Andrew McPhee

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Read Practical Motorhome's review of the 2007 Auto-Trail Tracker EKS

Design

The Auto-Trail is good-looking from the outside with its GRP skirts and iconic Indian chieftain head-dress graphics. The coachbuilt body is really well integrated with the cab and you get easily accessible exterior storage lockers with a gas lockers at around waist height. It also has a well-integrated reversing camera. However, the ’van is let down by the fact that the exhaust pipe sticks out behind the offside front axle.

On the road

The Fiat Ducato base vehicle comes with a 128bhp 2.3-litre 130 MultiJet diesel, which gives plenty of grunt on long motorway treks. There’s plenty of storage inside the cab, with deep door pockets, a large nearside glove box and a central glove box below the stereo unit, which is big enough to house a laptop PC. ABS, captains’ swivel chairs, a driver’s airbag, cab carpets and a CD/radio player are also standard.
The seats are a bit high, but so too specification – the ‘SE’ pack brings a flatscreen TV monitor that’s hooked up to a DVD players and reversing camera.

Lounging & dining

The Tracker accommodates no more than four around the table despite being a four-berth ‘van, so any visitors would have to dine, al fresco, under the awning. For lounging, however, it can seat six on the facing sofas, or eight with the cab seats swivelled.
There is an adjustable turning handles on the Remis rooflight, which means it can be opened and closed in increments as desired.
If you opt for the SE pack (almost all Tracker buyers do), you get a flatscreen monitor in the cab, which can be used to play DVDs and watch Freeview digital TV.
There are some useful lounge features, too. At the cab-end of the sofas are collapsible, flip-out coffee tables, ideal for a snack or hot drink, which fold up and down easily by sliding the supporting leg in or out, underneath the table top.
Sitting on the 15cm-thick sofa was a little uncomfortable because the distance between the backs and the edge of the base is too great. So, unless you’re over six feet tall your legs will dangle in the air if you sit back in your seat.

Kitchen

Equipment here includes an oven, grill, a three-burner hob with one electric hotplate and adjustable mixer tap in the sink and a bins on the habitation door. However, there’s no splashguard by the hob.
There’s a vast expanse of work surface. If you add the 71 x 56cm section – made by inserting the sink’s infill – to the huge 95 x 59cm section located above the fridge, then cooks are spoilt for choice. Man hours have clearly gone into perfecting little touches in the kitchen, such as the cutlery tray that fits snugly in a drawer to minimise the noise of jangling cutlery while you’re on the road. The Tracker also has a three-point plug in the kitchen – perfect for a kettle or toaster.

Sleeping

The lounges doubles as the sleeping space, but there’s also an overcab double bed.
The assembled doubles has a slatted base to prevent the build-up of condensation on the underside of the cushions. Assembly is easy: simply pull the base forward and the legs drop into position to support the base of the bed. However, it’s all too easy to catch the skin of your fingers in the spring-loaded legs. Its sofa bases also slide around on their runners too freely when pushing the cushions into place.
The overcab bed accommodates a two further people. It features a solid foam mattress, nearside window with a blind and flyscreen, plus curtains to section off the area from the rest of the ‘van. The sleeping arrangements in the low-line version, the Tracker EK, are identical to the Tracker EKS apart from the overcab bed.

Washroom

The washroom, sadly, isn’t all that appealing. Sure, it has nice touches, such as a towel rail on the back of the door, but the overall impression is of a cramped space. The floor around the toilet is higher than in the shower, so six-footers bash their heads on the roof light. Not only that, but exiting the sturdy shower tray can be perilous, as you have to step up and out of it.
What annoys us most, though, is that you must swivel the Thetford toilet to access the under-sink cupboard, and when using the sink the toilet obstructs your legs.

Storage

There’s only one exterior locker, which loses half of its potential storage space to the gas locker. Thankfully, things inside are better, with four lockers either side of the lounge and plenty of kitchen storage space, too. In fact, the kitchen has four overhead lockers, fixed crockery trays and two large floor-to-waist height cupboards.
An offside wardrobe is tall enough for hanging suits and dresses.

Technical specs

Sleeps4
Travel seats2
MTPLM3500kg
Payload610kg
Length6.26m20′6″
Width2.26m7′5″
Height3.05m10′
Waste water55L
External Options
GRP sidewalls, Awning light, Directional TV aerial, Electric step
Kitchen Equipment
Dometic Fridge, 3-burner gas with electric hot plate, Oven, Separate grill
Washroom
Thetford C-250 toilet

Verdict

Spacious everywhere except the washroom, with good build quality and attractive bodywork throughout.

Conclusion

Pros

  • Comfortable lounge with great design features.

Cons

  • A small washroom and poor bed assembly mechanism.
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