Mixing luxury and low pricing
Sitting between the budget Casita and premium Camino line-ups, the four-strong Capiro line from born-again Compass borrows a bit of the attractions of both. So, if you like a bargain that has a good specification, why not start here? And, if you particularly fancy the concept of a rear island bed, just keep reading.
Introduced for the 2017 season, all Capiros come in at under 1,500kg. Yet Alde heating is part of the standard specification, as is the extra safety and caravan insurance savings created by the Al-Ko ATC electronic anti snaking system and the infra-red alarm system.
The all-white exterior, SoLid bodywork construction, alloy wheels, triple-windowed front with fixed sunroof, followed by a Heki Lux Stargazer – that’s a long, opening sunroof – certainly aren’t indicators that costs have been cut. Indeed, the amount of “window space” throughout is just one of the highlights. The external gas connector, directional TV aerial and satellite TV and solar panel points are, again, indicators of aspiring to a level of luxury.
Step inside and it’s bedroom to your right, living to your left, with the latter providing short settees as the necessary compromise to squeeze that rear island bed into a main body with an internal length of 5.78m.
Again, though, there are plenty of details to tell you this is no low-cost tourer. The two-tone locker door finish in the living and sleeping areas, the positive catches for the doors themselves, the curved front to the drinks locker, those bolster cushions, lots of LED lighting and more, tell you there’s no shortage of creature comforts on board.
The kitchen lacks for little, too, although some might quibble at a fridge that only has a 110-litre capacity. A Daewoo microwave oven sits over the hob – it’s not a location all caravanners like.
What you will appreciate, however, is the cooker with its dual-fuel hob (three gas rings, one electric hotplate) and separate oven and grill. Next is a sink in granite-style finish, served by a metal swan-neck mixer tap. There’s also a handy flip-up worktop extension.
It may only be a pleated divider, but it’s sufficient to provide the privacy of a separate bedroom at the back. The island bed has an Ozio mattress and it retracts, by some 40cm – so, there are night- and day-time settings, if you like. Again, it’s well served for daylight, with windows each side as well as a rooflight overhead. The wardrobe-cum-bedside table-with-drawers each side of the bed, along with the lockers overhead, could otherwise make it seem a little claustrophobic, but there’s no doubting the generous storage it all affords.
Forward to the bedroom, the en-suite facilities are split between a circular shower cubicle with Eco Camel’s Orbit showerhead, but just a single plughole.
As well as the usual swivel-bowl toilet, the toilet room fittings include a heated towel rail and a basin mounted on the worktop. There’s a mirror, but no window – even though there is space for one.
It’s one of just very few let-downs in this otherwise comprehensive all-round package that won’t be breaking any banks.
Verdict: Carefully blended specification and price mix
Plus: Island bed comfort, Alde heating etc, low-ish weight
Minus: No toilet room window
In-a-nutshell: Island life needn’t be costly
There’s more information on the Capiro range on the Elddis website. To find out more about our low-cost premiums visit the caravan insurance discounts page.
Alternatives: Adria Altea 552 UP Trent, Bailey Unicorn Pamplona, Coachman Vision 545, Elddis Affinity 550, Lunar Lexon 590, Swift Challenger 560
Compass Capiro 550 factfile
|Model||Compass Capiro 550|
|Dimensions||7.40m L, 2.26m W, 2.65m H|
|MTPLM||1,476kg (upgradable to 1,500kg)|
|RRP||from £21,394 on the road|
|Safety & security||Alarm system (PIR plus leg sensor), CRiS security with hidden chip, Al-Ko ATC trailer control system and AKS 3004 stabiliser, receivers for Al-Ko Secure wheel locks, shock absorbers, smoke alarm, carbon monoxide detector.|
|Key options||Alternative upholsteries (£290), wraparound front seating (£210), Al-Ko Secure Wheel Lock (£230), bike rack (£350), bed cover set (£250), locker shelving pack (£40), Omnivent (£182)|
Note: All details correct at time of publication but may be subject to change.
*Caravan insurance cost based on Compass Capiro 550 caravan retailing at £21,394 fitted with hitchlock, wheel clamp, PIR alarm, and Al-Ko ATC. Kept on drive at HX4 0BE. Caravanners over 30 years old, claim free for 3 years and a member of a caravanning club. £100 excess. 180 days European cover and up to £75 per day for up to 15 days emergency accommodation cover included. Legal expenses cover, extended European cover and other emergency accommodation expenses cover options are available at extra cost. Quote includes 10% online discount and 12% Insurance Premium Tax and is correct as of 19.06.17.