The Elddis Xplore 504 caravan is a popular layout with an end shower room and fixed nearside double bed, centre kitchen and front living area with parallel seats. There are some that would call it a four berth as the front end does make up into a double bed or two singles if you prefer. For some, though, it’s a two-berth as for them, a fixed double bed is a boon.
The bamboo effect vinyl floor throughout is very practical, and if you had a dog or wanted to welcome muddy boots, then it’s easy to clean but a loose lay carpet and door mat are available as an option.
The offside kitchen has a round stainless steel sink, a three burner gas hob, which has a cover that gives extra workspace, an oven and a grill; would you miss not having a microwave? We liked the overhead lockers and didn’t mind the wardrobe being opposite the kitchen.
The reason for that is in the shower room where there is just a square shower with a discreet cupboard to store the free-standing table and the loo; the hand basin is set in a very nice vanity unit on the offside wall opposite the bed where, traditionally the wardrobe would be situated. We liked the “mug sized” shelves each side of the bed, ideal for that morning cuppa or late night cocoa and you could even watch television at the same time as there is a TV bracket on the side of the wardrobe. Notably, you can order a memory foam mattress.
Space and water heating are provided by the award-winning Whale system; the space heater is discreetly mounted externally, the ducting enters under the bed, and the Rapid-Heat water system heats the 8L capacity tank in 12 minutes.
Main windows have insect screens and a blind and the one-piece front window lets in a lot of sky. In the living area, we found the upholstery to be not very firm but there is an upholstery choice of fabric. Perhaps memory foam and a throw would make it more comfortable for some people.
The model we saw was fitted with the optional Xplore SE pack including a Winterhof stabiliser, alloy wheels, a spare wheel and carrier, and CD player with MP3 connectivity and speakers.
It’s a practical layout, offering good value for money, ideal as a starter caravan and doesn’t need a beefy tow car. It’s just the sort of caravan that campers, tired of wet weather camping, might just consider.
Adding optional security features, like a BPW Diamond Standard wheel lock, BPW iDC for enhanced towing stability, and an alarm will help reduce the insurance cost of this caravan.
Recommended Retail Price from £13,799.00
Price is ex-works and includes VAT @ 20% but excludes a recommended retailer delivery charge of £495 including VAT for delivery to your dealer and preparing your caravan for collection by you.
Cost to insure: £270 *
- Four berths
- Length including towbar: 7250mm
- Internal length: 5599mm
- Overall width: 2146mm
- Headroom: 1908mm
- MRO: 1136kg
- Plated MTPLM: 1315kgs
- Overall height: 2726mm
- Awning size: 10000mm
For more information: www.elddis.co.uk
*Caravan insurance cost based on 2013 Elddis Xplore 504 retailing for £13,799. Fitted with hitchlock, wheel clamp, plus standard security and safety devices. 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 6% Insurance Premium Tax and is correct as of 22/04/2013.
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