Back in 1982 Elddis introduced a new two berth caravan with a full width end washroom. It wasn’t the first caravan to try this layout, luxury manufacturer Stirling had this layout in the late 1970s. Elddis however with the Hurricane GT, buyers took to this new layout and it was soon copied by other companies. A layout that has been the mainstay of the caravan world since.
Fast forward to 2018 and Elddis dropped the end washroom two berth and it was replaced by a smaller end kitchen two berth, the Avanté 462 and Affinity 462. Whilst both nice caravans they did not offer the large washroom which was the main feature of the ‘Hurricane’ layout (even though over the years it has been named 462, 470/2, 480 and 482).
Now for 2020 the layout is back, bigger and better in the shape of the Elddis Affinity 520.
The Affinity 520 share the same body shape that has been used for the last few years using the fully bonded SoLiD construction technique that Elddis use for all their caravans and motorhomes. For 2020 however the graphics have been updated.
The chassis is again by Al-Ko and comes complete with AKS stabiliser hitch, ATC trailer Control System, shock absorbers and Euro overrun device with an assisted handbrake. The receiver for the optional Al-Ko Secure Lock is a standard fitting.
Inside the layout follows the familiar pattern with front single beds, offSide kitchen, nearside sideboard and rear washroom with shower and wardrobe. The front beds are an impressive 6’4″ in length and make into two single beds at 6’4″ x 2’3″ or a double at 5’1″ x 6’6″. Wraparound seating is available as an optional extra as are upholstery options from the other Elddis ranges.
The standard ‘Pearl’ ActivCare wipe clean fabric upholstery goes well with the ‘Cassino Ash’ furniture, the colour of which is darker than many others and shared is with the top of the range Buccaneer models.
Located on the offside is the kitchen unit. Standard fittings are the gas and electric hob, grill and oven by Theford and a Dometic fridge freezer. Between the two are drawers and a cupboard. A very large stainless steel sink lives next to the hob, this gives lots of worktop space even when the removable draining board is in place. A pair of mains sockets are useful for an electric kettle and toaster. The roof lockers in the kitchen are a lighter colour and feature positive locks. There is also an under counter LED strip light fitted.
The Russell Hobbs microwave lives opposite the kitchen and is set at a lower height than in many caravans. There is a small roof locker above the microwave for additional storage.
Below the microwave is a sideboard which is set at a lower height than the kitchen. Two drawers and cupboards give plenty of storage space here. A television can be placed here as there are power and aerial sockets fitted. The Affinity comes with a Telco Teleplus directional aerial as standard. Two USB points are fitted here as are two on the front shelf.
Whilst the wood colour is darker than many the Affinity features large side windows, front Sky-Scape sunroof and large 1400×440 Heki Lux Stargazer rooflight which is also surrounded by LED spotlights. A standard roof light is also fitted which can be replaced by an Omnivent at an extra cost if desired.
Spanning the full width of the rear of the caravan is one of the largest washrooms fitted to any caravan, and the reason why many will choose this caravan.
The Affinity comes as standard the Alde central heating and in the washroom a chrome heated towel rail is fitted next to the Thetford Cassette toilet with built-in flush tank. Above the toilet there is a storage locker.
The cylindrical shower has the Ecocamel Orbit Halo water saving shower head and two sliding doors which close with a magnetic strip.
On the rear wall there is a large illuminated mirrors and cabinet wh the bowl style washbasin.
To the right of the washroom is possibly the best wardrobe available. Five open selves to the left are large enough to be useful to keep, for example towels or storage baskets.
Inside the wardrobe there are three handing rails, table storage and three large drawers. If needed the lower handing rails can be removed to allow long items to be hung up.
The drawers are a good size too and feel solid in their construction. The wood finish is the same as in the rest of the caravan. There is plenty of LED lights fitted as in an opening window and clear rooflight.
The Affinity sits in the middle of the Elddis range however the 520 layout is not available is another other range. The specification is good, especially considering the price. Only things like a solar panel, Omnivent, Al-Ko Secure Lock and a tracker (which all are available as options) are missing from a full luxury caravan specification.
Overall it is good to see Elddis bring back a previous layout and make enough changes to make it great. For a couple that are happy to make the beds up each night the Affinity is worth considering. There is lots of storage, and with the optional weight upgrade there is lots of load allowance too.
If you are not keen on the dark wood, the caravan is also available as the Compass Capiro 520 with the same specification and ‘Salinas Ash’ and ‘Artemis’ fabric colour scheme.
Caravanning Life rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5/5
£22,199 plus OTR charges
Internal length: 4.975m / 16’4″
Overall length: 6.680m / 21’11”
Overall width: 2.260m / 7’5″
Plated MTPLM: 1345kg
Maximum MTPLM: 1500kg (Free of charge upgrade)
Details as supplied by Erwin Hymer Group UK
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