If you are thinking of buying an Auto-Sleeper motorhome, you are unlikely to find anything better when it comes to your choice of large or small, luxuriously spacious or nimbly manoeuvrable, or for want of options when it comes to the layout of your ultimate leisure vehicle.

Indeed, you are likely to be so spoiled for choice that making a final decision seems overwhelming. So, what are some of the considerations likely to come into play when buying a motorhome?

Size

Who is likely to be travelling with you on your adventures in an Auto-Sleeper motorhome? Is it just you and your partner or do you have children or maybe an extended family to think of?

The answer governs the number of beds you need in your motorhome and, of course, this determines, in turn, the overall size of the vehicle that may comfortably accommodate your travelling companions.

Weight

Closely related to the question of size, is the overall weight and laden weight of your motorhome.

This may become more critical as you consider the largest of the motorhomes you might have an eye on. For the great majority of motorhomes, your standard driving licence allows you to drive vehicles of up to 3,500kg Maximum Authorised Mass (MAM), explains the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). For motorhomes above this weigh, however, you may need to pass and hold a supplementary Category C1 licence.

To complicate things a little further, your precise driving licence qualifications also depend on whether you took your test before or after the 1st of January 1997.

Where are you going?

Your choice of the size and weight of your motorhome might also be influenced by where it is you are likely to be going and how you intend to use the vehicle:

  • if you are planning to use it mainly for touring, with just overnight stops along the way, a smaller vehicle is likely to be more manoeuvrable along narrow winding lanes or congested city streets;
  • if you have a particular destination in mind and plan to use your Auto-Sleeper as a – somewhat luxurious – home away from home, then the extra spaciousness and higher standard of fittings and furniture of a larger, heavier vehicle may be more appropriate.

Seeing is believing

As you begin to home in on the motorhome of your choice, there is nothing to beat the experience of ditching the brochures and magazines and getting up close and personal to the real thing.

Why not stop by our Auto-Sleeper exhibition centre and view the whole range on offer? Settle down in one of the comfortable seats in the cockpit or lounge area, bounce up and down on a bed or two, and get hands-on with the galley.

Your budget

As with so many things, your final decision may come down to the hard realities of your bank balance.

Once again, though, Auto-Sleepers build motorhomes to suit many a pocket – and reputable dealers such as ourselves at Derby Motorhomes are likely to offer in-house finance specialists who may advise on the ways to finance your purchase – including the Personal Contract Purchase (PCP) similar to the deal with which you might have bought your last motor car.

They’ve been voted the Best Motorhome Manufacturer of both new and used vehicles in the UK in the Caravan and Motorhome Owners’ Satisfaction awards. Two of their coachbuilt motorhome models walked away with second-place prizes in this year’s Caravan and Motorhome Club’s Design Awards.

So, if you’re thinking motorhomes, you’re almost certainly thinking Auto-Sleepers. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions from customers eager to buy.

Who are Auto-Sleepers?

Auto-Sleepers are probably the leading manufacturer of motorhomes in the UK. The company has been around for nearly 60 years now and remains a family-run business – in which the passion for motorhomes runs as high as ever – with headquarters at Willersey in the Cotswolds.

Auto-Sleepers have carved out the reputation they enjoy today by concentrating on the highest craftsmanship and expertise in design. Their motorhomes are all hand-built, with top-quality fittings, fixtures and furniture that combine luxury with creative innovation. That clever use of precious space within a motorhome is one of the key features setting Auto-Sleepers apart from other brands.

What are the principal models in their range?

Ever innovative Auto-Sleepers launch new models, variations on and upgrades of existing favourites each year but all are based on either Peugeot or Mercedes chassis and drivetrains:

  • even among the smaller yet refined Peugeot campervans, for example, there are now eight models from which to choose;
  • six models of Peugeot coachbuilt motorhomes offer unrivalled luxury;
  • there are three Peugeot AL-KO coachbuilt models boasting luxury personified; and
  • six Mercedes coachbuilt models which all offer the ultimate in motorhome luxury.

