Well, it’s lockdown version number 3 and we’re all still living and working in very challenging times and circumstances.

Yet again, I’d really like to express my appreciation to quite a large number of people; to all of our customers who have and are continuing to support us during this third national lock down; to our wonderful staff, the majority of whom are either unable to work presently due to restrictions or working from home and to Auto-Sleepers who remain committed to supporting their dealers and customers, almost with their hands tied behind their backs.

Our service deparment has been forced to close this lockdown due to the national restrictions in place and preparation of sold vehicles and collections are also therefore suspended until a clearer picture emerges of exactly when we will be permitted to reopen and begin preparation, vehicle collections and service works again.

Service and After Sales

Our dealership is currently closed due to the national restrictions in place and our sales and service customers have all been extremely understanding regarding the current situation and although unfortunately, everyone is in the same boat so to speak and some of you will have problems or outstanding issues with your motorhomes and possibly feel frustration at not being able to resolve these problems, I can assure you all that here at least, we would all rather be working hard, helping our customers and not being forced to sit around at home twiddling our thumbs!

Sales Department

Although we all appreciate that our dealership has to remain closed during lockdown #3, for me the saddest sight that I see most days (and the one I simply can’t get used to) is the image of our great big showroom, full of new and used motorhomes, in darkness and gloom.

That said though, at least some of our sales team are still able to continue to work (to some extent anyway), behind closed doors and in the dealership and at home on-line so, to each of our customers so far, the ones who have left holding deposits against new and used motorhomes this lockdown, again, I’d like to say another very big thank you so much – your support is as overwhelming as much as it is appreciated, thank you all.

Auto-Sleepers

I think that it is really important to spare a thought for Auto-Sleepers, the UK’s oldest motorhome manufacturer.

Last year was a challenge to say the least; as if two national lockdowns and the chaos that the last-minute Brexit negotiations caused at ports and to supply-chains wasn’t enough, this year has not started in a very positive way either with their dealer network forced to close again.

This year is certainly going to be another challenging year for all manufacturing.

The latest lockdown and restrictions have and will cause more chaos for manufacturing and yet again we can expect parts and component supply to be a particular challenge in this industry.

Scheduling and certainty had become an enormous issue last year and will continue to be so this year too; unfortunately, not everyone appreciates just how much these issues affect UK manufacturing and all I can say is that Auto-Sleepers have continued throughout to support us and you. Maybe, sometimes responses have been slower than usual – other times, models haven’t arrived on time but throughout, Auto-Sleepers have done everything within their power to deliver a service to us all.

Thank you, Auto-Sleepers, your hard work, dedication and support last year and this, so far, has been massive and appreciated.

The Derby Motorhomes Team

Finally, I’d like to say a massive thank you to the unbelievable team that work here in Derby.

We’ve all been together as a group for a very long time; no single individual is more important than another. Everyone plays a vital part in our success and the hard work and dedication usually shown by every single member of our team is an inspiration and although we all know how difficult last year was and this year is likely to be, each has always got on with their work and done their very best for us all.

On that final note I would simply like to assure everyone that Derby Motorhomes will continue to do everything we can to support our customers both old and new during these difficult times; thank you for supporting us, please continue to do so in the coming year and we will continue to support you.

Thank You, one and all.

February march 2018 newsletter

Tim Lemon

Managing Director

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. Nor, 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, why choose an Auto-Sleeper, and what do you need to consider when buying one?

Why choose an Auto-Sleeper?

This might be summed up in just three words – quality, design, and variety:

Quality

  • the whole point of a motorhome is to provide comfortable accommodation while you are out and about exploring the world at large;
  • as a result, you will typically want the accommodation component of your motorhome to offer the height of comfort, and be well equipped and spacious;
  • while no motorhome is likely to offer the same space and luxury as a penthouse suite in a top-class hotel, even so, Auto-Sleepers come close to achieving this in the vehicles they have constructed or customised;
  • this is partly about the quality of the materials used internally, partly about the design approach and most importantly, about the overall build quality;
  • it’s perfectly possible to have a great design using superb materials, but if they are poorly put together, the end result will be sub-optimal – that is not a mistake made by Auto-Sleepers, who consistently turn out widely praised interiors;

Design

  • there are certainly cases where it is evident the design of a motorhome has perhaps not been entirely well thought-through;
  • although the materials and build quality may be fine, that doesn’t count for much if you have to climb over a table to reach the WC or can’t easily open a cupboard door when sitting in the lounge because it jams against a piece of furniture;
  • Auto-Sleepers have clearly been impeccably designed with an emphasis on practical functionality – and the importance of that often becomes crystal clear during the first 24 hours of using your new motorhome;

Variety

  • not only do they vary based on chassis and engine but also in terms of their internal configuration – you could, for example, have near identical chassis and engines but with the accommodation configured for two, three or four-berth use;
  • the company also doesn’t restrict its activities to larger flagship motorhomes;
  • the manufacturer’s van conversions are innovative and display genius in terms of the utilisation of available space;
  • this means that recreational vehicle users of all types and budgets can usually find an Auto-Sleeper to meet their needs.

