Used Caravans

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Compass Corona 524

Dealer Price 2010: £4,995
Year: 2002
Berths: 4
Length: 5.27 m
Width; 2.19 m
MIRO: 1100 kgs
MTPLM: 1325 kgs

Typical tow car: Kia Sportage CRD

Layout: Front dinette side single dinette with kitchen opposite, end washroom with wardrobe.

Coachman Genius Colchester
Corona may look a little dated now, but still offers and excellent first time end washroom family model.

Pros: Good kit as standard including mains lights, lightweight, good washroom.
Cons: No loose fit carpet, roof lockers are a tad shallow, dated exterior

Look out for: Delaminated floors, damp in rear washroom corners, fading front panel.

One on sale at: Stowford Farm Caravans  

Equipment? Look out for added BBQ point and exterior mains socket and awning warmer, plus CD/radio.

Coachman Genius InteriorFront dinette is roomy, it makes into a large double or two single beds.

Jenkinson’s opinion: The Explorer Corona’s provided an alternative to Ranger, the Corona’s excellent up-market feel and spec proved a success. Lightweight caravans the entry level models came with a distinctive exterior which does look a little dated now. GRP front panel does fade over time especially if neglected. The Corona came with mains lighting, blown heating, fridge and full oven and thick modern upholstery.

The 524 is a good layout to look out for with its great rear end washroom which offers a good sized wardrobe and suitable changing room too. The front end of the van will seat four in complete comfort while roof lockers are plentiful they are a little shallow in depth. Kitchen has some useful worktop but no flush tops as in newer Corona’s. No loose fit carpet but the quality of the soft furnishings is great – the Corona is a great family end washroomed tourer. 

Coachman Genius KitchenSide single dinette has large side picture window, interiors are bright and breezy.

How to find a good one
These Coronas seem to turn up just about anywhere so it’s a case of tracking down the 524 by searching on the web. The thing to look out for is delaminated floors especially buying privately. Also look out for damp in rear end washroom too. Check for service records and all the equipment fitted the manuals too.

Check the obvious places for used examples, ex-Compass dealerships will have them being traded in on newer stock but private buys can be a bargain and a place to look to is on the web and if you can speak direct to the seller first ask the earlier questions – damp and servicing etc. Look carefully and you should find a 524 but also look for better equipped dealer specials too.

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Caravan Insurance on this caravan should be around £100 - £140. Security: If it does not come with a wheel clamp or hitch lock budget around £100 for a good one of these.