Marquis Leisure’s Majestic range of dealer specials has been in its current guise since 2010, when Elddis took over from the now-mothballed Autocruise as the brand on which these motorhomes were based.

When the former Explorer Group, including Elddis, was sold to the Erwin Hymer Group in February last year, there was some question about whether dealer specials would continue – they’re rarer on the Continent.

So it was reassuring when Marquis announced not long after this that it had signed one of its biggest ever orders with Elddis, to ensure the continuation of the popular range for at least this season.

Now seems an appropriate time to reassess just what you get in these dealer specials, in this case, with the one ’van in the range that’s really designed for large families: the Majestic 196.

This is a six-berth with no fewer than six travel seats – and an MTPLM of 3500kg.

It costs £50,495, compared with £43,681 for a standard Elddis Autoquest 196, on which this Majestic is based.

Is it worth paying the higher price for the dealer-special model? Our testers spent time in it to find out.