Meeting your needs and requirements

These three excellent reasons for choosing an Auto-Sleeper come to nothing, of course, unless the motorhome can meet your particular needs and requirements. However brilliant the motorhomes are, you will still want to exercise personal tastes and preferences to your own specification.

Whether you will be happy with a van conversion or a full-sized motorhome is very much a matter of personal choice. The same is true in terms of things such as the size of the shower room and the total number of berths. For example, some people may prefer to trade a berth if it means they have a larger shower and WC area.

These things need to be considered, and a general requirements list produced before you start searching the Auto-Sleepers range. It will help focus your attention on what’s important to you.

So, let’s take a closer look at what might appear on your list of sought-after qualities and features.

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 lock onto 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-Sleeper build motorhomes to suit many a pocket – and reputable dealers such as ourselves here at Derby Motorhomes offer access to 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.

Here we are well into 2020 and it’s still possible to save thousands of pounds when you buy one of this year’s Auto-Sleepers.

That means £2,000 off the price of any one of 12 different current-year coachbuilt models – from the already economically priced Nuevo or Broadway, right up to the luxurious Burford or Burford Duo.

At Derby Motorhomes we’ve slashed prices still further by offering a £1,500 discount on many of our van conversions too. That’s a significant reduction in the price of the ever-popular Symbol and the king of van conversions, the Fairford.

Remember that these deals are all on this year’s 2020 models. If you are interested in a brand new model from 2019, we still have a few of these left, too. Act now, and you could find yourself saving as much as £4,000 on last year’s price for a two to four-berth Corinium Duo, for example.

What’s new in 2020 Auto-Sleepers?

One of the definitive guides to the full range of Auto-Sleepers is published by Out and About Live.

The review of the models on the market in 2020 drew attention to the following features across the range of these leading motorhomes:

  • windows and blinds from Dometic or Remis – depending on the model;
  • Sargent EC700 electrical systems;
  • Santana furniture fitted as standard – furniture from the Valencia range available as an option;
  • upholstery from Casa Mila – in a choice of five main colours, blue, green, brown, mustard, and purple;
  • Dometic microwave ovens fitted as standard;
  • your own motorhome WiFi system, which includes a 4G antenna, docking station and Huawei internet router;
  • Sargent Category 6 GPS vehicle tracker (annual subscription required);
  • window etching and security chip installed in support of the Central Registration and Identification Scheme (CRiS); and
  • new for 2020 decals and graphics.

Fairford and Fairford Plus

Special mention might be made of the new versions of the Fairford and Fairford Plus launched by Auto-Sleeper for 2020. We have already named this model the king of van conversions and the current models more than live up to that name.

It was reviewed by What Motorhome before the turn of the new year.

The end section of the Fairford Plus has received special attention from the motorhome designers. The transverse double bed can be folded down to create bench seats or may instead be stacked either side, thus freeing up valuable floor space for use as a full-width garage. Here you can store your bicycles, mobility scooters and all manner of sports gear – there are even seatbelt anchors for a harness in which your dog can safely travel.

Another space-saving feature sees the Whale heating system also installed out of the way under the floor. The system is an especially efficient dual-power unit of either 3kW electric or gas-fired.

Every year, Auto-Sleeper turns out a whole stable of thoroughbred motorhomes. Every year, the manufacturer’s reputation for ingenuity, design and top-quality craftsmanship advances a further notch or two.

Now that you can still find deals on brand new 2020 models, you might want to contact us soon to order yours now

You’ve almost certainly heard the name. Their reputation tends to go before them. And if you’ve ever parked your own motorhome alongside one on a campsite, you’ve probably seen for yourself that Auto-Sleepers are a cut above most others.

So, if you are thinking about upgrading your motorhome this season, what makes it an attractive choice and how might you go about trading up for an Auto-Sleeper motorhome?

Why choose Auto-Sleeper?

