Practical Motorhome reviews the Auto-Sleeper Duetto, available in white or silver
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 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 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.
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.
There are two overhead lockers, but these are shallow – they’ll only hold books and DVDs – and a handy crockery storage area.
Dometic Fridge, 3-burner gas hob, Oven, Separate grill
Thetford C-402 bench toilet, Shower curtain
Auto-Sleepers’ experience shows through in the details of the Duetto. This camper has good lounge comfort in a small, well-crafted package.