Although the best of the season for outings may be coming to an end, motorhome news never sleeps – there is always something to whet the appetite for next Spring’s adventures.

Here are some of the key events and news we’ve gathered:

Motorhome and Caravan Show

If there’s one event in the year you simply cannot afford to miss, it’s the Motorhome and Caravan Show held at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre (NEC) from the 15th until the 20th of October.

It’s the place to go for an early preview of new motorhome launches for 2020 and, of course, for any advice you may need on buying your first motorhome or upgrading to your next one.

As the website Out and About Live also points out, you can even get help here in planning your next motorhome holiday – in this country or abroad.

Cannot make it?

If you cannot make it to the Motorhome and Caravan Show, there are two Caravan and Motorhome Shows at opposite ends of the country just around the corner in the New Year.

The first is held from the 16th to the 19th of January at Manchester’s EventCity, where you can view all the latest models, motorhome accessories and enjoy the day out test-driving your model of choice or even letting children as young as 3 to 10 get behind the wheel of a towing vehicle.

Just a week later, another Caravan and Motorhome Show opens from the 24th until the 26th of January at Westpoint Exeter.

Owner Satisfaction Survey 2020

It’s become one of the most important yardsticks for manufacturers and dealers – and a measure likely to feature prominently in any buyer’s decision – so Practical Motorhome’s Owner Satisfaction Survey has rightly earned its place in the market for sellers and buyers alike.

Visit Practical Motorhome’s website and complete the 10-minute survey to let the rest of the world know just how happy – or otherwise – you’ve been with the motorhome you own.

Pick a reputable dealer

It really does pay to pick a reputable and well-established dealer if you’re in the business of buying a new motorhome.

On the 8th of September 2019, the BBC relayed the misfortune of a young woman who had paid over £10,000 for a motorhome which simply failed to materialise when the company All Classics UK Ltd went into liquidation.

The Leicester-based company specialised in restoring campervans in South Africa and shipping them to hopeful buyers in different parts of the world. When it went bankrupt, it left owing many thousands of pounds to its customers.

Motorhome road tax increased by 705%

From 1st September 2019, the tax payable on first registration of a new motorhome with a WLTP Euro 6D/2 engine was increased from £265 up to £2,135. Due to legislative changes, WLTP Euro 6D/2 engines are no longer subject to a commercial vehicle tax band – Private/Light Goods (PLG/PHG) – when they are first registered.

Instead, they are, for the purposes of Vehicle Excise Duty (VED), now taxed as a car. This reclassification means the registration tax for a new motorhome with a WLTP Euro 6D/2 engine has increased from £265 (PLG rate) up to £2,135 – a 705% increase – plus there is significant higher ongoing yearly tax costs for a further five years.

The UK motorhome industry is asking for an urgent minor amendment to the Finance Bill to reclassify motorhomes as commercial vehicles for VED. You can join the campaign and have your say here:

Have you been enjoying your summer out and about in your motorhome? Weather-wise it’s had its ups and downs – depending on where you happen to have been, of course.

In all the excitement of outings in your motorhome, you might have fallen behind with some of the upcoming motorhome news and events. To refresh your mind and curiosity, here are some details of a new motorhome site opening and forthcoming shows …

A new site for your motorhome in Sherwood Forest

  • called Sherwood Pines, the extensive site covers some 20 acres and will offer around 150 pitches for motorhomes, caravans, other leisure vehicles, and tents on all-weather, fully serviced plots, with electric hook-ups;
  • it is intended to keep the site open throughout the year;

The South West Motorhome Show

  • time to get your skates on if you are planning to visit the major motorhome show for this year at the Bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, from the 6th to the 8th of September;

The Motorhome Show Season Finale, Lincoln

  • the historic city of Lincoln is host to the Motorhome Show Season Finale, for one of your last chances to view the pick of 2019’s models, pick up some great bargains on motorhomes and accessories, or simply exchange tales with your fellow motorhome owners;
  • the event is held from the 20th to the 22nd of September and is expected to draw around 5,500 visitors a day;

South Coast Caravan and Motorhome Show, New Forest

  • incorporated into the New Forest Show from the 27th to the 29th of September, the South Coast Caravan and Motorhome Show lets you view some of the latest makes and models of motorhome while giving you the chance to meet and grill their manufacturers and dealers;

Malvern Caravan Show, Malvern

  • held from the 4th to the 6th of October, the Malvern Caravan Show is a must not only for owners and would-be owners of motorhomes but for anyone interested in holidays outdoors – not to mention the urge to enjoy a whole weekend of fun and entertainment;
  • the show is held at the Three Counties Showground in Malvern;

The Motorhome and Caravan Show, NEC, Birmingham

  • the jewel in the crown of motorhome shows in this as in any year is likely to be the Motorhome and Caravan Show held at the spacious National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham, from the 15th to the 20th of October;

Caravan and Motorhome Show, Manchester

  • with more than 200 exhibitors and a full range of the new year’s motorhome models to view up close and personal, the event is sure to attract its usual huge crowds.