What better way of finding out how well any particular motorhome is regarded than to ask those who own one. And in terms of owner satisfaction, Auto-Sleeper has an enviable and undisputed tract-record.

For the second year running Auto-Sleeper, has been voted by owners themselves as the Best Motorhome Manufacturer 2020. As winners of this prestigious accolade, Auto-Sleeper collected the award at an annual dinner with sponsors Practical Motorhome, Practical Caravan, and the Camping and Caravanning Club on the 17th of January 2020.

There are 22 Auto-Sleeper models from which to choose – from the compact 2-berth Symbol campervan to the luxurious and spacious coachbuilt Mercedes-powered 4-berth Burford Duo.

The characteristics of each model – frequently updated to greet each new season – make Auto-Sleepers some of the most reviewed motorhomes on the market. Practical Motorhome, for example, focussed on the “ultimate in coachbuilt luxury” of the Corinium FB, while Out and About Live has praised the high specification yet affordable price of the Fairford campervan.

Trading up

Whether the fulsome reviews give you that incentive to buy or whether you prefer to take the word of those who already own an Auto-Sleeper, therefore, this is the manufacturer you might want to have in your sights when looking to upgrade.

If you already own an older Auto-Sleeper and want to upgrade to a newer of higher specification motorhome, you might naturally turn to a main dealer and franchise-holder such as us here at Derby Motorhomes. Our familiarity with every model of the – whole of the Auto-Sleeper range – whatever its age or mileage ensure that we are able to offer a highly competitive price in part exchange when you want to trade up.

Simply put, we are also interested in taking a second-hand Auto-Sleeper in part exchange.

In fact, we are interested in the whole chain of transactions typically involved when trading up to a new motorhome. If you have a private buyer interested in the motorhome you are trying to sell, for example, simply direct them to our motorhomes wanted page. If it is a campervan, van conversion or any motorhome less than seven years old, we may be able to offer a further part-exchange deal or offer to advertise it in our own listings on a sale or return basis.

As you will have gathered, therefore, you do not need to currently own an Auto-Sleeper in order to offer any make of motorhome in part-exchange. The way is clear for you to upgrade to the luxury and reliability of an Auto-Sleeper simply by visiting our showrooms today and choosing the latest model that suits you and your family.

 

A new year brings with it a packed schedule of motorhome events, shows and exhibitions.

Whether you are looking to buy your first motorhome, trade up to a new one, or simply have an interest in holidays that combine the freedom of the open road and the outdoor life, there’s almost certain to be an upcoming event near you.

This is where you can get up close and personal with some of the season’s exciting new launches – including a range of 2020 Auto-Sleepers – talk to experts about any aspect of owning and driving a motorhome, or browse the bewildering array of gadgets and accessories.

Here are some of the key dates and places for your diary.

Scottish Caravan, Motorhome & Holiday Home Show, Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC), Glasgow, 6th to 9th of February

Scotland is never slow to get in on the act and stages the biggest of its kind north of the border in February.

The Camping and Caravanning Club organises this extensive display of everything related to caravans, motorhomes and holiday homes at the expansive SECC in Glasgow.

Yorkshire Motorhome and Campervan Show, Harrogate, 20th to 22nd of March

Just a month later is the Yorkshire Motorhome and Campervan Show, held at the Yorkshire Event Centre in Harrogate and expected to feature more than 300 new and second-hand leisure vehicles for sale.

If you want to try your hand at manoeuvring a motorhome, campervan or caravan, the Caravan and Motorhome Club will also be there to offer free 20-minute hands-on courses.

Southern Motorhome and Campervan Show, Newbury, 15th to 17th May

With springtime’s new season well underway, why not pay a visit to the South of England’s main event, the three-day show at the Newbury Showground, in Chieveley, Berkshire?

Make a longer break of it by pitching up at the onsite camping grounds, which are open for visitors to the show from 10 a.m. on the 17th until noon on the 20th of May.

Your entry fee gains access to two shows for the price of one – not only is there the motorhome and campervan show, but also the National Park and Holiday Homes Show in the same grounds.

Midsummer Motorhome Show, Kenilworth, 19th to 21st of June

Organised by the Camping and Caravanning Club in the beautiful grounds of the Midlands’ foremost showground at Stoneleigh Park, near Kenilworth, this show has a 1950s rock and roll theme.

But you’ll not be coming for the music alone, of course, rather the 300 or so new and used motorhomes for sale, the 30 national and local dealers to talk to, and the 145 or more retailers of accessories and gadgets.

