This 6m van is produced by Autocruise. It has a rear lounge layout which is very popular with the Brits (We like to loaf around watch tele and do as little as possible, whilst mainland Europeans like to be fit, active, skiing, taking ice cold swims in fiords and stuff!). Anyway, a great van, the two rear benches offer 2 x singles or a massive double bed. Great for two people who want a decent living/lounging space. Remember it only has two belted seats, so tagging along family members on a weekend away is not possible. This is probably my favourite layout but the price is silly money. For a van like this on a 2007/8 plate you can expect to pay £31k + for the diesel variant. The price seems to be kept at an artificially high price. Having been watching the prices for the last couple of years they’re certainly keeping their resale value.
There has been some issues with build quality, additionally storage is not brilliant. So, as with all these things, everything is a trade off and compromise. I do baulk at the price, perhaps I will come back to this type of layout in a few years, when they reduce to sensible level. Still on the radar though!
The Auto Sleeper Symbol. Built on a Peugot Boxer chassis, the vehicle is available from £16k +. A 2003 version with lowish mileage will set you back approx £20k. A popular van, with 3 belted seats. It has a forward lounge, offering the option of 2 x singles or a double bed. Fully equipped with a cooker, hob, grill, shower and toilet, this is a great starter van.
This is the 550 version of the Tribute van conversion(5.5m). On a Fiat Chassis, its a layout that ticks all the boxes. The 550 is really designed for a double bed sleeping option, the longer 650(6m) also allows for 2 x singles. These vans are produced in Italy, the chassis is great, but the build quality of the conversion is poor. Cheap materials and a lack of insulation seems to be the norm. Having said that, owners of these vans seem to fall in love with them. They tend to repair and improve the fit of the equipment and end up with a van that will suit their needs. It does help that the build quality is reflected in the price, if you shop around. At this stage I’m reticent to spend on something that might be problematic, but who knows? Still very much a “Potential”. 3 x seated belts, shower, toilet, oven, grill etc. All the stuff we want. A 550 can be picked up on a 2007 plate for approx £22k.
We like this van. Well constructed on a Ford Transit base. It has 3 belted seats, the option of two single beds or a double. This type of layout is available in quite a few van conversions and would be the style we will probably go for. It also has a shower and toilet, which is a “Must Have”. I’m tired of peeing in the woods late at night or sprinting to the nearest shower block in flip flops and towel. We’ve just missed out on one of these vans. A 2006 can be picked up for approx £23k
We’ve been searching for the perfect motorhome for about 18 months. During this period we’ve gone through the whole gamit of potential motorhome variants. I’ve wanted rear lounge van conversions, 7 metre coachbuilts, back to 6 metre conversions and now finally settling on something in the 5.5 metre range. A smallish van conversion, thats well constructed, manoeuvrable and well specced. Its such a massive investment, I just don’t want to get it wrong. We also want a lounging area, where we can lie back, read a book, or watch a film in comfort. so that discounts any dinette versions, or fixed beds.
We’ve been ably assisted in our quest by Motorhome Fun. (www.motorhomefun.co.uk ) A nice site with a very knowledgeable friendly membership. We’ve learn’t so much just by reading up, asking questions, visiting dealerships and actually crawling around inside the vans. I’m not sure how I will actually fill the void once we make the purchase!!!!!