At just 5.70m, this special edition is a small 'van and has a price tag to match - making it a great option for couples in the market for their first motorhome. However, you might be surprised by how spacious the interior is; the 115 is no cramped compact.
Base vehicle: Peugeot Boxer Price from: £43,250 Berths: 2 Travel seats: 2 Length: 5.70m Width: 2.20m Height: 2.82m Gross weight: 3,300kg Payload: 700kg (estimated)
If the Platinum Edition looks familiar, it’s because basically this is an Elddis Autoquest, one of Britain’s best-selling motorhome ranges. Much of that success has been built on dealer specials, enhanced specification versions of the standard model which have a few unique touches and are rebranded by and exclusive to a sole retailer.
Not only are these special editions an important part of the British caravan and motorhome market, but Elddis probably builds more such vehicles for a wider range of retailers than anyone else.
Perthshire Caravans’ dealer special is called the Platinum Edition II and, new this year, reflecting Elddis’ re-entry into the van conversion market, is a pair of campervan models. Here, however, we’re focusing on a motorhome that’s actually shorter than either of those – the Platinum 115 coachbuilt. It’s one of six motorhome layouts on offer this year, the others being 155 (French bed), 175 (end washroom), 185 (low single beds/end washroom), 194 (high single beds/garage) and 196 (front and rear lounges, drop-down bed, six berths).
The 115 is the same width as its larger sister ’vans (not a slimline model like the Elddis Accordo) but it is one of the most compact coachbuilts around in terms of overall length. At just 5.70m overall, it’s no surprise that this is a pure two-berth but you might be mildly shocked at how spacious it feels inside. At this size – and with a sub-£45k price tag – this Platinum also looks like an appealing option for couples seeking their very first motorhome.
The outside belies the price, thanks to the black cab and silver GRP sides to the coachbuilt bodywork, built using Elddis’ wood-free SoLiD construction, of course. There are alloy wheels, too, to enhance the appearance, as well as bespoke Platinum Edition graphics.
Base vehicle, as with all coachbuilts from the County Durham manufacturer, is a Peugeot Boxer. It comes with a 2-litre, Euro 6, diesel engine producing 130bhp, while the Tempo Libero chassis means a wider rear track and lower rear floor for better stability on the road. A silver dash trim kit is also specified by Perthshire.
Above the cab, the Platinum Edition comes with a Sky-view rooflight, which lets a lot of additional daylight into the living area. Then there are further exclusive features, such as the external 230V socket, outside shower, roof-mounted solar panel, reversing camera and external barbecue point.
On the inside, look out for the Platinum Edition’s bespoke soft furnishings and note that the material is Aquaclean, so it’s designed to simply wipe clean with water. There are additional USB ports, too.
But much of the attraction of the 115 revolves around its neat two-person layout, using a classic end kitchen format. There are no rear travel seats, but the cab chairs rotate to join the two side settees in creating a remarkable roomy lounge with space to put your feet up or invite friends in for a drink.
The rear kitchen with duo-tone Fantasie Mink finish and granite-effect worktops includes a separate grill and oven, as well as a high-level microwave and under-counter fridge with removable freezer section. There’s a set of slim drawers, too, plus more worktop above the cabinet forward of the habitation door. The door itself is of a new design and comes with a window and flyscreen.
Finally, the corner washroom features a plinth-mounted ‘boutique-style’ basin, new accessories, additional towel hooks and an Ecocamel Orbit water-saving showerhead. There’s a 100-litre underslung fresh water tank and 70-litre waste tank, while a Whale dual-fuel heating system includes ducted heating to the bathroom.