Motorhome and Caravan Show 2020, NEC Birmingham, 13th to 18th October

By the time mid-October comes around, it has probably been worth the wait for the biggest show of them all, the jewel in the crown that is 2020’s Motorhome and Caravan Show at the NEC in Birmingham.

The extensive exhibition halls of the NEC pack all of 2020’s caravans and motorhomes under one roof, there are mountains of accessories, devices and gadgets to browse, and expert advice from the UK’s foremost caravanning club is readily on hand.

There are motorhomes. And then there are Auto-Sleepers.

From the moment you toy with the idea of buying a motorhome, you begin to realise what a wide range of makes and models there are to choose from. As you start to take the notion more seriously and look more closely at your options, you realise that one marque consistently stands head and shoulders above the rest. That is Auto-Sleepers.

Why Auto-Sleeper?

A thoroughly British success story, the Auto-Sleepers name and reputation has been built up over many years as a family-oriented business. With beginnings traced backed to 1961, that reputation has been founded on the time, effort and care that goes into making every motorhome that emerges from its factory in the Cotswolds.

From van conversions to coachbuilt models, that care and effort shines through in the design, quality and innovation that goes into every motorhome the manufacturer produces.

That range of models is constantly expanding. There are currently eight Peugeot-based campervans, six Peugeot coachbuilt models, two Peugeot AL-KO coachbuilts, and six top of the range Mercedes coachbuilt models from which to choose.

The designers and production crews live and breathe the motorhome, ensuring the highest of hand-built standards and the maximum benefit from every cubic centimetre of space within each vehicle – turning out motorhomes that have become the envy of any aspiring owner. And that is reflected in the growing list of awards consistently won by Auto-Sleepers.

But the company is never content to rest on its laurels. Every year sees the introduction of new models and refinements to proven favourites – and 2020 is no exception – as the display of new motorhomes at the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show at the NEC in Birmingham in February will go to show.

Why Derby Motorhomes?

Conveniently situated in Derby, in the middle of the country, Derby Motorhomes has established itself as probably the leading dealer of Auto-Sleepers motorhomes. We are the place to come if you have an interest in an Auto-Sleepers for sale – whether that’s new or pre-loved.

Our extensive exhibition centre offers the opportunity to get up close and personal with different Auto-Sleepers models and to see for yourself why this is the outstanding marque in motorhome manufacture.

Like many another dealer, we have discounts and special offers from time to time – but few others are able to match our current deals (as at December 2019) which represent savings of up to £2,500 off the list price of some Auto-Sleepers. Add to this our range of finance options and the chance of owning your dream motorhome may prove well within your grasp.

As a main dealer for Auto-Sleepers, Derby Motorhomes of course ensures that every motorhome we sell has been the subject of thorough and rigorous pre-delivering checking and servicing. It also means that any optional packs and accessories are expertly fitted and installed in accordance with the manufacturer’s requirements and warranty conditions.

Our expert team of engineers is also on hand to carry out after-sales servicing, repairs and warranty work, using genuine approved parts – even on Auto-Sleepers which you might have bought elsewhere.

Whether you are looking or a campervan or the luxury of a fully fitted and furnished motorhome, Auto-Sleeper has long been a peerless marque. Its factory in the Cotswolds has been turning out motorhomes that are the envy of existing and prospective owners alike.

The company’s reputation has gone from strength to strength through successive releases of improvements to its existing range and the launch of new models. So, what’s to look out for in the 2020 Auto-Sleepers range?

Campervans

Fairford Plus

One of the hottest additions to the 2020 Auto-Sleeper range comes in the shape of the Fairford Plus.

The Fairford itself was launched a few years back in 2016 and the “Plus” in the New Year’s model is thanks to the development of a new Fairford that is now based on the extra-long wheel-base Peugeot Boxer van.

That additional length makes it one of the few campervans that manage to squeeze in comfortable sleeping for four people, including two in the double transverse bed at the rear of the motorhome. In the lounge area to the front of the van, a dining table drops down to convert the benches either side into another double bed.

Peugeot coachbuilts

Also built on the extra-length Boxer van is an ever-popular Broadway FB.

The clever, coachbuilt design allows not only for a fixed double bed at the rear but also a separate shower and washroom to the side, a fully equipped kitchen in the middle of the motorhome and a spacious lounge area at the front.

All in all, it remains amazing just how much has been fitted into this handsomely proportioned coachbuilt Peugeot.

AL-KO Peugeot coachbuilts

The lighter weight of the AL-KO coachbuilt motorhome allows a still higher degree of finish for the same level of performance and manoeuvrability.

