Berths: 3/5 Travel seats: 4 Base vehicle: Fiat Ducato Gross weight: 3,500kg Payload: 370kg
This Harmony Line is aimed at couples looking for the comfort of a twin-lounge layout (albeit a rather alternative interpretation of that classic theme), with the convenience of a drop-down island bed. As such, it’s a unique entry in the motorhome market, taking its inspiration from the earlier Bürstner Harmony concept ’van (shown at Düsseldorf’s Caravan Salon in 2016).
The cosy rear lounge has two large side windows providing plenty of light and a twin-aspect view for those sitting on the forward-facing, two-person sofa – this is not your usual, UK-style end lounge. There is a TV point, if the gogglebox is your thing. If not, there’s a rectangular folding table in front of the sofa for a laptop or book (and drink) and two side tables, which double-up as bedside tables when the bed’s lowered from the ceiling above – at the touch of a button.
It’s not only a good-size bed (1.90m by 1.50m) but it is also an island bed, which means easy access to both sides. There is no other drop-down island bed currently on sale, Chausson having stopped its 620, which had the bed over a front lounge. There’s also an option here for a second, narrower drop-down double above the dinette (2.00m by 1.35m, reducing to 1.25m). In fact, a fifth berth can be made from the lounge but, with only four seatbelts, this is unlikely to be put into use. If you opt for the second drop-down bed, Bürstner advices upgrading to the 4,000kg Maxi chassis (£1,280) to give you an extra 460kg of payload, but if you remain with the licence-friendly 3.5-tonne chassis, you still get a claimed 370kg of carrying capacity.
The 130bhp Ducato is standard, with Fiat’s low-frame chassis and wider rear axle and lower ride height, which means easier (lower) access into the habitation area. Access is eased further with the inclusion of an electric step and the fitting of a wide (700mm) Hartal door, which is linked to the central locking.
Walking into the interior, which, even with the drop-down beds in their ‘up’ position, has well over 2m of headroom, you’ll see a typical continental layout with swivel cab seats, a half-dinette (with two travel seats), a central washroom on the nearside and a well-equipped L-shaped kitchen on the offside and, of course, that second lounge in the rear. The kitchen has an in-line three-burner gas hob with electric ignition and glass cover, with a combined oven and grill below. The sink is inset on the opposing part of the L-shaped worktop. Three-drawer storage is below. The worktop and table are both covered in a Fenix nanotech surface, which apparently can self-repair minor scratches and marks. Alongside the galley is a Dometic 145-litre fridge/freezer with automatic energy selection.
The washroom has a large shower with shelf, flat floor (no wheelarch) and plenty of LED lighting (it’s LEDs throughout the interior). Alongside is the inset basin with storage below, with a large mirror and shelf above. To the left of this is a swivel cassette loo with cupboard above. Heating – both hot water and habitation area blown-air – is courtesy of Truma’s Combi 6 system, which is standard in the UK (Europeans get the lesser Combi 4). There is a 120-litre on-board fresh water tank and a 90-litre waste water tank.
As this is part of its Harmony Line range, Bürstner has enhanced the specification, so buyers also get extras like a 4m roll-out awning, 100W solar panel, alloy wheels, twin airbags, Remis cab blinds and cab seats upholstered to match the lounge.