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In the market for a high-quality end-lounge coach built offering you more than enough room for the whole family? Nick Harding tracks down one candidate.
To a casual observer, Apaches can look pretty much like any Auto-Trail - spread wheel cover at the back, recessed awning and those distinctive graphics.
The lack of a few exterior details - such as additional chrome - differentiates them from the more expensive and bigger Frontier, while inside, the Apache 700 offers a modern take on a floorplan that has always found favour.
It tops a line-up for 2019 comprising just three models; but as is the Auto-Trail way, there are variations in terms of roof (Hi-line or Lo-line) as well as travel seats (two, four or even six berths).
Three important upgrades for this season are new alloy wheels, more powerful 6kW heating, and a full cooker with dual-fuel hob.
Aspects such as the flat floor throughout add to the user-friendliness of the 700.
One slight anomaly is the Truma heating unit, which looks a little old-fashioned given the high level of kit elsewhere in this 'van.
Elsewhere, there are plenty of positives. Locker doors are easy to open. There's some great LED lighting (ambient and spot) and generously deep storage space in each settee base.
Lined curtains help with blackout and add to the level of cosiness.
Lounging & dining
Meanwhile the rear lounge's U-shaped seating affords great views on three sides, as well as all the facilities to watch TV.
A divider offers privacy in the rear lounge/bedroom. Up front, a double bed can be made from the dinette, although this is slightly more time consuming.
The Hi-line roof pod has ladder access, and a slide-out section for a double bed with generous headroom. The long roof light above should provide lots of ventilation, as well as light (it has flyscreen and blind fittings).
Two shelved lockers - one high, one low - should be sufficient here. There's an illuminated mirror, plus a roof light above, and the only omission is a window.
You also get access to the My Auto-Trail online portal for owners, to keep tabs on your vehicle, and Auto-Trail Connect, which includes a Thatcham Cat 6 tracking system - although you'll have to subscribe to this.
All Apaches also come with a five-year habitation assurance, as well as 10-year body integrity back-up.
|Fresh/waste water||135L / 85L|
|Leisure battery||92 Ah|
Thetford Fridge, 3-burner gas with electric hot plate, Oven, Microwave
Separate shower cubicle
Auto-Trail has long been a favourite marque in the UK - and it's easy to see why.
PRACTICAL MOTORHOME SAYS...
The flexibility of up to six berths and the user-friendliness of that generous rear lounge, along with the usual high-level Auto-Trail specification, top the list of attractions for the Apache 700. You'll need to make sure that you have the relevant C1 category on your licence to drive this heavy motorhome, though.
- Easy to open locker doors
- LED lighting is great
- Truma heating unit looks old-fashioned