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Coachman VIP 575 - caravan review

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Key Features

  • Model Year : 2018
  • Class : Single Axle
  • Berths : 4
  • Internal Length (m) : 5.80
  • Shipping Length (m) : 7.43
  • Max Width (m) : 2.31
  • External Height (m) : 2.65

The Verdict

The twin exterior front locker design is practical, keeping small items separate from gas bottles, in their own locker so minimising the amount of moving around during towing. We love the deeper windowsill and its recessed shape to integrate the armrests. And, we love the more minor elements of styling, the splash-backs, the floor-level lighting in the kitchen, and the amazing, wall-mounted washbasin tap. A best-seller got better!

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AT A GLANCE

Coachman’s best-selling caravan, the transverse island-bed model in the top-spec VIP range, gets a new look for 2018.

Pros
  • The twin exterior front storage locker arrangement
  • The washbasin tap set into the wall!
  • The triple-mirrored cabinet also recessed into the rear wall
  • The floor-level strip of light in the kitchen
Cons
  • Absence of front apertures to the under-settee lockers
  • Some may say only one drawer at the front isn’t ideal

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

Model Year
2018
Manufacturer
Coachman Caravans
Class
Single Axle
Range
VIP
Price From (£)
25955
Berths
4
Shipping Length (m)
7.43
MRO (kg)
MTPLM (kg)
Max Width (m)
2.31
External Height (m)
2.65
End Washroom
Yes
Island Double
Yes
Fixed Singles/Bunks
No
Triple Bunks
No
End Kitchen
No
Back & Front Dinette
No
Side Dinette
No
Caravan Test Date
Caravan Buyer Test Date

DETAILED REVIEW

Coachman’s best-selling caravan, the transverse island-bed model in the top-spec VIP range, gets a new look for 2018.

A total restyling, both outside and inside, marks the new model year for the VIP range. The VIP comes with rounded front and rear panels and changes to the lounge.

And the range has expanded, to nine models, to encompass the twin-axle Lasers. These two ranges were always parallel with their specification. It makes sense to bring them together under one name.

We chose the layout that has proved to be the best-seller VIP for this review. We spent a day at Coachman’s factory in Hull to look in-depth at this popular caravan’s new styling for 2018.

Coachman enjoys a strong brand loyalty for its VIP range in particular. VIP aficionados will like the new, rounded body lines, grey front skirt, black outline above the windows and the smart red and grey graphics. On the road and on a pitch, VIPs look, every inch the top-quality, luxury caravan that they are.

Does the new interior match the exterior’s superior looks? Well, yes, definitely. But before we investigate inside the 575, we have some exterior exploration to do.

Along with a completely re-shaped front panel comes a unique gas bottle and storage setup. There are now two compartments at the front, one for gas, the other for storage. Each is 70cm tall, 64cm wide and 43cm at its deepest point, tapering to follow the body line.

The nearside locker fits two 6 or 7kg gas cylinders. The offside locker is large enough for essential equipment, including loo chemicals, and waste water piping. It will stay in place on tow much better in a smaller locker than sharing space with gas containers in a front-span compartment.

The wide-opening doors will make lifting gas cylinders and other items in and out easy. Coachman has set a new benchmark in front locker design; we love it for its practicality.

So, what of the new interior? The introduction of twin exterior lockers enables the central part of the lounge to reach to the front of the caravan. In previous models, occupied by the full-width gas bottle compartment. So the windowsill becomes deeper than in previous models.

The drawer unit underneath no longer intrudes into the lounge. The windowsill’s new curved shape allows you to recess the armrests into it. The result is the usable seating area is longer.

Elsewhere, the new 575’s layout is like the tried, trusted and popular previous model. It has an island bed aligned transversely and a shower room spanning the whole width of the caravan at the rear.

Showering B

The shower room has the same components in the same place as the 2017 model. The shower is on the nearside, loo on the offside, basin in the centre. But there, any comparison with previous 575s ends.

For the styling is different. Even the Dometic loo is a new style. It looks much more akin to a modern domestic toilet than the familiar caravan necessity. The loo is a squarer shape and has a more angular line for the flush tank.

The designers have taken full advantage of the new VIP rear panel shape. They recessed a mirrored cabinet into it. Rows of bright, white lights outline each edge. Beneath it, an acrylic splashback introduces an abstract, geometric pattern in the soft greys and white.

More high-end domestic-influenced styling appears here in a mixer tap and separate control. This is set into the splash-back panel above the washbasin.

The shower cubicle, a good-sized 65cm x 80cm, contains two shelves for shampoo. The large, clear door pivots on a hinge inside the door frame. That’s for space reasons but somehow it adds to the excellent styling of the whole shower room. Floor space isn’t massive, at 73cm deep (hence only a ‘B’ rating) but most buyers will consider it to be fine.

Sleeping A

The bed retracts for daytime mode, as do almost all transverse island beds. The corridor space is a generous 54cm. The bed is 1.35m wide and, when extended for night time use, it’s 1.87m long. That’s 6 feet 2 inches in old money – and if you’re above that height, in this layout, your feet can overhang the edge of the bed.

