Andrew McPhee

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Before you buy, be sure to read Practical Motorhome's Auto-Trail Tracker EKS review

Design

The construction method consists of a GRP (glass reinforced plastic) overcab and roof section, with aluminium side panels, and colour-coded bumpers and side skirts. The bodywork has been fitted and finished to a high standard.
Decent insulation means you could competently tour in spring and autumn, but freezing weather may prove more of a challenge.
An external locker door allows access to the storage space under the left-hand lounge seat but could allow draughts when camping during colder weather. An electrically folding side doorstep is standard.

On the road

The Tracker EKS uses the Fiat Duato as its underpinnings. The 85bhp 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engine can be found wanting on steep roads, but £2443 buys you a more able 2.3-litre turbo-diesel. Whichever you choose, you get a five-speed manual gearbox with the gear lever mounted high on the dashboard. It’s a cinch to reach, but we wish the shift quality was slicker and the gate more clearly defined, as it’s too easy to find fifth gear when aiming for third.
There’s a good mix of easy-to-read instruments, plenty of storage space in the glovebox and door pockets and a dash-mounted pop-up clipboard for maps. There’s also a 12V socket in the dashboard for charging a mobile phone or powering aftermarket satellite navigation, and a standard radio/CD player.
However, the driving position shows up the age of the Ducato cabin – the steering wheel will not adjust sufficiently to allow a comfortable seating position for some drivers. A new Ducato range is due out later this year but may take a while to filter through to convertors.

Lounging & dining

The Tracker has two lounge seats – one on either side of the ’van – and this straightforward approach makes it easy to fit people in when entertaining. It also makes it easy to use the passenger’s rotating captain chair as a seat when dining. However, the table isn’t big enough to allow more than four people to dine simultaneously.
The Tracker provides a small worksurface next to the fridge unit with a fold-up tray to hold the TV. There’s an aerial and socket on the wall behind the fridge worktop. This design means people can see the TV’s screen easily.
If you prefer to read rather than watch television, there are two large side windows in the lounge area. A large skylights help to brighten the living area on dull days and directional spotlights mean that getting stuck into a good book is easy on the eyes.

Kitchen

The kitchens is on the rear nearside. It has a decent-sized workspace on the hob and at the sink and plenty of kitchen cupboard space, crockery storage and cutlery drawers.
The rear kitchen design also means that there is some extra worktop, with the fridge beneath it. The kitchen is easy to use while cooking, but the floor-mounted fridge means bending down to get at its contents. There’s also no splash guard on the wall, so caution will be needed to avoid marking the wood while cooking.
You get a locker to keep wine glasses and bottles securely fastened. It’s on the left-hand wall on the other side of the door from the sink, so it’s easy to access.

Sleeping

Creating the double bed is a simple matter of pulling the bases of the two benches together in the centre of the lounge area. The upper bench cushions are lifted and the bases slid back into place, and the upper seat cushions placed down – all in a matter of seconds. This creates a large double bed.

Washroom

The Tracker’s sink is too small to make it easy to use and could be an irritant on longer trips. The shower cabinet has a handy, removable, rail that can be used to hang wet coats. However, there is not as much headroom in the shower cubicle as in some other ’vans, so those above average height have to stoop to fit in.
You’re offered a decent amount of storage space in the washroom, so you will have no problems stacking away towels. A towel rail and toilet roll holder is also provided. There’s a Thetford electric-flush toilet that rotates for greater ease of use.

Storage

The wardrobe is in the main cabin, on the right-hand side just in front of the washroom. This is where the dining table is stored when not in use, and this pinches a little space.
There are useful lockers above the lounge area, as well as large lockers in the overcab section.
Beneath the lounge seats is a reasonably sized storage area, with external access to the left-hand bench.

Technical specs

Sleeps2
Travel seats2
MTPLM3000kg
Payload375kg
Length5.85m19′2″
Width2.2m7′3″
Height2.95m9′8″
Waste water49L
External Options
Aluminium sidewalls, Awning light
Kitchen Equipment
Dometic Fridge, 3-burner gas with electric hot plate, Oven, Separate grill
Washroom
Thetford C-250 toilet
Heating
Truma Electric/Gas Blown air heater, Truma Electric/Gas water heater

Verdict

his is a great all-rounder that will take on longer trips without complaint

Conclusion

Pros

  • Very simple to use; the double bed arrangement

Cons

  • Shower cubicle does not have enough headroom
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