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It's smart, clever and can be extensively customised, so even if you've not heard of the firm, don't discount the S & L Motorhomes Atlanta 6.4FL
Here we are reviewing the S & L Motorhomes Atlanta 6.4FL. Never heard of S & L? Well, that may be because the answer to the question, 'is S & L a new kid on the motorhome block?' is both ‘yes’ and ‘no’.
This Yorkshire-based company has been a highly-regarded manufacturer of high-end motorised horseboxes for 33 years. Even just a cursory glance at one of the firm's magnificent Equine vehicles reveals that they are actually sold short by the horsebox moniker – these are far more, as they provide transport and luxury accommodation for both horses and people.
Recently, the firm has expanded into PVC motorhome specific conversions with a range of six Ducato-based models, as well as providing a bespoke design and build service on any base vehicle.
Please bear in mind that the motorhome we are reviewing was built as a demonstrator. If customers are purchasing one, all fabrics and finishes, the style and type of locker doors, the base vehicle spec and so on are all decided by the buyer.
On the road
Even on this extra-long version (6.363m), the rear overhang is a mere 34% of the total wheelbase with a steep departure angle, so grounding is unlikely to be a problem. This demonstrator ’van benefitted from the upgrade to the touchscreen radio with CD player, perfect for those of us stuck in the slow lane of the digital highway! But, of course, with a bespoke product like this, you can spec the system to meet your requirements.
Lounging & dining
The TV in this Atlanta 6.4FL rose from under the worktop opposite which, apart from being a really rather pleasing design touch, should ensure a comfortable viewing angle.
Equipment isn’t just about inclusion, but also position. As with the aforementioned TV, the microwave is also positioned at a sensible height. We also really appreciate the fold-away additional worktop that provides a balcony work surface so that those who need to or want to sit at it can do so without having to be side-saddle, which can be uncomfortable and awkward.
That said, if you're tall, it is possible to have a longer bed fitted, providing it is specified at the time of order. As ever, with bespoke products such as this, it is worth emphasising that S & L will build what you want, not want someone else thinks you want.
The Atlanta's washroom has not one entrance door but two. The other is for exterior access, as well as making it easy to load longer items, such as skis, canoes, step ladders, rolls of carpet and so on.
The standard spec from S & L also included some welcome bonuses such as two high quality leisure batteries, two tables and so on. However, we were disappointed by the lack of a passenger airbag on this demonstrator ’van – S & L assures us that passenger airbags will be fitted to production models.
|Fresh/waste water||90L / 75L|
|Leisure battery||95 Ah|
|Secondary leisure battery||95 Ah|
S & L is not the first with this layout, but in this Atlanta 6.4FL, the company has produced a stylish and well-executed version of it. Flexibility and choice run through this firm's customer-focused approach to motorhome construction, and this British-built ’van certainly is a well-screwed-together product, priced from £47,750 OTR, £53,900 as tested.
- The kitchen has a good spec and layout
- The washroom is well-proportioned, given the motorhome's size
- Being bespoke, you can get what you want from your ’van
- As they are built-to-order, you'll have to wait for your dream motorhome