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From Concept to Reality - an innovation 3 years in the making

 

Working with Henkel, the world renowned structural bonding specialists, Elddis has created the first fully bonded touring caravan and coachbuilt motorhome.

 

This world-class construction system is used on Formula 1 racing cars, super yachts and is even used to bond the wings to aeroplanes. And now Elddis caravans and motorhomes are built using the same pioneering and proven technology - SoLiD.

 

SoLiD is strong

Our caravans and motorhomes have more integrity and rigidity by spreading stresses and strains evenly across all joints.

 

SoLiD is light

The new construction system enables us to make not only stronger, but lighter caravans and motorhomes - allowing us to add even more class-leading specification whilst maintaining our lightweight advantage.

 

SoLiD is dry

With over 90% fewer exterior screws, this new construction creates an impervious barrier to water ingress, backed by our industry-leading 10 Year Water Ingress Warranty.

 

All Elddis touring caravan and motorhome ranges are now built using our exclusive, industry-leading SoLiD structural bonding system.

 

Find out more here: http://bit. ly/NA7pz8

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WOW that looks a excellent idea. Bonding agent holds skyscapers up. They are usually stronger than the material they are bonding .

 

 

Dave

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However to my knowledge Hymers from 2000 and Bailey Al-tech aready use bonded construction; there could well be others.

Still a great, welcome and overdue move from the Explorer Group.

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However to my knowledge Hymers from 2000 and Bailey Al-tech aready use bonded construction; there could well be others.

Still a great, welcome and overdue move from the Explorer Group.

 

 

Bailey Alu tech still needs clamps and bolts to hold it together ?

 

 

Dave

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Bailey Alu tech still needs clamps and bolts to hold it together ?

 

 

Dave

 

I suspect from my involvement in the specifying of bonding assemblies for major structures that the bolts serve to close the joint and if removed a few days later would never be missed?

 

Back to the video, it is hoped that they use robots to lay down the bonding agent for the more critical joints, than a man with a hand applicator; or potential weakness number one in the system is evident.

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Of course, the really clever thing is that it makes the caravan almost irrepairable and so makes write-off more likely in the event of accident - means more new caravans needed to keep manufacturers in business and less need to carry expensive bulky spare parts.

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Tensile bolts and simple butt sealing of man handling grab handles and into a compliant substrate, in the main the cause from what I read here; who thought that one out?

 

But yes still leaking though that bit is not a bonding fault.

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Just for your information we have considered the repair of these caravan in case of accidents and they can be repaired and we will be issuing our retailers with standard operations for these repairs.

With regards to damp, the new SoLiD construction has only been introduced for 2013 caravans and motorhomes after extensive testing at UK and European Test facilities which has been undertaken over the last 12 months using Hot and cold chambers, water test facilities and we are confident that the new SoLiD joint will not let water or damp in.

If you watch the SoLiD video it is made clear that after testing the new vehicles we stripped then down to ensure that there was no evidence of any water ingress and to enable us to develop the repair techniques.

This testing is the reason why I have not been around on this forum much in the last year.

 

Regards

 

David

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Your car windows have been bonded in/on for 15 plus years and Autoglas etc cope with repairing them.

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Congratulations on the venture and let's hope it provides an answer to the damp ingress problem.

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Well done Elddis - another welcome development to the caravan world.

 

Despite its critics, Alu-Tech was a major step forward, and although it never claimed to be leak-proof, it certainly gave some peace of mind to the many of us who have had water ingress ruin our caravans. Now Elddis have offered us all a real choice if we don't want to spend our money on traditional builds.

 

Elddis is now back on my viewing list. It won't do much to convince those that only believe that imported caravans are the way to go - but Elddis is demonstrating clearly that UK manufactiures are just as capable of leading the way in the industry.

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Well Erwin Hymer worked for Dornier in the '50's before going on to build the Hymer Group and Dorniers flew alongside Heinkels.

 

I agree with Mr Mint, it's good to see change in UK industry. Let's hope Elddis earn the rewards they deserve and that UK caravan and motorhome businesses exploit their innovations and don't throw their advantage away.

Edited by Steamdrivenandy

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In my opinion this is a fantastic development - I am looking to buy my first new caravan (hopefully at The Lawns) and have been concerned over the number of new caravans I read about on this forum with damp.

