Andrew McPhee

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Practical Motorhome reviews the 2006 Auto-Sleeper Sandhurst


The lower cab of the VW Transporter base vehicle makes the Sandhurst look sleeker than its Ducato-based rivals. An electric step, awning lights and Seitz windows on the door are standard equipment. Double deadlocks are fitted for security, and a smoke alarm and fire extinguisher is standard.

On the road

The Sandhurst, is based on the sleeker VW T5 with long-wheelbase Al-Ko chassis, top-spec 2.4TDi common-rail diesel engine, automatic gearbox and disc brakes all round.
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

There's plenty of space in the lounge, thanks to wide parallel benches. A folding table sits between them at dinner times, and it's nicely sized. Fabrics are hard wearing and attractive. There are removable carpets fitted as standard (in the cab, too) with easy-clean vinyl flooring beneath. Quality is extremely impressive throughout, with pale woods that lighten the interior beautifully.
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.


A tiny extending shelf is the sum total of the extra worksurface in the Sandhurst. The only other possible working surface is the Chinchilla glass over the sink, but that’s not much use if you need to use the sink. There is a fold-out extension but it’s only large enough for one pan. The sink is a rectangular sink/drainer, which allows more dishes to be put in it than rivals with circular sinks.
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.


Making up the bed is simple and the bed is a decent size, with a comfortable six-inch-thick mattress. A strong slatted-wood base allows the area to remain free of condensation. To make up the bed, you pull the bed extensions away from the seats and then allow the upright cushions to fall down into the gap – just four cushions and you are done. When the beds have been made up, it is awkward to get through to the rear cabin. There are no blinds in the cab area, just curtains. Everywhere else, though, there are Seitz double-glazed windows and cassette blinds.


Clever use of space and end bathrooms mean that this motorhomes possesses one of the most sumptuous washrooms in its class. Full width, with separate showers, it’s all roomy and light and doubles as a dressing room with extensive wardrobe and storage space. A Thetford swivel cassette toilet with electric flush is standard.
Matching wood panelling means that the décor fits in with the remainder of the interior.


Storage space is far less of an issue in low-profiles because they all tend to have a decent amount of space at eye level in addition to that in the overcab area. The Sandhurst offers plenty of space and nice, deep doors through which to push bedding.
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.

Technical specs

Travel seats2
Waste water52L
External Options
GRP sidewalls, Awning light, Electric step
Kitchen Equipment
Dometic Fridge, 3-burner gas with electric hot plate, Oven, Separate grill
Thetford C-250 toilet, Separate shower cubicle
Truma Electric/Gas Blown air heater, Truma Electric/Gas water heater


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