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If size matters, be sure to read Practical Motorhome's review of the Auto-Sleeper Midas EL
The Midas is the largest ’van Auto-Sleepers has ever produced. The £47,495 price tag may seem a bit steep, but it reflects the quality of materials used and the inclusion of original, well-designed equipment.
Inside, it has all the classic elegance you would expect in a motorhome from this Cotswold-based company. Outside, the lasting impression is the sheer size of the Midas. Happily, the minimal, understated, graphics and pleasant, simple, styling result in a very smart-looking leisure vehicle.
One small exterior locker behind the driver took our pitching kit, while our folding chairs were accommodated the full-width locker at the rear. The water filler was too close to the mains socket for us to be confident about the electrics remaining dry when we used the filling hose.
On the road
The driving position was comfortable, although the height of the driver’s swivel seat means that the handbrake is positioned a little too low for comfort. Once or twice we thought we had fully released the handbrake, but it turned out we hadn’t.
We loved the Boxer’s stubby little gear stick – it’s more Morgan car than Peugeot van and is a stylish little number. When we picked up the Midas it had just five miles on the clock and so the gear change was a bit stiff and notchy, but a thousand miles down the road it was improving all the time.
The worst aspect of the drive was the level of wind noise. At motorway speeds it seemed to emanate from the tops of the doors, and on long legs of the journey the noise became very wearing.
Lounging & dining
The lounge would provide an ideal space for hosting a dinner party for four people, but it could accommodate even more for drinks at a club rally. When entertaining, the Midas benefits from plenty of natural light, which floods in through the extensive offside, and large rear, windows.
The diesel-powered warm air system quickly heats up the whole motorhome, even if you do need a degree to work the over-complicated electronic programmer. Our only other criticism of the heater is that it’s noisy, but at least most of the noise stayed outside the ’van.
The storage space is nicely arranged and the Midas provides some interesting pull-out and flip-up extra worktop space. A large roof light gives plenty of ventilation and natural light.
The cover for the sink and draining board is made of special Chinchilla glass that is so strong it can be used as a chopping board. The cooker rattles on the road but then in what ’van does it not? Keep buying those tea towels…
The dinette opposite the kitchen makes a large single bed while the overcab sleeps two in a good-sized double.
On the plus side the room has multiple shower drains, which result in a dry tray even if the ’van isn’t perfectly level, and the waterproof lockers mean you can really splash about.
The overhead lockers held most of our kit and food, and the large locker under the front-facing rear seats proved particularly useful. There is also a drinks cabinet filled with fine crystal glasses.
4-burner gas hob, Oven, Separate grill
Thetford C-250 toilet, Shower curtain
This is a classy motorhome, built to impress and entertain your friends on the rally field. Despite its six berths, though, it seems made for a couple with the time and money to tour in comfort and luxury. If you did want to travel as a family there is plenty of room, and the all-important forward-facing seats, with seat belts, make it easy to tour with two grandchildren.
- Driving characteristics; huge rear lounge; kitchen
- Wind noise; small fridge