Andrew McPhee

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Read all about the Bürstner Travel Van T570 in the Practical Motorhome review

Design

Well winterised for potential buyers who may be planning a skiing trip, the T570 has aluminium sandwich construction walls and hardy GRP skirts. There is an extra locker door because, unusually, the gas locker is not tucked away inside the garage. For access, a grab handle and Omnistep come as standard.

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

Motorhomes of this size are unlikely to experience much body roll unless they are driven erratically, but the stability of the Ducato chassis with its wide rear track is welcome. The 2.3 JTD engine is certainly powerful enough for the job.

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

The living area makes a practical space for eating but there’s little room in which to stretch out – compact layouts inevitably involve compromise. The half-dinette has an extra infill section that is fiddly and takes up storage space, but at least five can be seated at mealtimes.

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.

Kitchen

The main differences between a lot of compact motorhomes in this area are specification and worktop space. This ’van has limited worksurface in its kitchen, and no extractor fan. It also has a wooden infill for its sink that needs to be stored when not in use, and so takes up storage space.

Storage space is good enough, including a cutlery drawer plus two overhead lockers.

Sleeping

The garage roof below has been lowered to increase headroom for the transverse double bed at the rear, which has a slatted base and a thick, foam mattress. The ladder does feel a bit wobbly, though.

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.

Washroom

Some of its rivals manage to provide separate showers but Burstner favours an all-in-one wet room, with a Thetford swivel cassette toilet. The Variobad system means that when you want to shower you simply swing the sink out of the way and attach the mixer tap at head height. It has a solid base with one plughole, but doesn’t have much storage space. There is a tall but shallow cupboard above the Thetford, and two shelves in the Variobad column.

Storage

The main storage feature of a compact ’van is its garage. This one has a maximum payload of 150kg, but only an offside door. There are no fixing points.

Inside, there are two wardrobes either side of the corridor under the bed, but you have to crouch down to reach them.

Technical specs

Sleeps3
Travel seats4
MTPLM3500kg
Payload505kg
Length5.99m19′8″
Width2.18m7′2″
Height2.75m9′
Waste water90L
External Options
Aluminium sidewalls, Awning light
Kitchen Equipment
Dometic Fridge, 3-burner gas hob
Washroom
Thetford C-250 toilet
Heating
Truma Gas/Electric heater, Truma Electric/Gas water heater

Verdict

Some nice details, but the low price tag is reflected in oversights in the design, relatively basic specification and small maximum payload.

Conclusion

Pros

  • Extra length gained due to raised bed; intelligent use of space in washroom.

Cons

  • Low level of kitchen spec; lack of worksurface; little headroom between cab and living area.
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