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Message posted by romany girl08/5/2015 at 2:27pm
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We bought a 3yr old Lunar Zenith in 2009 from Don Amott caravans, it came with a 6mth warantee and we did have a few niggling faults with it, all fixed under warantee by the dealer. Late in the second season of our ownership, we found some boarderline high damp readings in the back corner of the caravan behind the washroom, and on advice from our local Lunar dealer, we had the awning rail replaced and resealed on that side. Within the 12 month repair warantee, the damp readings rose once again, and once again further repairs were made, this time FOC from the original Lunar dealer who had repaired it.
We then thought long and hard and came to the conclusion that, although we loved this caravan, which was 5yrs old at the time, it simply was not economically viable to keep paying out for such repairs, and with a generous Birthday gift from my old Dad, we scraped together enough money to go looking around the end of season sales and buy a better newer caravan.
Like the OP, we were at the time a little restricted weight wise, our Towcar was a 1.8 Honda Civic, which pulled the Lunar well, but we were towing at a ratio of around 90% , and didnt really want to go much higher than that.
We looked around several ranges of lightweight caravans, Explore, Venus, Sprite, Coachman Amara, and Lunar. We fell in love with the Explore 530, a three birth, which fitted our needs fine, although we would be rather tight length wise to get it into its storage space. Fate delt its hand though, as the entire stock of 530s had completely sold out for the season, and because of the situation with our Lunar, we didnt want to risk the possible consequences of it standing though another winter when new stock wouldbe available, so had no choice but to discard the idea of become owners of a Explore 530.
We looked at the Venus range, but at the time, the 2013 models were rather lacking in some of the features we expected a modern caravan to have, as well as being quite narrow both in the width of the front benches, which we tend to use as two single beds, and the leg room between the seats during the day. The final feature that made us discard the Venus from our wish list, was the lack of a propper lining other than ordinary wallboard in the shower area, something that all of the other makes of caravans we had looked at did have.
Fast forward a couple of weeks, and we were contacted by one of tge Elddis Explore dealers to say that they had a caravan in stock that they believed would possibly suit our needs, and better still, they were holding a clearence event the following weekend, that would bring the price down in line to that of a comparable sized Explore, for a much higher spec'ed Caravan, that was still within the towing capacity of our Honda Civic.
We made the journey, spent a couple of hours inside this caravan, decided that yes, this was the one for us, and signed up on the dotted line to make it ours, this is the Elddis Avante 462 that we still have today.
Good luck with your search,
Post last edited on 08/05/2015 14:34:42
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