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Motorhome review: WildAx Elara campervan

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Key Features

  • Model Year : 2020
  • Class : High top
  • Base Vehicle : Mercedes Sprinter
  • Engine Size : 2.1TD
  • Maximum Weight (Kg) : 3500
  • Berths : 2
  • Layout : Island Bed

WildAx View more details about the manufacturer of this vehicle over in our manufacturers section.

AT A GLANCE

Base vehicle: Mercedes Sprinter Price from: £69,675 ex-works Berths: 2 Travel seats: 2 Length: 6.97m Width: 2.02m Height: 2.75m Gross weight: 3,500kg Payload: 330kg

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

Model Year
2020
Manufacturer
WildAx
Class
High top
Range
No Range
Base Vehicle
Mercedes Sprinter
Engine Size
2.1TD
Payload (kg)
330
Belted Seats
2
Maximum weight (kg)
3500
Price from (£)
69995
Length (m)
6.97
Width (m)
2.02
Height (m)
2.75
Berths
2
Main Layout
Island Bed
Price from (€)
Campervan Test Date

DETAILED REVIEW

There’s no shortage of van conversions with fixed single beds. Most of these come from major European brands that are perhaps better known for their coachbuilts and almost all are based on the extra-long (6.36m) Fiat Ducato. Here, though, is a camper built on the latest rear-wheel drive Mercedes Sprinter, which is longer, at nearly 7m.

The Merc cab offers all the latest tech, starting with the MBUX touchscreen display with DAB radio, rear view camera, sat-nav, trip computer and Bluetooth. You can even talk to it, saying “Hey Mercedes” before, for example, giving the address you want the sat-nav to take you to.

Safety kit sets new standards, too, with adaptive ESP, Crosswind Assist, Attention Assist, plus blindspot monitoring. And alloy wheels and metallic paint are also included in the price, while another plus is the electronic handbrake, so there’s no lever to obstruct the rotating front seats.

The design brief for the Elara included full winterisation and suitability for wild camping. The former is answered with Grade III insulation and Truma Combi 4 gas/electric heating. Just as importantly, the fresh water tank is inboard, while the underslung waste tank is insulated. The fresh tank is a generous 120 litres, while sharing space with it under the beds are two 100Ah leisure batteries. Gas comes from a 40-litre underfloor tank, which will be a boon for long continental tours.

The new feature here, though, is the bedroom. We’ve previously voted the original double bed Elara ‘Best Van Conversion With Fixed Bed’ for 2019. Now there’s this twin bed version, too. Its beds are mounted quite high, but not so lofty that you can’t sit up for your brekkie in bed.

The mattresses are a good size, too –2.02m long on the nearside, 1.85m on the offside. Two wardrobes and four large drawers are built-in under the beds, so there’s no shortage of storage for clothing. All in all, this is a better bedroom than you’ll find in many coachbuilts.

And you’ll discover the reason for the beds being high up when you open the rear barn doors. Here, there’s a garage measuring 1.66m wide by 0.65m deep and 0.88m high. That’s a lot of luggage room for a van conversion.

The rest of the single bed Elara is exactly as we’ve seen with the double bed model, which is no bad thing, of course. Designed as a pure two-berth, the Elara has no rear travel seats but its offside settee is a nice place to relax. There’s a choice of two tables, too, the smaller round one being perfect for coffee breaks.

Turning to the galley, it’s hard to fault the spec. WildAx has fitted the latest Thetford induction hob with two gas rings alongside. When you’re hooked up, the induction cooker is so much faster than the old-style mains hotplates, plus you’ll then have the option of using the high-level 800W microwave. And, if you haven’t got access to 230V, then the Duplex combined oven/grill is ready for action.

You shouldn’t want for storage, either, as the galley has three large drawers and two high-level kitchen cupboards (now with push-to-open catches). The fridge is very generously sized, at 141 litres.

In the washroom WildAx has invested in developing a glass-fibre shower tray and washbasin especially for the Elara. The bathroom is a good size for a panel van-based motorhome and the shower’s jet is powerful, while there’s no curtain here to get stuck to. There’s a small mirrored cabinet, a long rail and a ring for towels, and hooks that are ideal for wet coats.

 

Caledonian Campers Ltd

582
Glasgow Rd
Clydebank
Glasgow
G81 1NH
http://www.caledoniancampers.co.uk
[email protected]
Campervan hire, sales and conversions based in Glasgow, Scotland. Bespoke conversions. Habitation service & repairs.

E S Hartley Motorhomes (Cheshire)


Rossmore Road East
Wirral
Cheshire
CH65 3DD
http://www.eshartleygroup.co.uk
[email protected]
Hillside, Hobby, Jobl, Lunar, PLA, Roller Team, WildAx new motorhomes. Service centre. Branch in Cumbria also.

E S Hartley Motorhomes (Cumbria)


Ings
Nr Kendal
Cumbria
LA8 9PY
http://www.eshartleygroup.co.uk
[email protected]
New & used motorhomes. Full service facilities. Hillside, Hobby, Jobl, Lunar, PLA, Roller Team, WildAx new motorhomes. Finance.

Highbridge Caravan Centre Ltd


A38 Bristol Road
Highbridge
Somerset
TA9 4EX
http://www.highbridgecaravans.co.uk
[email protected]
Motorhome & caravan dealer. Huge choice of tents, trailer tents, folding campers & accessories.

Nick Whale Motorhomes

Lauriston Park
Lauriston Park
Evesham
Worcestershire
WR11 8SN
https://www.nickwhalemotorhomes.co.uk
[email protected]
Auto-Sleepers, McLouis and WildAx dealers. Motorhomes for sale. Finance available. Base & habitation service, MoT.

Southern Motorhome Centre


Kiln Lane
Bracknell
Berkshire
RG12 1NA
http://www.southernmotorhomes.co.uk
[email protected]
Come, relax and have a good look around at a great range of used Motorhomes from Camper Vans to A Class covering all the major manufacturers. There's no sales pressure, just sound advice and good friendly service. We are located in Bracknell - easy access from the M3 and M4 and are main dealers for those wonderful WildAx Van Conversions.

WildAx Motorhomes


Eastgate
Elland
West Yorkshire
HX5 9DQ
http://www.wildaxmotorhomes.com
[email protected]
Wildax make motorhomes for a sensible price and at a high level of quality. Callisto, Constellation, Aurora, Europa, Solaris. Mobility alterations.

Wiltshire Motorhomes

The Showroom
Lancaster Rd
Melksham
Wiltshire
SN12 6SS
http://www.wiltshiremotorhomes.co.uk
[email protected]
WildAx new motorhomes. 2-6 berth motorhomes for hire, including the WildAx Cutie. Also used motorhome sales. Base and habitation service and MoT.