Elddis Xplore - quality and lightweight
Elddis Xplore offers quality and lightweight at an affordable cost-can it keep up with the competition?
Elddis came into the entry level market in 1988 with the Wisp range, light and affordable these popular tourers gave Elddis a grip on this sector of the market. Years later the Xplore range was launched, and as the years have rolled by the range is firmly established in caravanning circles. The 2012 range offers better value than ever so we checked out the six berth single axled 506.
2012 Elddis Xplore 506-SE
Length: 5.59 m
Width: 2.14 m
MIRO: 1167 kgs
MTPLM: 1365 kgs
Our thanks to Rachel and Charlotte at Elddis for the loan of Xplore
Sleeping six it offers a large front end dinette, side wardrobe and washroom with side kitchen. The rear end has a side dinette (which makes into a single bed) along with triple side bunks. The exterior of the Xplore is modern and straight forward with GRP front panel and bold graphics. No one piece sides and a profile from four years ago means the Xplore is beginning to show its age. BPW chassis with alloy wheels and Winterhoff hitch stabilizer are all part of the added spec pack which also includes spare wheel and flyscreen on door. New for 2012 is the under sealed GRP floor-adding to the durability of your investment.
Interior of the Xplore is very traditional and up-market for this type of tourer, it’s all very well finished again possibly to much for this market sector. Great storage is part of the 506’s make-up which means roof lockers abound including over the front window area. Quality upholstery with scatter cushions will prove good to sit on and to sleep on too. Optional upholstery pattern can be ordered a nice touch to an entry level tourer. Front dinette is very roomy for six to use and we also like the airy feel.
Side kitchen comes with oven/grill and three burner hob plus lots of cupboard storage – with the fridge being mounted beneath the wardrobe (heating is by Whales underfloor unit) the kitchen has excellent storage facilities plus great worktop. Opposite the wardrobe is a slight let down, reason is the fridge takes up the hanging space so maybe not such as good move. The wardrobe is a tad limiting but weekend trips should cater for a family. The adjoining washroom is quite basic and also not overly spacious either, a shower and cassette electric flush loo is fitted though, but storage is lacking.
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The end of the 506 comes with a great spot for children; it offers a side dinette plus the triple fixed bunks. Great storage for toys etc plus a mains socket is fitted too by the storage cupboard. Five mains sockets are supplied overall a great feature for an entry level family model. So overall impression is the Xplore is well finished and has good general storage. The washroom won’t please everyone while the overall space is ideal and the Xplore tows well as we found out using a Skoda Octavia 1.8fsi Se plus estate. However with the new Sprite, and now the new Venus the Xplore needs to up its game for next season and with a possible Orion face lift the pressure is on further!