How are they powered?

Peugeot campervans are powered by the well-proven 160bhp turbo diesel Euro 6 engine with manual transmission as standard. For an even more comfortable ride, you might choose the optional premium package featuring Peugeot’s twin-leaf rear suspension and AL-KO dual Air-Top suspension.

Peugeot coachbuilts are also fitted with the 160bhp turbo diesel Euro 6 engine, but you also have the option of a Fiat Ducato 130/150bhp Comfort-Matic automatic transmission engine.

Peugeot AL-KO coachbuilts feature AL-KO’s wide track chassis with its generous 3,500kg Maximum Technically Permissible Laden Mass (MTPLM), powered by either the 160bhp turbo diesel Euro 6 engine or the optional Fiat Ducato 130/150bhp Comfort-Matic automatic transmission engine.

Mercedes coachbuilts are built up and handcrafted on the chassis and powertrain of the German manufacturer’s next-generation 163bhp Euro 6.2 turbo diesel engine, which may be optionally upgraded to the mighty V6 190bhp engine, and also comes with the choice of an optional 7-speed automatic transmission.

What’s on the inside?

Whatever model, from whichever range, and the engine configuration that is chosen, you may be assured of top-quality luxury, making maximum use of the available space in the elegantly fitted interior.

Those interiors have clearly seen exhaustive innovation and creativity in layouts and designs which offer a whole range of different beds, galleys, and washrooms.

Layouts recognise that what you need for daytime use is going to be different to night-time, yet both make maximum use of the interior space, and converting from one to the other is achieved quickly and effortlessly.

Where can I find out more about Auto-Sleeper motorhomes?

Why not visit our Auto-Sleeper Exhibition Centre and immerse yourself in the motorhome experience?  We display the entire range of brand new Auto-Sleeper motorhomes here in Derby, plus we also carry a good selection of used Auto-Sleepers motorhomes.

If you have had some experience of car insurance, the basic principles of motorhome insurance should be very familiar to you.

There are though, some specific issues relating to motorhome cover that you should take note of below.

The basics

By law, you must have at least third-party liability insurance when driving your motorhome on the road.  In fact, the law today also requires you to have such insurance in place even if your vehicle is parked up off the road unless you have completed the established statutory off road notification (SORN) procedure with the DVLA.

Third-party cover means, essentially, that if anyone claims against you for damages or injuries arising as a result of your motorhome, there will be funds available to meet any court awards accordingly.

However, given the typically high value of most motorhomes, owners will usually also require cover for things such as the theft of the vehicle, fire damage to it or perhaps its serious damage in an accident.  That additional form of cover is often added to the basic third-party protection on offer, to form something in total called fully comprehensive insurance.

Motorhome specifics

While the same basic principles hold true, your motorhome is not a car.  It has significant differences to a car or even a van used for carrying goods, largely in terms of its typically expensive coachwork and potentially high level of interior equipment.

Many motorhome owners might also have many of their own personal possessions with them when they are out and about on the road.

This introduces the concept of needing to consider your motorhome in part, like a form of accommodation and your own residential property.  In other words, it might be advisable to ensure that your policy covers the types of items you may wish to take with you or have installed inside.

It’s also worth being careful to think about the type of replacement cover you might need for those internal possessions.  Some policies might offer replacement at market valuation only whereas others may consider offering new-for-old.

Note also that policies covering internal fixtures and fittings plus any possessions you may have with you might also put limitations on certain types of item that can be left in your motorhome when you are not present yourself.

Given the high value of motorhomes, it is not unusual to see policies also demanding that you have fitted full GPS tracking devices to your vehicle.

Overall, it’s important to think carefully about your cover and to take advice if you really are a beginner in this area.  Here at Derby Motorhomes, we will be only too pleased to discuss any of these subjects with you further.

