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?
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.
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;
- Thatcham-approved Cat 6 vehicle tracking systems – offering what is widely regarded as the highest level of vehicle security in the UK; 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. 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.