Derby Motorhomes would like to wish all of our customers both new and old a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Our 2023 Christmas hours are as follows:

Derby Motorhomes will be closed all Sundays during December.


Our Service/Aftersales close on Friday 15th December.

Our Service/Aftersales reopen on Tuesday 2nd January 2024


Monday 18th – Thursday 21st of December 10.00am – 4.00pm

Our Sales will close on Friday 22nd December.

Our sales re-open Tuesday 2nd January 2024

We would like to thank all our customers for their business this year

and look forward to meeting you all again in the future

The Derby Motorhomes Team

NEC Show 17th – 22nd October, Hall 8 Stand 8.25

Well, what a year! It’s incredible how fast this year seems to be moving along; it feels as though it was only a few weeks ago that we were all preparing for the NEC show back in February, and here we are yet again, October and ready for the next one!

 Derby Motorhomes, The Auto Sleeper Exhibition Centre are very pleased to announce, yet again, that Tim Lemon and Mike Smith will be available to meet and talk to on Auto-Sleeper’s stand all week.

However, as an indication of just how well anticipated this event has been, the organisers have advised that tickets for this show are selling well and in demand, so please make sure that you’ve booked your tickets in advance.

Tim and Mike are again very much looking forward to meeting customers old and new during the event next week and if you haven’t bought your tickets yet, but intended to come along to buy an Auto-Sleeper, please give Tim or Mike a call, we have a great selection of new 2024 model Auto-Sleepers on order with the factory and if you prefer, you’ll be able to reserve one over the telephone too.

Why not give Tim or Mike a call now? – (01332) 360222

Christmas Opening Hours 2022


Monday 19th December           10.00am – 4.00pm

Tuesday 20th December           10.00am – 4.00pm

Wednesday 21st December      10.00am – 4.00pm

Thursday 22nd December         10.00am – 4.00pm

Friday 23rd December               Closed for Christmas, sales will reopen on Tuesday 3rd January 2023

Contact Sales at:


Final working day prior to Christmas will be Friday 16th December,

the department will reopen Tuesday 3rd January 2023.

An end of year message from our M.D.

2022, What a year!

Well, hasn’t Christmas come around fast? It must be almost a year since I was last thinking about what to say to our customers in December, and here we are again……………………!


It has been a challenging year in the leisure industry, for customers, for dealers and for manufacturers. New vehicle supply has been limited, delivery delays have been long, and prices have risen. These have all been frustrating and disappointing challenges for us all to face but some-how we’ve managed to work our way past each challenge and make it to the end of another year.

There have been a multitude of reasons for the issues dealers have faced this year – the worst of these being delays in supply or manufacture combined with price increases, but there really isn’t one single thing, alone, that’s been the cause of all our problems.


We could look to blame component or parts supply, or raw material delays or transport logistics issues or energy costs but the reality is, it’s all of these things and more; worse than this though is the fact that there’s nothing that any of us can do to make these issues any better in the short-term, we simply have to get on as best we can.

This is however, easier said than done for a customer who may have waited 9 months for their new motorhome, only to find out that the price has increased or someone who needed their motorhome for a special event or particular holiday and has missed out, but there isn’t anything your dealers or manufacturer can do to mitigate this; dealers and manufacturers are all working on reduced sales volumes with increased overheads; believe me when I say, we feel your disappointment and we are, actually, all in this together and anyone who may have suffered delays or price increases has my deepest sympathy and my greatest respect too for their understanding.


We have fielded lots of requests for information and updates this year and have tried very hard to get the information required, but this hasn’t been easy. Every day there will be, quite literally, hundreds of prospective customers, from all over the country and from every single dealer, asking for the same information, and manufacturers simply can’t respond because they don’t have the staffing and even then, can’t get the information required from their suppliers either! So, I thank everyone for your continued patience.

Better news

There is some good news though, supply is (slowly) improving, although I must point out that we aren’t awash with motorhomes, and we certainly aren’t going to see supply back to previous, more normal levels any time soon. Customers are though now seeing their new models arriving and from our perspective, we are getting some factory fresh showroom models we can display, something that has been missing for the last year or more.

