A new and very well-specified low-profile motorhome with a wonderful island bed in the rear and a comfortable – and social – front lounge with twin side-facing sofas at the front
A highly specified German low-profile motorhome with an on-trend twin side-facing sofa front lounge and rear island bed layout. Base vehicle: Fiat Ducato Price from: £64,995, Berths: 2/5, Travel seats: 4, Length: 7.49m, Width: 2.30m, Height: 2.99m, Gross weight: 3,500kg, Payload: 425kg
If there’s a clear trend in layouts this season, it’s in the resurgence of side settee-based lounges and this all-new Bürstner Harmony Line adopts this new lounge layout and incorporates it into a layout that also has the very popular island bed at the rear.
These twin side settee-based lounges come mostly with twin rear bed or island bed arrangements but they are not pure two-berths as, via a variety of methods, they offer the possibility of converting sofas into forward-facing single seats with seatbelts.
The move towards this design started with the likes of Rapido and Chausson leading the way and the advantages over the still-more-common half-dinette or L-shaped lounge are clear to see in a more open-plan, more spacious feel.
However, if you always, or usually, travel four-up you may still be better served by a half-dinette’s instantly available travel pews. And, if you’re tempted by these new layouts, it’s worth trying out the travel-seat-to-settee conversion for yourself – some are quicker and easier than others.
Bürstner’s Harmony Line offers a choice of new models with the parallel sofas for 2019 – the TD 727 G with single beds in the stern and the TD 736 (as reviewed here) with an island bed. Both measure 7.49m overall and have a licence-friendly 3,500kg gross weight.
The standard TD 736 is a two-berth but a drop-down bed (2.00m by 1.35m/1.25m) over the lounge is available as an option, as is the kit to convert the seats into a transverse single berth.
The lounge comes with a fixed table, which folds in half to create more space, while the reversed ‘L’ galley continues the open-plan format. Typical Bürstner design cues, such as the quilted upholstery and under-counter lighting, give an upmarket impression.
Towards the rear, a toilet cubicle is next to the galley on the nearside, with a separate shower opposite, the two combining to create an en suite to the rear bedroom. Small locker doors on either side provide access to under-bed storage.
In line with previous Harmony Line models, this new model (and its sibling) has a pleasingly full specification.