The new lounge style introduces a new method of making it into a double bed. Well, not new, for roll-out, webbing link slats have been around for a long time in many makes of caravan. Coachman moved away from that design a few years ago. The company introduced metal-framed central bed sections that pulled out from under the offside settee.

The downside was that this frame impeded storage access. Now, slats are back, in all Coachman models. And there’s another change that makes bed making easy. There are no knee-rolls. When you turn over the seat sections to make the mattress, you don’t have to turn them around, to place the knee roll area against the walls.

Storage B

There’s exterior access to the under-bed space; that’s how you’d get folding chairs into here. The metal cross-shaped bed retraction device restricts apertures from within the caravan. But good organisation about what goes where can usually overcome this.

And, of course, there’s unrestricted space under the nearside settee. Although it’s top-opening only (no front drop-down hatch), the lid holds up on its large springs.

There’s only one drawer, now, in the central front unit, with a drop-down-door cabinet beneath it. Will you miss more drawers here? No, given the 575’s four lounge head-height lockers.

Dining B

The 32cm-wide dining table that extends from under the windowsill creates a 75cm deep level surface. It's adequate for quick lunches, breakfasts and more than adequate for coffee-break snacks.

You house the dining table in its own slim cabinet on the fore end of the kitchen.

Lounging The settees are 4 cm lower than those in previous models. These are better suited to buyers of small stature. And somehow it makes the lounge look a little more open-plan. Or is it plain upholstery in almost white with a pale grey fleck? With more greys, plus beautiful mustard-gold shades, the new VIP lounge look is divine.

Kitchen A

If you dislike flat caravan drainers, with no ridges to keep plates upright to drain, you’ll love Coachman’s bespoke new drainer. It comes complete with a lip to channel water into the smart, black enamelled sink. That factor contributed towards the ‘A’ rating here.

Three deep drawers, each 60cm wide, provide the main storage area. There’s a fitted cutlery drawer opposite, above the fridge. Storage is fine and so is the amount of surface, when you account for the area above the fridge.

Styling is impressive in the kitchen, too, with the same geometric-patterned splash-back as in the shower room. There is a new Dometic cooker with bold grill and oven handle design. Lighting is not only beneath the top lockers. Lighting is beneath the drawers, too, which casts a bright white light into the floor so you notice the soft grey, high quality, deep pile carpet.

Towing B

We’ve towed VIP 575s before and found their stability to be impressive and their cornering predictable. This time, our tow test had to be brief. Our only opportunity was to take the 575 for a quick spin around the hotel grounds at the Coachman 2018 model preview event.

Before the official public unveiling, Coachman didn’t want us to take it out on roads. ATC is present for extra safety, as you’d expect on a high-spec caravan.

Verdict

The twin exterior front locker design is practical, keeping small items separate from gas bottles, in their own locker so minimising the amount of moving around during towing (we’ve all arrived at a site to an untidy gas bottle compartment!).

We love the deeper windowsill and its recessed shape to integrate the armrests. We love the sunny-hue, mustard gold accent colour against the ultra-modern plain grey backcloth. And, we love the more minor elements of styling, the splash-backs, the floor-level lighting in the kitchen, and the amazing, wall-mounted washbasin tap. A best-seller got better!

Options

Options for 2018 models yet to be announced

Marquis Motorhomes (Durham)


Durham Road
Chester-le-Street
Co Durham
DH3 2QZ
http://www.marquisleisure.co.uk
[email protected]
Adria, Auto-Sleepers, Auto-Trail, Benimar, Elddis, Majestic, Mobilvetta, Randger new motorhomes.

Marquis Motorhomes (Lancashire)

Riversway Leisure Village
Chain Caul Road
Preston
Lancashire
PR2 2PD
http://www.marquisleisure.co.uk
[email protected]
Auto-Sleepers, Auto-Trail, Benimar, Benivan, Elddis, Majestic, Mobilvetta, Randger new motorhomes.

Marquis Motorhomes (Sussex)


Eastbourne Road
Golden Cross
East Sussex
BN27 4AN
http://www.marquisleisure.co.uk
[email protected]
Adria, Auto-Sleepers, Auto-Trail, Benimar, Elddis, Majestic, Mobilvetta, Randger new motorhomes.

3 A's Leisure (Showground)


Nantyci
Carmarthen
Carmarthenshire
SA33 5DR
http://www.3acaravans.co.uk
[email protected]
Adria, Autocruise, Auto-Sleepers, Bessacarr, Carthago, Chausson, Dethleffs, Elddis, Swift. Habitation service, finance, accessories, overnighters.

Atlantic Caravans


East Taphouse Industrial Estate
Liskeard
Cornwall
PL14 6LE
http://www.atlanticcaravans.co.uk
[email protected]
New and used caravans. Caravan movers. NCC approved workshop and accessory shop. Habitation service & repair.

