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The shower/toilet is on the offside wall opposite the entrance and is accessed via a magnetically retained opaque screen door. The toilet seat can be swivelled for easier access and the sink tap extends to serve as the shower rose. A small windout hatch with extractor fan is fitted in the ceiling. A large mirror is mounted as part of the rear wall of the cubicle and there are two storage racks fitted to the vanity and a fold-down hatch reveals another storage compartment.
The cubicle is not overly large but does appear to be an adequate compromise for those who need (or want) a bathroom inside the caravan.
At the rear of the van are the two bunk beds. Under the lower bunk, accessed by a strut-assisted bed hatch, is a huge storage space that would serve to store just about all the kids’ toys. There are also two wardrobes situated adjacent to the external door. The bunks each have a small hopper window, with screen and blind, plus a reading light on the nearside wall of each bunk. The upper bunk is accessed via a removable step ladder that clips into holders on the bunk’s side. Each bunk is long enough and comfortable enough for an adult to sleep in, but access is tight. Of course, kids won’t have any problem jumping into the bunks.
THE BOTTOM LINE
There are plenty of caravans out there to choose from, that much is certain. The pool of full-size family bunk vans is a little shallower, though, especially ones that have the potential to be towed by 2500kg-restricted vehicles such as the Toyota Prado while still providing all the creature comforts including a shower/toilet.
But nothing is perfect, of course, and the 2014 Sapphire would be improved by having more durable reading lights for the bunk beds, a better solution for the hot water service location and a little more kitchen space.
Yet aside from the attractive weight to features/ size ratio of this van, the fact that is has so much storage space – and a decent payload so you can actually use it – a great deal of walkway space and general feel of roominess, makes it a winner. Plus it is an absolute gem to tow, so it all adds up to a family caravan worth considering.