Winnebago Burleigh Review
The Winnebago Burleigh provides spaciousness and flexibility, and, for two people, there’s plenty of choice if they prefer to spread out.
Layout & Design
There are two slightly different layouts available for the Burleigh – one with a club lounge in the rear and the other with a fixed east-west bed. Both reflect Apollo’s rental origins and I thought the club lounge layout of our review motorhome had a distinctly New Zealand feel about it.
Dometic double-glazed windows are fitted all-round and include the usual integrated insect screen and blind. However, these were fitted a little differently to usual with the insect screen lifting up and the blind lowering down. With this setup, the blinds can be lowered as sun screens, but I prefer them the other way so that the blinds can be closed most of the way while still leaving space at the top for ventilation.
Immediately in front of the club lounge is a split bathroom with the toilet cubicle on the nearside and the shower cubicle opposite. That leaves enough space for a nearside kitchen bench and a cafe dinette on the opposite side behind the driver’s seat. Swivelling cab seats are not fitted with this particular layout and, although they are always a nice addition, they are not essential with this club lounge layout.
Although our review model was only rated to carry four people on the road (without the up-rated chassis), the Burleigh can sleep six. So, in addition to the rear club lounge which folds down to make a double bed, the cafe dinette also converts to a bed and there is a fixed bed above the driver’s cab which has a surprising amount of headroom.
I’ve mentioned this before and the friendly people at Winnebago know I’m going to mention it again. For some reason, the design team seems reluctant to make a lift-up, hinged Luton bed. The Luton bed in the Burleigh is fixed, meaning the cab seats are awkward to get in and out of and there’s the ever-present risk of banging one’s head on the way through. I know this, because I’m an expert at it!
The dinette is a conventional four-seater setup which includes, in this case, two forward-facing seat belts. However, the floor under the dinette seats is totally open meaning there’s no under-seat storage. Although the overhead lockers are quite large, the lack of under-seat storage could be an issue when it comes to packing if you have four people onboard.
Reading lights and a standard LED strip light are fitted underneath the lockers above the dinette. Setting up this area as a bed is quite simple, if a little fiddly. The table folds down and there are seat extensions and cushion infills to get the bed width to 1.23m (4ft).
Winnebago Burleigh Specs
Weights and measures
- External length 7.9m (25ft 11in)
- External width 2.45m (8ft)
- Internal height 2.04m (6ft 8in)
- Travel height 3.15m (10ft 4in)
- Tare 3900kg
- GVM 4495kg
- Base vehicle Iveco Daily 50C170
- Engine 3L single turbodiesel
- Gearbox Eight-speed auto
- Max power 125kW @ 2900-3500rpm
- Max torque 430Nm @ 1500-2600rpm
- Brakes Disc ABS, ESP, HBA and Hill Hold
- Water 150L (fresh); 100L (grey)
- Batteries 1x100Ah
- Solar No (Optional 150W)
- Air-conditioner Truma Aventa
- Gas 2x9kg
- Cooking Thetford Triplex three-burner, grill and oven
- Fridge Dometic RMD 8115 190L
- Microwave Camec
- Toilet Dometic cassette
- Shower Separate cubicle
- Lighting 12V LED
- Hot water Truma 14L
Price as shown
- $134,990 (on-road, Qld)
To enquire about this caravan, please visit www.caravanworld.com.au/spec or phone (07) 3073 8472
The full test appears in Caravan World #554 August 2016. Subscribe today for the latest caravan reviews and news every month!