A contemporary, open-plan lounge layout is a major highlight of the Lyseo TD 736 Harmony motorhome, though a super-sized fridge freezer and a technical double floor are among several other plus points
Berths: 4 Travel seats: 4 Base vehicle: Fiat Ducato Gross weight: 3,500kg Payload: 505kg
Introduced three years ago, Bürstner’s Harmony Line range was said to be unique at that time as a mid-priced low-profile motorhome range featuring a technical double floor. Now, for 2020, the line-up gets a comprehensive facelift. Externally, the new look focuses primarily on the rear where revised tail-lights feature. Inside, changes include new bedroom lights and Vario blinds, a redesigned kitchen and an update to the panelling on the underside of the drop-down bed. The portable Homelight torch-cum-table-lamp is an interesting new accessory with built-in recharging points in the vehicle.
The interior has a typically contemporary feel, as you’d expect from Bürstner, that’s emphasised by the Bahia furniture here. It’s the open-plan lounge that is the key feature, though, thanks to what the company refers to as a ‘couch-couch’ layout. There’s a comfortable seating height for those settees and the dining table folds in half to be less intrusive. After dinner, you’ll welcome the fact that the cab seats swivel through a full 180 degrees, allowing you to put your feet up on the sofas and stretch out. There’s also a flat floor from the cab through to the rear bedroom, another benefit of the double floor.
For travel, the settees convert into two face-forward seats, with part of the seat boxes folding against the wall and slot-in backrests completing the transformation. Above the lounge is an optional electric drop-down bed. When lowered it comes down to just above kitchen worktop height (so a ladder is required) and access through the habitation door is unobstructed.
The kitchen is L-shaped, as usual in a continental fixed bed layout and it’s quite a compact unit. However, the four drawers make for practical storage, while the burners-in-line hob is, unusually, mounted side-on. There are tea towel hooks and a rack for your coffee pods but the kitchen’s star feature is undoubtedly the 151-litre fridge/freezer, positioned opposite.
The rear bedroom has the popular en suite arrangement with the shower on the offside and the toilet room on the nearside. The shower cubicle is not the biggest but its dimensions should be adequate for most and the slight step in the shower tray is not really an issue. The toilet compartment has adequate leg and shoulder-room with the door closed and there’s enough shelf space for toiletries/make-up. Cupboard space is available at high and low-level, with the latter including concealed toilet roll storage. A sliding door shuts off the en suite from the bedroom but leaves space tight around the foot of the bed.
The mattress measures 1.86m by 1.45m and there’s plenty of headroom to sit up in bed – unless the mattress is raised. Here, the bed height is variable in order to increase room in the garage below. Garage internal height can be increased from 0.92m to 1.18m manually. Usefully, the head of the bed can also be tilted, which increases manoeuvring space at the foot of the bed as the mattress slides back.