With this caravan model, the standard equipment level in AS caravans reaches new heights – there are two televisions, a vacuum cleaner, a hairdryer, extractor fans in both the kitchen and the shower and a motor mover.
The Westminster is the latest model to join the three-model AS Caravans line-up and it has a U-shaped dining area that makes into a double bed.
Plus, all four AS caravan models are equipped with AL-KO’s anti-snaking device, ATC (Active Trailer Control).
This equipment, plus the addition of Sargent Motion sensor alarm inc PIR movement sensor, which is key fob activated, and a HAL-locate tracking system inclusive of two years’ free subscription, will not only make your caravanning experience more enjoyable but will secure discounts on your caravan insurance too.
In shape, there’s nothing extraordinary about the Westminster’s full-width shower room. The shower is square, on the nearside, the washbasin is in the centre and the toilet is on the offside.
A hairdryer is mounted on the wall alongside the washbasin and mirror and there’s an extractor fan too.
The Westminster provides two double beds. The lounge bed makes up by pulling base units from under each of the settees.
You make the second double bed in the dining area by using the table as part of the base.
We think the lounge double bed is easier and quicker to make up than the rear one, so we guess that couples who buy the Westminster just for two will use the caravan this way around.
At 1.4m long, the settees aren’t long enough to put your feet up, but they are superbly firm and supportive, with armrests that wrap around the corners.
It’s in the lounge that you’ll find one of the Westminster’s other defining features. A television (that comes as part of the package) is mounted in a cabinet at the forward end of the kitchen. You lift the piano-hinged lid, press a button – and the TV rises to a viewing position.
The Westminster isn’t the only caravan to come with a television as part of the package. But it is the only one to come with two. The second, smaller TV is mounted on the dining area’s wall.
Up to six people can sit around the dining table. You feel that you’re set apart from the rest of the caravan; this is truly a dining room as distinct from a dining area.
Lower cabinet space is this kitchen’s strongest point. Three separate cupboards and a drawer give excellent accommodation. Three top cabinets give more than enough space for tableware, and there’s a surprise.
Four Cristal d’Arques cut glass wine glasses are on clips here; they come as part of the package.
There’s a vacuum cleaner in one of the lower kitchen cupboards – and a set of Melamine tableware, packaged in a useful cool bag, in the cabinet under the front chest of drawers.
The microwave is at pretty much the perfect height for most people. Kitchen equipment extends to an extractor fan over the dual fuel hob, and a kitchen roll holder is alongside the microwave.
Perhaps more important than any of those features is the size of the fridge, it’s the Thetford 175-litre model with a separate freezer.
Loaded with spec and with great comfort everywhere – as you’d expect from a caravan costing £30,000.
Cost to insure: £389*
Length: body 5.6m, overall 7.25m, width 2.24m, headroom 1.98m
Weight: MIRO 1643kg, MTPLM 1795kg
*Caravan insurance cost based on Autosleeper Westminster £29999 . Fitted with hitchlock, wheelclamp, AL-KO ATC, AL-KO Secure, Hal Locate Tracker and alarm. Kept on drive behind 24 hour locked gates at HX4 0BE. Caravanners over 30 years old, claim free for 3 years and a member of a caravanning club. Quote includes 10% online discount and 6% Insurance Premium Tax and is correct as of 16.05.12.