When it comes to embarking on a memorable and comfortable camping adventure, Auto-Sleeper motorhomes have long been a popular choice among outdoor enthusiasts in the United Kingdom. With a wide range of models and features available, selecting the most appropriate Auto-Sleeper for your needs can be an exciting yet challenging task. In this article, we will guide you through the process of choosing the perfect Auto-Sleeper model to make your travel dreams come true.
Who are Auto-Sleeper?
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.
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 several 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.
Here we give a quick overview of several Auto-Sleeper models to give you an idea of what motorhome may be the perfect fit for you.
If you are looking for a compact yet versatile motorhome, the Auto-Sleeper Symbol may be an ideal choice. With its compact size, it offers excellent manoeuvrability, making it suitable for both city adventures and countryside escapades. The Symbol boasts a well-designed interior with all the essential amenities, including a kitchenette, bathroom, and comfortable sleeping arrangements.
For those seeking a spacious and luxurious option, the Auto-Sleeper Nuevo is worth considering. This model offers ample living space and a well-equipped kitchen, allowing you to prepare delicious meals on the road. The Nuevo also provides comfortable sleeping arrangements and a well-designed bathroom, ensuring a relaxing and convenient travel experience.
If you plan on extended trips, the Auto-Sleeper Broadway might be the perfect fit. This motorhome offers generous living and dining areas, and an incredibly spacious layout. It attractive storage space, perfect for long journeys or carrying extra equipment.
For the utmost luxury and comfort, the Auto-Sleeper Bourton is a top-tier option. This model features a spacious interior with a well-appointed kitchen, a luxurious bathroom, and plush sleeping arrangements. The Bourton combines elegance and functionality, providing an exceptional travel experience for those seeking a touch of luxury on their adventures.
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. In recent years, introductions have included:
- 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;
- Thatcham-approved Cat 6 vehicle tracking systems; and
- registration with the National Caravan Council’s Central Registration & Identification Scheme (CRiS) and window etching – for still further vehicle security.
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. In 2020, for example, these models incorporated many new features as standard, including Truma Aventa Comfort air-conditioning.
Consider your travel needs
Before diving into the world of Auto-Sleeper models, it’s essential to evaluate your travel needs.
- Are you planning solo trips or travelling with a group of friends or family?
- How frequently do you plan on using the motorhome?
Answering these questions will help you determine the size, layout, and features you require in an Auto-Sleeper.
Consider budget and maintenance
While choosing an Auto-Sleeper model, it is crucial to consider your budget and ongoing maintenance costs. Set a realistic budget and determine what features are essential for your travel needs.
Keep in mind that larger models with additional amenities tend to have higher price tags.
Don’t forget to factor in maintenance costs, insurance premiums, and fuel consumption to have a comprehensive understanding of the long-term financial commitment.
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.
Visit our Auto-Sleeper dealership and request a test drive to get a feel for the motorhome’s handling and comfort. Additionally, conduct thorough research online, read customer reviews, and explore Auto-Sleeper forums to gather valuable insights from current owners.
This combination of hands-on experience and research will ensure that you make an informed decision. Of course, at DerbyMotorhomes, we will be delighted to help you choose the most appropriate Auto-Sleeper. Please get in touch today for a no-obligation chat!
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