Wide-bodied vans are rare in the UK, but if you read Practical Caravan's Dethleffs Nomad 560 SB review, you'll find there's a lot to like about this tourer
Here, we review the Dethleffs Nomad 560 SB as a seasonal tourer. Wide-body caravans have been legal in the UK since 2010, but they remain uncommon. Only the Slovenian Adria Astella is built for the UK volume market. (We classify Bailey's Retreat caravans as semi-statics, not tourers.)
Practical Caravan's test team found this 2012 Dethleffs Nomad 560 SB available at a discounted price of £19,995 from Lowdhams Leisureworld, but Lowdhams is no longer the UK agent for Dethleffs, so you'll have to hunt around for this model. It's worth it, though, if you're looking for a roomy caravan as a seasonal tourer.
The Dethleffs Nomad 560 SB features a U-shaped front lounge, a fixed bed and an end washroom, with the entrance door on the offside, and comes with a comprehensive spec that you’d expect from a German-built tourer.
Pitching and setting up
The cantilevered gas locker lid can be lifted clear for excellent access to the cylinders and spare wheel, on the nearside. Sturdy grab handles and heavy-duty steadies feature, but you’ll have to crouch to wind the front ones.
This German-built van has an offside entrance and nearside connection points. The toilet cassette hatch is on the offside, where the only awning rail is.
Controls for the van’s systems are on the left as you enter via the one-piece door.
Fit and finish are superb; the dark woods are complemented well by the grey, beige and brown upholstery. The large windows and rooflight let in plenty of light. Electric lighting is provided by spotlamps in the front corners and strip lights under the lockers. A TV bracket is on the wardrobe wall.
A combined oven-grill sits under the worktop, below the gas knobs for all the kitchen appliances. These have been put close to each other for ease of use, but some cooks may prefer cooker controls to be on the unit itself.
A cupboard is between the oven and fridge and beneath that is a wide drawer for pots, pans and utensils. There’s no microwave, but an extractor fan is fitted.
On the left as you enter is an electric-flush swivel toilet. The rear wall is lined with shelves, while a vanity unit with recessed sink is under the window. The nearside-corner shower cubicle has moulded walls and looks well-sealed, and there’s space for lotions and gels in the grey unit housing the showerhead. A double towel rail, three hooks and a toilet-roll holder complete the spec.
The lounge seats, 1.67m and 1.5m long, respectively, can be used as single beds for children. To make up the 2.3m-long double bed, lower the lounge table and place the seat and filler cushions on top.
There’s masses of space under the fixed bed, with a row of useful cupboards opposite, and the lounge’s offside seat box happily swallows bedding. The washroom has plenty of shelf space, both concealed and exposed.
Other storage locations of note are two shoe lockers next to the caravan door and a large wardrobe with a shelf unit to its right.
The extra girth of this tourer will appeal to caravanners who use seasonal pitches on their caravan holidays and want plenty of room for entertaining. Narrow approach roads to campsites may prove a challenge, but if you stay in one place for long periods, this won’t be much of an issue.
The Dethleffs Nomad 560 SB uses its size well. You feel the greater width in the lounge and kitchen, and in the space around the fixed bed. It has an excellent lounge, kitchen and washroom with warehouse-like storage. There is no end to its clever design touches.
Ultimately, though, it all comes down to how the van is used. For siting on a British seasonal pitch, the Dethleffs Nomad 560 SB's offside door and awning rail are not ideal.
The Dethleffs Nomad 560 SB's recommended retail price was originally £22,995.
- It has a stylish lounge
- Its flexible kitchen sets high standards
- An incredible variety of storage spaces — what a package!
- The washroom is superb
- The offside entrance will hurt Dethleffs in the UK market
- The toilet cassette hatch opens into the offside awning
- The knobs for the gas hob are far from it
- There is no microwave