The Crusader range from Elddis made its first appearance back in 1976, and rapidly built up a loyal following. The Elddis Crusader Tempest models for 2011 were built on BPW chassis, complete with IDC stability control, while twin-axle tourers also came with a jack.
Alde heating was standard in the line-up, as was a dual-fuel hob. New interior locker design and soft furnishings were the order of the day, while updated graphics and DVD connections were also standard kit.
Producing a big family tourer offering luxury style and spec was what Elddis did best, and the six-berth Tempest model was an important addition to the upmarket Crusader mix.
Most of the models in the range provided two or four berths, but this new version, with fixed triple bunks, a large side dinette and a substantial kitchen and lounge, caused a real stir in this market sector. The Elddis Crusader Tempest had a good-sized washroom as well, and provided excellent overhead storage.
The capacious wardrobe was at the rear, while the fridge and separate freezer were located just opposite the kitchen.
Excellent night-time lighting was supplied throughout, while the new interior décor gave the Crusaders a definite lift.
Thoughtful design touches included Seitz privacy windows, while the stylish new graphics displayed a 35th anniversary logo on the side, celebrating the Elddis name. Unusually for such a big tourer, it didn’t come with an on-board water tank as standard fit – this was added to the options list, however.
You did get a Status TV aerial, with an external mains socket and barbecue point. An external wet locker was part of the spec, and the Crusader came with a sizeable gas bottle locker, too.
This opulent six-berth had loads of appeal, and although production ceased in 2019, it still makes a great used buy and is well worth a look. See our best used caravan guide for more inspiration.
Although we found quite a few Tempests on the market, we only saw a couple of models from the 2011 offering, which came in at £14,000 to £14,995. The £14,000 example was a private sale, but there were a few good extras included in the price.
For the rest of the range, you can expect to pay:
- Typhoon: £12,988-£13,499
- Tornado: £13,195-£13,595
- Super Sirocco: £13,995-£14,495
- Cyclone: £13,565-£13,995
- Super Cyclone: £13,999-£14,995
- Super Storm: £13,999-£15,195
For a smaller six berth caravan with fixed bunks, look at a Coachman Vision 580 from 2017. This is a lighter tourer, yet still comes with a good spec for £18,495.
Otherwise, you could try the 2012 Swift Challenger Sport 636, another six-berth twin-axle with fixed bunks.
The Swift’s excellent spec includes blown-air heating, shower, oven, dual-fuel hob and a microwave, and you would be likely to pay around £14,495.
What to check for:
- Fading in front panel
- Peeling graphics
- Damp, mainly in front corners
- Delamination in the floor
- Peeling veneer on furniture
- Any damage to the awning rail and the rear lights
- Badly creaking floor
- Signs of condensation on the top bunk wallboard
The Crusader commands great respect and affection among caravanners. Our Tempest was in good order – the furnishings had worn well, while the rigours of family touring hadn’t taken too much toll. With great locker storage and a large lounge, this would be a good buy for those seeking a large family caravan providing excellent value.
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- Berths: 6
- MTPLM: 1860kg
- MiRO: 1662kg
- Payload: 198kg
- Internal length: 6.26m
- Width: 2.29m
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