So, enjoy the Indian summer that invariably wrings out the last golden days of outings in your motorhome this year while visiting the many shows and events heralding all that next year might bring.

We are all setup and ready to see you at Warners Stoneleigh Show on Friday, Saturday and Sunday this week with a selection of new and used Auto-Sleepers.

Come and meet Tim, Richard, Mike and Dan

Bank holiday weekend opening hours

Saturday 25th May 2019 normal  10.00am to 4.00pm

Sunday 26th May 2019 normal 10.00am to 4.00pm

Bank Holiday Monday 27th May 2019 10.00am to 4.00pm for sales – service and aftersales closed.

Service Department

Closing 1.00pm Friday 21st December 2018

Reopening Wednesday 2nd January 2019 – normal business hours

Sales Department

Closed Sunday 23rd    

Closed Monday 24th

Closed Tuesday25th

Closed Wednesday 26th

Closed Thursday 27th

Open Friday 28th 11.00am to 3.00pm

Open Saturday 29th 11.00am to 3.00pm

Open Sunday 30th 11.00am to 3.00pm

Closed Monday 31st

Closed Tuesday 1st

Open as normal Wednesday 2nd January 2019

Derby Motorhomes will be at the Lincoln Show this weekend, exhibiting a great selection of new and used Auto Sleepers.

We will be on our usual stand, number 52 and have some particularly enticing offers this year; Over £8000 off a brand-new, unregistered ex display Corinium RB for example or over £2000 off our brand-new, display model Symbol and Warwick Duo too!

As we stock the entire Auto-Sleepers Mercedes range too, we also have some exciting offers available on our ex showroom display Burford, Burford Duo and Winchcombe, so you really do need to visit us at Lincoln and talk to us about a deal on a new Auto-Sleeper.

We also have some fantastic discounts on our used Auto-Sleepers with a massive £2000 discount on one of our Broadway EL duos’ and another huge £2000 saving on our Mercedes-based Hampshire!

This really is the time to get a great deal from the county’s leading, solus Auto-Sleeper main dealer. Ask our show team about special offers available when you order a new, 2019 Auto-Sleeper from us at this year’s show – you know it makes sense and if you can avoid the rush for stock at the NEC which happens every October, order now, save on the stress and get yourself a great deal.

For anyone who already owns a motorhome, is thinking of buying one, or is simply curious to find out just what makes them so popular, a motorhome show provides a revealing day out.

The annual Motorhome and Caravan Show is probably the biggest of all the shows and covers 11 of the huge halls at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre (NEC), hosting a presence to some 400 exhibitors. Because of the sheer size and variety of everything on display, therefore, it makes good sense to spend a moment or two thinking about how you can make the most of your time there:

Why are you going?

  • it might seem like too obvious a question, but if you have sorted out in your mind just why you are heading off to the show, it may help you to make the most of the day;
  • if you have a definite plan to buy a new motorhome soon, for example, you might find discounts and other deals being offered by suppliers at the exhibition – so you might want to be ready with the finance for your new motorhome before you go;
  • if you are going just to browse, you might want to give yourself that extra time and space you might on a weekday visit, when there are fewer crowds and you can wander to your heart’s content;

What’s there?

  • there are many motorhome shows around the country at different times of the year – and every one of them is different;
  • but most have a website where you can find details of what is going to be on display and perhaps even a site plan of exhibitors;
  • before show day, make a note of those manufacturers of motorhomes, suppliers of accessories, and any other exhibits in which you are likely to be interested;
  • this is to help make sure that you cover everything you want to cover, in a place where you are almost certain to be side-tracked and distracted by the new or unusual – your list of “must sees” may help to provide some focus;
  • the reason for going and knowing what’s there may help you to devise a plan for the best use of your day;
  • you might want to regard it as your list of intentions, rather than any hard and fast schedule that you have to stick to at all costs;

Motorhome show or permanent exhibition?

  • although it is easy enough to find a schedule of different motorhome shows that are going to be staged at various times of the year in different parts of the country, remember, too that there are also more permanent displays and exhibitions;
  • our own exhibition centre here at Derby Motorhomes in Derby, for example, offers year-round displays of a huge selection of new and used vehicles, supplemented by a comprehensive, user-friendly and personalised website and social media experience for anyone interested in buying their next motorhome;

What type of motorhome?

  • it’s a motorhome show, so you might want to give some thought beforehand to the type of motorhome you want;
  • where are you likely to be driving one, for example, for how long at the wheel and how long inside it once you’ve set up your base;
  • what standard of accommodation does it need inside and how much people does it need to sleep – is there sufficient headroom for the tallest member of the family;
  • where are you going to park or store your motorhome and where can you take it for repairs, servicing and maintenance;

A family day out?

