"A fish eye lens is the only way to show what the washroom is like"
The next area in the Elddis Accordo 120 to take a closer look at is the washroom. In all honesty I have never been bothered about having my own washroom and we work around the problem by staying on sites with facilities. I suppose having to rely on sites with facilities has restricted places we could camp, but then you have to cut your cloth accordingly don’t you?
Our Conway Countryman folding camper didn’t have a bathroom and we needed a porta potty in the awning for the night time toilet trips, or face a walk to the toilet block of course. The Countryman had a hot and cold tap in the kitchen area, so we could at least have a wash if we ever needed to however it was far from ideal. Washing in the Countryman was a challenge because it was very cramped.
The bathroom in the Accordo 120 is a million times better than what we had in the Countryman and so much better it’s not funny. Okay, the bathroom in the Accordo 120 is small, tight and cramped but given this motor home is 6m long what do you expect? Fortunately, me and the better half aren’t that big (height wise and width wise) so it’s fine for us, however I think that those people aren’t vertically challenged like myself or gym bunnies (unlike myself) would struggle somewhat.
In the bathroom there is a fully functional flushing toilet you have to swivel around to use. The swivelling toilet saves space and it is an ingenious concept that works brilliantly. When using the porta potty in the Countryman you needed to keep an eye on how full it was to make sure we never tried to “over fill” it. Over filling the toilet in the Accordo 120 is impossible because there is an indicator that flashes red when the toilet cassette needs emptying. It’s the little things, like this feature, that impress me so I think it’s pretty neat. As you’d expect the toilet is on the small side and low down but then given it is only for the night time toilet trips, or if we go off grid wild camping, this is not an issue. In the past we have always had to go to campsites with toilet facilities but the Accordo 120 will enable us to branch out and try wild camping stops in the future, which I am really looking forward to.
Our own shower is something that we have never had in any of our past camping units so this is very novel to us. Whilst I really like the idea of our own shower I am having doubts over whether we will use it or not. As previously mentioned in this post, we stay on campsites with full facilities. If we stumble across a campsite without showers we don’t even bother looking at it because we won’t stay there! Owning a motor home opens up a whole new world and the possibility of “wild camping” which is something that many motor home owners aspire to (according to the numerous forums and sites I have looked at). Wild camping is all well and good but, from my own research and what I have seen (and I openly admit it’s not a great deal) the UK doesn’t appear to be geared up for wild camping. In fact, I have read it is illegal in England and Wales and permissible only in Scotland so the chances of wild camping is pretty remote until we go abroad – and that won’t be for a couple of years yet.
Personally, I think the shower is going to be wasted on us but who knows, we may end up fully embracing it and using our shower all the time – even when we stay on campsites with shower facilities.
The washroom in the Elddis Accordo is small but there is still plenty of cabinet space for all the toiletries you’ll ever need. Over the years my better half has reluctantly learned to scale down the amount of toiletries and cosmetics she takes on our camping trips because there simply wasn’t the room in the Countryman camper. My better half got to the point where she had a single toiletry/cosmetic bag (which wasn’t even that big) and if something wouldn’t fit it stayed at home! Well, the cupboard/storage space in the Accordo 120 means she can now take all the toiletries and cosmetics she wants and there will still be room to spare.
The plastic bathroom cupboards by the sink aren’t the best quality and they do bend and flex, but they are what they are. And whilst they may be flimsy they are plenty large enough to hold a fair amount of stuff. One of the doors has a tendency to “pop” open if disturbed, and is not suitable (as it currently is) for travelling so I think we are going to have to devise some way of ensuring it remains closed and only opens when we want it to. At the moment the only thing I can think of is a Velcro strap, however I am reluctant because Velcro looks so damn tacky! We have a while until we go away so I have a little time to think about an alternative.
As well as the flimsy plastic cupboards in the shower area there is another cupboard above the toilet, which is tough, durable and made from wood. The build quality of this cabinet is far superior to the plastic cabinets, and since you can lock the doors shut it is also okay to fill the cabinet and travel.
The washroom in the Accordo 120 is great however I do question just how useful it is going to be for us, and the way we plan to holiday in the Accordo. The toilet will be useful, the cabinets will be useful (once we sort out the door issue on the plastic cupboard of course) but the jury is still out on the shower at the moment. Even if we don’t use the shower we can use the shower section as additional storage though.