To understand just what we're in for with this lineup of so-called caravans, let me start off by pointing out that four models are currently available on the manufacturer's website. That said, the least expensive of the bunch is the 304, cruising in with a price tag of £19,300, which is a tad under $24,000. The most expensive is the 585, a unit starting at £23,750, roughly $29,300. That sounds right within what most folks are willing to spend on such a mobile living unit.
Next on our list of things to consider when looking at an Xplore is how these babies are built. Each unit is crafted with Elddis' SoLiD Construction method which leads to a fully bonded unit with waterproof joints and 95% fewer exterior screws than units before it. In short, you won't have to worry about the elements tearing their way into your unit. Apparently, it's the same chemical bonding process used in F1 and aircraft and boat building. Did I mention the Xplore comes with a 10-year warranty? That's less than $3,000 a year spent on your very own camper.
Once that exterior is brought to life, it's all placed upon a galvanized steel chassis with a Euro-axle, and a layer of GRP flooring underskin closes off the belly from any water kicked up by the wheels of your vehicle or the camper itself. Please note that the Xplore lineup comprises only single-axle units, so roads are the only places you should be dragging this thing along.
From the first time I saw the floorplan, I fell in love with the way a large corridor is created, separating features and spaces as though it's no man's land. This path extends from one end of the 585 all the way to the other, allowing you to access not one but two lounges, a galley, an entertainment center, and a bathroom in the process. I'll be honest; rarely have I ever seen such an interior achieved for the price that it is.
To get a better picture of what's in store, I want you to imagine yourself inside this space. Put your hands on the Ashton cabinetry, and run your fingers along the "Maluku" upholstery and the textured walls. Set a glass down on the countless countertops, mess with the LED lights, and roll up the window blinds. Why not let some fresh air in? Heck, take your shoes off and feel a cool floor under your feet. Once you've done all that, start introducing your family members into this daydream five.
To do so, head back inside and start whipping up your master chef skills. A three-burner gas top, oven/grill combo, and 133 l fridge are at your disposal, and countless cupboards ensure you have the utensils and spices you want and need. Sometime later, you ring the lunch bell, and suddenly, the interior fills up. Good thing those two lounges are available.
With bellies full, some of the family decides to take a nap while you hit the shower to take the smell of sauteed onions out of your skin and hair. The bathroom is the place for that where you can use a full-size shower cubicle fed by an 8 l water heater. Remember to open a window for ventilation or turn on the fan overhead.
After you step out of the bathroom and see some of the family sleeping, a smile may creep across the corner of your mouth. You spot the rest outside, running around and exploring the local landscape. Wait, I just understood why this lineup is called the Xplore. It sounds like one hell of a heartwarming lifestyle to live for less than $30K.