GAP insurance

It’s also appropriate to mention specifically the subject of GAP cover.

If your vehicle was the subject of a total write off, policies will typically only pay out to the maximum of the vehicle’s depreciated value at that time.  Depending upon the age and type of vehicle concerned, it’s possible that you may end up receiving less from your insurance policy than you in fact still owe in repayments against the vehicle.

GAP cover is a type of policy specifically aimed at bridging between these two figures.

Other insurance

Also, there are other covers that may be worth considering, like motorhome warranty, travel and health insurance, and, motorhome breakdown insurance.

Insurance conditions

As a final reminder, do please look carefully at the conditions contained within your policy.

Contrary to some mythology, they do not exist to give your insurance provider wriggle room. In fact, they are there to make clear to the policyholder what they are getting for their money and the conditions they must comply with if cover is to be maintained.

It is therefore unwise to ignore them or dismiss them as merely red tape.

To learn more, as mentioned above, why not contact us for a discussion?  We’re standing by waiting to help.

Here is a very brief guide to the basic principles of motorhome security.

Two different generic areas to consider

Broadly speaking, security considerations break down into two separate categories:

  • systems designed to help reduce the chances of your motorhome being stolen;
  • those that are aimed at helping to reduce unauthorised entry and the subsequent theft of the contents, fixtures or fittings of your vehicle.

Reducing the risks of vehicle theft

Typically, your motorhome will come with some forms of inherent security built in.

The first and most obvious of those is usually whatever system the manufacturer uses in order to stop unauthorised ignition of the engine.  Even today, that remains largely through keys but there are also increasing numbers of electronic security systems in place requiring some form of contact technology or a PIN number to be inserted.

Motorhomes often come with professional-quality steering locks and other forms of immobiliser.

Even so, thieves are unfortunately sometimes innovative and may be able to work around some of these proprietary security systems.  That’s why it might be worth considering additional purchases for things such as:

  • additional steering locks and security;
  • wheel clamps;
  • movement and other alarms;
  • professional quality anti-entry locks on things such as all doors, windows and even skylights (crooks have been known to use very small children to gain entrance to vehicles and properties through tiny openings).

Internal security

Your basic objective here is to stop unauthorised parties gaining entrance to your motorhome.

A secondary objective is that of making it too difficult or too risky for burglars to steal the contents.

Your motorhome may come with good quality security locks on its doors and windows but these can sometimes be enhanced and upgraded or supplemented for a relatively modest additional cost.

You may be able to consider other measures:

  • security marking some of your more valuable internal fixtures and fittings.  It may not stop them being stolen but it will mean that you can identify them, should they ever be picked up by the authorities;
  • it’s always sensible not to leave valuable possessions in your motorhome when you are away from it.  However, in situations where you must, it might be sensible to purchase a strong internal security safe which can be bolted securely into the vehicle;
  • fitting alarms can also prove to be a powerful disincentive to many of the more opportunistic burglars;
  • today it’s also possible to get high-quality and hidden video systems which can film intruders and notify you directly to your phone including even, in some cases, streaming video live to you.  Again, this might not physically stop their entry but it may be a major disincentive and could also prove to be useful evidence for eventual prosecutions.

Insurance issues

There are two security-related things to consider in the realm of motorhome insurance and funding security upgrades:

  • some policies may actually require you to take certain specific security steps by way of protecting your vehicle from total theft or its contents likewise.  An example might be limitations about where you leave your motorhome unattended. It’s advisable to read your policy carefully to make sure you comply with all its conditions, including those in the area of minimum security requirements;
  • more positively, some policies might actually offer discounts if you take certain security measures.  That might go some way towards offsetting part of any costs involved in upgrading your protection.

All these points are worth thinking about and we’d be pleased to discuss them further with you.

We are proud of our long association with Auto-Sleepers and make no secret of our admiration for their vehicles.

