitchen worktop extension. Surprisingly functional for cooking.
- Bench toilet with level indicator and separate flushing tank.
- Hinged bathroom window, frosted glass.
- Frost-proof water installation.
- LED awning light. Nice ambience around the clock.
For being such a small caravan, the Eriba Touring Troll 530 Rockabilly provides an impressive amount of storage.
There’s storage everywhere.
Build your organisational system quickly and you’ll always know where to find your stuff.
Staying organised is, of course, key when you live in small confinement. Keeping order pays dividends quickly!
We cooked all of our meals in the kitchen during our two week trip to Norway and loved it.
The kitchen is by no means huge, but we never felt severely constricted in our meal planning.
You have enough space in the fridge for at least a week’s worth of fresh produce, and coupled with the storage both above and under the sink, we could buy enough food to be self-sustained for about 10 days.
The burners worked well and we enjoyed making everything from porridge and banana pancakes to frying quesadillas and preparing wok dishes.
Being the only caravan we have tried, our verdict of the Eriba Touring Troll 530 Rockabilly has to be taken as just that: a newbie’s experience.
It didn’t take long before we felt at home in the caravan and it was easy to get cosy in the mornings and in the evenings.
The bed was super comfortable, as was the seating area, and the lighting layout and strength of lamps were perfect to create a nice ambience.
Sizewise, we think that it’s great for touring, as the name suggests. If you’re looking for a more permanent home, upgrading the size would probably make sense.
Its driving ability was great. Sure, it slowed us down (especially going uphill), but steering was easy and it felt very responsive and light.
All in all, we really enjoyed our time in the Eriba Touring Troll 530 Rockabilly caravan and could easily see ourselves on a similar trip in the future.