Elddis Avante: Review
Take a break from ordinary with the refreshing Elddis Avante 540.
The British Elddis Avante 540 boasts a unique layout that, when coupled with its lightweight design, creates a spacious van that’s only too easy to tow.
DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION
The van is fitted with a BPW Swing V chassis, or BPW for short, which has been strengthened and redesigned to handle Australian roads. The load capacity has been increased, the chassis raised 100mm to give a better ground clearance, and the brakes have been upgraded.
On the drawbar is a Winterhoff coupling, handbrake, jockey wheel and moulded shroud over the drawbar which does a very good job of hiding the jockey wheel when it is retracted.
The Winterhoff coupling is the normal ball variety, it just looks a bit different and is quite easy to use, once you understand the locking mechanism.
This Avante certainly scores well in the weight department, with an ATM of 1700kg and a Tare weight of 1330kg, which is certainly lighter than most single-axle caravans that I have seen. Consequently, it can be towed by a wide variety of tow vehicles, including those for which it was designed – those from Europe – which frequently have very light maximum ball weights on the hitch.
The Avante 540 has quite a raked appearance from the front but not so much from the rear. Large, double-glazed and tinted Euro-style windows are fitted all round, with three across the front alone, and entry is via a stable-style entry door. The door doesn’t have any sort of insect or security door but does have folding internal screen.
In addition to the front boot, which contains the two 4.5kg gas cylinders, there’s a second external bin at the rear nearside which gives access to the under-bed storage space. And, as an added bonus, all the Avante’s external locks have just one key.
HITS & MISSES
- General layout
- Kitchen bench with extra cabinet space
- Combined water/space heater
- Internal cupboard space
- One-key locking system
I would have liked…
- Security screen door
- USB charger point
ELDDIS AVANTE SPECS
Weight and measures
- Overall length 7.3m (23ft 11in)
- External body length 6.3m (20ft 8in)
- External body width 2.27m (7ft 5in)
- Travel height 2.84m (9ft 4in)
- Internal height 1.95m (6ft 5in)
- Tare 1330kg
- ATM 1700kg
- Ball weight 90kg
- Frame ‘Solid Construction’ composite
- Cladding Alloy
- Chassis BPW
- Suspension Independent torsion
- Brakes 10in electric
- Wheels 15in alloy
- Fresh water 100L
- Battery 100Ah
- Solar Optional
- Air-conditioner Truma Aventa
- Gas 2x4.5kg
- ESC BPW Intelligent Drive Control (iDC)
- Cooking Thetford four-burner, grill, oven
- Fridge Dometic RM8551 115L
- Microwave Daewoo DC
- Toilet Thetford cassette
- Shower Separate cubicle
- Lighting 12V LED
- Hot water Truma Combi
Price as shown
- $56,900 (Qld)
The full test appears in Caravan World #536 April 2015. Subscribe today for the latest caravan reviews and news every month!