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Coachman Festival 570-6

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Specification

Manufacturer: Coachman

Berth: 6 Berth

Year: 2013

Type: Caravans

Condition: Used

Layout: Fixed rear bunk beds

Dimensions: 7.51x2.26x2.60m (LxWxH)

Colour: White

MTPLM: 1585kg

Warranty: YES

MIRO: 1399kg

Axles: 1

Payload: 186kg

Configuration: fixed rear bunk beds 6 berth

Description

Coachman Festival 570-6

 

As a past master of understatement, when conservative Coachman announced its 2012 ranges with talk of a revolution, the whole caravan world sat up and took notice. We weren’t disappointed either, except in one respect: while the Laser, VIP and Pastiche ranges were thoroughly overhauled and given radical new looks inside and out, the Amara seemed to be quietly forgotten.

No more. There’s a nine-strong line-up for the season ahead, including two all-new models. But, it’s a long-standing favourite that we’ve singled out for further investigation. The 570/6 is a full-on family ‘van, capable of catering for up to six.

Because it’s a Coachman, you just know it’s going to stand up to the knocks of family life that bit better than its peers. Plus, going with a proven formula means there’s a strong case to be made for this being the most family-friendly of them all.

Exterior graphics are now in silver and grey, but arguably of more importance is the move to one-piece sides. Tempting as it must have been, Coachman hasn’t gone for the panoramic windows that have surely helped sales of Amara’s more upmarket stablemates. Maybe that’s to come in the future…

amara living room

Inside, again, there’s plenty of change and – most pleasingly – nothing to signify it’s at the expense of quality. The colouring is pretty neutral, with a new look to the furniture (Comina Ash is the name for the main finish). As is the current trend, lockers doors have a two-tone finish to them. You can also have wraparound front seating instead of the chest of drawers, at no extra cost

coachman amara kitchen

Somewhat ironically, it’s in the kitchen that so many so-called family-friendly ‘vans are at their most vulnerable. Logic (and cost) surely dictates that families are less inclined to dine out compared to say, couples – yet, at best, the kitchens are no different to the other offerings in any given range.

To a degree that’s true here, although the latest 113-litre Thetford fridge is a help. Also new, the Thetford Caprice cooker has a dual-fuel hob (three gas rings, one electric hotplate) plus grill and oven. It’s good to see a full sink and drainer, too. But, it’s the all-important work surface that’s all at a bit of a premium. And storage capacity is OK rather than making any specific effort to cater for family-size appetites.

coachman amara microwave

Another new fitting of note is the move to Truma’s Combi-4 hot water and heating system, operating from gas and mains. But, it’s the rear section that is arguably still the highlight of this tourer. Not only are there two fixed bunks here, there’s also a seating area on the nearside that’s just perfect for tucking away the kids during the day and letting them do their own thing. By night, however, you can convert this to two more bunks.

amara rear seating area

That makes, by our reckoning, the 570/6 at its best as a four-berth. But, should your children want to invite their friends along, well it’s more than capable of coping.

Overall, it’s that retained feeling of solidity that sets Coachmans apart from their rivals… and bodes so well for family use.

Yes, it’s a hefty thing, so you’re going to have to consider your towcar carefully. Equally, unless you’re prepared to venture into twin-axle territory, the 570/6 doesn’t have a lot of direct rivals as a six-berth.

Insurance discounts for this Coachman caravan could be achieved by paying for the optional AL-KO Axle wheel lock (£250), AL-KO Active Trailer Control (ATC) (£495) or key fob alarm system (£350).

OK, the price has gone up by around £500 on the 2012 version, but appearances are deceptive: you’re getting a whole lot more here.

Verdict

A proven family favourite, that just got a whole lot better.

Plus: Overall quality/sturdiness, now with added style! Class-leading specification. Smart looks inside and out

 

amara floorplan

Fact file

  • Berths: 6
  • Overall length 7.51m
  • Interior length 5.85m
  • Width 2.26m
  • Headroom 1.96m
  • MIRO 1399kg
  • MTPLM 1585kg