Meeting Maquis South Yorkshire

We get our hands on an Auto-Sleeper Kingham
We get our hands on an Auto-Sleeper Kingham

Friday, 02, Feb 2018 01:01

By William Coleman

Like many people who adore the touring holidays a trip to a dealership is always an exciting day out. Mine was made even more exciting as I knew that I would be walking away with 67 plate Auto-Sleeper Kingham, so to say that I was a little on the happy side may have been a slight understatement.

I made my way from London to South Yorkshire at around 6am, as I wanted to make the most of the day once I picking up my touring home. After a 4 or so hour drive I arrived at the Marquis South Yorkshire branch. I was worried that the weather was not going to hold up but the sun was shining very bright when I arrived which made the white sparkle of the caravans and motorhomes that much better. There really is nothing like motorhome shopping on a bright sunny day.

The dealership was a hive or activity and had a really good buzz. Which I feel is such an important part of the buying process. Many times in the past I have walked into a dealership or forecourt and either not been greeted, sometimes not at all, which makes me instantly lose interest. Everyone seemed genuinely happy to be at work, which makes you feel very reassured that you're at a dealership where people care.

I was greeted by Martin, who is in charge checking the vehicles before they leave the forecourt. Martin also ensures that before the customers leave they have a clear understanding of how the vehicles operates. Although I had been in a fair few leisure vehicles over the years I had never used a van conversion so I was more than happy to be given the tutorial.

First of all Martin showed me around the Kingham just to give me an idea of the overall size and shape of the van. One thing that stood out to me was just how much Auto-Sleeper have been able to fit into the Kingham, without removing anything or condensing the practical space inside the living quarters. Auto-Sleeper is known for the quality build and the luxury of their touring homes and the Kingham stands out as a luxury.

So once me and Martin gave it a once over he then showed me some of the technical details I would need to know before setting off, and this is where I really impressed. I knew that Auto-Sleeper would not skimp on anything at all when it comes to adding the highest if quality fixtures. I won't go into too much detail at this stage but let's just say all the industry leading manufacturers are present. So once I was shown where all the hookups and pipes were I was then shown, in great detail, how to use them. There were a few subtle differences but anyone who is a seasoned tourer should have no trouble transferring their knowhow from a motorhome or caravan to a van conversion.

After this we moved to the inside of the Kingham. Once inside I instantly fell in love with it and could not stop thinking about all the little getaways this van conversion could make possible. For something the size of a long wheelbase van it really does have everything you need and it is clear it has been built for luxury not utility. I must admit that before collecting the Kingham I did have an image in mind of what I could find. I was wrong. This has everything a touring home needs and it is presented in style. Again I will not go into too much detail as the full review is not finished. Once I was shown how to use the washroom and cooking facilities I was ready to go. On my way out was introduced the the dealership manager, Andrew. The paper work was completed and so my adventure began.

Stay tuned for more coverage over the next few days.

Comments - What do you think?
Related stories

TravelWorld New Site Sneak Peek

TravelWorld have big plans for 2018

Our good friends at TravelWorld have given us a little sneak peek at their new dealership site headed our way in 2018. The new site is absolutely massive and is so much more than a showroom.

Kimberley Caravans Show Rare 4x4

The only Hymer M-LI 580 4x4 on display at Kimberley

When it comes to rare vehicles you may not automatically think of leisure vehicles, well at least I didn't until now. Kimberley Caravans & Motorhomes in Darlington have the only Hymer M-LI 580 4 x 4 motorhome in the UK right now is sure to draw huge interest.

Rick Duncan

I'm going to view a sterling eccles van what kind of things will I be looking for when I give it the once over  ...

Caravan Habitation door fly net assembly

Above came off a Swift That I had fitted as a extra buyer arranges delivery £50 Tony A . Mob. 07704987191 Suffolk...

Powrwheel help

Hi  we have just started caravaning again bought a 2009 europa 460 which has a powrwheel mover on it but we have n...

Clear your cookies

Dont forget, when your booking on line and it's something you've reviewed before clear your cookies first just tri...

Drivetec leisure battery

hi probably me being stupid but I had a drivetec leisure battery fitted to my elddis caravan(first caravan I've ha...

Warm caravan

I am looking to replace my ancient Nightstar. I have about £5000 to spend and want something I will comfortable in...

merry xmas

hi all have a great xmas and new year cheers have a good one .tom ...

lunar quasar 462 2007 - awaning

Can anyone advise how to put the awning up for the above van? All a mystery to me. Thanks in advance Barry ...

home or away

hi do you go away xmas or stay at home cheers .tom ...

Flynet assembly for sale

Horrex Habitation sliding  Flynet assembly for sale size 1800 mm high, 635mm had it fitted to Swift caravan ,sligh...

For Sale

Burstner Nexxo t720 - 2012 - £44995

Burnster Nexxo t720

Low Low profile chasis motorhome

Rapido A-Class 999M - 2009 - £54995

Rapido A class 999M

This flagship Rapido model is based on the Mercedes Sprinter chassis (very rare) with the fantastic Mercedes 3.

Monaco Knight 38 PDQ - 2006 - £79995


THE most practical RV layout ever on the market with four slide out rooms, full cream leather interior and light oak cabinetry creates even greater feeling of space.

Niesmann+Bischoff Arto 69 PL (auto) - 2011 - £61995

Niesmann + Bischoff Arto 69 PL

One of the best build qualities in the industry including aluminium sandwich construction, deep double floor and front electric thermo windscreen blind make this motorhome fully winterised.

In pictures: testing the new Auto-Trail V-Line Sport 635 to the extreme

Caravan Times' Favourite Adventure Couple, Simon & Faye, CHeck out the new Autotrail V-line

This weekend however, we decided to test out how sporty the Auto-Trail V-Line Sport 635 really is.

PLANS VETOED: Essex caravan park plans vetoed again

Possible site location at Port Flair

Plans for a 70 pitch caravan park in Essex have been rejected by the local council for a second time.

Caravan site gutted in huge fire causing £1m in damage

Burnt out caravans at the site. Pics from Devon & Somerset Fire Service

An enormous fire has ripped through 160 caravans causing £1 million in damage at a site in Somerset

Caravan dealership launches new online store

Managing director Chris Talbot

Cheshire's largest caravan dealership, Leisure Sales, has unveiled its brand new online accessory store