Peter BaberSee other motorhome reviews written by Peter Baber
Exciting ideas are a Chausson speciality and in the brand-new 711, last season's head-turning 611 has been revised – does this rear-lounge floorplan work?
Here was a family motorhome with cab-style seats in the rear: no more moans of “Mum, these slab seats are uncomfortable,” coming from the kids on long journeys.
It also had a door on both sides, so UK motorcaravanners wouldn’t need to step out into traffic.
A year on, word from some dealerships suggested that the 611 did have one downside.
Putting in that extra door entailed removing storage – and apparently that put off some UK buyers.
But Chausson is pressing on. For the 2018 season, it has implemented the same idea in its new 711 model, currently only available in Welcome Travel Line spec, with a rear U-shaped lounge.
So will the addition of another UK-friendly feature mean that this time the model really will catch on?
The second door is a boon when you are touring in the UK, although it is worth noting that the extra infrastructure bumps the price up by more than £2500, compared with a different but similarly sized and specced Chausson.
Both doors also have grab handles.
Lounging & dining
There is a small, round table top that sits on a pedestal pole, which is stored behind the nearside seat – although locking it to the floor was a little fiddly.
With it assembled, you can swivel both cab seats around to create a space where four of you could have a quick snack en route.
The sockets for the TV are above the shelf behind the nearside seat, so you’d watch any TV from here as well.
Six LEDs in this area help contribute to the lighting.
But it’s the rear lounge, with its much bigger table, that is the really comfortable spot in this ’van.
You get clear views out of three sides, thanks to the large windows.
There is a huge windowsill behind the rear sofa, with USB sockets, making this an ideal place to rest a tablet.
Six more LEDs brighten up an area that is comfy and easily capable of seating six.
There is a three-burner hob with good space to the right of it, and a round sink.
In addition, there are two adequately sized overhead lockers, and a vegetable rack below a cutlery tray, with cupboards either side.
Over the way, under the TV shelf, is an automatic energy-selection fridge.
You do have to tilt the rear travel seats forward a little to get the front bed down, but both beds are roomy and comfortable.
Both the double beds in the new-for-2018 Chausson 711 measure 1.4m x 1.9m (4’6” x 6’2”).
But overall, the room is a good size, with a big washbasin featuring a tap that doubles up as the showerhead, a heating vent, a huge mirror and a towel rail just where you need it, under the basin.
Its nearside position does mean emptying the toilet cassette on the awning side.
But at the back, you get two large cupboards in the corners and two overhead lockers.
Lift up the cushions on the nearside sofa and you’ll find access to a huge, externally accessed area.
Then there’s the garage at the back. It’s easily large enough to carry a whole family of bicycles, with access via three doors.
|Fresh/waste water||105L / 100L|
|Leisure battery||95 Ah|
|Gas tank size||13kg|
|Number of gas tank compartments||2|
3-burner gas hob
Cab seats in the rear make travelling in this motorhome much more comfortable for everyone.
It’s true that storage space isn’t immediately to hand everywhere, but there is still plenty of it.
If anything’s compromised, it’s the kitchen.
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- Storage is good – especially that garage
- The large, rear, U-shaped lounge is a great space
- Add an oven and the kitchen will feel tight