In what follows, we’ll outline some of the reasons for that and why Derby Motorhomes is proud to offer them to our customers for their consideration.

Quality

The first thing we have to mention is, of course, the very highly regarded reputation of Auto-Sleepers for build quality.  This covers every element of their coachbuilding and van transformation services, as well as their commitment to no compromise on getting it right.

Unsurprisingly, that has a direct relationship to how often you, as a potential buyer, will need to get things looked at and attended to after purchase.  From our lengthy experience, we know that these vehicles typically don’t cause post-sales issues for our customers and that means we are protecting the interests of those same customers when we recommend Auto-Sleepers to them.

Excellence in design

Of course, important as build quality is, nobody wants it to result in a rather Spartan motorhome that looks fit for purpose in a utilitarian sense but which also manages not to catch the eye!

The Auto-Sleepers range sets the bar high in terms of innovative design and attractiveness.  Their interiors are stunningly modern and also offer a range of options that will allow you to select the décor you feel suits your personality.  There is no question here of you having to put up with a single option by way of what their designer thought you should appreciate.

Looks are not the only consideration though and the functional quality of these designs is fantastic.  When you are inside an Auto-Sleepers motorhome, it’s almost like being in a small boutique hotel where everything not only looks good but performs excellently too.

For example, some of the kitchen and cooking equipment is simply stunning and of a type and quality you might normally associate with a luxury apartment rather than a motorhome.

Financial sense

A combination of the things mentioned above leads to a situation whereby Auto-Sleepers vehicles are highly sought after and that includes within the pre-used motorhome marketplace.

The result of that is that they tend to have an excellent residual value model, depreciating less than numbers of other models.

This Cotswold based company doesn’t target the bottom end of the marketplace in terms of its pricing model and nobody is pretending that they are the cheapest motorhomes around.  However, if you’re looking at the financial position from a balanced perspective, taking into account depreciation, Auto-Sleepers might make sound common sense.

Customer feedback

As you might expect and even demand, we take the feedback that we receive from our customers very seriously.

We know from many years of after-sales discussions with our customers, just how happy they are with Auto-Sleepers.  That gives us on-going confidence in terms of our recommendations.

Power plant

Having a superb piece of coachbuilding isn’t necessarily going to be massively impressive if it sits on a middle-of-the-road and decidedly average power plant and chassis.

Auto-Sleepers only use prestige plants from Peugeot and Mercedes-Benz.  Yet again, there is no compromise on quality there either.

Summary

We recognise that there are many factors to take into consideration when you are purchasing a motorhome.  We will be only too happy to look at those objectively with you and to see whether or not there is an Auto-Sleepers model that will be ideal for your requirements.

At Derby Motorhomes, we often encounter customers who are thinking about their first-time purchase of a motorhome.  That means we are regularly asked for our top motorhome buying tips.

We’d like to share some of those motorhome buying tips here.

Do your homework – and speak to an expert

This may sound self-evident but it’s a fact of life that sometimes we can all be swayed by appearance and impulse.

There are lots of great things to learn about motorhomes and all of them will potentially have some influence on your eventual decision as to make and model etc.  Most of those lessons are positive ones, relating to different types of benefits that come with different versions of motorhomes but it’s also important to be aware of certain things to watch out for too.

Of course, we would be only too happy to play a role in helping you to learn more about this great recreational opportunity.

Protect your interests when buying privately

There is nothing necessarily wrong with buying a used motorhome from a private individual.  There are some pros and cons to consider but how you see the balance settling will be affected by your own individual situation and your view of life.

However, make sure you protect yourself against fraud by being fully conversant with and then applying:

  • identity checks, to be sure you know exactly who you are dealing with and that the address they are giving you is, in fact, real;
  • ownership verification – to be sure that they own the vehicle there are selling;
  • cash transfers and related security protection.

Analyse your own requirements

Most of us like to think that we know our own minds and it’s not unusual to find that people new to motorhomes have firm ideas of the type of vehicle they are looking for.

