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From Lightweight to Luxury – a Hat-trick of winners in the Caravan Awards 2016

We are delighted to announce that we have won three categories in this year’s Caravan Awards 2016, with a further two Highly Commended awards.

The annual awards by Caravan Magazine, and sponsored by The Caravan Club, follows a stringent scoring system that follows 10 criteria:  Storage, sleeping accommodation, kitchen, showering, dining, lounging, styling, equipment level, towing equipment, and value for money.

From our ‘entry-level’ Xplore range to the unparalleled opulence of our luxury Buccaneer range, our caravans were judged the best of the best in the following categories:

Best Family Caravan over £15,500

Compass Rallye 636 - WINNER


Why it's a winner

‘The big Rallye gained high marks for its level of equipment, giving family buyers a luxurious option with Alde heating that you can control remotely, from your phone.

‘This superbly-designed six-berth won its class by a long way, gaining high marks from all four judges in all our scoring sectors.

‘What makes this caravan outstanding isn’t just its size, and therefore spaciousness. It’s the layout, with a big dining area on the offside, easily capable of seating four. This area converts to a double bed. Two more beds, this time fixed bunks, are immediately behind the dining area.

‘The full-width shower room has family practicality in spades, and the kitchen has plenty of surface space to make preparing meals for six just about as easy as it can be in a caravan.

‘The big Rallye also gained high marks for its level of equipment, giving family buyers a luxurious option, with Alde heating that you can control remotely, from your phone. Practicality, too, earned high marks; this caravan has seating fabric that is designed to be stain resistant; spillages can be wiped off with just plain water on a cloth.’


Lightweight Caravan of the Year

Xplore 586 – WINNER


Why it's a winner

‘With tough competition, this new caravan model took the title with huge practical appeal for top touring trips.

‘Amid manufacturers’ quests for ways of reducing caravan weights, the award for Best Lightweight Caravan is arguably one of the most important.

‘When we defined the Highly Commended shortlist for this award we scrutinised caravans with MTPLM figures under 1500kg. But this award isn’t simply about figures. It’s about recognition of how well a caravan performs for the market for which it’s designed.

‘All three contenders gained high marks in all scoring sectors. The six-berth Xplore edged slightly ahead of its stiff competition, though. This new model, with bunk beds and a side dining area, is brilliantly designed for great family holidays.

‘Our judges scored it highly on practical aspects, and also on appearance, its sunny-holiday hues of turquoise creating a lively image with strong appeal.’


Best Luxury Caravan

Buccaneer Clipper – WINNER


Why it's a winner

‘It’s laden with luxuries. It’s extraordinarily spacious. And it levels itself with the touch of a button. The Buccaneer Clipper is an awesome caravan.

‘The Buccaneer Clipper is a stunning caravan, winning its category easily for a number of key reasons including its unique layout, with transverse twin beds that retract by about 40cm, to turn into day recliners, and creating lots of floor space.

‘It’s a fantastic caravan, with equipment including underfloor heating, a water tank, a huge fridge-freezer and a device which monitors mains power load, switching off the Alde heating while you are using a high power-consumption appliance, to prevent your pitch’s supply from tripping out.

‘This is the only range of caravans equipped with an automatic, touch-of-a-button levelling system. The process is controlled from a handset. It takes less than two minutes.’


Further recommendations for The Explorer Group Limited in the 2016 Caravan Awards:


Best Family Caravan under £15,500

Xplore 586 – Highly Commended


Innovation Award

Whale Expanse space and water heater (exclusive to Elddis Avante range) - Highly Commended


All four brands – Elddis, Compass, Xplore and Buccaneer – are built using our unique, industry-leading SoLiD Construction and are represented by the UK’s leading retailers.

To find your nearest stockist of award-winning SoLiD Construction caravans and motorhomes see the Retailer Locator map at www.elddis.co.uk