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Practical Motorhome reviews the 2006 Auto-Sleeper Sandhurst
On the road
There’s a low driving position and the ’van far more car-like in its feel as well as its handling. The cab, being narrower, does feel rather less open and it would be problematic for someone larger than average to pass from the cab to the caravan body.
Electric windows and mirrors are standard, but given the price we were disappointed that air conditioning is not standard. Alloys wheels are, however, as is faux wood trim on the dashboard.
Lounging & dining
However, unlike some rivals, the cab seats don’t swivel due to the dimensions of the cab, which is smaller than Fiat or Peugeot-based rivals. In fact, there is little headroom and those of limited mobility will not find the route from the cab to the back an easy one.
The Auto-Sleeper has a 2040E Caprice cooker with three-burner hob and an 800W electric hob plate, with a decent grill and large oven below. The Dometic fridges has a matching wood panel over the door.
A waste bin is standard and, despite its small size, it is more than you get in many rival motorhomes. The drawback though, is its cutlery drawer, which is directly below the worktop extension. Why it could not have been sited one drawer further down, to allow access at all times, is a mystery.
Matching wood panelling means that the décor fits in with the remainder of the interior.
Under-seat storage is fair, with access to it straightforward, involving lifting the hinged seat base. There’s external access to the one on the nearside.
Dometic Fridge, 3-burner gas with electric hot plate, Oven, Separate grill
Thetford C-250 toilet, Separate shower cubicle
This is an expensive option, but for your money you get a well-constructed and nicely styled ‘van on a superb cab.
- A well built and well furnished ‘van with a superb washroom/dressing room
- Drives like a car
- Awkward to move between cab and body