However, there are lots of subtleties involved in selecting a suitable motorhome and many of them are directly linked to the buyer’s individual requirements.  Sometimes, with assistance and prompting through questions, new buyers substantially change their mind about their preferences once they have thought in more detail about their own objectives.

Perhaps the most commonly encountered reconsideration is that arising from space. 

For example, the type of vehicle you might initially think will be perfectly suitable for you and your partner, might suddenly seem not quite so ideal when you start to consider potentially taking children, grandchildren or other friends and family with you on the odd trip.

It can be very useful to have someone help you to construct a list of things to think about before finally fixing on a given make or model.

Think seriously about a driving techniques course

The vast majority of motorhomes are easy to drive and in many respects, they’re not significantly different to driving an ordinary car.  In most cases, subject to your age, aspects of the vehicle’s weight and when your licence was issued, you can drive them on a standard driving licence.

However, they are slightly larger vehicles and need a little getting used to in terms of things such as parking, manoeuvring and reversing.  This isn’t exactly rocket science but there are some modestly-priced courses out there that will help you get to grips with safe driving techniques before you necessarily take your vehicle on the road.

Summary

We have lots of other useful motorhome buying tips plus general advice and guidance for those who are purchasing a motorhome for the first time.

Why not contact us for an initial friendly and entirely non-committal discussion?

Are you thinking about buying a motorhome but are worried about the challenge of driving one?

In fact, you are likely to discover that – with a little practice and growing familiarity – it is probably no more difficult than driving your own car. The following tips may help to explain how you may overcome any initial doubts or worries:

Look and learn

  • when you get behind the wheel of any vehicle you have not driven before, you usually spend a moment or two familiarising your self with the controls, so that you know where everything is and know just how it all works – especially in an emergency;
  • getting behind the wheel of a motorhome is unlikely to be so different and a few minutes just making yourself comfortable, adjusting the seat, and getting familiar with all the controls is likely to pay dividends;

Training

  • you’ve made yourself at home in the cockpit – and the spacious interior, no doubt – so you’re probably looking forward to moving off;
  • if there’s still any trepidation, though, or if you want to play it extra-safe, you might want to enrol on one of the motorhome courses run by the Caravan and Motorhome Cub;
  • these 6-hour manoeuvring courses aim to teach you all about handling a larger vehicle – forwards and in reverse – simple maintenance, routine safety checks, the law, and have a feedback session;

Moving off

  • now that you’ve gained a little confidence, there are just a few things to remember – especially until you’ve become familiar with the length, width and size of your motorhome;
  • the golden rule – as far as the Quirky Camper is concerned – is to relax, slow down and enjoy the journey (likely to be at least half the enjoyment of outings in your motorhome);
  • while you are on the move, you might tend to forget some of the key dimensions – the height and length of your motorhome – so take a look in your owner’s manual and learn them off by heart, so that you are not caught out when encountering low bridges or especially narrow and winding roads along the way;
  • with the extra length of the vehicle, you may need to take corners wider than you are used to, but be careful, of course, of swinging out into oncoming traffic, slow down and look well ahead when cornering;
  • in fact, you might want to kill your speed more generally while getting used to driving your motorhome – it’s not designed to be driven as fast as the car you use for work or trips to the shops and, besides, slowing down may help you to enjoy the journey better;
  • if your motorhome is less than 3,500 kg unladen weight (as most are), then the rules of the road, including speed limits are the same as for the car you normally drive – but if it is above 3,500 kg then remember that lower speed restrictions apply;

Park and Ride

  • even though you may have become familiar with the handling of your motorhome, it is rarely a good idea to take it into already congested and sometimes narrow inner city streets;
  • Park and Ride schemes are therefore a boon to motorhome owners since they let you park easily away from all the congestion, with your vehicle waiting safely for you at the end of your visit to the city.

