Earlier this year, to celebrate the arrival of our unique and exclusive 8ft-wide 6-berth Elddis Avante 866, we launched 'Go Big or Go Home' - a competition to find the best Roving Reporter to thoroughly test our new model and star as guest writers in Practical Caravan.
Now it's time to reveal the lucky winners of our competition to win an Elddis caravan for a year – read on to find out who's won and their exciting plans!
Elddis and Practical Caravan are delighted to announce the winner in our ‘Go Big or Go Home’ competition to become Roving Reporters for the magazine and website for the next 12 months, and enjoy the comfort of a brand new, 8ft-wide Elddis Avante 866 throughout the 2017 season.
From hundreds of entries, the runners and riders were narrowed down to a competitive shortlist by judges from both Practical Caravan and Elddis, and the combination of some ambitious plans, a superbly written entry and a great family selfie secured the services of the Avante for the Johnston Family – mum Lucie, dad David, plus kids Abi (8) and Tom (6) – from Perthshire, Scotland.
Although they are relative newcomers to the caravanning world, having only taken the plunge and bought their Bailey Ranger from a local family last year, the Johnstons are already passionate enthusiasts and hope to extend their adventures across the UK and into Europe as they tackle touring all year round.
Here’s a small taste of their Big Idea:
"We are Lucie, David, Abi and Tom Johnston. We live in Scotland and love exploring in our caravan.
"So what makes us the best Practical Caravan roving reporters? Well, how about our great sense of fun and adventure, our creativity and genuine enthusiasm for reviewing the new Elddis Avante 866?
"We have a keen eye for detail and love of all things ‘caravan’, but how about we just tell you what we’d do with the opportunity to Go Big!"
‘Big Hello’ – Exploring the caravan and our first impressions…
‘Big Euro’ – Family adventure to the Netherlands. Getting a big 8ft-wide caravan on and off a car-ferry…
‘Big Grotto’ – Christmas Day is also Abi’s birthday, so it’s time to check out the kitchen – can you prepare a celebration meal in the Avante 866?
‘Big 4-0’ – Celebrate David’s BIG birthday in style with a caravan party. Can we entertain guests comfortably?
‘Big Tow’ – All the way to Cornwall - how easy is it to pull the length of the country?
‘Big Scottish Snow’ – Can the Avante heating cope with the elements on a Winter break in the Highlands?
Then, the ‘Big Cheerio’ as we wave goodbye after our year of Elddis adventure!
After learning of their win, Elddis arranged for the Johnstons to visit their nearby Elddis retailer Perthshire Caravans to see the dealership's demo model which had just arrived. "We had to act quickly!" laughed Rachel Moncrieff, Marketing Manager at Elddis.
"No sooner are the new models arriving at dealerships, they are selling immediately. The Johnstons needn't worry though. We have their caravan here, ready to send up to Perthshire Caravans for a proper handover later this month, in time for their first adventures!
"Our partners have been incredibly generous, too. Powrtouch have very kindly added an Evolution AWD automatic motormover to the already copious specification and our friends at Vango have offered to provide the Johnstons with a new Airbeam awning. The family are understandably ecstatic!"
"We are sure that the next year is going to be just as exciting as our first glimpse!" says Lucie
“The surprise of winning has been the biggest thing so far,” said Lucie. “After all, it’s always someone else, isn’t it? But not this time, and we have big plans to make the most of it. Abi has already bagsied the top sleeping pod – which has enough space for her extensive teddy collection – and Dave remains tragically thrilled by the Whale touchscreen space-and water-heating controller and the proliferation of electrical sockets!
"A big thank you to Elddis and Practical Caravan – we are sure that the next year is going to be just as exciting as our first glimpse.”
You'll be able to read updates from the family over the coming months in Practical Caravan magazine and on their website blog and on the Elddis HUB and Social Media.
above: the all-new 8ft-wide Compass Casita 866
above: the all-new 8ft-wide Buccaneer Galera