Elddis Avante 515 caravan reviewed

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  1. percival says:

    Regrettably purchased a new Avante 2014 model….oh how I wished I hadn’t, they sent mine out with a hole in the roof;so much for Solid construction.Now awaiting the hassle of having to arrange a repair and major disruption to my touring schedule this autumn and winter;a beautiful caravan ruined by poor workmanship and even worse customer services.

    • Lucie @ Caravan Guard says:

      We’re sorry to hear that – hopefully your new Avante will be up and running in no time.

  2. Dave McGovern says:

    Must admit our 515 is a superb caravan in layout, the quality of materials etc it’s just shoddy workmanship that let’s it down.All the problems withe our caravan could easily have been avoided by a properly managed quality control program.Perhaps Elddis should sign up for an ISO form of quality control/audited management system including real PDIs not leave it to the customer to discover and rectify faults-not 100% foolproof but better than the systems in use at present.

  3. Angi says:

    ……..I must be an exception to the rule! Two years down the line and apart from my previous comment re. bunk bed disappointment and currently a small amount of trim coming off around the shower, I am loving my 515 even more than ever. We are out in it almost every month at least once and I wouldn’t change it for the world. …… I shall count my lucky stars at my good fortune! 🙂

  4. Dave McGovern says:

    Having finally been freed from the defective Swift Major purchased last year by rejecting it we have recently purchased another brand new van an Elddis Avante 515.We have just brought the Avante back from the dealers for the THIRD time as the toilet wall had again come away from the floor after being previously repaired-the end bed pull out front support separated-the shower wall started to split, possibly because of excessive movement in the floor adjacent to the toilet compartment and the water pump leaked.Retailer had the caravan for nearly five weeks for the last repairs! Good enough they replaced the water pump but have just glued a bit of batten on the floor to wall joint to secure toilet wall-floor still moving so we’ll see how long that lasts.The toilet door lock only engages in the keeper by approx 3mm and the gap between door and frame you can almost see through! The split shower cubicle wall was replaced with a new panel during this time and the bed end support had a small strip of wood screwed & glued to it as additional support.As a matter of interest we used the grill for the first time and the underneath of the worktop became so hot I think it will separate soon or indeed burn-anyone else have this problem?Why do Elddis spoil an otherwise nice caravan by sloppy and defective workmanship and an obvious lack of quality control management.

  5. R Chilcott says:

    Hi guys. Getting back with the news on my Avante 515. Yes you were right Finn there was a problem with the fan on the grill. Took 3 months to sort! The cooker, grill and beading are all sorted thankfully. However the scary part was that when we took the van back for all the repairs to the dealers they discovered we had been towing the van with a twisted axle and it had been sent out of the factory like it. The dealers had to fight for a new one and go over to Germany to collect it. Now 2 years down the line all the metal in the van is rusting including the towel ring in the bathroom, the table rail in the back dinette, the visible hinges on cupboards and the metal is flaking off on the locker handles. I would never recommend Elddis to anyone as it was the most expensive van we ever bought and the worst in quality

  6. Dave McGovern says:

    Purchased brand new Swift Major4SR from Torksey Caravans April 2013 it had 18 faults went back to dealer but repairs totally unacceptable.Caravan went back to Swift twice for repairs, still not corrected,came back after second time with scratches to front window and sunroof.Dealer of no help whatsoever and Swift not a lot better, eventually Blackhorse helped by rejecting caravan and giving us full refund.We were only able to use van for two weeks out of six months of the summer.Moral if not repaired on first return reject it and claim compensation.

  7. Angi says:

    I am absolutely LOVING my 515!! So far NO major (or even minor) issues with it whatsoever *finds a piece of wood to touch quickly* …………..BUT, I am very disappointed with the quality of the bunk bed in this van as opposed to our challenger! Second trip out in our 515 and I pulled the wooden safety guard rail out of its plastic lugs, thus snapping the lugs meaning I am now going to have to try and get hold of some more. :0(
    Apart from that, I am thoroughly enjoying being out in my stunning new van almost every weekend and am looking forward to many more weekends away in it in the future. :0)

  8. David Atkinson says:

    We were told many years ago by a friend who had owned a variety of caravans that the PDI was done by the first owner! Since 1984 we have owned both new and second hand caravans including a 2007 Compass Corona bought new in October 2006. This caravan had a variety of minor faults and one major one. At the second service water ingress was found and repaired under warranty. The caravan was excellent after this. I would stick with the caravan and work with the dealer.