With the choice of two Corinium models, the FB version delivers an extremely spacious lounge area and well-equipped kitchen. The real delight – and impressive for a motorhome of these overall dimensions – is the enclosed bedroom to the rear with its own ensuite shower and bathroom.

Mercedes coachbuilt

Maintaining its position in the height of luxury and comfort is Auto-Sleeper’s range of Mercedes-powered coachbuilt motorhomes.

And top of that range, the superlative Burford Duo offers two fixed single beds in a spacious room at the back, where there is also a fully equipped shower and bathroom.

2020’s new look

Exterior detailing across the whole range of Auto-Sleepers makes it crystal clear that these are the latest models for 2020.

Inside, you have limewash furniture as standard, the choice of five different fabric options, chrome fixtures and fittings and LED lighting.

In their latest incarnation, all Auto-Sleepers now also come with Whale heating and hot water systems, Sargent EC700 electrical systems, Dometic microwave ovens, in-built Wi-Fi routers, Cat 6 Trackers – which are said to provide the highest levels of security for any vehicles – and further security chipping and window etching with your CRiS registration and membership (the Caravan Registration and Identification Scheme established by the National Caravan Council in 1992).

Whether you are looking to buy your first motorhome or wanting to trade-in, renew and upgrade your existing leisure vehicle, one name is likely to crop up time and again. And that name is Auto-Sleeper.

Whether you see it in the magazines for motorhomes or hear it from the lips of motorhome owners, the name crops up because of the status and reputation established by Auto-Sleeper. It is a reputation for building high-quality, luxurious and artfully designed motorhomes that are built to last.

You may be in a position to buy your motorhome new or you might be looking to buy a pre-loved leisure vehicle.

Like any other vehicle – and even though an Auto-Sleeper holds its price better than any other motorhome – its depreciation over the years means that buying second-hand is a cheaper option than buying brand new.

But how do you go about finding an Auto-Sleeper for sale?

Use the internet

This is the age of the internet. Most of us are more than accustomed to browsing for the things we need, doing the appropriate background research, and making a final purchase online. It’s a way of viewing probably the widest possible market for whatever it is we want to buy.

And that goes for motorhomes, too. Tap into your web-browser “motorhomes for sale” or even refine your search by specifying “Auto-Sleepers for sale” and you are likely to come up with countless online listings from both dealers and private individuals.

If you press ahead through an advertised private sale, of course, there is a whole list of checks you need to make before buying any motorhome this way. In an article updated on the 1st of July 2019, AutoTrader magazine detailed some of those checks, such as:

  • making sure it’s not stolen;
  • ensure no one has tampered with the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) or weight-plate;
  • check the registration details and the existence of any outstanding finance;
  • check carefully for damp or the ingress of water into the interior; and
  • ask for proof of the motorhome’s service history – both mechanical and habitation servicing.

Even though you have taken every reasonable care and conducted the most rigorous checks on the motorhome, you have little come-back on any private sale if you subsequently discover something wrong with it.

See for yourself

For an investment likely to be quite as important as the purchase of an Auto-Sleeper motorhome, you might prefer to sidestep the convenience of the internet and instead rely on the more immediate and convincing satisfaction of seeing for yourself.

That means visiting a specialist Auto-Sleeper dealer, getting up close and personal with the model or models of your choice, and seeing for yourself why this is the marque that tends to be on everyone’s lips when finding an Auto-Sleeper for sale.

When it comes to checking the motorhome – whether you are buying new or second-hand – a specialist dealer will have done all the work for you.

You can be certain that ownership is not in dispute, that there is no outstanding finance, and that your motorhome has been thoroughly checked, serviced, and delivered to you in tiptop condition. And in the unlikely event of your finding fault with the motorhome you’ve just bought, you know just where to go to get it put right.

When someone has owned an Auto-Sleeper motorhome they’re rarely likely to look back – when it comes the time to change or upgrade the leisure vehicle, therefore, they invariably buy Auto-Sleeper again.

If you’re in the market for buying a top-quality, pre-loved motorhome, therefore, you might want to take more than a second look at any Auto-Sleeper for sale.

Why buy a used Auto-Sleeper?

Auto-Sleepers are famed for their quality, luxury and level of finish. The design and craftsmanship that goes into every model to emerge from the factory in the Cotswolds ensures a level of comfort that is second to none among British-built motorhomes.

So, an Auto-Sleeper is built to last. Even when the first owner decides its time to renew or upgrade, therefore, there is still likely to be plenty of life left in the original model.

