Xplore is the entry-level offering from Consett-based manufacturer Elddis. It was relaunched for 2014 as a stand-alone brand to compete with the likes of Sprite, Venus and the Bailey Pursuit.

As part of the change, the line-up underwent a root-and-branch makeover, including redesigned branding and graphics, and new front and rear ABS panels. Xplore rides on a single-axle BPW chassis, which some people prefer to Al-Ko’s, and is fitted with the Swing V-Tec axle, which  BPW claims deters snaking.

As with all Elddis tourers, Xplore vans are built using the SoLiD construction method (which stands for strong, light and dry), which bonds the wall panels to each other with a powerful adhesive. This replaces hundreds of screws with a proven, water-repellent adhesive, resulting in a stronger, more rigid bodyshell without restrictions on exterior design.

All Xplore models get the same 10-year body integrity warranty against leaking that is offered for all Elddis tourers. 

It has a plated maximum weight of 1310kg, so with payload fully taken by your camping gear, it’s well within the recommended 85% of the kerbweight of the VW Passat, Mazda 6 Tourer and other estate cars.  

The 574 is one of two new layouts introduced for 2014 to the now five-van line-up, and it’s the must-have layout of the moment: four berths with fixed twin beds and an end washroom.