Bryony Symes
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We'll help you decipher the layouts that we refer to in the Buyer's Guide and give pointers on finding the perfect van for you.Part 2 of our buyer's guide to caravan layouts, in June's issue, focuses on end washroom, rear fixed bed models.

We'll help you decipher the layouts that we refer to in the Buyer's Guide and give pointers on finding the perfect van for you.

 

Part 2 of our buyer's guide to caravan layouts, in June's issue, focuses on end washroom, rear fixed bed models. 

 

Layout Code AA: Rear fixed bed, end washroom

Swift Challenger SE 570 end washroom, fixed bed model layout

 

 

THIS IS THE most-supplied caravan layout in the UK and has been on dealer forecourts for only six years. It is the floor plan of choice for ‘empty nesters’ (couples who tour without children).

 

The end-washroom, rear fixed-bed Bailey Senator Series 6 California was launched in 2008. It took the layout from the twin-axle Senator Series 6 Wyoming, reduced the internal length to 5.61m and put it on a single axle. This cut the MTPLM to below 1500kg, bringing a wide range of tow cars into play. 

 

The California soon had rivals 
in the form of the Lunar Lexon SE and Sterling Eccles Ruby, and more joined the fray in later seasons.Today, 30 of the 172 vans supplied for the UK volume market have this layout, a 17.4% share. There are four entry-level models, 15 mid-range and 11 upmarket. 

 

Swift Challenger SE 570 end washroom, fixed bed model layout

This Swift Challenger SE 570 is a popular end washroom, fixed-bed model with lots of kitchen space.

 

Floor plan in detail  

What makes this layout so popular? In a nutshell: convenience – no more broken fingernails from making up the bed. Add the refinement of an end washroom with its own shower cubicle, a workable kitchen and a comfortable lounge and it’s easy to see why 
it has such a loyal following.

 

There are compromises, though, especially in single-axle versions. The front and back areas can come off worst, with short lounges and narrow washrooms (the distance between the tourer’s rear wall and the wall separating the bedroom and washroom). Kitchens may have restricted work surface, although 
a nearside dresser may offer some valuable overflow area. 

 

Which one to choose? 

So you’ve decided this floor plan ticks all the boxes, but which caravan do you buy? If you don’t favour a particular brand or range, your choice should be driven by which execution will work best for you (see opposite for a detailed look at this layout), at a price you can afford and a weight that will be a suitable match for your tow car. 

 

Draw up a shortlist of target vans and visit local dealers. If you’re buying at the start of a season, go to the autumn NEC show, which will run 15 - 20 October this year. It’s ideal for shopping around – everything can be easily viewed under one roof. Visit The Motorhome and Caravan Show website for more information

 

Pros

 

A fixed bed with a proper mattress will make for restful sleep and offers plenty of storage underneath. It’s also hard to beat the refinement of an end washroom. 

 

 

Cons

 

Space-hungry end washrooms and fixed beds can take a nibble out of lounge lengths. The same issue can affect kitchens, so be certain that you have enough space. 

 

 

2013 Tourers with this floorplan:

Adria Adora Thames

Price £16,929

Berths 4

MTPLM 1800kg

Internal Length 6.35m

External width 2.48m

 

 

Elddis Affinity 540

Price £18,999

Berths 4

MTPLM 1450kg

Internal Length 5.6m

External Width 2.24m

 

Sterling Eccles SE Ruby

Price £19,833

Berths 4

MTPLM 1495kg

Internal Length 5.6m

External Width 2.25m

 

Swift Challenger SE 570

Price £19,833

Berths 4

MTPLM 1495kg

Internal Length 5.6m

External Width 2.25m

 

Bailey Unicorn || Valencia

Price £19,995

Berths 4

MTPLM 1497kg

Internal Length 5.68m

External Width 2.28m

 

Lunar Clubman SE

Price £21,195

Berths 4

MTPLM 1495kg

Internal Length 5.78m

External Width 2.28m

 

Sterling Elite Amber

Price £21820

Berths 4

MTPLM 1670kg

Internal Length 5.6m

External Width 2.31m

 

Swift Conqueror 570

Price £21,820

Berths 4

MTPLM 1670kg

Internal Length 5.6m

External Width 2.31m

 

Buccaneer Corsair

Price £24,299

Berths 4

MTPLM 1740kg

Internal Length 5.8m

External Width 2.3m

 

Lunar Delta RS

Price £24,395

Berths 4

MTPLM 1735kg

Internal Length 6.34m

External Width 2.28m

 

For more information on the details of this floorplan, and the similar rear fixed bed, offside corner bathroom model, have a look at the June issue.

 

Read further Layouts In Focus Buyer's Guides in the Advice section.

 

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