  • a motorhome show can make for a great family day out – and the kids are likely to be just as excited as you about the next holiday adventure;
  • remember, though, that their attention span may be less single-minded than your own and you might want to be prepared to offer them other distractions, too – soft drinks and munchies for starters.

Your visit to a motorhome show is likely to prove a fun-packed and absorbing experience – but a little forethought and planning might help you make the most of it.

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.

When buying a motorhome the motorhome weights are to some customers, a little confusing. They are essential parts of motorhome information, to assist in motorhomes being driven safely.

You may have seen the Police pulling lorries and large vehicles of the roads at weigh stations. Thus, to check that everything is compliant with the regulations. Motorhomes can also be required to take a test. So, lets investigate what motorhome weight calculations are all about.

Motorhome weights.

How heavy?

First things to remember is that on a new motorhome, every additional optional items must be subtracted from your available payload. From removable carpets to outside awnings. They all have a weight that has to be taken into consideration.

Therefore, when buying a motorhome with a modest payload with extras, this will reduce the remaining payload available to use. In fact, this will then reduce carrying things like clothing, bedding, food and drink.

Safety first.

Keeping legal.

When using a motorhome it is important to stay within the limits of the motorhomes capability. Also, it is extremely important not to overload your motorhome. In fact, doing so will have a detrimental effect on handling, and performance of the motorhome. Especially the stopping distances, so the overall safety and stability of the motorhome is very important to your safety.

In addition, Insurers may take a dim view if your motorhome is outside the limits recommended for the motorhome. If you have an accident that is down to this they may not even payout.

How heavy is the motorhome?

More than you thought?

Quite simply to find out, load up as if you were going away and pop along to a public weighbridge. There are many throughout the UK and they are easy to use. Drive the motorhome onto the weighbridge and you will then have an official certificate of the weight of your motorhome.


Maximum technically permissible.

This stands for the “maximum technically permissible laden mass of your motorhome. Sometimes known as “maximum authorised mass (MAM).

This information is usually found in the motorhomes owner’s manual. Also, the information should be on the chassis plate. Basically, this is the maximum amount that the motorhome is allowed to carry in total. This also takes into consideration any touring kit and passengers on board.

So, this is the actual measured weight of the motorhome and the MAM or MTPLM is the payload of the vehicle. Therefore, loading the motorhome in such a way as to not exceed the individual axle loading limits.

This is also, designed to stop overloading of a motorhome. For example if the motorhome has a garage and a 500 kg payload, the tolerance will be 300 kg on the back axle.


Mass of the unladen vehicle.

This weight calculation stands for the “mass of the unladen vehicle”. Also, when arriving at this calculation this is including an allowance for the driver (assumed to be around 75 kg). In addition, taking a calculation that on board at the time the fuel tank is 90% full. The MIRO assumes that the fresh water tank empty. An interesting point to also note. If you travel with water in the freshwater tank then the user payload will reduce accordingly.


Of a conventional load.

The payload is the maximum user payload of the vehicle. This calculation includes a conventional load, In fact, this is for the allowance for passengers. Along with the essential habitation equipment and fluids required for safe and proper functioning of the habitation equipment.

Not forgetting that the optional equipment are the items available from the manufacturer over and above the standard specification. They do not take into any personal effects.

Still not sure?

Please ask us.

Our service department will be happy to help you on any motorhome weight calculation issues.

Select and find out online.

Find out now.

Here is a way of finding out all you need is your motorhome details. Also, on the main website you will find all the help that you need to know.

Now lets face it motorhome servicing is not rocket science or is it? Now we know that there are always going to be the do it yourself DIY person, who can do anything. However, when it comes down to making sure your motorhome is in tip top condition who do you trust?

Well as a franchised Auto Sleeper dealer we feel we need to make sure your motorhome is safe. Then we want to ensure that everything is working correctly. Now on that word safe we mean just that, motorhomes have electrics and gas on board so we start right there.

For peace of mind.

Something worth having.

Ensuring things are as they should be with all gas and electric appliances is our first port of call. Having a service is one thing and mechanical servicing is straight forward. Or at least it should be.

We want to put your motorhome to the test and make sure that all the habitation checks are carried out professionally. Also, in a manner that will give any of our customers real peace of mind.

How far are you going?

Service planning.

You may be setting off for that long journey and like any maintenance you need assuring. Complying to a set of standards beyond just an MOT test is always the way to go.

Motorhome servicing.

Maintaining your motorhome.

No matter if you are only popping to the coast or warmer climates we want you to ensure you are safe. Now that you have found that your motorhome is in tip top condition you can book that trip to Mars after all.