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Read the Practical Motorhome Autocruise Stargazer review – is it worth the money?
On the road
Inside the cab, storage is good, with deep door pockets, a large nearside glove box and a central glove box below the stereo unit. ABS, captains’ swivel chairs, a driver’s airbag, cab carpets and a CD/radio player are also standard.
The only noteworthy problem is the height of both cab seats, which are too high for some people.
Lounging & dining
The Stargazer has a small step down into the cab: the floor from the lounge into the kitchen is flat so there’s little chance of an untimely fall. The main drawback here is that the interior décor looked rather dated. There are also velvety panels on the lounge walls, which seem gratuitous and add nothing practical.
The floorplan focuses on providing a comfortable lounge space. There’s room for four to dine at a freestanding table, or for six to lounge on the facing sofas (eight with the cab seats swivelled).
A Beko flatscreen TV, fitted on an adjustable mounting, is standard. A useful lounge feature are the curtains that slide all the way across the length of the lounge windows.
Generally, the kitchen is solid, if not spectacular. Standout features include the two halogen spotlights above the cooker and the solid, wooden cutlery drawer.
Its greatest attraction though is the extra work surface gained from a drop-down section of worktop that covers the sink. When not in use, it stows tidily against the nearside wall, secured by a catch. The work surface above the 105-litre Dometic fridge is a respectable 85 x 58cm.
Sadly, there’s less room around the toilet and your legs clash with the door when sitting on the Thetford. It’s also too easy to bang your head on the mirrored unit above the sink when bending down to wash your face.
With nine overhead lounge lockers and one in its low-profile front, the Autocruise has loads of storage space in the living area, too.
In the kitchen, there are two overhead lockers, two shelves and two drawers, as well as some stylish storage shelves above the work surface.
A wardrobe on the offside is tall enough for long items of clothing.
Dometic Fridge, 3-burner gas with electric hot plate, Oven, Separate grill
Thetford C-250 toilet
Autocruise has excellent storage options, but generally disappoints given its high price.
- Excellent amount of storage and well-designed interior space
- Interior décor dated
- Washroom is small