"Fish eye view of the Accordo 120 cabin"
I have looked in the cabin of several different motorhomes although I never really took that much notice since we focused more on the layout, the fixtures and fittings, the soft furnishings etc. The cabin was at the bottom of the list and pretty irrelevant. The only motor home cabin I have properly experienced is that of a Chausson Flash 514, a van we hired from Unbeatable Hire to see if we enjoyed motor homing before taking the plunge and buying our own unit.
Compared to the Chausson Flash 514 (which was based around the Ford Transit) the Elddis Accordo 120 cabin is pretty basic. The Ford cabin was more refined, the seats were more luxurious (they were suede), the dash had more gadgets and gizmos and it “looked” more modern. Thinking about it, this is not surprising - I mean the Ford Focus dash is far superior to that of the Peugeot 307. Ford uses the top end dash as a selling point in most of its vehicles, and I can only assume it applies to vans and commercials too. Whilst the Accordo’s cabin may not be as advanced as that of the Chausson Flash 514 it is perfectly adequate for what we need.
One thing I do like about the Accordo’s cabin is the amount of storage space – there is loads of it. There is a large lockable glovebox, a smaller (but still large) glovebox and a smaller cubby hole. There are also storage points above the driver’s and passenger’s doors for even more clobber. In addition to this there is plenty of room behind the driver’s seat (even when fully back) to store even more stuff. The space behind the driver’s seat is the perfect size for the Milenco triple chocks (just to give you some idea of the space available).
The Accordo 120 has a large skylight over the cabin area, and it is this feature that was one of the clinchers over the Bailey Compact 615, which didn’t have the sky light. The sky light makes the cabin feel spacious, light and bigger than it actually is.
The Brownhills’ Accordo 120 special comes with a rear view camera with the LCD mounted conveniently on the rear view mirror. The camera’s view is ‘weird’ and it is going to take some time to get used to it, but given I have a wife only too keen to jump out and start yelling/jumping up and down before the van gets within two feet of a potential danger I guess I don’t need the reversing camera.
"Simple dash but has everything" "Blinds closed" "Reversing camera monitor"
During the handover the bloke showing us everything said a lot of people angle the camera further back and use it as a rear view mirror. Given that the Accordo 120 has a rear window and the reversing camera’s LCD monitor is highly reflective I can’t see the need in adjusting the reversing camera to act as a rear view mirror, unless the bike carrier is in use of course.
The Accordo has the typical motor home style blinds on both driver and passenger windows as well as the front screen. These blinds take seconds to extend and cover the windows and make the cabin private, however you do need to take care when extending the blinds and ensure you pull top and bottom at the same rate to ensure they come across smoothly. These blinds appear pretty fragile to me and we are clearly going to have to be gentle and not too bullish with them otherwise I fear they will rip, and I’d hate to think how much it will cost to replace them.
The Accordo 120 comes complete with curtains to make the cabin private, however we didn’t get a curtain rail! We were told during handover that everything we needed was included to hang the curtains so the missing curtain rail must have been an oversight. Given the bloke dealing with the handover didn’t show us how to hang the curtains (hence we would have known there was no rail) and the fact he simply opened the wardrobe and said “curtains are in there” and closed the door again I can only assume cabin curtains aren’t that popular and most people opt for the blinds. My wife has decided she wants to go down the curtain route, and I have to say that I think this is the best route for us too as that’s what we used in the Chausson Flash 514 we hired.
The Brownhills’ special Accordo 120 smartens up the cabin by giving it a bespoke colour scheme, which is achieved with seat covers. I really like the color scheme of the Brownhills’ dealer special and think it looks great. The seat covers are a good fit but I can’t say the same for the head rests. Personally, I wouldn’t have noticed the head rests don’t fit properly, but given my better half is a “sewing bee” wannabe who makes loads of stuff and is handy with a sewing machine it was brought to my attention. Unfortunately, the head rest covers are slightly too small so there is nothing my wife can do to make them fit properly. Oh well……… As well as the bespoke seat covers Brownhills have smartened up the cabin area with some bespoke carpets. These not only look good but they also make the cabin area feel warm and cosy too.
All things considered the Accordo 120’s cabin is great. Okay, it doesn’t have the toys, gadgets and gizmos of the Chausson Flash 514 but then that’s less things to go wrong – and that’s not always a bad thing in my book. The other thing to remember is that the cabin is such a small part of a motorhome and there are other, more important things to consider in a motor home.