So, things are getting better, it will take time and the watchword for this year must be “PLANNING”; if you know you want to change or buy for the first time, please plan well ahead.

NEC Show

I have to say that the NEC show this October was a stunning success for us, so thank you to everyone who placed an order with us; we took the decision to only sell models that we had visibility of, i.e., we know the chassis are built so will arrive for conversion and our customers appreciated this.

Before we know-it, the February show will be upon us again too so, we’ll look forward to meeting customers old and new again then.

Buying used Auto Sleepers  

This year, more so than ever before due to the severe shortage of new models, I’ve been concentrating hard on buying as many used Auto-Sleepers as possible so, if you’re giving up motor-homing and have an Auto-Sleeper that’s under 10 years old and in lovely condition, why not give me a call? We pay top dollar for the right models and I’m happy to travel to you if needs-be to collect; payment is always on delivery/collection and via faster payment bank transfer, so funds are in your account before we leave!

The Derby Team

One final word for the team that work here in Derby, you have all been wonderful this year and without your hard work, dedication, and willingness to “go that extra mile”, we couldn’t enjoy the success that we have, so thank you.

Merry Christmas

It just leaves me to thank each of our customers for your continued support and wish you a happy and peaceful Christmas.

Tim Lemon – Managing Director

NEC Motorhome and Caravan Show, October 2022

NEC Motorhome and Caravan Show, October 2022

Hi everybody,

This week sees the opening of the Motorhome and Caravan show at the NEC in Birmingham, from Tuesday 18th October to Sunday 23rd October and once again our very own Managing Director Tim Lemon and expert sales executive Mike Smith will be assisting Auto-Sleepers on the Auto-Sleepers stand in Hall 8.

So, if you’re planning a visit to the show this week, why don’t you pay Tim and Mike visit and have a good look around the fabulous 2023 Auto-Sleepers range? You can’t fail to be impressed and if you already have an Auto-Sleeper and are thinking about a part-exchange, Tim and Mike are the very best people to talk to and will certainly give you a great part exchange deal.

Not got a motorhome. Not a problem, come and see Tim or Mike anyway, no pressure but fantastic knowledge and really good help and advice; you never know though, you might walk away with an order for a new Auto-Sleeper!

You may be thinking of giving up your motor home, if so, again, talk to Tim and Mike, we’re always looking for good quality, late, low mileage Auto-Sleepers and we buy for cash.

Please remember however, that as was also the case for February’s Camping Caravan and Motorhome show at the same venue, visitors can only buy tickets in advance, online – there is no entry by payment at the door on the day so, buy your ticket while they’re still available!

Finally, one disappointing piece of information for this October’s show however is that Auto-Sleepers won’t have the popular McLouis Fusion range on display on their stand; supply and demand issues are weighing very heavily this year and unfortunately there are no models available to display.

Tim and Mike look forward to meeting you next week, enjoy the event.

Bank Holiday Opening Hours 

                                Service                                 Sales

Saturday 27th        Closed                       10.00am – 4.00pm

Sunday   28th        Closed                       10.00am – 2.00pm

Monday  29th        Closed                      10.00am – 2.00pm


Platinum Jubilee Opening Hours


Thursday 2nd June  –  Closed

Friday 3rd June        –  Closed

Saturday 4th June    –  10.00am – 14.00pm

Sunday  5th June     –   10.00am – 14.00pm


Thursday 2nd June  –  Closed

Friday 3rd June        –  Closed

Saturday 4th June    –  Closed

Sunday  5th June     –   Closed

Normal hours resume Monday 6th June

Easter 2022 opening hours 

Friday 15th April        10.00 AM – 4.00 PM

Saturday 16th April    10.00 AM – 4.00 PM

Sunday 18th April       CLOSED

Monday 19th April     10.00 AM – 4.00PM


NEC Show, February 22nd – 27th, 2022

Finally, after two years of waiting, the NEC Caravan Camping and Motorhome Show is making a welcome return.

Derby Motorhomes, The Auto Sleeper Exhibition Centre are very pleased to announce that Tim Lemon and Mike Smith will be available to meet and talk to on Auto-Sleeper’s stand all week.

