Peter BaberSee other caravan reviews written by Peter Baber
By consolidating its model range, Coachman has made its classic, transverse-bed 675 layout more affordable. But does it fit the bill for touring familes?
It seems we can wave goodbye to the Coachman's Vision range, and the Pastiche too, which was essentially just the Vision with Alde heating added. For 2020 Coachman has amalgamated everything into one range, all of which comes with Alde heating as standard.
The twin-axle 675 we are looking at here is new for 2020. As a 6m-plus layout with a rear transverse island bed and an end washroom, it has previously only been available in the more upmarket Laser range.
But a word before we start about the brand name. Acadia is not a misspelling of Arcadia: it's the name of a stunning national park in New England. So does this Coachman live up to the pedigree?
Pitching and setting up
There is also external access to the nearside underseat locker. As there isn't any internal access to this area that doesn't involve lifting up the slats, this could be a godsend.
The central chest incorporates a top shelf that pulls out for when you're just having a quick snack, although the main table is only a short stretch away in its own spot. There is a sideboard next to this that has the requisite sockets for a TV above it.
Speakers connected to the Pioneer FM radio with Bluetooth connectivity are nicely positioned between the rooflight and the sunroof.
Above, two overhead lockers sit either side of a microwave. One holds a crockery rack, the other a mug rack.
There is a drawer (with cutlery tray) under the sink, and a double cupboard underneath it that is partly taken up by the wheel arch. Next to this is a large cupboard with a pull-out drawer, plus a pan locker under the separate oven and grill that sits under the four-burner dual-fuel hob.
All that means you shouldn't be pushed either for pan storage or for dry food space, as across the aisle, next to the slimline fridge, there is more storage in the sideboard.
There is a rather low-set dresser unit in the offside front corner, with a cupboard and mirror and a little step beside it that we imagine is part of the wheel arch. A separate set of sockets here is ideal if you want a second TV or prefer watching in the bedroom.
We did, however, have a small issue with moving around the bed. It is retractable, which is good in the daytime, but when you pull it out for sleeping there is only a tiny space between the end of it and the wall. If one of you has a tendency to get up in the night to use the loo they had better be sleeping on the far side. And if that person is sleeping in one of the beds in the front, which can either be singles or doubles, they are almost certainly going to disturb the sleepers.
In general, storage in this van is good. You don't get internal access to the underseat areas at the front, but the slats are relatively easy to lift up without having to remove too many cushions. Outside the kitchen area, storage spaces are relatively unencumbered too. There are two overhead lockers and two corner lockers in the front lounge, and three lockers above the rear bed, as well as two wardrobe, drawer and cupboard units either side of it.
It's good to see Coachman bring its 675 layout to a lower price bracket. This caravan would make a great seasonal tourer, as it's comfy and relatively well specced. But on longer family trips, night-time visits to the loo might become an issue due to the size of that rear bed.
- Excellent external fittings
- Big kitchen
- Not enough space around the bed when it's in place