The Compass Omega 540 review from the experts at Practical Caravan, as Elddis relaunches the Compass brand for 2014
The mid-market Omega 540 caravan should sit near the top of the Compass sales charts, because it has the classic rear fixed-bed, end-washroom layout – the UK's most supplied floor plan.
It's a layout that is a firm favourite with couples touring on their own who want a fixed bed for convenience, plus a good-sized lounge and well-equipped kitchen for entertaining.
Pitching and setting up
The nuts for the front corner steadies are on the side of the van and we found them easy to locate; the ones at the back run just under the rear skirt. The battery box and hook-up cable are located to the front of the axle on the nearside; water connections are made on the offside.
The main switches and the control panel for the Alde wet central heating are located on the left-hand side as you enter through the two-piece caravan door.
The colour scheme of the fabrics also works well – it's not too garish and matches the cabinetwork nicely, so should appeal to a range of buyers. The parallel lounge seats convert into a spacious double bed in seconds, so you have always got room for guests when on tour.
Cooks get the convenience of a dual-fuel hob, so if the gas is about to run out you'll be able to polish off the evening's stir-fry using the electricity supply, plus there is a separate oven and grill, and there's a microwave. And then when it's time for after-dinner liqueurs, all you need to do is open the drinks cabinet next to the overhead lockers. It's a welcome touch of class.
This tried and tested layout ticks all the boxes, and in the metal the Compass Omega 540 scores lots of points. If we're being picky, the exterior carries many Elddis design cues, so to our eyes there isn't a huge difference here.
- Proven layout
- Spec includes Alde heating
- Ideal for couples
- No sunroof – not even as a cost option
- Compass brand looks just like its parent (Elddis)