By following just a few simple tips and suggestions, therefore, you are likely to find that driving a motorhome presents no great challenge – and you soon take to it like a duck to water.

When you part exchange your motorhome, you get two important benefits for the price of one – you avoid the time, hassle and general inconvenience of having to sell your current motorhome and are also likely to gain more than enough of a deposit on your new one.

So, let’s take a closer look at part exchanging your motorhome.

Choose your dealer

Naturally, you want the best possible price for any motorhome you trade in, based on a fair and realistic valuation of its current market value.

Specialist, reputable dealers are likely to be in the best position to make just such an offer. They know about motorhomes, they know who is in the market to buy a used one, and they are at the cutting edge of the business.

Most dealers specialise in a particular make of motorhome and, if you are lucky enough to already own one of the top-rated brands such as an Auto-Sleeper, you may be likely to be offered an especially attractive deal in part exchange.

Indeed, some dealers are so interested in buying such desirable brands as Auto-Sleeper, that, if you have yet to make up your mind about buying a new motorhome, you may be offered an immediate cash price on the one you want to sell.

Some dealers may even agree to take your motorhome on a sale or return basis.

Showing off your part-exchanged motorhome

Whether the dealer has offered you an attractive part exchange or cash, you may want to know that your motorhome is being sold in its best possible light – the higher the price for the dealer that it commands, of course, the more you too are likely to be offered.

A further reason for choosing a main, specialist dealer, therefore, is that the motorhome you part-exchanged or sold for cash is likely to be well cared for and presented in the dealer’s showrooms – possibly in a weather-tight and heated environment, all the better to attract potential customers, well protected from the elements.

Preparing your motorhome for part exchange

You might be tempted into thinking that a vehicle you offer in part exchange does not need much in the way of special presentation – if it is dirty or needs minor exterior or interior blemishes ironing out, then the dealer is well able to provide the necessary service.

But dealers are people, too, and just like any other buyer, first impressions count.

In other words, if you are looking to part exchange, it is worth spending some of your own time cleaning the outside of the vehicle, attending to any scrapes and dings and giving the interior a thorough spring clean. It is all likely to put any dealer in the right frame of mind for offering you a better deal on a motorhome which has obviously been looked after by a responsible and careful owner.

For similar reasons, it is also important to gather together, ready to hand over to the dealer, the documents and owner’s manual you received when you bought your motorhome, together with its maintenance records and service history.

Just as with any vehicle, your motorhome benefits from regular, attentive servicing and maintenance by manufacturer-approved technicians.

In the case of a motorhome, of course, servicing and maintenance extends to far more than just the mechanical aspects of your vehicle and includes an interior that you want to keep as fresh and functional as the day you bought it.

With that in mind, here are some motorhome servicing tips and suggestions:

Choose a specialist

  • the very nature of a motorhome makes it a specialist vehicle and second home;
  • that calls for specialist attention, of course, and you might want to make sure that you commission a known and trusted dealer to take care of your servicing and maintenance requirements – whether or not you had actually bought your motorhome from that particular franchise;
  • if you are fortunate enough to own an Auto-Sleeper, for instance, you may want the reassurance and confidence of knowing your servicing is being carried out according to the manufacturer’s specifications;

The mechanics

  • as with any motor vehicle, the law says that you must arrange for an MOT test on the anniversary of your motorhome’s first registration and every year afterwards;
  • it is illegal to circulate any vehicle that requires one without a valid MOT certificate – on penalty of a fine of up to £1,000;
  • but just as with the MOT certificate for any motor vehicle, it confirms the basic roadworthiness of your motorhome on the date it was tested only;
  • it is your responsibility under the law to make sure that it remains in a roadworthy condition throughout the rest of the year – if you do not, you risk invalidating your motor insurance as well as attracting the unwanted attention of the police;
  • regular servicing and maintenance by a reputable dealer, therefore, may spot any potential problems before they develop and keep you and other road users safe on the highway;

