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Find out what the experts think of the Auto-Trail Cheyenne 740S in the Practical Motorhome review
As is the norm with Auto-Trail’s products, the Cheyenne is available in two designs, Hi- and Lo-Line. The latter does not entirely shed Auto-Trail’s trademark bulbous overcab but it does have a slightly lower one with lockers rather than a bed.
You can’t fault the Cheyenne’s construction. The 740S has a GRP body, from sidewalls to roof, to rear, and the build quality is exemplary. The key-less gas locker is one of our favourite Auto-Trail features, and it is so close to the ground that the lower half of the locker door is actually a cutaway section of the side skirt. To open it you pull a lever in the cab and swing the door upward to reveal a wide aperture and a lip-less compartment. It makes swapping gas bottles easy.
There's a transverse washroom across the rear, in front of which is the bed area, which can be cordoned off by a door. The front dining area, a half-dinette, offers a nice sensation of space thanks to the additional headroom in the front of the living area. The granite-look worksurfaces, light and dark woods and olive-green upholstery combine to give an earthy, grown-up feel.
On the road
The SE options pack is well worth considering – it is excellent value at only £849 and transforms the ’van from basically equipped to well kitted out. It includes items such as a reversing camera, flip-down colour monitor, CD/MP3/DVD player and cab air-conditioning.
Lounging & dining
However, once swivelled, the Cheyenne’s cab seats provide a scant amount of legroom so a clash of knees is almost certain to be a problem. The lounge table stows in a cabinet beside the habitation door, making it easy to retrieve for use outside, although we found that it easily gets caught on the cabinet latch during stowage and retrieval.
The sink is a decent size, with two granite-effect covers which are homeless once removed. There is a substantial amount of workspace here.
It has a TV mounting in the bed area, but as it's fixed in position at the foot of one of the beds, one person will have a much better view of it than the other.
The single lounge bed is easy to make up: the lounge seats just slide out to meet in the middle. Also, the single beds in the rear have elevating head sections and these, too, are easy to operate: just pull a strap to raise the bed, then click it into place. The hinged bed base makes it simple to access the underbed storage spaces.
There's a generous wardrobe with hanging rail and shelves off to one side, plus ample storage space for toiletries thanks to an excellent set of wire racks in a cabinet beneath the sink.
Thetford Fridge, 3-burner gas with electric hot plate, Combined Oven/Grill
Thetford C-250 toilet, Separate shower cubicle
A very impressive offering, but the cramped beds are a major letdown.
- Spacious lounge; excellent build quality and classy fittings.
- The single beds are too short for taller sleepers.