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Squeezing a lot into under 6m, with a clever lounge, a good kitchen and a compact washroom, you'll want to know more – read our Auto-Sleeper Stanway review
A genuine genuine icon among British motorhome manufacturers, Auto-Sleepers produces a range of upmarket models from its base near Broadway in the Cotswolds. There are offerings in two segments – van conversions and coachbuilts – using base vehicles from Fiat, Peugeot, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen.
The continuing popularity of van conversions among new entrants to the pastime, or those downsizing from bigger units, saw them account for approximately half of Auto-Sleepers’ 2015-season output, increasing from one-third in 2013. The popularity of recently introduced models including the Kingham, with its clever retractable fixed bed, has driven this change.
And this innovation has been sustained, with more out-of-the-box thinking in evidence on the Stanway, which was released halfway through the 2015-model year.
It’s a vehicle that meets the needs of buyers searching for a sub-6m two-berth motorhome with easy access to the front lounge via the side sliding door, as well as a well-equipped kitchen.
On the road
Lounging & dining
The dinette table hooks onto a rail under the offside window, and has easy-to-operate folding legs.
A three-burner hob sits on the rear wall, above a combination oven and grill, while a corner sink and microwave, dual-fuel fridge with separate freezer compartment and roof extractor fan complete the specification.
In use, a comfortable sleeping surface results because the elements fit together so well.
The base vehicle specification includes driver and passenger airbags, a DAB radio with USB and Bluetooth connectivity, and a spare wheel on an underslung carrier. The Premium Pack (£2500) adds extras including alloy wheels, front fog lights, cab air-con, cruise control, a wind-out canopy awning and a colour reversing camera.
For £295, the Winter Pack provides water tank heater blankets, wheelarch insulation blankets, concertina cab blinds and a 6kW upgrade for the Truma Combi heating (from 4kW).
|Fresh/waste water||69L / 40L|
|Leisure battery||105 Ah|
|Gas tank size||25kg|
3-burner gas hob, Combined Oven/Grill
The Stanway carries several Auto-Sleepers staples: good looks, a luxury spec and a high quality fit and finish. As well as the excellent kitchen, the ‘sideways’ aspect of the lounge has lots of appeal, but ask for a full demonstration of the bed make-up prior to purchase, to see if it meets your needs. And to see other Auto-Sleeper motorhomes for sale, click here.
- It's a high spec ’van
- Standing under 6m long, a lot is packed into a small footprint
- The lounge's design makes the most of the van conversion layout
- The process of making up the double bed might not be for everyone