The Kemerton is the most exciting new Auto-Sleeper in quite a while and it seems to have been timed perfectly to catch those buyers looking to downsize and possibly run just one vehicle.
Twist the cab chairs around and the interior feels enormous. You could comfortably accommodate five for an evening.
The last 800mm or so of floorspace are devoted entirely to the washroom and the whole area is closed off behind a proper door. Close that behind you and there’s a deep mirror on the other side, but unlike the Topaz the Kemerton’s wardrobe is sited separately so you’ll need to grab your change of attire first.
That’s hardly a hardship when you see how well laid out this bathroom is. On the offside is the wet area with shower (with separate showerhead) and tip-up basin behind tambour doors, while on the nearside is a bench cassette toilet with a small metal-lined storage box behind – ideal for your hose and mains cable.
The fact that this is a better washroom than you’ll find in all but a couple of Auto-Sleepers’ latest coachbuilts says it all really and they’ve even thought about the lack of through-vision and fitted a reversing camera (with screen mounted on top of the original central cab mirror).
If there’s a downside it’s that you’ll want to use these facilities all the time instead of traipsing across to campsite showers but you’ll soon fill the very modest 46-litre waste water tank.
In the kitchen you’ll discover a rather posh three-burner hob, a combined oven and grill, a sink with removable draining board, a good-sized fridge that thinks for itself when choosing between 12V, mains or gas, and even an extractor hood and 700W microwave.
Unlike the Topaz, the Kemerton also has acres of worktop space, plus an additional flap at the forward end of the offside unit. Kitchen storage is pretty good too and includes crockery racks in an eye-level locker, while clothes storage is simply brilliant, thanks to a trio of drawers beneath the wardrobe.
The blinds are the upmarket concertina type and the attention to trim around the windows is first-class. On the road conversion noise was not completely absent, but otherwise this vehicle impressed with its build-quality, especially as our test vehicle was a prototype.
And you can see that Kemerton is a much newer generation of Auto-Sleeper with its rich, dark wood and well-chosen fabrics.
Pity then about those bulky cab curtains, which look a bit dated compared with the rest of the ’van. Auto-Sleepers say that buyers like the warmer feel they give at night and the way they hide the dashboard and steering wheel.
There’s no single bed option here but the transverse double is very quick and easy to make. It’s comfortable too, thanks to high-quality Reflex foam, but the internal dimensions of a Peugeot van limit mattress length to 6ft.
This is a superbly spacious van conversion offering a superb washroom, great kitchen and lots of kit.
Price from: £45,195
Travel seats (inc driver): 3
Dimensions: 5.99m L, 2.26m W, 2.60m H
Interior height: 1.88m
Maximum weight: 3500kg
Beds: Transverse double 1.83m x 1.47m
Insurance cost: £241.50 *
Motorhome insurance premium based on 2011 Auto-Sleepers Kemerton valued at £45,195. Fitted with manufacturers immobiliser and Thatcham Category 1 alarm, kept on driveway at home at TD9 8ED. Motorhome owners – professionals over 50 years old with no claims, convictions or health conditions in last 3 years. 4 years no claims bonus mirrored from car policy and 2 years motorhome driving experience. Members of motorhome club doing less than 7000 miles annually. £250 excess applies. European cover included, European Breakdown £43 extra. Premiums include insurance premium tax at 6% and are correct as of 13.04.11