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Vanmaster V640 TBEW 2016 review


Overall caravan rating

*****


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Key information

  • Year of manufacture: 2016
  • Berth: 4
  • Single or twin axle: Twin axle
  • Type: Touring
  • MIRO (Mass In Running Order): 1900 kg

  • MTPLM (Maximum Technically Permissible Laden Mass): 2500 kg

  • Length: 7.94 m
  • Width: 2.3 m
  • Awning size: 1050 cm
  • Shower? Yes
  • Toilet? Yes

Caravan summary

What's good?

Being effectively bespoke the caravan suits its original owner perfectly. All fittings are the top quality or spec available. The toilet is Thetford C260 back to wall with ceramic bowl. Fridge is Dometic 9 series, worktop is Corian to both kitchen and bathroom.E&P Hydraulics is excellent, as is Oyster Vision 3 system. A/C and underfloor heating takes care of comfort. WiFi aerial works well giving a huge range for both WiFi and reliable MiFi. Shower pressure is very good with the Sureflow 30psi pump which is fed from an underslung 50ltr tank. Coupled with the 40ltr Aquaroll I have enough water for the weekends away having only filled the Aquaroll once. There are lots of things which make the van very useable including an awning light on the O/S to illuminate the services side of the van, Waste pipe with the option to use a normal wastemaster container or large bore 4" opening. BBQ point inside front hatch and 240v socket inside front side lockers to avoid external fittings to bodywork. Shelf just inside toilet hatch for chemical bottle (just where you need it).

What's bad?

Electric sunroof seems a step too far being much slower to operate than a manual one. Al-Ko premium jockey wheel with noseweight gauge is inaccurate so pretty useless.

Would you recommend it?

Yes

Style & comfort *****

Do you like the way it looks?

I love the retro look of the van and feel that keeping this design makes the van future proof.

Is it comfortable?

Sprung interior cushion units are much nicer to sit on than foam IMHO and hopefully will stand the test of time. Everything is to hand because it was designed that way. A very nice environment to be in.

Ease of towing *****

Is it easy to tow?

Towed by a Discovery 4 (Tow car of the decade) means it tows a treat. Be warned it is very heavy.

Reliability & water ingress *****

Anything to look out for?

Nothing found as yet apart from a defective shaving mirror light which is being changed. It's a bit too new to judge.

Practicality *****

Does it meet your holiday needs?

Having owned a Swift Conqueror in the same transverse bed / end washroom I know the layout suits us well. It was bought for longevity so we're hoping it will last us a long time.

Any modifications?

All modifications carried out by the factory to our designs.

Buying experience *****

Did you buy it new or used?

new

Where did you buy it?

Privately

What was the seller like?

I had a great relationship with the MD (Phil Narey) and he made the whole buying experience great fun.

 

All opinions, facts and figures are those of the reviewer. Caravan Talk accepts no responsibility for accuracy of the content.



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