What Makes the Travel Master a Luxury Motorhome?18/09/2023
Coachman’s Travel Master 545 was named Luxury Motorhome of the Year in the 2023 awards from MMM, The Motorhomer’s Magazine. The accolade awarded to this terrific luxury vehicle was well deserved and, here, we’ll look a little further into the reasons why the Travel Master caught the attention of the judges and garnered their praise. We’ll explain some of the important qualities the range showcases to make it one of the finest luxury motorhomes available.
1. Design and Craftsmanship
With a meticulous attention to detail in the design and build stages of manufacturing – a company strength which is imbued throughout all motorhomes in their range – the two model Travel Master (545 and 565) showcases the finest that the best quality motorhome manufacturer Coachman has to offer.
In addition to the sleek exterior, which offers genuine kerb appeal, the Travel Master features stunning interiors, luxurious but with no compromise on functionality. There is a high quality aesthetic throughout, with premium fabrics and other materials, including the unique ‘Nordic Oak’ wood colour scheme, used to create an environment in each vehicle which is truly inviting.
It’s not just the fixtures and fittings which make the Travel Master a premium luxury motorhome. It has superior drive and handling, with plenty of features and efficiencies for drivers to savour. It’s built on a 4,500kg Mercedes AL-KO chassis with 170bhp engine – so there is plenty of horsepower and torque.
The suspension systems guarantee a stable ride, absorbing imperfections in the road with ease, and the excellent nine-speed automatic transmission gearbox and driver assistance technology (ABS and automatic braking, plus cab air conditioning, reversing camera, infotainment system, crosswind assist, wipers rain sensor and headlight assist) make for smooth hassle-free journeys every time. In addition, the breathable fabric-backed aluminium inner walls create a slightly hushed ambience and help to filter out unwanted exterior noise when you’re on the move – always a bonus!
The wider body of the Travel Master (at just over 8 feet) offers the luxury of plenty of additional floor space in social areas, meaning travellers will feel right at home. Up front in the living area, deep pile stain resistant loose lay carpets and sprung upholstery seating with higher back rests ooze luxury. In both the 545 and 565 the lounge features occasional and free-standing tables (with even a dedicated storage spot for the latter during travel) so you always have somewhere handy to eat your meals or, at either end of the day, put your coffee cup, mobile phone and newspaper.
Throughout the Travel Master, well-considered storage options and particularly clever use of space for the layout of individual areas makes for a very tidy on the road life. Smaller features, such as the sockets, USB ports, coat hooks and open shelving just inside the habitation door, are delightful touches which further the sense of a really well thought out luxury environment. It’s not totally about the interior living, though – there are also external gas and shower points.
With a fully equipped kitchen, there will be no worries about cooking in the Travel Master – and cooking in luxury, at that.
Acrylic glass locker doors with soft close hinges, high gloss worktops, chrome tap, ambient lighting, under-counter pull-out storage trays and drawer storage with travel lock mechanism all combine to provide convenience, but immediately highlight that Coachman’s customary attention to luxury detailing is present and correct, even in this most functional of domestic spaces. The Thetford dual fuel hob features electronic ignition, a flame failure device and a glass lid, so is designed for safety as well as catering. The Travel Master also carries a microwave oven and a Dometic 10.5T series 171 litre fridge freezer and, topping it all off and adding in even more comfort, there’s an integrated extractor fan.
The washroom in the Travel Master is fairly central and is split across the aisle, meaning by simply swinging the toilet compartment door you can ‘shut off’ and make an en suite to the rear bedroom – which, in the 545, features a rear island bed and in the 565 features twin singles. Further sleeping space is provided by the electrically operated drop down double bed over the living area up front, essentially meaning that when it’s time for everyone to sleep the Travel Master is essentially two bedroom space with a washroom divider, offering great privacy for all.
6. Keeping Control
The operation of the drop-down electric bed, the lights and even the level of electric power you want to draw from the mains, plus the pumping out of waste water from its tank, are all controllable from an easily operated control panel, which has been developed in partnership with Dometic.
The Travel Master, in both iterations, is a seriously impressive luxury motorhome, with a clear focus on top quality, high standard specification and terrific winterisation standards. The award-winning Travel Master 545 and its sister the 565 mean that wherever you plan to travel in 2024, Coachman can provide one of the best 4-berth motorhomes available – a vehicle that will provide the ultimate luxury to enhance your lifestyle.