However, as an indication of just how well anticipated this event has been, the organisers have advised that tickets for this show have now sold-out and tickets are not available to buy in person on the gate, so please, do not try to attend without a ticket.

Tim and Mike very much look forward to meeting customers old and new during the event next week, however, if you haven’t bought your tickets yet but intended to come along to buy an Auto-Sleeper, please give Tim or Mike a call, we have a good selection of Auto-Sleepers on order and still available with the factory and you will be able to reserve one over the telephone.

Give Tim or Mike a call now, 01332 360222 – option 1

The Glorious 12th !!

The Glorious 12th !

Well, it’s finally here, the glorious 12th !

Don’t worry though, you haven’t been caught up in a lockdown time-warp and the poor Grouse are safe for a good few months yet; I’m talking about today, the 12th April 2021.

Reopening to the public

Today Boris is allowing motorhome dealers, caravan dealers, non-essential retailers everywhere, caravan sites (with a few restrictions) and pubs outdoors, to finally reopen to the public.

We are all still going to have to be a little careful for a while yet though, but for a moment, let’s just savour the freedom that today, the 12th April is going to bring us all…………………

The team at Derby couldn’t wait to get going again, we haven’t been able to invite our customers into our dealership for such a long time, it almost feels like forever!

That said, we’ve been working very hard on-line helping our service customers remotely where we can and also completing motorhome sales and customer outright purchase orders too; we’ve even had the time to revamp and update our customer waiting area inside the showroom too.


Whilst we would appreciate our visitors making an appointment to visit, we aren’t going to insist on this but please rest assured, we are each still taking every reasonable precaution possible to ensure the safety of our staff and customers.


Not quite normal – yet…..

Things in the showroom aren’t quite back to normal yet and visitors aren’t going to be able wander in and out of every motorhome on site – this simply isn’t safe enough just yet or practical because to keep us all safe, we will still have to sanitise each vehicle once a visitor exits it so, please, if you are visiting, respect our efforts to keep everyone as safe as possible whilst here.

We look forward to welcoming you to our dealership, soon.




Holidays – The Staycation Option or, The Future of Quality Leisure Time?

So, it’s that time of year again – you know the one, the one where we used to sit together, as a family, group of friends or couple, glass of chilled sangria in hand, holiday brochures or i-pad at the ready and try to decide where we fly off to for our annual holidays this year.

Only, this year things are going to be a little different and I don’t know about you, but for me, I certainly won’t be mask-on, boarding a bargain, budget or charter flight with 200 hundred other excited souls, potentially coughing and wheezing in all sections of the cabin whilst sharing the same recycled air and occupying the very same seat that, less than an hour previously, was vacated by goodness knows who!


And once landed, there’s the inevitable problem of proving you’ve had your covid vaccinations to a boarder official who doesn’t speak English and can’t believe you’re the same person shown on your passport. Then it’s, “where did my luggage go to?” and if it turns up, “why are my y-fronts hanging out of it?”, “Now lets just try to find our bus” – it can’t be that difficult, there’s fifty of them parked up, all numbered, drivers leaning against the cabs, smoking disinterestedly while you struggle with the family’s cases then tossing them to opposite side of the luggage compartment once you finally get their attention! But hey-ho, we’re here now and off we finally go – two hours after landing.

Then, after another hour and a half of what I like to call “sight-seeing” (which is in fact sitting on a cramped, baking hot coach with fifty other assorted families and couples, tired, frustrated, bursting for the toilet and praying that your name isn’t called out for this particularly grim looking destination you’ve just stopped at), you arrive at your hotel only to find the room isn’t ready yet and when it is, it looks out over the next-door building site or municipal dump!

As a side issue, these photographers must have amazing skills as the accommodation is never quite like the pictures in the brochure or on-line, which reminds me, I must try to track down one of those photographers some-day – my passport photo is really terrible!

Great Hotel!

The water is undrinkable, the beer, cocktails and house spirits worse, the bed uncomfortable, the air conditioning doesn’t work, the neighbouring room houses a family of banshee’s who never seem to sleep; the hotel food is usually lukewarm and finally, when you take a closer look, the bedding doesn’t really seem that clean after all; the mattress doesn’t bear thinking about and the room – well, it doesn’t look to have had a thorough clean in decades!

