2007 Auto-Sleeper Duetto

£36,197

Auto-Sleepers’ experience shows through in the details. This camper has good lounge comfort in a small, well-crafted package.

Traditional, cosy interior with the large, comfortable bed

Tight washroom. Light fabric picks up dirt.

Design

The Duetto comes in silver or white, with further options, and a neat GRP spoiler in front of its Heki roof light.
You can use a high-top all year round, unless the lack of living space would frustrate you during winter nights. The Duetto has a good level of insulation and blown-air diesel heating to warm up the interior in minutes, but the tanks aren’t winterised.
Side entrance is easy – the Duetto is fairly low to the ground and has a sliding door. To further aid entry, there’s a manual folding step and a rear step (at 42cm).

On the road

The Transit base has come a long way and its dashboard-mounted gear stick and fine driving manners make it, on balance, probably the best base vehicle you can buy.
The Duetto has a high level of cab specification: leather steering wheel, heated windscreen and cruise control. It benefits from an excellent selection of storage space, with bottle and cup holders on either side.
Only the driver’s seat is adjustable driver’s seats, and the passenger seat is a little high for anyone over 6ft tall, due to the retro-fitted swivel plates. The rear passenger seat is best for occasional use and more suited for lounging. You get a reasonably priced passenger airbag option.
Through-vision is good, and the Duetto gets a heated rear screen and Lezan have rear wipers.
The gutsy engine has more power and torque than many rivals’ and its rear-wheel drive will be favoured by some for the difference in handling.

Lounging & dining

The Duetto has delicate colour co-ordination with a tastefully updated, traditional look that will suit those who are going to spend some time relaxing inside. Unfortunately, it’s also a rather impractical interior with its light-coloured fabrics and carpet. As you might expect, there’s a fair amount of fabric trim and high-quality lined curtains, even where there are blinds in place. The plywood furniture is well crafted, and there are neat, moulded plastic surrounds for the side door, lounge window and kitchen.
The traditional galley set-up doesn’t provide any particular sense of openness, while the ‘vans with two rear travel seats, the Lezan and the Cavarno, both have a corridor-effect throughout.
The Duetto has a permanent sofa and swivel passenger seat, though the extra lounge seat creates a dinette option and provides a separate place to sit.
The Duetto allows separate seating and – with the side seat collapsed – two seats you can recline on. Although lounge occupants can recline against the driver’s seat back, a swivel seat would have improved the potential of either lounge. There’s enough bed space for taller couples but the Duetto’s bed is quite involved: once you drop the side seat down, the sofa base slides out to meet it and three shaped cushions make a large double (or you could have the option of two singles). It’s a large and comfortable bed, and better than most rivals.

Kitchen

The Duetto has a full-size cooker and a two-piece folding worktop cover over the drainer and the sink. It’s a small kitchen, but fairly practical and storage facilities are fair for the size.

Washroom

There’s enough bed space for taller couples but the Duetto’s bed is quite involved: once you drop the side seat down, the sofa base slides out to meet it and three shaped cushions make a large double (or you could have the option of two singles). It’s a large and comfortable bed, and better than most rivals.

Sleeping

The washroom door opens towards the front to accommodate the shower door. It is not very convenient for access, but this set-up does at least provide some modesty for emerging occupants. Its hinged door flap bolts in place beneath the kitchen lockers.
You get an older-model bench toilet, with toilet-roll holder, and a large tip-up sink, but with only 5ft 11ins-worth of headroom and a shower room which measures 56 x 46cm, the toilet is a constricted space, especially with the curtain, the intruding wheel arch and a towel rail to contend with.

Storage

The Duetto’s nearside seat base has a locker on its inner side, which might be useful for some pitching kit. The wardrobe is all hanging space, with no shelving. The second table is stored tidily behind the sofa. There’s access to the bed box, and a lockable seat-base store in the passenger seat.
There are two overhead lockers, but these are shallow – they’ll only hold books and DVDs – and a handy crockery storage area.
Year 2007
Price £36,197
Sleeps 2
Belts 3
Length 5.45m
Width (exc. Mirrors) 2.12m
Height 2.71m
MTPLM (kg) 3500kg
Payload 682kg
Waste/fresh water 40/70
Heating Truma Electric / Gas water heater , Webasto space heater
Kitchen Dometic Fridge , 3-burner gas hob , Oven , Separate grill
Washroom Thetford C-402 bench toilet , Shower curtain
Options Passenger airbag £235. Air-con £705. Alloy wheels £470. Sat-nav £940. Parking sensors £235. Internal fresh water tank £80 (approx). Extractor fan £136. TV/aerial/booster £694. Optional upholstery £206. Map pockets £113.

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