Rory WhiteSee other caravan reviews written by Rory White
Space. That's what the Xplore is all about. A large lounge is complemented by plenty of sleeping space, most notably in the shape of two fixed bunks at the rear of the van. Large, young families looking for an affordable caravan should investigate the 546 before buying.
Pitching and setting up
Accessing the steadies and waste pipes is easy, although the pipes are at the rear, which can be tricky on a sloping pitch. When it comes to considering extras, the Xplore is equipped with the new 13-pin electrical connector, so you will need to purchase an adaptor for your car electrics. The van's control panel is just inside the two-piece main door.
A large, one-piece front window and a Heki rooflight ensure there's plenty of daylight in the lounge. In the evening, you can choose from a mains ceiling light and two adjustable halogen spotlights.
As you would expect, the spec in the lounge is not particularly high. You won't find a radio/CD player, speakers or a clock, but you will find two power points and two aerial sockets, so you won't have to go without your music. Even though this van is at the lower end of the price scale, the little things that make life easier are still included. That means you get fitted door-well mats, plus blinds, curtains and flyscreens on the windows. Fitted drop-in carpets are only available as a cost option, though, a carpet runner being the standard fare.
What you don't get is a great deal of worktop space immediately to hand, although there is space on the cupboard opposite the kitchen. You'll need to be quite organised to cook efficiently, but this kitchen is more practical than many rivals at this price point, especially in terms of storage areas.
A solid, domestic-style door separates this area from the rest of the van, but once inside this wetroom, there's not much room to play with; the shower, basin and Thetford swivel toilet are all in one. You do, however, get a separate metal showerhead, a shelf above the toilet, a towel rail and a corner unit behind the mirror.
A wooden ladder is fitted to each bunk, and the built-in guard rails make setting up a straightforward affair. The rear bunks have a separate curtain to close them off from the light, but no separate spotlights for each bed.
The lounge incorporates six lockers and two corner shelves, and there are another three lockers above the side dinette. A nice, big wardrobe completes the picture in this sector; one in which the Xplore excels.
Elddis has managed to keep the price down and yet has produced a practical van that prioritises the needs of families without adding superfluous extras that push the price up.
- Good spec in the kitchen and oodles of storage space make this well priced van family-friendly
- It looks good, too.
- Some components feel as though they've been made to a budget, particularly the carpet runner.