Lounge-ing with a capital L
Some of you with not so long memories will remember the last Pastiche 470 caravan from Coachman. It featured, of all things, a permanent double bed across the front. Too much for traditionalists, maybe, it didn’t last long.
But, it’s back, although this time the 470 moniker is being applied to an L-shaped front lounge. It takes the Pastiche offering to six caravan models for the 2019 season.
Surprisingly, there’s no picture window to complement the L-shaped seating – instead it’s a standard lounge unit (does it save on production?), with furniture unit below. There’s lots of seating, though.
The front end is supplemented by a dinette mid-‘van. Coachman still decrees this is a two-berth, though – so, you can have the dinette for dining and the front lounge for, er, lounging. And, of course, such a floorplan is all the roomier in the daytime for not having a space-swallowing fixed bed. Instead, it’s a simple matter to pull out the slatted settee section and flip over the cushions for a double bed.
Typically Coachman, many of the interior fittings are just that bit sturdier than the norm. Sit on the seating, too, and you’ll note the sprung-interior cushioning (whereas rivals tend to save money by offering just foam).
There are upgrades, too, across the Pastiche range, like the furniture and soft furnishings finishes, kitchen splashbacks and worktops, light switches and more.
The kitchen itself boasts a Thetford full cooker with dual-fuel hob and separate oven and grill. To its right is the sink, with a mixer tap in between. There’s also some permanent work surface to the right of the sink. There’s also LED strip lighting.
Storage includes a drawer and cutlery tray, plus tall locker with an open drawer, and a large locker with crockery racking above the sink, while the microwave oven is directly over the hob – not a location all folk like. The largest kitchen cupboard is impeded by the exterior-access gas locker.
The free-standing table for the lounge stows in the wardrobe, at a height that makes access easy. It’s the fridge below this, though, that seems a little bit too low down and tucked away. And it only has a 113-litre capacity. Maybe that’s fine for what is a two-person caravan?
Coachman belies its traditionalist leanings with plenty of mains sockets, but no USBs. Lighting is LED, though, including four reading lamps in the main lounge, supplemented by downlighters in the panelling around the sunroof.
The washroom takes up the whole back end, so you get a full-size shower cubicle with Ecocamel shower fitting, two corner shelves, a single plughole, moulded plastic walls and ceiling and a single bullet light. Other washroom fittings are the countertop sink in solid white plastic, and a swivel-bowl cassette toilet with an opaque, opening window behind and a heater towel rail to the side.
At the top of the kit list, Alde’s central heating and hot water system is a standard Pastiche fitting, now with iNet-ready programmable touchscreen control panel. There’s also a Pioneer stereo to cater for your music and news interests.
As is the way, Pastiche graphics have been changed for the caravan season ahead, although the rest of the exterior remains unaltered. There’s a standard three-window front with fixed sunroof, a Heki Midi opening roof light overhead and, for the kitchen, a Heki Mini.
Coachman shows confidence in its polyurethane-framed ABC (Advanced Bonded Construction) bodywork – backing it with a 10-year water ingress warranty. It’s no lightweight – no Coachman ever is. Instead, take that a sign of the sturdier-than-the-norm construction. Plus, don’t forget as well as all the interior goodies, it also comes with Al-Ko’s ATC as standard – hopefully you won’t ever need it, except for clawing back a few pennies from your annual caravan insurance premium.
Verdict: An L of a caravan
Plus: Cut-above overall build quality
Minus: Fridge location, a tad hefty
In-a-nutshell: Time to revisit the L-shaped lounge?
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Coachman Pastiche 470 factfile
|Model||Coachman Pastiche 470|
|Dimensions||6.33m L, 2.26m W, 2.60m H|
|RRP||from £22,340 on the road|
|Safety & security||Al-Ko ATC, Al-Ko stabiliser, Al-Ko Secure receiver, PIR alarm, optical smoke alarm, carbon monoxide detector, CRiS|
|Key options||Al-Ko Secure wheel lock (£300), Omnivent roof fan (£225), Whale Watermaster (£40), Phantom Pro 3 tracking system (340),100Watt solar panel (£395), Truma iNet and Gas Level Control (£275)|