Until October last year, Elddis was primarily known as a motorhome manufacturer of solid-but-basic overcab coachbuilts aimed at the budget market.

During 2010, however, the British company expanded its remit with the introduction of an all-new three-model range named Aspire at the NEC show. It faces tough rivals, though, with the continued success of the Swift Group’s luxury Bolero range, Auto-Trail’s Apache range (particularly now that they’re available with a super-low-line mould) and Auto-Sleepers’ Mercedes-based County line-up. Here we test the 240 – an end-lounge, well-specified two-berth, and a pre-production prototype, so not quite the finished model, to find out if it can take on the stalwarts.