Models didn’t have to be fully new to make it onto the shortlist for our Practical Caravan Awards last year, they could just be substantially altered from the previous season.
That was certainly the case with Coachman’s Laser 665. This reworked model, and in particular its newly expanded washroom, so impressed our judges, they awarded it the Best Family Caravan title.
Pitch and set-up
The 665 is a standard Laser, so it only has a conventional width. But this is still a twin axle caravan. They should provide you with a much more comfortable tow, as should the ATC system fitted as standard. The silver grey sidewalls and svelte profile will also look stylish on the road.
The Laser comes with external lockers on the front nearside and on both sides at the rear, so it shouldn’t take long to unload all of your outdoor furniture.
Lounge in the Coachman Laser 665
Even with an extended washroom, the 665’s lounge is generous. There is easily room for six to sit here, despite the large fold-out extension taking up some offside settee space. The shelf that pulls out from the central chest is enough for drinks, but for something more substantial, the table is stored close by in its dedicated space by the door, also providing a handy space where you can leave keys and fobs. The TV mount and sockets are just above. You’ll find USB ports among the sockets, too.
The large sunroof adds to the daylight streaming in through the windows, while you also benefit from four spotlights and ambient lighting stretching to the front.
The extra-wide sill up front includes a wireless phone-charging pad and should provide more space for tea and books.
Kitchen in the Coachman Laser 665
The large fold-out extension on the left of the side kitchen is conveniently close to two sockets, so there should be plenty of space for a kettle and a toaster here.
The big sink cover could also work as a separate chopping board. The area is well lit by striplights below the overhead locker and microwave, and LEDs in front.
The four-burner dual-fuel hob has a domestic-style trivet and its own extractor fan, above the oven and grill. Across the aisle, ventilated by a rooflight, is a two-way opening fridge with a separate freezer.
Washroom in the Coachman Laser 665
Walk through to the central washroom and you might need to remind yourself you are in a caravan, not an upmarket hotel – it is that large. Where previous editions of this van included a compact circular shower cubicle on the nearside next to the basin, this time, you get a rectangular cubicle next to a huge wardrobe.
The salad-bowl-style basin has been moved to the offside. It sits in front of a large, lit mirror, with a ladder radiator immediately to the left, and enough space around the toilet in front of the opaque window to make cleaning much easier.
Even at a conventional width, there really is more than enough space in this washroom for getting dressed in privacy – a bit of a luxury in caravans. And thanks to the large rooflight and extensive interior lighting, you can see what you are doing, too.
Beds in the Coachman Laser 665
A central washroom can make the bedroom at the rear feel like an afterthought. Not so here, partly thanks to the daylight flooding through the windows and the rooflight, but mainly to the beds being well over 6ft long. They are wide, too, with plush headboards, and spotlights with USBs.
There is a chest in front of a mirror in the centre, and the sockets for a second TV in the front panel.
Children could use the lounge settees as single beds, while adults could make up an enormous double using pull-out slats.
Storage in the Coachman Laser 665
Storage will always be essential for people who want to kit out their caravan.
The areas under the nearside front settee and two beds at the back are completely clear and externally accessible. If that isn’t enough, there are also two large overhead lockers in the lounge, along with two small front corner lockers, and no fewer than nine overhead lockers around the rear bedroom. You can really make use of the 160kg payload you get with
this tourer, ideal if you want to take any luxury caravan accessories away with you.
The kitchen includes a large overhead crockery locker, a cupboard that opens to reveal a column of slide-out trays, and three drawers next to this which are large enough for most pans – just as well, as the pan locker under the oven is a bit cluttered. There is another locker quite high up above the fridge.
Below the wardrobe in the washroom are three drawers for clothing. There is a double cupboard above the toilet, and a single large one underneath the handbasin.
Many caravans claim to be family-oriented. The new-look 665 really is, with its huge washroom and comfortable lounge. Yes, you will need a big car to tow it, but if you have the money, go for it.
If you’re interested in seeing a more compact tourer instead, our small caravan round up will be a great place to start, as we share our top picks on the market.
What we like
- Massive washroom, long fixed beds, comfortable lounge
What we don’t like
- Kitchen storage is not as good as elsewhere (a minor niggle)
Or you could try
- Coachman Laser 855: the luxurious interior in this van makes it an ideal candidate for a seasonal pitch.
- Knaus Azur 500 FU: this spacious four-berth has excellent storage and is well made.
- Bailey Alicanto Grande Evora: it’s a big twin-axle tourer but it is sure to offer luxury living.
- Price: £40,705
- Berths: 4
- MTPLM: 1828kg
- MiRO: 1668kg
- Payload: 160kg
- Interior length: 6.27m
- Shipping length: 7.90m
- Overall width: 2.31m
- Al-Ko galvanised chassis
- Alloy wheels
- Spare wheel
- 36-litre fresh-water tank
- AKS3004 stabiliser
- ATC, two Al-Ko wheel locks
- Exterior mains socket
- BBQ point and shower
- DAB radio, Status 570 aerial
- USBs, phone charger
- LED lighting throughout
- Dual-fuel four-burner hob
- Extractor fan
- Oven & separate grill
- Dometic 10-series fridge
- Front double bed: 2.06 x 1.39m or two singles 1.51 x 0.73m
- Rear singles: 1.90 x 0.80m
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|Interior Length||6.27 m|
|Shipping Length||7.90 m|