The winners of this year’s Tent, Caravan and Motorhome Owner Satisfaction Awards have been revealed, and Auto-Sleepers have been awarded Best Motorhome Manufacturer (UK New and Used)!

Club President Julia Bradbury was on hand to present the awards at The Midland Hotel in Manchester on the evening of 17 January.

As in previous years, winners were crowned based entirely on the feedback given by the thousands of Club members, Practical Caravan and Practical Motorhome readers who completed the 2019 Owner Satisfaction Survey, which ran from February to November 2018.

“This year we introduced a new category – that for Best Motorhome Manufacturer (UK New and Used volume sales). This recognises the British manufacturer that impressed across the board.” It was in this category that Auto-Sleepers took home the award, having been voted the Best Motorhome Manufacturer of 2019!

About the Awards

A total of 24 awards were presented at the ceremony, which is run by The Camping and Caravanning Club in partnership with Practical Caravan and Practical Motorhome magazines.

Robert Louden MBE, Director General at The Camping and Caravanning Club, said: “We are pleased to continue our annual celebration into the best products on the market at the 2019 Owner Satisfaction Awards.

“Over the three year’s we’ve been running these awards jointly with Practical Motorhome and Practical Caravan magazines, we’ve collected invaluable feedback from tent, trailer tent, caravan and motorhome owners. This is then shared with manufacturers where appropriate to help to improve the quality and overall reliability of their products. Ultimately, this then helps consumers and our members to spend their money wisely.”

Alastair Lewis, Managing Director (Hobbies) at Future Publishing, the publisher of both Practical magazine titles, said: “We’re delighted to team up with The Camping and Caravanning Club once again to deliver this important survey of caravan and motorhome owners – our brands are all about helping people get the most out of their passion for caravan or motorhome travel and to buy the best kit to help them do that.

“This survey is an invaluable tool both for readers keen to get insight from other owners and for the industry to help them continue to deliver great ‘vans and motorhomes and the highest levels of service for their customers. It’s testament to the strength of our brands and their position in the market that this year we received more responses than ever before, and we continue to develop the survey and our presentation of it to best reflect the changing markets we operate in.”

The caravan and motorhome awards both feature new categories for 2019, Best Motorhome Manufacturer and Best Caravan Manufacturer, awarded to the brands which score highest across both new and pre-owned categories based on UK new and used volume sales. Meanwhile, there was an increase in the number of 31-50 year olds who completed this year’s Tent Owner Satisfaction Survey, with more people paying less than £100 for their tent.

The full results from the surveys, and detailed analysis, will be published in the February issues of Camping & Caravanning and Practical Caravan and the April issue of Practical Motorhome. To view the full list of gold and silver award winners in this year’s awards visit: www.practicalcaravan.comwww.practicalmotorhome.com or www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk/owner-satisfaction-awards.

Just been to the Auto-Sleepers factory for 2019 model updates prior to the NEC Show next week.



Managed to sneak a few photographs to give everyone a bit of a preview of the new Mercedes range cabs and dash and the latest wood-finish for the Mercedes range too.

The furniture finish is called Santana and is lighter than the current Valencia finish, which is still available to order.

The dash is very car-like, a huge improvement and there’s also paddle change for the “enthusiastic” drivers; still rear wheel drive and automatic too!

New Sargent control panels are very clever, updating them regularly with vital system data bursts.

Working on the Auto-Sleepers stand at the Nec next week so hopefully see some you there.

Tim – Derby Motorhomes

It’s always great to have one’s own opinions vindicated by others.

That’s why we at Derby Motorhomes were delighted to see award winning Auto-Sleepers motorhomes yet again picking up some prestigious awards at a major show.

The event

The Caravan & Motorhome Club Design Awards 2018 were announced recently.

This is not just a local caravan association getting together for a cosy informal chat and to exchange subjective opinions. This is a major industry-supported event that was held at the NEC Birmingham on Friday, the 23rd of February.

An extensive and prestigious evaluation of large numbers of the latest motorhomes and related vehicles was carried out. For example, this year no less than 98 vehicles were checked and tested across a wide range of functional components. Those tests included reviews of things such as:

  • the safety of electrical systems;
  • ventilation systems;
  • the ergonomics of the driving cab and driving positions;
  • all-round visibility and safety;
  • driver and passenger comfort;
  • kitchen and washroom equipment and functionality;
  • air conditioning;
  • heating;
  • and a whole range of other factors too. The above is not a complete list.

The judges were entirely independent and were personally thanked by the Chairman of the Caravan and Motorhome Club for their diligence and attention to detail. Their aims and those of the above sponsoring organization were to make available as much information about the vehicles as possible in an entirely objective fashion.