The interior

  • the process of keeping the interior of your motorhome spick, span, healthy and hazard-free is known as a habitation service – which the Camping and Caravanning Club recommends that you have done on an annual basis;
  • it involves a thorough servicing, inspection, repair and maintenance of the electrical, gas, heating and water systems in your motorhome, together with an overall service of the whole of the living and sleeping areas;
  • it is an essential health and safety check and may also help to detect longer-term issues – such as mould and damp – before they spread to become especially expensive problems to resolve;
  • if you have a slightly older motorhome – or one that you are not using on a regular basis – the drinking water system is likely to be especially vulnerable to the build-up of potentially harmful bacteria;
  • your habitation service, therefore, is likely to include flushing out the entire water system with an antibacterial solution;
  • in between services, you may help to keep your drinking water somewhat safer by using it regularly or at least running off some of the stored water and refilling it.

Regular servicing and maintenance – of both the mechanical and interior aspects – of your motorhome is therefore an important route to prolonging its working life and keeping you and its occupants safe and free from potential harm to your health.

If you are looking to buy a motorhome, you may be overwhelmed by the sheer choice of makes and models.

But there is one manufacturer you certainly don’t want to pass by – and that is the renowned Auto-Sleeper brand. Some of the following frequently asked questions might help to explain why.

Why buy an Auto-Sleeper?

The British manufacturer has established an enviable reputation as one of the finest builders of van conversion and coachbuilt motorhomes.

That reputation is not without good cause since it has been confirmed by motorhome owners themselves. Readers of Practical Motorhome, for example, voted Auto-Sleeper the best manufacturer of motorhomes in 2019, taking the laurels in the owner-satisfaction award, in an annual competition the magazine runs jointly with the Camping and Caravanning Club.

The company has more than 58 years’ experience in building motorhomes, with a focus on every aspect of their design and ensuring that the interiors take full advantage of every inch of space.

What powers an Auto-Sleeper?

Auto-Sleepers typically come with a choice of powertrains:

Peugeot

  • fitted to both its van conversions and coachbuilt models, many Auto-Sleepers are powered by Peugeot’s proven 160bhp turbodiesel Euro 6 engine; or
  • if you prefer the option of an automatic transmission, you have the choice of the 130bhp/150bhp Fiat Ducato Comfort-Matic engine;

Mercedes

  • Mercedes coachbuilt models are fitted with the German brand’s 163bhp Next Generation Euro 6.2 turbodiesel 163bhp engine; and
  • with the option of that powertrain’s 7-speed fully automatic gearbox.

How extensive is the Auto-Sleeper range?

Not only is there an extensive range of Auto-Sleepers from which to choose but new models and updated versions of current favourites are launched each year.

Presently, for example, there are seven different Peugeot van conversions, six Peugeot coachbuilts and five coachbuilt, Mercedes-powered motorhomes.

Which Auto-Sleeper is for me?

Your choice of motorhome, of course, is a highly personal one and depends on how you intend to use it, the number of passengers you may need to accommodate (and the number of berths for them to sleep in), and the interior space and layout you are likely to need.

You might want a motorhome that you – and a partner perhaps – are likely to use mainly for touring and for exploring the highways and byways of new and unfamiliar places. In the way of many adventures, these may lead you along narrow, winding lanes one minute and through the congestion of busy city streets the next. That is when you are likely to want a smaller, more manoeuvrable motorhome.

If you want a luxurious second home on wheels that you are likely to use as your more permanent base on holidays and short breaks, then a larger motorhome might be the order of the day.

Where can I buy an Auto-Sleeper?

There are main dealers who specialise in this make of motorhome and have the experience and expertise to guide you through the decision-making process – and may also offer the competitively-priced finance packages you may need.

Choose one of these leading dealers with extensive showrooms and exhibition halls to allow you to get up close and personal with the models that suit your tastes and preferences.