Coachman Wanderer 19/4, 2010
Price new: £16,895
This caravan is a: four berth with fixed bed
A package of £1105-worth of extras and upgrades for only £315 – that’s the instant appeal of the Wanderer 19/4. It’s a special edition of the fixed-bed, end-washroom Coachman Amara 560/4, devised by Wandahome Knottingley – with more than a little help from Coachman, of course.
The extra equipment compared with the specification of the standard Amara equivalent amounts in value to £1105. Most noticeable is the change in upholstery. It’s an upgrade in fabric and a pattern exclusive to this special edition. That change alone would cost you £250. You also get an electric flush for the toilet; that’s worth £80. Enhanced security comes in the form of a key-fob-activated alarm system. That’s another £340 of value on the extras list. In-caravan entertainment gets the Wanderer treatment, too – a £290 upgrade to the Radio CD and MP3 unit to include DVD playback facility.
And then there’s a fascinating little extra. It’s only £25 in value but it’s a luxury touch that for a long time distinguished Coachmans. It’s a padded seat cover for the toilet. Bizarre, you might say. Until you realise that this addition to the upholstery specification transforms the mundane toilet into a dressing-table seat. It’s a little touch of luxury that disappeared from Coachmans a few years ago; a minor item that makes a welcome reappearance in this Wanderer.
It’s not only toilet seat covers that make a reappearance here, though. It’s the name of the model. The Wanderer was the world’s first purpose-built touring caravan, constructed in 1855 – so Wandahome Knottingley’s special edition has a lot to live up to.
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| Solid build quality, pale woodwork and fabrics that create light and airy styling… A luxury fixed-bed, end washroom layout… Add to those assets a package of extras worth £1105 for which you pay only £315 more than the standard Amara 560/4 on which it’s based. The settees are not long enough to make single beds and the wardrobe is small – but there’s a long list of facts that merit a place for this model on your shortlist
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