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Read all about the Bürstner Travel Van T570 in the Practical Motorhome review
Buyers of compacts still want space, and the central corridor is wide enough – although the doors of washroom and fridge are very close and can bang into each other. This motorhome also suffers with a step from the lounge into the kitchen; this is a major criticism because it is all too easy to trip over the raised lip.
Headroom is just as important as a level walkway, and this ’van has adjustable halogen spotlights hanging down from above its cab, under which all but the shortest motorcaravanners will have to duck. On the plus side, the elevating transverse bed arrangement does mean that, with the mattress up, you gain a little extra corridor length.
For heating, the Travel Van is fitted with the Webasto DualTop. This diesel-powered boiler is quieter and less smelly than older generation. It runs off diesel from the engine, reducing LPG consumption.
On the road
The Ducato cab has only one drinks holder (if you remove the ashtray bin), which is frustrating during motorway driving, and there is neither a rear window nor a reversing camera. On the whole, however, it's a comfortable cab with good headroom.
Lounging & dining
Included is a bracket for a flatscreen TV that swivels 180º, so you can watch while seated at the dinette or in bed. The T570 has wall boards behind the offside single seat, increasing the flow of warm air, and spotlights on rails so you can slide them into place.
Storage space is good enough, including a cutlery drawer plus two overhead lockers.
The third berth is larger than a basic single. It is assembled using extra cushions and supports, including two fiddly legs that slot into the bottom of a flap of wood on the offside single seat base. This makes up to a large bed that’s almost a double, but is a real pain to assemble – and the extra cushions eat up storage space.
Inside, there are two wardrobes either side of the corridor under the bed, but you have to crouch down to reach them.
Dometic Fridge, 3-burner gas hob
Thetford C-250 toilet
Some nice details, but the low price tag is reflected in oversights in the design, relatively basic specification and small maximum payload.
- Extra length gained due to raised bed; intelligent use of space in washroom.
- Low level of kitchen spec; lack of worksurface; little headroom between cab and living area.