Elddis Crusader Supersirocco

Saturday, 07, May 2011 01:14

Make & Model
Elddis Crusader Supersirocco
Year
2001
Overall
Again 1-5 is not demanding nor searching enough. I would stick my neck out here a say 95-100. This caravan was bought as a one owner from new,10yr old example. It had been used but looked after for the most-part by the previous owners. It was launched with a MiRO of 1426kgs and an MTPLM of 1750kgs. The have only got heavier since. An experienced caravanner can comfortably tow this with a large family estate car. It is loaded to just below 1680kgs and is towed by a 1725kgs 2000 Volvo V70 2.4T geartronic. That gives a 97% ratio.
Space & Practicality
An excellent layout as a four berth with rear wash-room. As a large comfortable and spacious two berth I think it would be hard-pushed to equal. The only better configuration would be the rear lateral island bed with wash-room/toilet on one side & the shower on the other side. This would permit either end sleeping arrangements to have screen off use of the centrally positioned personal hygiene facilities.
Quality & Reliability
My mark of 4 of 5 is simply because there is no alternative, it would more correctly have been 9 of 10. As far as I can be sure,the only true equipment failure has been the Zig X-80 charger unit for the 12v side of things,this is essential in order to run anything that relies on the battery. The battery has to be in place and kept above a minimum level of charge in order to run the essential loo flush, the water-pump & taps,the fans for the heater and the cooker/hob ignition. The on-site & local shops for matches had long closed by the time it was discovered.
Equipment & Comfort
The van is the launch year model for the SuperSirocco. It is an OS midships fixed bed model. In its day it was as good as non bespoke vans were going to be and a great deal superior to many (including one or two bespoke marques). The fixed bed offers an excellent nights sleep even after 10yrs. The only real omissions at the time of the build were intermediate shelves in the overhead lockers and a means of properly securing the sliding privacy screen during towing (both have since been rectified by me). There were a couple of neglected items by the original owner,again since dealt with. The front seating is very good,comfortable and supportive. One glaring omission & still evident in the vans of today, there are no overflows in either of the two sinks (kitchen & wash-room). The only real failure within the caravan is the sliding storage unit situated beneath cupboard that is fitted with the sliding doors (ex TV unit). Again I have resolved the failure,the tower bolt would drop down during towing and the floor would become littered with the ex contents of said unit. The caravan is a bit light on 13amp sockets,even a couple of doubles would have sufficed instead of multiple singles. A microwave oven has been installed and secured in the double sided roll-doored cupboard intended for a TV. Additional hooks/rails and an entrance door waste bin have been fitted. The caravan has two excellent Heiki skylight/vents and a further smaller opening vent. The window treatments of integrated blind and fly-screens cannot be faulted. The shower is the corner circular type fitted into a large full width toilet/wash-room area. The shower offers a more than passable alternative to the home or the site facilities.
Value for Money
Again, 1-5 is a bit narrow. 95-100 would be more appropriate. In the launch year the van was the all Conquering Flagship of the Elddis Crusader range. It/they were only topped by the Buccaneer equivalents from the same stables.
Reviewed by John Shepherd
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