As soon as I saw the Elddis Accordo range of motor homes I knew that I wanted one, and it would take something special to change my mind. My better half was all set for the Bailey Advance 615, however I wasn’t sold – until I went and saw one of course.
When I saw the Bailey Advance 615 I had a “meh…” moment, and whilst it looked a nice little motor home it didn’t have the “Gotta have it” factor for me. Looking around the Advance 615, I started to warm to it a little. After all, it had the rear lounge layout we thought we wanted, it had loads of cupboard space and it looked like it was put together well. The thing that I didn’t like about the Bailey motor home 615 was that it felt dark and dingy which I can only assume is down to the lack of sky light over the driver’s cab. Shame, because other than that I liked it.
When we finally found an Elddis Accordo to view the first impressions were good and it “spoke to me”. In fact, I would say it shouted at me. The Elddis Accordo looked sleek and with the black cab (it was a Brownhills dealer special) it looked awesome. Entering the Accordo the first thing that hit was how light, airy and spacious it felt. The Elddis Accordo felt much larger than the Bailey Approach 615 even though the dimensions are practically the same.
The Elddis Accordo we viewed was a used 135, which has a rear lounge and front dinette layout. Whilst this is the best layout for what we wanted the small dimensions of the Accordo means a small rear lounge and a small front dinette – basically it is too much crammed in to a space that is too small. I am so glad we managed to see the Accordo 135 in the flesh because this was the model I had my heart set on. Sitting in the dinette and then moving to the rear lounge I realized that it was not going to work for us and we had to change to a different model.
The rear lounge was a must have feature for us whereas we weren’t too bothered about a front dinette. With this in mind the only option was the Elddis Accordo 120, which has a large rear lounge at the expense of the front dinette. Excellent, but there was one sticking point in that the Accordo 120 was a new model for 2016 and since they were still being built there wasn’t any stock to look at. Damn.
Other than the interior layout the Brownhills' Accordo dealer specials are identical. They use the same soft furnishings of the same color, they are all kitted out the same (i.e. heating system, microwave, oven, hob, bathroom etc.), they are the same size and they are all built using the same materials. We were assured that the only difference was the layout. We had a look around some other Accordo models, including the Accordo 105 and the Accordo 125 and I was convinced all the Brownhills' Elddis Accordos are very similar in the finish, the way they are kitted out etc.
We did enquire as to when the Accordo 120s were being delivered, just so we could “stick our head in one and have a quick look before making a final decision” but we were told the first batch were due to arrive by the middle of the summer with the second batch around late autumn. Basically, if we wanted an Elddis Accordo 120 for this year we had to order one without seeing one, otherwise we would have to wait until late spring next year.
I asked the salesman if other Accordo 120 buyers saw the vehicle or whether they were making the purchase blind and was told (in a very patronising manner) that “the other buyers saw the Accordo 120 at motor home shows months ago and pre-ordered then” Hmmmm…….. I didn’t really quite how this motor home thing worked – well, I did say we were total newbies here!
Even though we hadn’t seen the Elddis Accordo 120 I knew I wanted and Elddis Accordo (and the 120 had the layout we were looking for), I knew I wanted one of the Brownhills dealer specials (they are excellent value for money) and I knew I wanted one for this year, so there was only one thing to do……… Yep, put my money where my mouth is and order one – and that’s what we did.
Looking back, I guess it was a rash decision – especially when you consider how much the Accordo 120 costs but then the salesman did say (as we handed over the deposit) that if we changed our mind before delivery for preparation it wasn’t a problem as he could always sell it to someone else. I guess that’s the benefit (for the dealers) of a dealer special as it is what it is, and the customer cannot change anything, other than add some optional extras (at an extra cost) of course.
Well that’s the story of why and how the Elddis Accordo 120. If you want to see how we get on with our new motor home, and our views and thoughts along the way, feel free to bookmark my “Motorhome mayhem” blog and come back for more.