The lifts are crammed full of holiday makers from all over Europe, all happily touching every button and surface produced by mankind while breathing and coughing across everyone within close proximity and then, while desperately trying not look anyone directly in the eyes, you’re left wondering what hygiene standards the chefs, waiters, reception, pool and bar staff apply and finally, to top it all off, social distancing is itself a very distant memory once the beer and sangria kick-in.  Happy holidays everyone!


In fact, whilst on this subject, the very last place I could reasonably consider for a well – earned vacation right now would be aboard a cruise ship for that matter – luxurious as I’m sure they are, I couldn’t possibly imagine spending all of that time in such close proximity to a couple of thousand other poor souls also with no escape and all of their associated germs to dodge for a week or more whilst most of the above likely still applies and the added bonus of potentially becoming stranded at sea if there’s an outbreak on board and ports won’t allow you to dock!

What about any local restrictions abroad – how will you know about them? Will the shops be open, can we go to the beach, will our favourite bar be open this year, what about the curfew? Are any museums, galleries or historical sites likely to be open this year?

Then there’s the worry of getting home – what if we have to quarantine for a week or more – how much are we going to have pay for all of that and finally, please, not another week locked up with the family, please………………

Such Friendly Locals………

And if non-of this is a concern, then there’s the excursions to worry about; a coach here, a taxi there, tours around the local must-see’s (face masks and social distancing accepted of course and whilst in blistering temperatures too). Snacks and drinks in lovely little tavernas and bars where owners and staff possibly think more about tips and profits this year than anything else – after all, you’re going to be a distant memory in an hour’s time, and they lost a fortune last year!

I’m sorry if this paints a pretty awful picture and forgive me for using more than a few clichés, but tell me some of this hasn’t happened to most of us at some time or another and tell me you aren’t having exactly the same misgivings – or am I just being cynical?

Is it me?

Anyway, enough of my hand-wringing doom and gloom, but I’m just saying, there must be an awful lot of other folks out there, also of a certain age and disposition thinking exactly the same as me – come on, I can’t be the only miserable git out there who’s really concerned about spending a small fortune, not really enjoying myself and potentially catching something incredibly nasty and shuffling off this mortal coil way too early (my opinion, not necessarily that of the current lady of the house).


So, with all of this to the fore of my reasoning, one – word springs to mind – staycation!

However, even that has some drawbacks; where to stay-cate for example, with whom and for how long and why are the prices double what they were last year? are just a few of my thoughts.

But it doesn’t have to be that difficult, not when you could buy the freedom of a motorhome and have as many holidays as you and your spouse could possibly ever desire.

If you think about it, it’s almost the perfect solution – your very own personal space, (or isolation pod as I like to think of them), closed to everyone but you and those lucky enough to be invited in, after thorough vetting that is!


Total freedom and flexibility, the freedom to go exactly where you want to and then do exactly what you want to do and the flexibility to do this whenever you wish and for as long as you want to, too; camp sites, wild camping, pub car parks, your friends and relatives’ driveways – it’s all very simple.

If you really think about this, a campsite could also be the perfect place to enjoy freedom and isolation.

Safety and Social Distancing

You don’t have to use the site’s facilities – toilets, showers, shops, bars etc. because your very own motorhome usually comes complete with its own toilet and shower, kitchen with cooker and fridge (sometimes a freezer too), tv if you fancy that and they can even be fitted with wind-out awnings for additional sun shelter. Some can even have gas BBQ points fitted for alfresco cooking.

You supply your own food and drinks so, nothing you don’t really want passes your lips and the shopping, if you don’t take it with you, can be bought on route or delivered directly to your door if the need or desire’s still there to socially distance.

Your neighbours are usually several meters away from your pitch with their doors on the opposite side too, so social distancing, again, isn’t going to be an issue and camp sites are usually to be found close to beautiful countryside or coastal areas – some even have fishing lakes attached and most non-motor homers would be very surprised at just how good the vast majority of modern sites really are.

Size Does Matter!