  9. Angi says:

    Oh dear!! We just traded in our 2002 Swift Challenger for a newer 2011 Elddis Avante! We have had nothing but trouble with our Challenger (despite loving it anyway), so after reading all of the above reviews, I am now worrying that we did the wrong thing and should have just stuck with the Challenger!! ………….. However, friends of ours bought a brand new Coachman Laser (2011 model bought in 2011) and they sent theirs back to Coachman to deal with as it had TWENTY SIX faults!! And that was a new van from the showroom, no previous owners. It is becoming apparent to me that, in this day and age, Caravan companies are building these vans with lightning speed, just throwing them together and shipping them out as quickly as possible, missing out ‘quality control’ leaving the consumer to deal with and fix all the issues themselves! …………… Fingers crossed, whoever owned our Avante before us has found all the faults, fixed them and we’ll have no issues!!! ………… Pray for us people! :0/

  10. R Price says:

    Bought Odyssey 524 new 2011 Nothing but trouble with it. Fault after fault after fault. Water leaks. All the connections burst, water in the caravan, soggy carpets. Cracked shower roof. Ladder for bunks fixing not fitted at correct height. Top bunk material damaged from new. Just found out on first service 40% water over fridge/sink area from roof to wheel arch. Fire loose. No curtain fittings on bunks. Snagged cushions. Carpets fell to pieces immdiately. All the backing came off. Light fitting over front window not enough screws in kept falling off. Kitchen draw botton not correct size. Sink hinges paint off. Bent waardrobe rail. Faulty jockey wheel. Light near door faulty. Small table kept coming out of cupboard. Not enough fixers in.. The list is endless. It goes on and on and on. We would not buy another Elddis van. Had many over the years but this one has finished us off.

  11. S Hastings. says:

    This is my second Elddis caravan the first was bought from new and found to be great value for money and had lots of happy holidays, Now the second one which is a advante 515 also bought from new, where do I start with the faults from the minor ones such as no curtain rail ends, so when arriving at site all curtains needed to be popped back on, to the more serious ones like a gas leak and more recently a water leak, all in the first few months. In total We have had over 20 faults on this caravan. Iam seriously losing faith in Elddis.

  12. R Price says:

    We are collecting a new 515 in February and we hope we do not have any problems. We purchase an Odyssey 524 in October last year and have had nothing but problem after problem. One of the major problems was the water connectors, everyone went causing water through the van. This now hopefully has been solved by Elddis. Elddis themselves have been tremendous. We have really been forced to buying another but have had to stick with Elddis for various reasons. So fingers crossed in February for happy caravaning and not worrying what is going to happen next

  13. finn says:

    Our problems are still continuing after a number of weeks and is now on the point of heading for the financial ombudsman. R Chilcott – is the fan coming on after the grill is lit? Its what keeps the gas lit. If not then the problem is that the fan isn’t working and needs replaced. I have been informed that Elddis are having a number of problems with faulty fans in the grill. Me thinks you have been lied to! They appear to be hell bent on trying to patch and botch things rather than take responsibility for poor quality fixtures and fittings. Good luck!

  14. R Chilcott says:

    We bought the Avante 515 just over a month ago. Yes it is spacious, yes it is light and airy and an excellent layout. Now the problems – the hob on the Thetford cooker is rusting after one night’s use and it’s getting worse, the covers over the grill hinges are rusting, the sink is rusting. The cooker grills 2 pieces of toast then cuts out, (apparently you have to leave for 2 minutes before trying to re-ignite). Then the Thetford fridge cuts out every night when on gas, (this is a common fault with this LED fridge – we had one in our Ace Morningstar and the same thin happened!) We are still awaiting an answer, (3 weeks) from our retailer as to what Elddis is going to do about these problems. Apart from those problems the only other minor thing is that the beading is coming off between the shower and the toilet door – a little glue should do it! Unfortunately these problems have put a dampener on the usual excitement of having a new van :-((

  15. david patterson says:

    we have just bought a firestorm 505 2004 its 110% fab great value and i would buy another no prob. dp.

  16. Paul lynch says:

    I am in total agreement I bought a new 554 47 different problems and failures. Dealer thought these problems were fixable and could not see any issues last issue was water egress. Whilst I was down at the workshops one of the maintainace staff was telling me he was rebuilding an elldis explorer that was 4year old due water egress bought in December11 sold Feb 12 at NEC lost a bit of money but lost all my stress, really poor build quality now own a peggasus 2 very happy.

  17. Geoff P says:

    How do you say they are lousy???

  18. Geoff P says:

    We have had 4 Elddis caravans over the years- the first 3 no faults at all – the last one (not this model but similar) had 16 faults on delivery and continued to deteriate – Never again!!

  19. Ray Price says:

    Hi, I bet you are sick as a chip did you buy it new? or was it a used caravan? if it were me I would be banging on the dealers door at 2.00a.m. in the morning Whatever happend to caravan dealers checking things over,Take it up with trading standards or even citizens advice, dont try and you wont get

  20. FINN says:

    A very asthetically pleasing caravan but sadly had nothing but problems since the day we picked it up, from very minor problems ( and there are a few) to a faulty ‘T’ piece at the hot water heater resulting in a large amount of water leaking into the van, and the toilet wall coming away from the floor. not a happy bunny! Hope people are having a better time with theirs than we are!

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