Design considerations.

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  1. beachcaster

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    We just spent a day and a half wandering around at the NEC looking at mainly motorhomes and I noticed some design trends that I found interesting.

    many premium motor home manufacturers seemed obsessed by the idea of turning the interiors into a trendy apartment.
    Masses of white leather.....really pale carpets and my most hated...in the bathroom a small glass "sit on the surface" "washing bowl" not much bigger than a desert bowl. I have my rice pudding in something bigger than that !

    One manufacturer of 60 - 100k motorhomes had no wardrobe space at all in many of their motorhomes ....No where to hang clothes or coats !

    But the worst thing I saw again from a well know expensive brand was a drop down bed that lowered itself in a very impressive way from the ceiling at the press of a button.............and once in position covered and blocked the doorway !
    I am sure that some of the designers have never used a motorhome !

    I could go on ...and on. Whatever happened to practicality ?

    Oh and the poncy manufacturers only allowed "Accompanied Viewing"
    You had to have a salesman show you around inside.............

    Overall an interesting experience that for me demonstrated an industry that for the most part is losing its way.

    barry
     
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    Seems to me to be yet another example of the modern trend of image over content.

    It looks great so I will buy it (and pay more than it is worth because it is a "Brand").

    I was looking at a luxury, top of the range van once and later learnt that if I put my shaving kit in the flash bathroom cupboard and laid out my Man City Jim Jams on the island bed I would have used up nearly all the payload!

    None spare for FB pies... :Eeek:

    JJ :Cool:

     
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    The trend has been around for a long time now ----One of the worst being the nice looking sun roofs above the driving seats.A perfect way of saving money on cupboards/storage and payload.They also stick in lots of open shelf / wine racking that again could be useful cupboards.
    Do a S/B and you get what you want :BigGrin:
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    Form should follow function, so I agree with all of the above.

    I'm off to the NEC tomorrow, so I look forward to seeing all these 'fancy vans' and if I can hang my flowery shirts and [STRIKE]red[/STRIKE] LILYWHITE strides in the wardrobe and if there's anywhere to store my manbags. :Eeek: :Eeek: :Eeek:
     
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  5. Chris

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    Bugger. I have just ordered a van with a nice looking sun roof over the driving seats..:Doh::BigGrin:
     
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    My 2012 Autotrail still had a stupid crome wine bottle and glass holder in one of the rear top cupboards.. First job was to un-screw it and it's gone in the re-cycle box..
    and to make it worse, no cup / bottle holders in the new cab :Doh:
     
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    So in the summer when it's hot you will have all that sun shining in. making it nice and hotter.. and in winter another patch for extra condensation / heat loss...

    My mate's words not mine.. But a valid point I guess.. There are lots of caravans with that design now..
     
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    Barry I Totally agree with you 100%:thumb:...looks good in a brochure:Doh: But not in the real world.

    Mel
     
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    As the old saying goes, Never Mind the quality feel the width, do you remember that saying? I all ways remember that when i inspect any thing that comes from China:Rofl1:
     
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    Then go and sit in an old Hymer, loads on here, just about the best compromise you'll ever see.

    I must say brisey's new Autotrail Apache 632 SE comes the closest second I've seen in a modern van.
     
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    me too, no intention of buying just s nice day out, also looking for a similar layout to our bessicarr 645 just in case we win the lottery.:RollEyes:
     
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    :BigGrin: I made 2 cupboards up there and get tv plus 3 single quilts and 3 x 2 ins memory mattresses up there :thumb::Smile:
    terry
     
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    Indeed, but at all other times a lovely bright van. It comes with a blind so not sure it's a great big deal. It is I think a perfect van for us:thumb:
     
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    Off tomorrow (Friday) but not looking to buy a new M/H.
    Lots of bits and pieces needed but will see what the prices are v Amazon!!!
     
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