Kate Taylor
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With new kit and fittings, the complete 2014 Coachman VIP range of caravans is reviewed by the experienced team of testers at Practical Caravan

Hull-based manufacturer Coachman is known for building robust, high-quality tourers. Indeed, in our Owner Satisfaction Awards, it charted as the highest-scoring UK brand for pre-owned caravans, proving that its tourers are built to last.

Coachman’s single-axle luxury range benefits from the same new alloy wheels, Avtex aerial and Truma Combi 6 boiler as the Pastiche, but also receives a roof-mounted 80W solar panel, which may appeal to caravanners who enjoy rallies or prefer to camp off-grid.

It also gets a new Avtex ultra-slim TV, as well as a light refresh of its soft furnishings and external graphics. Otherwise, it continues with the same five layouts as featured in the 2013 season line-up and as featured in the Pastiche range. The prices have increased by around 3.5 per cent over last year.

Practical Caravan says...

"This is still a fabulous-looking caravan outside and in, thanks in large part to the sunroof and the front panel treatment. However, does it offer customers enough reasons to choose a VIP over a Pastiche?"

The 2014 Coachman VIP range

VIP 460/2

Priced from £21,645

A two-berth featuring a front parallel-sofa lounge, a compact midships kitchen and a spacious end washroom with a separate shower cubicle. It will appeal to couples who seek a luxurious yet compact tourer, and who don’t mind having a kitchen that’s short on worktop space. The MTPLM is 1455kg.

VIP 520/4

Priced from £23,195

A compact four-berth with a parallel-sofa lounge, a midships two-person dinette on the offside, which converts into bunks, a nearside kitchen and an end washroom, which incorporates the wardrobe, and a circular shower cubicle. A classic bunk-bed tourer that offers separate lounging areas for kids and adults. The MTPLM is 1600kg.

VIP 545/4

Priced from £23,395

A four-berth with a parallel lounge, midships kitchen, rear island bed and a washroom with separate shower and toilet areas, located opposite one another on either side of the fixed bed. The luxurious 545/4 offers a plush rear ‘en-suite’ bedroom complete with ‘his and hers’ wardrobes. The MTPLM is 1630kg.

VIP 560/4

Priced from £23,395

A fixed-bed four-berth with a parallel lounge, midships kitchen, nearside double bed in the rear and a full-width end washroom. The washroom is a particular highlight, thanks to its spacious shower cubicle and acres of room around the toilet and sink. The kitchen is a little short on worktop space, but otherwise this is a great layout. The MTPLM is 1540kg.

VIP 565/4

Price from £23,395

A twin single bed four-berth featuring a parallel lounge, compact midships kitchen, and washroom sited across the rear. The single beds are just ahead of the washroom, and there’s a partition to allow you to cordon off the whole area, creating an ‘en-suite’ bedroom. The MTPLM is 1645kg.