brissle replied on 14/04/2021 09:04
Posted on 14/04/2021 09:04
My wife and i have been Coachman caravan owners for many years and we have usually changed the van at 5 years old. We have been very happy and hugely proud of our Coachman vans.
Our VIP575 was planned for replacement this year and we could hardly wait to visit our dealer to see the new model yesterday.
What a disappointment !
The van design has changed so much it was barely recognisable. It may still be a well-built van, but corners have been cut in the design and spec - presumably to reduce cost. Locker space is severely reduced and less practical, decor is plain, upholstery options are almost non-existent (and pale unpractical colours). It looks like an entry level van.
Simple cost saving changes just spoil the look - e.g. the microwave is no longer hidden behind a matching hinged door and now has a mirror door instead (at an impractical height for many people). The useful corner cupboard in the bedroom area has gone - replaced by an extension of the already useless long narrow shelf above the window (you can't leave anything on that shelf when travelling). The cupboards above the off-side above the sink have been reduced from 5 to 3 larger ones - not practical for storing different types of item. There is no solar panel - now an optional extra.
Sadly we are limited in towing weight by our Volvo XC60 which we cannot afford to change.
We need an island fixed bed, and prefer an end bathroom.
Can anyone suggest an alternative van of a quality and finish we used to get from Coachman?