 

This improved constructuction method goes a long way to aleviating those concerns, and being very happy with my current 2006 Elddis it is now looking more and more likley I will be ordering my new one very soon!

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SoLiD is light

n whilst maintaining our lightweight advantage.

 

construction creates an impervious barrier to water ingress, backed by our industry-leading 10 Year Water Ingress Warranty.

 

 

Bailey and Swift offer 10 year warranties.

How is this better?

Poolebob

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I'd consider ordering, if only Elddis would make a van with single beds for people over 5ft 9ins tall. They all tend to be 6ft long beds.

 

If Eriba can fit a pair of single beds that are 6ft 5ins long in a van that's just over 15ft overall AND have another 6ft 3ins one across the van why can't a UK manufacturer with much wider and longer platforms?

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Your car windows have been bonded in/on for 15 plus years and Autoglas etc cope with repairing them.

 

I hope they use robots.

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I'm with Davros. I'm buying my first ever caravan and hope to select one at the lawns. .... Seems like a big step forward for Elddis.

 

Can anyone confirm if this construction will apply to the xplore range this year? I'm looking at a 304. If I can be bothered to do my test for b+e I will look at something larger and better specced. Up to £20k.

 

P. s as I'm from Consett I should be able to pick one up direct and save some cash!!

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Looks like there is still a lot wood involved here ready to rot and I don't fancy a van that is just glued together.

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Hi JKS

 

The water cannot get in, therefore the wood can not rot. SoLiD Construction has been through 3 years of development and intensive product testing and is backed by our 10 year water ingress warranty.

 

We are working with the World's leading adhesive manufacturer and the chemical bonding solution that is used in our construction is the same as that used in the aeronautical industry. Aeroplanes and Formula 1 cars are not screwed together and now neither are our caravans!

 

We believe SoLiD Construction is a momentous step forward for the caravan and motorhome industry.

 

There are more SoLiD videos and articles to come that I'm sure CT members will find exciting and interesting.

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Looks like there is still a lot wood involved here ready to rot and I don't fancy a van that is just glued together.

 

 

This bonding technology is being used on top end products in the motor industry and they even bond chassis legs together with this system.

 

If the water is kept out of the caravan the wood will not rot, be even better if the wood was treated, unlike my Alu-Tech floor.

 

I think this is a great idea and will definitely be looking at the Elddis range of caravans.

 

G40

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Hi JKS

 

The water cannot get in, therefore the wood can not rot. SoLiD Construction has been through 3 years of development and intensive product testing and is backed by our 10 year water ingress warranty.

 

We are working with the World's leading adhesive manufacturer and the chemical bonding solution that is used in our construction is the same as that used in the aeronautical industry. Aeroplanes and Formula 1 cars are not screwed together and now neither are our caravans!

 

We believe SoLiD Construction is a momentous step forward for the caravan and motorhome industry.

 

There are more SoLiD videos and articles to come that I'm sure CT members will find exciting and interesting.

 

 

 

Thank you for responding which is more than other manufacturers do!

 

Whilst I would not doubt your extensive research and proven construction I think your statement saying water CANNOT get in is very bold. It's a caravan and has windows, rooflights and pipes with water in them inside. There are handles to pull the van with and light fixings. Bailey said that their construction would not leak but some of the first editions have.

I will look forward, like many others, to seeing the new ranges but will wait for at least 12 months before considering one.

One point occurs to me, what happens if the van is damaged and sides or roof have to be repaired?

Good luck with this venture. Might well be interested if you don't copy the other two big manufacturers with the fronts!!!

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Can I just add: it's excellent to see Elddis responding on this forum. That alone makes me seriously consider a purchase. ..

 

Some details of the 2013 models and weights would be useful though. ...

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I think Elddis vans are the best looking ones out there by far. Now that they are making a 'waterproof' van I may have to start saving up in earnest ! :)

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Hi, Having been in the caravan repair trade now for many years i look forward to seeing this procedure, i am a great believer in new technology and congratulate Explorer Group on this move, as always time will tell whether it will be successful or not, if you don,t try you will never know, i hope the repair techniques will be available to independent repairers like me.

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