A British novelty - Compass Corona caravan
Compass brand is a reactivation of an old British brand that has been resurrect by Elddis company. From 2014, Compass will offer three trailers - Corona, Omega and a modern model Rallye, whose appearance is still shrouded in mystery.
The group Elddis comprises currently of four brands - Elddis, Compass, Buccaner and Xplore. Compass isn’t the most expensive, nor the cheapest in here, but like the caravans of other brands, it’s based on SoLid construction, for which the manufacturer provides a 10 year leak proof warranty.
All the walls of the caravans are joined together by an adhesive, so as to form a single structure. The number of holes was limited to a minimum. This makes the entire structure firm, and dampness has virtually no chances to get into the nooks of the vehicles.
This, however, characterizes all Elddis caravans. What distinguishes the model Compass Corona?
Out of the three models Corona is the cheapest– from the assumption it’s lightweight and affordable. It comes in four varieties.
Corona 462 is the smallest model, equipped with two separate beds and, what may come as a surprise, having a relatively large bathroom with a surface of approximately one quarter of the whole vehicle. The exact dimensions of the caravans haven’t yet been revealed, however we already know that the mass of version 462 will be 1,279 kg. The expected price is 15,499 pounds.
The biggest advantage of Corona 540 is that it has three fixed beds (including one double), so you don’t have to be bothered by folding and unfolding the beds all the time. The bathroom, though slightly smaller than in 462, is bigger than in caravans of many other brands. Upper cabinets are 30 cm deep. Version 574 looks very similar. What distinguishes it, are four single beds, and thus a slightly smaller bathroom (but still not bad!).
Finally there’s a version 576, which thanks to the two storey bed, unfolding bed and two fixed beds can accommodate even up to 6 people. This was done at the cost of the bathroom – in this version it’s by far the tightest. The price of this family-friendly caravan - as in the case of version 462 and 540 – is 16,999 pounds.
A microwave for everyone
Corona's strongest point is its standard. Very rarely we can find a microwave in the standard equipment. Corona, however, has it. In addition to a gas stove, we also have an electric hob (with a capacity of 800 watts). Refrigerator with freezer isn’t huge, but 110 liters should be enough while camping. The water heater has a capacity of 13 liters.
The heating can be powered both by the electricity or gas. The caravan is also equipped with a water pump and up to seven 230V outlets. You can also install there an oven with grill.
If we add to this the already mentioned single fixed beds and a large bathrooms with separate showers, it turns out that Corona is indeed an interesting proposition. This good impression is a bit spoiled by the interior, which was decorated very traditionally. In the new model of such well-equipped caravan, you would expect a bit of extravagance. Here we have a classic, only enriched with modern elements, such as LED lighting. From this we can conclude that Compass hasn’t necessarily been conceived as a model that would win the hearts of the young.