So, a motorhome doesn’t have to be huge, it can be and can also have every extra know to mankind too; but then there’s it’s size to consider, it can affect where you travel – too big and English country lanes could prove a challenge; too small and either you won’t have sufficient storage space for clothes and things or, more accurately, the love of your life will but you won’t or, joking apart, too small could potentially restrict the length of time spent away from home or end badly when, after days of constantly tripping over each other, one of you suffocates the other with a pillow during the night!

Thinking clearly and carefully about your particular needs and then having a frank discussion with a good dealer before you buy would be the best advice I can offer; please don’t take size, layout or make and model advice from a friend – no matter their good intentions, what they have suites them, but it doesn’t automatically mean that it will suit you too, you have to make your own decision this time, based on your own needs and preferences and a quality dealer really does know all the negatives and positives and will be happy to advise.

Well, to some, a motorhome could be considered as “roughing it” I suppose, but when you bother to take a closer look at most of the modern models well, nothing could be further from the truth.


Take Auto-Sleepers for example – they are the oldest UK motorhome manufacturer – 60 years this year; every-one is hand built and quality oozes from every angle. Luxurious Belgian fabrics, quality furniture, kitchens a top chef would be proud of and space abound – even in the smallest of models.

Then there’s their fabulous standard features such as large wind-out awnings, mobile wi-fi, solar panels, re-fillable gas tanks, built-in satellite navigation systems, air conditioning – cab and habitation areas too in their Mercedes range; there’s even the option of remote, self-seeking satellite TV systems if you really don’t want to miss anything.

Contemporary Style

McLouis are another surprisingly good brand, very contemporary, very Italian with lots of style and storage space, garages abound and each sleeping and travelling at least 4 people – great for families and their price point is too – squarely aimed towards the family budget.

Imagine, what could be finer than sitting under your very-own sun awning drinking wine (or gin, beer, cider or any other favourite tipple for that matter) and simply “chilling out” whilst listening to your favourite music or reading the latest novel on your kindle?

Time to Unwind

If that’s not your “thing” then how about a day exploring the local countryside or walking and cycling to places of interest; maybe visit the local beach (social distancing permitting of course) or town centre for that all-important retail therapy hit, (if the shops are open and you have a face-mask).

Then there’s galleries and museums to consider or the local country estate, farm shop or National Trust venue – really, the list of potential activities is endless as are the wonderful places one could pitch-up in the UK alone.

You never know too, the urge to go abroad could still prove too great to resist, in which case there’s always the “tunnel” for quick, easy access to France and beyond (if we’re allowed that is) or endless ferry routes for a more relaxed trip across the water.

Imagine, a lovely warm evening, sun slowly setting, the sound of the ocean in the distance, dining al-fresco with a really great burgundy, fresh-baked French bread, a lovely cheese and a simple salad, all right on your own doorstep and for as long as you feel like it……

Great Value

And don’t forget, motorhomes are welcomed throughout the UK and Europe and both the UK and Europe are awfully big places to explore and finding beautiful, isolated spots to call your own for a few days before moving on isn’t difficult and the driving? Well, that’s all part of the holiday.

Remember too, once you have a motorhome, you also have the potential for hundreds of holidays, long or short, here, there, anywhere in fact – a long weekend or simple overnighter somewhere local or just a day out in the countryside for that matter, the choice is yours and endless!

And Finally……

So, I hope I’ve planted a seed of optimism for a brighter future this summer and holiday season; and one final fact, a motorhome is nothing like a car in terms of depreciation or residual value and if I’m honest, whilst they possibly aren’t that cheap to buy initially, they should be considered more as an investment and once owned, they will retain a huge proportion of their original value and for a darned sight longer than your average family run-around or caravan and definitely longer than your two weeks package to the sun!

You’ll definitely have so very many more memories from a motorhome holiday and adventures too so, when you sit down to consider the summer holidays, why not take a longer-term view? take a closer look at the motor home option and in particular the Auto-Sleepers and McLouis motor home ranges at Derby Motorhomes, you’re going to be very pleasantly surprised.

Staycation, in your own motorhome/isolation pod – happy holidays everyone.

By Tim Lemon, Director of Derby Motorhomes