Alastair ClementsSee other caravan reviews written by Alastair Clements
The 2015 island-bed Coachman VIP 575/4 boasts one of the most desirable layouts in a single-axle caravan, making it well placed to take on key rivals
Coachman’s VIP range has long been the choice of those who enjoy touring in comfort and appreciate the excellence of its build quality. But, according to Practical Caravan's review team, a couple of things detracted from it. First, there was no Alde wet central heating, which is usually a given in this market, and second, it lacked a transverse island-bed model, a layout that already sells well for the VIP’s key rivals.
The 2015 Coachman VIP 575/4 addresses both points. It’s the first single-axle Coachman with Alde heating, and the end-washroom, island-bed floorplan puts it back in competition with comparable single-axle ranges from other manufacturers.
Pitching and setting up
The rather desirable kit list includes an AKS hitch stabiliser, ATC anti-snaking control, Al-Ko wheel locks, a gas barbecue point and an external 230V socket.
The matt-finish wallboard, upholstery and flooring look more contemporary than those in earlier VIPs. This one is lovely and light, thanks to generous glazing and a large sunroof. The freestanding lounge table, for use when the front chest’s pull-out table is too small, has dedicated stowage in the kitchen.
There’s a large additional food preparation area on the nearside above the fridge/freezer and beneath the microwave, which lives in its own (rather high) cupboard. Attractive LED mood lighting beneath the worktops really adds a sense of luxury.
There’s convenient storage in the rest of the spacious washroom, which has an expensive, upmarket feel, thanks to details such as the backlit mirror. It’s marred only by the rather meagre heated towel rail.
On the other side of the fabric screen, the double bed formed by the lounge cushions is perfectly usable. It’s not the widest we’ve come across, but it’s only likely to be used for guests.
In the lounge, putting the fuse box beneath the offside bench seat makes the front chest a genuinely useful storage area. There are no ‘soft-close’ runners or catches, but nothing clangs shut; it’s just a shame the aircraft lockers have no proper positive catches.
Throughout the Practical Caravan Coachman VIP 575/4 review, our team was impressed by the fit and finish of this new caravan. There's a real solidity that traditionalists will appreciate, a layout the market has been waiting for, and it feels like Coachman took a considered approach to designing and constructing this tourer. The VIP range is aimed at those looking for something special for their caravan holidays – and in the 575/4 they may well find it.
- The island bed is generous at 6ft 2in long
- The Alde wet central heating system is just what you'd hope to find at this price
- The 575/4 feels upmarket, from the long list of kit to the solidly built drawers
- The lounge is short because of the island bed's demand for space
- The aircraft-style lockers do not have positive catches
- The heated towel rail in the washroom is a bit stingy