Bicester Caravan & Leisure

Windmill Nurseries
London Road (A41)
Bicester
Oxfordshire
OX26 6RA
http://www.bicestercaravanandleisure.co.uk
[email protected]
New and pre-owned caravans and motorhomes, finance available, part exchange welcome. Motorhome habitation service.

Broad Lane Leisure (Alcester)


Birmingham Road A435
Alcester
Warwickshire
B49 5QD
http://www.broadlane.co.uk
[email protected]
New and used caravans and motorhomes. Awnings and accessories.

Broad Lane Leisure (Kenilworth)


Warwick Road
Kenilworth
Warwickshire
CV35 7RD
http://www.broadlane.co.uk
[email protected]
New and used caravans. Used motorhomes. Awnings and accessories.

Clwyd Caravan & Leisure Ltd

The Green
Wynnstay Yard
Wrexham
Denbighshire
LL14 6DP
http://www.clwydcaravans.com
[email protected]
Buccaneer, Elddis, Coachman, Lunar & Venus. Service & repair and huge accessory shop. Disabled access and facilities. Finance.

DorVic Caravans

201
Hillhead Rd
Ballyclare
Co Antrim
BT39 9LP
http://www.dorviccaravans.co.uk
[email protected]
Sales, servicing and repair facilities for touring caravans. Bailey Caravans and Coachman Caravans. Well stocked spares & caravan accessories shop.

Ebor Leisure World


Malton Road
York
North Yorkshire
YO60 7SE
http://www.leisureworldgroup.com
[email protected]
New and used caravans and motorhomes for sale. Habitation servicing.

Glossop Caravans


Main A57
Glossop
Derbyshire
SK13 6JF
http://www.glossopcaravans.co.uk
[email protected]
New and used caravans and motorhomes for sale. Base, habitation service and MoTs. Accessories and service centre.

Grantham Caravans


Spittlegate Level
Grantham
Lincolnshire
NG31 7UH
http://www.granthamcaravans.co.uk
[email protected]
New and used caravans. Redline Camper conversions. Workshops and accessory shops. Habitation service & repairs.

Highbridge Caravan Centre Ltd


A38 Bristol Road
Highbridge
Somerset
TA9 4EX
http://www.highbridgecaravans.co.uk
[email protected]
Motorhome & caravan dealer. Huge choice of tents, trailer tents, folding campers & accessories.

Kenmore Caravans Ltd


Huddersfield Road
Mirfield
West Yorkshire
WF14 9DA
http://www.kenmorecaravans.co.uk
[email protected]
Buccaneer, Coachman, Elddis, Lunar. awnings, accessories, service & repairs. Motorhome habitation service & repairs.

Kimberley Caravans (Darlington)


Burtree Gate
Darlington
Co Durham
DL2 2XZ
http://www.kimberleycaravans.co.uk
[email protected]
New and used caravans and motorhomes for sale. Habitation servicing. Overnight camping on site available. Motor movers.

Kimberley Caravans (Notts)


Eastwood Road
Nottingham
Nottinghamshire
NG16 2HX
http://www.kimberleycaravans.co.uk
[email protected]
New and used caravans. 2 miles from J26 M1. Caravan habitation servicing and accessories. Also branch at Co Durham which stocks motorhomes.

Knowepark Caravans and Motorhomes


Hardie Road
Livingston
West Lothian
EH54 8BA
http://www.kpcm.co.uk
[email protected]
New and used caravans and motorhomes for sale. Habitation servicing.

Lee Davey Caravans Ltd


A20 East Street
Maidstone
Kent
ME17 1HN
http://www.leedaveycaravans.co.uk
[email protected]
New and used caravans. Accessories and repairs.

Lloyds Caravan Sales (Roy Kellett)


Lloyds Caravans
Abergele
Conwy
LL22 7PW
http://www.lloydscaravans.co.uk
[email protected]
Static caravan/holiday home sales.

Raymond James Caravans


Carlyon Road
Atherstone
Warwickshire
CV9 1JE
http://www.raymondjamescaravans.co.uk
[email protected]
New and used caravans. Awnings, accessories and servicing. Motorhome habitation servicing.

Sussex Caravan Centre (Ashington)

A24
London Road
Pulborough
West Sussex
RH20 3BT
http://www.sussexcaravancentre.co.uk
[email protected]
New and used motorhomes and tourers. Habitation service & repairs.

Sussex Caravan Centre (Edenbridge)

A264 Colestock Cross
Cowden
East Grinstead
East Sussex
TN8 7EA
http://www.sussexcaravancentre.co.uk
New and used motorhomes and tourers.

Tilshead Caravans Ltd


Stockbridge Road (A30)
Salisbury
Wiltshire
SP5 1BS
http://www.tilshead-caravans.com
[email protected]
2-6 berth Swift Sundances for UK & Europe travel. New and used caravans and motorhomes for sale or hire. Fully equipped workshops.

Wandahome (Knottingley) Ltd


Great North Road
Knottingley
West Yorkshire
WF11 0AE
http://www.wandahome.co.uk
[email protected]
Bailey, Coachman and Elddis special edition caravans. Also used caravans, awnings. Caravan service.