Whale's new underfloor-mounted heated system has been named the biggest caravan innovation of 2011 in a public vote.
The readers of CaravanTimes were asked to choose their top caravan innovation of the year, and the Whale heater, as fitted to the Elddis Xplore range of lightweight caravans, came out on top.
With over 45 per cent of the vote, the message was clear - this heater marks a significant breakthrough for caravanning in the UK.
Chris Jefferies, Editor of CaravanTimes.co.uk, said: "This was a real surprise to us, as Whale was up against several glamorous innovations, such as a floating caravan and a motorhome with a wood-burning fireplace.
"What this proves is that when it comes to practical innovations, what caravanners are looking for is comfort, warmth and reliability."
CaravanTimes is the UK's largest online magazine for touring enthusiasts and the annual Readers' Poll is the only caravan award in the country that is voted for by the public, so each award represents a real seal of approval from the caravanning community.