Auto-Sleepers has combined highlights from both the Stanway and the regular Symbol to create the Symbol Plus. Nick Harding tries the tempting new blend.
When you have a model as perennially popular as the Symbol, what can you do to improve it and boost its appeal to existing owners? Well, here it is.Auto-Sleepers admits that it has customer demand to thank for this combination of all that's best about the Symbol - the front lounge - and the Stanway's L-shaped rear kitchen and washroom.
Spare a thought for the Stanway, because this has been dropped for the season. It's possible to presume that the Stanway's lounge, despite its extra travelling seat for two, didn't quite tick everyone's boxes.
The 'van's payload is still to be confirmed, but the Stanway has an impressive 562kg, so you can expect a similar figure here.
On the road
Lounging & dining
You only need to open the rear doors to access the toilet cassette, gas isolator valves and Truma 6 Combi boiler.
The cooking facilities are good, and feature three gas rings, along with a combined oven and grill. It's great to see the inclusion of the Stanway's coffee maker here, too.
Cooking facilities are supplemented by a Russell Hobbs microwave - there's little more that a chef could need in here - and there's an Omnivent overhead. The latter is a good addition because, unless you plan to cook with the offside rear door open, there's no direct ventilation here.
The fixed handbasin is rather on the small side, but there's plenty of kit elsewhere; including a vanity unit with sliding doors, toilet roll holder, a towel rail, an extractor fan unit and so on.
You can create a changing area at the back, too, by opening the door to the main locker/vanity area (there's an excellent illuminated mirror here) and folding out a lower panel.
|Layout||Van conversion, rear kitchen|
|Fresh/waste water||69L / 40L|
|Leisure battery||105 Ah|
3-burner gas hob, Combined Oven/Grill, Microwave, Extractor fan
The lounge in the Symbol Plus as a long-term favourite, and the kitchen and washroom layout from the outgoing Stanway is attractive. Then you get all of those Auto-Sleeper comforts and overall spec, too. The Symbol Plus is a tempting little motorhome that should do well on the forecourts.