As the 2014 Elddis Crusader Cyclone brings a sunroof to the range, Practical Caravan's experts review this revised four-berth
The sunroof is undeniably the top design trend sweeping the caravan market, and Elddis joins in for 2014 – when, it also marks its 50th anniversary. Almost as long-lived is the model name, Cyclone, and tourers bearing it have changed plenty since the first one in 1968.
Aside from getting a sunroof, the latest version of the rear-island-bed twin-axle has been reworked in the middle. Instead of 2013’s nearside kitchen and offside washroom, the kitchen is on the offside, and the washroom is split into two sections. We got inside to see how well the revamp works.
Pitching and setting up
The specification also boasts a wet locker, external gas and mains points, a high-gain aerial, clear Seitz windows, a 40-litre on-board water tank, a tracking system, a wheel lock and a jack. The only letdowns are its plastic, chrome-effect grabhandles, which look less than substantial.
Bolster and scatter cushions add to the already considerable comfort of the beech-slatted parallel seats. The rose-tinted, tweedy upholstery, though, is not ideal for young families.
Overhead lockers along the sides are deeper than before but, unlike in the 2013 Cyclone, there are none in front. That’s to make room for the fashionable sunroof, which features in an Elddis model for the first time. What it steals in space it more than makes up for with extra light. It and the adjacent rooflight let light flood in, while LEDs in its surround add to the illumination from corner spotlamps and lights over the lockers.
For entertainment, fit a TV to the bracket provided or switch on the radio/CD player. The Alde heating controls are fitted here.
Four downlights illuminate the worktop, while a window and Omnivent provide light and ventilation. Three drawers, a cupboard and four overhead roof lockers provide all the space you need for food, pans and crockery.
Flanking the entrance to the rear bedroom are the two components: on the offside is moulded circular cubicle (roomy, with smart chrome fittings) and opposite is the toilet with an electric-flush Thetford as well as a handbasin. The latter lacks the heated towel rail often found with Alde systems, but it has heat vents, as well as a window and a rooflight.
Up front, meanwhile, the lounge can be converted into a double bed measuring 2.08m x 1.6m (5'3" x 6'10") using slats that slide from the central chest. The seats are too short to be used as twin singles, except by young children.
At the rear, the fixed bed’s base raises to reveal a massive area, accessible from both sides, while twin wardrobes and roof lockers provide generous amounts of space to tidy away clothing.
The kitchen is among the best we’ve seen for storage, including three large drawers and four roof lockers. The nearside toilet room pitches in with a large cupboard beneath the basin and a wall-mounted cupboard.
There’s not just enough storage for a couple – it’s ample for four people’s kit.
The new sunroof and layout are just part of the Cyclone’s story. The redesigned décor and innovative SoLiD body construction make the new Elddis Crusader Cyclone an attractive buy.
- It looks good inside and out
- It provides ample storage space for four
- There's a great spec
- It has a lovely sunroof
- It's a popular layout
- It’s no lightweight
- Why is there no heated towel rail?
- The lounge is too short for single beds
- It isn't ideal for young families, due to the pale upholstery