As a buyers’ guide published by Out and About Live points out, motorhomes tend to hold their price much better than an average car – and an Auto-Sleeper holds its price better than an average motorhome. But all vehicles inevitably depreciate in value over time. That means you may be able to make appreciable savings on the price of a used Auto-Sleeper compared with one that is brand new.

Where to buy a used Auto-Sleeper

Private sale

You might see an Auto-Sleeper for sale when it’s advertised in a magazine or online listing site.

As you might have discovered when attempting to buy any vehicle through such a private sale, however, the transaction can be fraught with frustration and danger. You need something of an expert eye to check that the vehicle is everything it’s cracked up to be, you have to negotiate a fair price with the vendor, and it’s your responsibility to check that the vendor has title to the motorhome and that it is not subject to any outstanding finance.

You need to check the service history – to ensure that servicing and maintenance has been carried out by approved dealers – and it is down to you to check that everything is clean and has been well cared for.

Most worrying of all when buying through a private sale, perhaps, comes if anything goes wrong with the motorhome you have just bought. You have no come-back if the motorhome is bought “as seen”.

Dealers

You are in much safer hands, of course, if you buy a used Auto-Sleeper from a reputable dealer.

Owners of Auto-Sleepers tend to be loyal to the dealer from which they first bought the motorhome. They rely on the same specialist dealer for the servicing and maintenance of the motorhome and go there for the subsequent fitting of any extras or accessories.

When it comes time to renew or upgrade the vehicle, they are also likely to ask that dealer to handle its sale. So, the majority of Auto-Sleepers you see for sale are likely to be in the hands of specialist dealers. They are likely to prove your most active market.

When buying from such a dealer, you may be assured that the motorhome has been thoroughly inspected and serviced, you have a full range of warranty options, and you have a contact through whom any post-sale snags or concerns may be resolved.

When it comes to motorhomes, Auto-Sleeper has a reputation and standing second to none. From their factory at Willersey in the Cotswolds, they have been hand-crafting motorhomes of superlative quality and design since 1961.

From Peugeot campervans to coachbuilt motorhomes based on either Peugeot or Mercedes powertrains, there is almost certain to be an Auto-Sleeper that suits you and your family’s needs and circumstances. The difficulty is more likely to lie in choosing the appropriate model – there are plenty from which to choose and every year sees a refinement or make-over of still more.

So, what’s in the Auto-Sleepers’ range and what to look out for this year?

The range

From the ever-popular – and constantly up-dated Symbol and Symbol Plus to the more spacious Warwick XL, Peugeot-based campervans remain among the company’s best-sellers.

If you want to upgrade to a coachbuilt Peugeot-engined motorhome, there are a further six models from which to choose – from the stylish Nuevo EK up to the large and very spacious Broadway FB.

If you are looking for a motorhome that is specially engineered to provide a lightweight superstructure – capable of carrying a bigger payload – take a look at the Peugeot AL-KO range, in the shape of either the Corinium Duo or the Corinium FB.

For those in search of the ultimate in luxury and comfort, there is the range of Mercedes coachbuilt motorhomes – five in all, from the Bourton to the Burford Duo.

What’s new?

In a preview of this year’s Motorhome and Caravan Show makes the point that Auto-Sleepers do not make radical changes to their well-proven stable of vehicles. Instead, each year sees a steady evolution of the range through incremental improvements and refinements.

Some of those finishing touches may appear relatively minor – but all add up to the company’s constant search for improvements based on feedback from their customers. As a result, therefore, new models for 2020 see the introduction of:

  • space heating and hot water systems from UK caravan heating specialists Whale;
  • microwaves made by the prestigious manufacturer Dometic;
  • Sargent EC700 electrical systems;
  • WiFi routers from Huawei;

Some innovations pack a bigger punch, such as the changes to the Peugeot Broadway, which now has the latest engines meeting up to date European emission standards (6d-Temp). This is a 2.2-litre 165bhp engine generating 370Nm of torque.

Auto-Sleepers stay ahead of the competition by steadily improving and enhancing the specification of individual models throughout the whole range of models. This applies even to top of the range Mercedes coachbuilt vehicles, which somehow manage to take the level of comfort and luxury still further. For 2020, for example, these models incorporate many new features as standard, including Truma Aventa Comfort air-conditioning.

There is really only one way of taking your next step in choosing an Auto-Sleeper and that is to get along to a reputable dealer specialising in the sale of these iconic motorhomes and taking a closer inspection.