The result

We are long-standing admirers of Auto-Sleepers vehicles. That is no secret!

So, we won’t hide our pleasure at the fact that they won two of these very prestigious awards. Specifically:

  • the Broadway EB won 1st place for the second year in succession within the “coach built £55,000 to £65,000” category;
  • then the Fairford came out top in the “Van Conversions over £55,000” grouping.

We believe that these results confirm that we’re not the only ones who have such a high regard for Auto-Sleepers’ constructions. Of course, you don’t necessarily have to just take our word for it. We would warmly welcome your visit and inspection of any of the vehicles we have on site.

Technology

If for whatever reason, that’s not convenient for you, you could have a look around from the comfort of your own home. That’s thanks to the new “virtual reality” facility that you can find on our site.

Don’t worry – you won’t need goggles, special VR headsets, a PhD or “Starship Enterprise” type technology to use it! Most PCs or other mobile devices should allow you to have a good look around some of the Auto-Sleepers products perhaps without even leaving your own armchair.

Why awards are important

Of course, the most obvious answer is nothing to do with our satisfaction at being right in our original views on award winning Auto-Sleepers.

In fact, the results exist to help consumers to decide which vehicles are likely to be the most suitable for them and to reduce their risks of getting things wrong – thanks to the fact that a panel of experts has given a very close examination and subsequent thumbs up to these vehicles.

That’s why we are pleased to publicise these successes and to encourage you to check out the vehicles concerned and others from the same stables. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

Described on the website Out and About Live as the “mainstay” of motorhome manufacturing in the UK, there is no shortage of reasons for choosing to by an Auto-Sleeper.

It’s no accident – but a testament to the build quality and design of their motorhomes – that Auto-Sleeper last year won the Caravan Club’s Motorhome Design Awards in classes topped both by its Peugeot Corinium RB and Peugeot Broadway EB models.

But let’s take a closer look at just why Auto-Sleepers make such a good buy:

Safety first

  • one of the priorities for this manufacturer is maintenance of the highest safety standards;
  • it achieves these standards through compliance with the European Whole Vehicle Type Approval ratings, together with other European standards, such as those regarding seat belt anchorage points;
  • every model built by Auto-Sleepers conforms to European and British safety standards and compliance is independently verified by the UK’s Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA) and the National Caravan Council (NCC);

Quality

  • it is the quality of the craftsmanship that goes into every handmade Auto-Sleeper that probably draws most buyers – and wins the envious glances of other motorhome owners;
  • from their factory at Willersley, in the Cotswolds, the company has spent the past 50 years or so perfecting the art of producing custom-made motorhomes, to designs which have time and again proved to be ahead of their times – and always in a class of their own;

Derby Motorhomes

  • talk about the design and craftsmanship of the Auto-Sleeper might come easily, but you don’t have to take our word for it – get up close and personal with the full range of models and see for yourself at our extensive showrooms and exhibition centre here at Derby Motorhomes in Derby;
  • as winter approaches and the wet and windy weather sets in, you can experience first-hand encounters with as many motorhomes as you like, all in the dry and heated comfort of our indoor space – and contentedly dream of those sunny summer days touring in the luxury of your own Auto-Sleeper;

Your choice

  • download the 2018 Auto-Sleeper catalogue now and you will get your first glimpse of the extremely wide range of new models available – including our awarding-winning panel van conversions and coach-built versions using the popular Peugeot chassis or your own bespoke form of luxury built on chasses from Mercedes;
  • the possibilities do not stop there – your choice of additional features and accessories combine to offer endless variations for personalising your Auto-Sleeper to your precise specifications;
  • a customised choice of fabrics for the furniture and furnishings, for example, or the addition of accessories such as bicycle carriers, in-vehicle entertainment systems and solar panels;

Transparent pricing

  • here at Derby Motorhomes, we are especially keen to keep things perfectly clear and straight forward when it comes to perhaps your biggest concern – pricing;
  • so, we identify every component of the total price you are likely to pay – the basic price, plus VAT, the ex-works price, the cost of delivery (if necessary), the cost of any additional features or accessories you have chosen, and the final, effective price on the road of your Auto-Sleeper.

Just as Auto-Sleeper has gained its status as the mainstay of motorhome manufacturing in the UK, so Derby Motorhomes strives to keep its place as one of the country’s leading dealerships.

Well, it comes as no surprise to see Auto Sleeper awards winners the coach built Broadway EB and the Corinium RB winning prestigious awards. Yes. scooping not one, but two awards at the prestigious Caravan Club awards ceremony in Birmingham. This years awards coincide with the Caravan Club changing its name to the Caravan and Motorhome Club.

