Real or not so benefits ---motorhome choice

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  1. oldflemo

    oldflemo Funster

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    Another likely stupid question-but what do you expect from an old novice!
    Living as we do close to the Elddis production plant in the North East, would it be considered wise and a real benefit to choose Elddis or would it make no real difference at all?
    Secondly if I'm allowed and acceptable to ask on here where does this manufacturer appear on the MH League table?
    Look forward to your helpful responses
    Ian:thumb::thumb:
     
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    Not sure where they stand really Ian but we have one and love it

    Andy
     
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    Many slate them as 'budget'

    Personally - I have used them for hire, so they took some use! Nothing broke apart from the silly plastic check strap on the loo door. The interior is unmarked, slight wear on driver seat cover on the old one.

    Comfort is very good - especially on early 2000's models (all motorhome manufacturer cut quality onlater ones) Very comfortable, and hard wearing - the design of our 2001 model is still used today, including the seat fabric - so you could say they think ahead/ageless whichever you prefer.

    They continually win awards for design etc every year, and I beleive have done so again this year for the 7th running year.

    There are alot worse on the market! End kitchen models hold their value very well - around 2-3k more than other layouts.
     
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    Thank you that's excellent
     
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    Thank you very much for that very informative useful reply
    Ian
     
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    We had an Elddis 130 for 4 years and loved it never had any problems with it and thought it was real value for money. I can understand why it's classed as a budget van but I'd defo recommend them to anyone, we only changed as our needs have changed.
     
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    Our first van was an Elddis Autoquest 100 which we bought in June 2006 and had until it was smashed by Mr Asda in December 2011. I endorse what others have said about them.

    However, proximity to the manufacturer isn't a factor I would give high priority to, whereas proximity to the dealer (with whom you have the contract) could be important for warranty (and, possibly, servicing) matters.

    Perhaps the main factor is that the layout/features of the van provide what you (never mind anyone else) require.

    As you are in the north east I would thoroughly recommend checking what is on offer at Camper NE on Portobello estate at Birtley. We bought our Burstner there 15 months ago and found them very good to deal with both before and after the sale.
     
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    Thank you for your advice and information which we'll certainly take forward-wondered too if a close proximity dealer to the factory would be a real advantage given the publicity they would get if their customer was not up to the mark service
    Ian
     
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    Hi Eldiss are considered Budget buys simply because they are at the lower end of the price range :thumb: Nothing much wrong with them, but they have not altered much (body shape) for a god few years.The newer shaped ones (nice) are what I would say in the mid range price rather than the top price vans.They don't produce any top priced vans but lots of makers produce budget vans and ask top money :BigGrin:They hold prices well enough -I know of a few 50/60k vans that sell for 35k after a year :Eeek: that's almost the price of a new budget Eldiss after a year :Eeek: :Wink::BigGrin:Remember 20 % of 100k is 20k where 20 % of say 30k is only 6k -they all loose money (with a few exceptions ie some self bulids :BigGrin::Wink:) they all have beds cookers loo/showers and heaters -- Never really hear of many complaints from budget vans -who knows perhaps the owners don't expect too much, where a van costing 60-70k you would expect to be perfect :BigGrin: and god knows what I would expect from a 100k plus van :Eeek:if ever I win the lottery :Wink::BigGrin:
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    We have had an Elddis Autoquest 180 for over 2 years now, we bought it new because it was our first van and didn't want one that had been used before. We looked at others, but in the end went for the 180, we've enjoyed plenty space in the 6 berth for only the two of us.

    We have been pleased with the finish of the interior, but now a couple of years on we are looking to change ours, mainly because we would like a change of layout. OH would like two side settees, because she likes to stretch out, and a separate shower (because we always need to dry the floor before anyone can use the loo). With a separate cubicle, it's not so urgent. We are fortunate that we can use our 180 and keep the bed down because it's just us two.

    We have used the overcab bed only once when our daughter stayed overnight when we were away. Plenty space for her, she is 25 and around 6 feet tall, so no problems there, but we use it for storing just about everything and would be lost without it.

