There’s a slight name change for extra-wide-bodied models in the Coachman caravan line-up for 2022. Out goes the Xcel descriptor, in comes Xtra, to tell you it’s some 2.44m (8ft) wide.
A venture into space
There’s also an addition to the line-up. Newcomer model the Coachman Laser 620 Xtra is also unusual. You’ll have to do some hard searching these days to get a twin axle, extra-wide bodied caravan without permanent beds. But do take a look at the sheer amount of living space you get here.
The Coachman Laser 620 Xtra has bold exterior looks thanks to its silver/grey sides, with white front and rear panels and details like the raised graphics and black grab handles and trim. The two-front locker design has the Coachman family look, but it’s inside where the real action lies.
The floorplan is a re-working of a formerly highly popular caravan layout of standard front lounge, plus side dinette and full-width rear washroom. There’s a simply massive kitchen, extensive seating and a huge room for your ablutions… but no permanent beds.
And that’s the big secret. The lack of ready-made beds really does free up so much extra space for daytime living. Equally, converting those front settees into either two slightly short singles (they’re 1.85m x 0.73m) or a positively generous 2.20m x 1.72m transverse double is a pretty straightforward affair.
And, of course, even with the beds made, you can still have seating thanks to the wider-than-average dinette directly opposite the kitchen (which, in turn, can be adapted into a bed for a third person) – the fixed pedestal leg table here is height-adjustable.
It’s certainly one of the biggest kitchens you’ll see in any tourer – with huge expanses of Corian-style worktop either side of the cooker, also a flip-up extension to the chef’s far right. Plus there are two banks of drawers as well as plenty of lockers both lower- and upper-level, the latter with a wipe-clean gloss white finish.
Note also the neatly integrated extractor unit as well as the location of the microwave oven – over worktop rather than directly above the hob.
A huge, 153-litre capacity fridge/freezer is nearby, between the dinette and washroom.
As for the washroom in the Coachman Laser 620 Xtra… yes, it’s also huge… with a full-size shower cubicle, swivel-bowl toilet, a central countertop basin served by an elegant swan-necked mixer tap, and again good storage along with all the fitments you’d expect in a premium tourer.
You won’t struggle for clothes storage, either. Even the presence of a double wardrobe with two low-level drawers in the washroom doesn’t detract from the abundance of elbow room. Plus, there’s a further suite of shelved lockers on the nearside.
Well-made and well-equipped are Coachman watchwords, but it’s good to see there’s no stinting on safety and caravan security, with Al-Ko’s ATC and AAA premium braking system, plus two axle wheel locks and a Phantom alarm, all as standard. For more caravan insurance discounts you’ll also need a caravan tracking device on a twin axle in this price range.
The luxury is there, too, of course, right down to fittings such as soft-close drawers and locker doors, dimmable touch control reading lights in the lounge, sprung-interior seating and a whole lot more.
You can see just how spacious the 2022 Coachman Laser 620 Xtra caravan is in this video.
Verdict: Classic layout re-invented
Plus: Above-par build quality, generous specification, spaciousness throughout
Minus: A definite heavyweight, solar panel and tracking system only options
In-a-nutshell: Laser a cut above for space re-invented
There’s more information on the Laser range on the Coachman website. To find out more about insuring this or your current caravan visit our caravan insurance page.
Alternatives: Bailey Unicorn Madrid (standard body width)
Coachman Laser 620 Xtra factfile
|Model||Coachman Laser 620 Xtra|
|Dimensions||7.90m L, 2.44m W, 2.65m H|
|MTPLM||1,856kg (upgradable to 2,000kg)|
|RRP||from £36,355 on the road|
|Safety & security||AL-Ko ATC, Al-Ko Automatic Adjustment (AAA) premium brake system, Al-Ko Secure wheel locks x 2, Al-Ko AKS 3004 stabiliser, Al-Ko hydraulic jacking kit, smoke alarm, carbon monoxide detector, Phantom Vanguard remote control PIR alarm with tilt sensors, CRiS|
|Key options||E&P Self-levelling system (£3,450), Truma Aventa air conditioning (£1,850), 4G wi-fi (£499), maximum weight upgrade (£45), shelf pack (£50), branded cover (£400), Phantom Sentinel Pro Active tracking system (£425), Truma iNet and gas level check (£285), alternative soft furnishings (£250), 100Watt solar panel (£425)|