In some ways this achievement is nothing new, as Auto Sleepers who have been winning awards over many years. This comes from a long established company who have been in business for over fifty four years. With a vast wealth of experience in designing and making hand built, coach built motorhomes.

Award winners.

More prestigious awards.

We here at Derby motorhomes and all of the staff at the Auto Sleeper Centre offer our congratulations. This great achievement again enables us to help promote this great brand of excellence. We are equally happy to see a British motorhome manufacturer win these awards.

Auto Sleeper Broadway EB.

Coach built success.

The ever popular Broadway EB, built on the Peugeot Boxer chassis, scooped the winning prize for the coach built from £51,000 – £65,000′ category. The many long establish Auto Sleeper Broadway owners will not be surprised by this award.

Auto Sleeper Corinium RB.

AL KO chassis award.

The Corinium RB is built on the Peugeot AL-KO chassis achieving the top spot in the coach built over £65,000 category. There seems not stopping the Corinium range a hit from the moment it entered the motorhome charts. The layouts in all of the three current Corinium models certainly provides customers with a choice. The AL KO chassis has been providing Auto Sleeper with a whole new set of options.

See the awards winners.

Pay us a visit.

If you would like to know more about these Auto Sleeper award winners then please let us know. In fact, we extend an invitation to book a personal appointment with a sales team member. We are easy to find and we hold all of the Auto Sleeper range in our heated indoor showroom in Derby.

Yes, a question that people often ask is why we like Auto Sleeper? So, a simple answer is we know they have been manufacturing motorhomes for over fifty four years. That speaks volumes about them and just one reason to why we like Auto Sleeper.

There are many other reasons mainly because the model range offers something for everyone. From the top of the range Mercedes Benz luxury motorhome to the very flexible Peugeot van conversions. Alongside the Peugeot coach built range and finishing with the all new Peugeot built on the AL KO chassis.

We love Auto Sleeper.

Over fifty four years in business.

There are other good reasons that we like them for example UK based makes life easy. Parts and servicing issues just disappear most of the time. Yes, there is always an exception but with an Auto Sleeper there are not many to be concerned over.

Factory collections and a that easy to get to destination that is in a beautiful part of England. The English Cotswold’s take some beating for a taste of real England. Also, there is a matter of residual values and whilst every motorhome devalues over time, Auto Sleeper remain very popular.

Wanted second hand.

Good Auto Sleeper motorhomes.

In fact, they hold that desirable appeal second hand and the trade likes them as well! We tend to find that they really do sell well. This is also an important factor for all our customers who have an Auto Sleeper.

Selling well.

Great residual values.

Having the ability to sell an Auto Sleeper quickly is another good reason, should peoples circumstances change and cash be needed in the bank then we would always be a potential buyer.

Need our help?

Just ask happy to help anyone.

So, there you have some of the reasons that we like our Auto Sleeper. One sound financial reason is that now they are part of Trigano one of Europe’s largest Leisure groups.

Now in the sixth year the Auto Sleeper Exhibition Centre continues to go from strength to strength. Following on from record sales of new Auto Sleeper motorhomes in 2016. The company continues to develop the new technology and promote their social media platforms. Now get that seat belt on and relax while we demonstrate our services.

The start of 2017 has seen the company develop a very new website and trade as Derby Motorhomes. This will become the motorhome marketing strategy. Brought in to enhance the growing number of enquiries from the website.

Exhibition centre.

In Derby in the UK.

The company has been very innovative from introducing the idea of a dedicated centre for one manufacturer. They have developed new sales of Auto Sleepers using their indoor showroom in Derby to display all the models.

This has created a friendly but professional environment for customers to see different layouts in their own time. On site is full after sales services and no bad weather to brave.

Internet and social media.

Spreading the news fast.

The work has been carried out by Speedie consultants a PR company renowned for its social media expertise. They have designed a new website that will act as the platform of Auto Sleeper information.

With interaction of stock information and a log in for customers and lead introductions and tracking. This has been the turning point to drive the business forward.

Comments from Speedie PR.

PR specialists in the UK.

Jason Hulott the Speedie MD explained ” its refreshing to see a company make use of our social media skills to obtain new customers. As well as understanding the importance of a secure Internet presence”

“We have vast experience in finance and insurance lead generation, something that we will adapt to help the Derby Motorhomes brand to tap into. Also, we see the leisure market expanding at a rapid rate so the timing is right”.

Return on investment.

Counting the costs.

In fact, there will be other plans to develop further customer friendly leads and integration with customers old and new. Something that the Derby Motorhomes branding can add value to. So, exciting times ahead in Derby.