    Many people "slate" the Elddis range, for one reason or another, but we have been very happy with ours. When you go to check out a potential purchase, just make sure you "try" sitting on everything (including the loo) to see how you get on with the layout. There is an ideal layout for everyone, but it just depends on how you would use it. Are there just the two of you, or do you have any children to consider?

    We have looked at other "higher spec" vans, but there was always something that we didn't quite like about them. We now think we've seen the perfect layout "for us", but the problem is that it's 28 feet long and we have been warned off this length by people in the past. Our search continues:Sad:

    Good luck with your search, enjoy looking and take plenty of time over it:thumb:
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    As much as make as Graham said, the dealer is important, but more so I would say is the lay out of the van, does not matter what the make if the lay out does not work for you.
     
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    Only if you're planning on staging a camp-in protest if your van proves to be defective. :BigGrin:
     
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    We experienced awful warranty service from them.

    Then again, we haven't had a warranty claim with another manufacturer to compare the nightmare with......................:Angry:
     
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    Real or not so benefits---motorhome choice

    we have owned the Compass equivalent, a 400 rear lounge that took us all round France and Spain. It was bomb proof and 100% reliable, from the day we took delivery it never once had to go back to the dealer for any adjustments. Yes we considered it to be a budjet motorhome but it had everything that is available on ones that are more expensive. We would have liked external access side lockers and drop down bunk doors as the only way to get under them was to remove the seat bases. Anyone wanting a well built budget motorhome should put the Eldis at the top of the list. My only reservation with the latest offerings is the lack of fixed Truma fires which are a must for regular ralliers, they are now fitted with a Whale heater system which will need a couple of good batteries coupled to a large Solar panel when not coupled up to a camp site mains, a backward step.
     
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    I wouldn't call the Eldiss Aspire a budget motorhome also they have Alde heating which is very good

    Andy
     
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    I thought we were discussing the budget range. The Aspire is in a different class and yes it has an Alde heating system. The only problem with it is the payload is very limited whereas the standard ranges payload is far greater.
     
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    I too have an Aspire 255 and I'm delighted with it although I accept it isn't in the 'budget' class but with it Eldiss again give you the level of equipment and finish expected in much more expensive MHs. Does this mean they qualify as budget 'top end' MH manufacturers??

    I agree that selecting the right dealer is by far the most important factor and the decision should not be based only on price. I could have bought an Aspire for considerably less at the other end of the country but realised that any warranty work (none so far) would have required a major upheaval and expense. My local dealers, Dyce Caravans have been excellent with support and not charged a penny when mysterious 'failures' have been down to my resistance/inability to read instructions!!!!!

    Don't be afraid to purchase an Eldiss because as someone else said they're virtually bombproof although like all MHs they need a bit of TLC and a light hand when operating things that in the house often need a thump to get working. DON'T do it in a MH!
     
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    I have a compass avantgarde which I believe is boger standard elldis and compleatly happy with it apart from the size of the toilet/shower room which a bit small but I am going to take out the cupboards when I get round to it and hope it will be the perfect van then:thumb:
     
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    We had a 155 which was basic but value for money. We only changed it because SWMBO fell for an island bed on an Auto-Trail.

    The factory won't deal direct with a customer, you have to go to your dealer, and they can be obstructive when you want to change something. Our model had the pathetic 45 ltr fresh water tank and I wanted to change it to the upgraded 90ltr tank. Still not big enough really. The factory insisted it couldn't be done, via the dealer, who told me he had done two already ! Other little niggles that we wanted to change were fobbed of by the factory and again the dealer said he could do them.

    The dealer was Cleveland Motorhomes (www.clevelandmotorhomes.co.uk) who were excellent with us.
    Overall the Elddis that we had was very good and never let us down.
     
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    bit off topic, still an elldis, my son-in-law had an elldis caravan midd range, very nice inside, comfortable, but it was rotton as a pear, soaking wet in the rear and side walls, beyond keeping, so was traded in for a new new van, the dealer knew about the damp and did not sell the van at thier dealership. The van was only 5 years old, elldiss, just said out of warranty which it was but a bit help would have been nice.
     
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