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Post by Paulmold Fri Jan 27, 2023 12:45 pm

[size=34]New for Auto-Sleepers: Mercedes Van Conversion[/size]

Auto-Sleeper will be showcasing a selection of their award winning range of campervan, coachbuilt and luxury low profile models. Launching exclusively is a brand new Mercedes Van Conversion with 2 unique layouts making the most of the open plan space available – visit stand 3075 in Hall 3 for a first look!
All models in the coachbuilt and van conversion ranges come with an Avtex 19.5” Full HD Smart TV with Apps and built in FreeSat Decoder,  a 10w Sound-Bar and the 5G dual sim Wifi system or 2023. Plus you can choose from a new range of luxurious and stylish upholstery ranges

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Post by frederic Fri Jan 27, 2023 1:05 pm

From MMM web site

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The Cotswold company has had a long association with Mercedes-Benz but this has largely been with its coachbuilt motorhomes. That’s set to change with the arrival of Auto-Sleepers’ first ever van conversion based on the Sprinter.
Using the long-wheelbase (6.97m), rear-wheel drive panel van, the newcomer is set to become the flagship of the Auto-Sleeper campervan line-up. It will have a layout similar to the Warwick XL, featuring long sofas in its rear lounge and retaining access through both the barn doors and the back and the side sliding door. The spec will befit the model’s status as a premium model, with a separate shower, drop-down TV concealed in the furniture, on-board WiFi, Truma habitation air-conditioning and – a real USP for a campervan – Alde’s ‘wet’ central heating.
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Post by FreelanderUK Fri Jan 27, 2023 1:49 pm

Will be a very nice price as well

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Post by Bilbobaggins Fri Jan 27, 2023 2:04 pm

Might sneak in under £100k. Interesting if they keep it under 3500kg with useful payload,  and given recent discussions on various forums if they stick with lpg, Alde heating would suggest they are.

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Post by Dave 418 Sat Jan 28, 2023 10:02 am

If had the sort of money that the Merc will sell for I wouldn’t buy a Seval based van. I always lived in hope that the Duetto would re appear but that’s just my personal choice.
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Post by v8oholic Sat Jan 28, 2023 10:23 am

The price of new vans is shocking - Symbol with Winter and Premium packs has gone up 29% in 2 years (now £74,745). The fact they use “flagship” and “premium model” when talking about the Sprinter van conversion means I wouldn’t be at all surprised if it was six figures.
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Post by FreelanderUK Sat Jan 28, 2023 10:27 am

v8oholic wrote:The price of new vans is shocking -  Symbol with Winter and Premium packs has gone up 29% in 2 years (now £74,745). The fact they use “flagship” and “premium model” when talking about the Sprinter van conversion means I wouldn’t be at all surprised if it was six figures.

Or just £10 under hugegrinsup!

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Post by Paulmold Thu Feb 02, 2023 1:33 pm

According to Practical Motorhome,  there will be two Mercedes based van conversions showcased at the NEC show.

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Post by Epicurus Tue Feb 14, 2023 10:23 pm

Auto-Sleepers sent round an email today announcing the new "M-Star" Mercedes Sprinter based van conversion.  The photos won't working on the email I got, nor were half the links!

They have, however, confirmed it will be at this month's NEC show.
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Post by Paulmold Tue Feb 14, 2023 10:28 pm

The links in the email all worked for me but they only refer to the 2023 brochures which don't include the M-star. The only real reference was a diagram of the layout which is simply the exact layout of the Warwick XL, so we can only assume its a WXL on a Merc Sprinter. We will obviously see actual images in a weeks time.

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Post by Kdc Wed Feb 15, 2023 8:22 am

My first impression from the layout shown is that base vehicle aside it doesn’t look like much of an improvement over WXL layout. I will see it next week as going to the show. At mo I think I would have used the extra length to improve the front cab area,turning both seats to occasional table,
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Post by Epicurus Wed Feb 15, 2023 8:46 am

Is there any chance you could copy the image into a post here please?  It just won't work on the email I received and I'd like to see it.

As you say the extra length would be useful for giving the driver's seat a bit more space to move and turn.
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Post by Paulmold Wed Feb 15, 2023 9:02 am

Screenshot from email..    note the comment 'range built on Sprinter' so is there more than just one model.

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Post by Bilbobaggins Wed Feb 15, 2023 9:39 am

Fridge moved from under nearside worktop on WXL to between wardrobe and shower,  looks like worktop has gone from nearside with fridge giving less food prep area, but allows sliding door opening to be full width, WXL has cooker and part of sink in door opening.

Shower and toilet reversed, may give larger shower space

Will wait for photos but at first sight of plan looks less user friendly than WXL

Thanks for posting Paul

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Post by Epicurus Wed Feb 15, 2023 8:02 pm

Thanks Paul that's helpful.  I wonder if the fridge is now full height, surprising to see such a small kitchen area in a near 7m van.

Hopefully I can make it to the show next week and see it for real.
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Post by Paulmold Fri Feb 17, 2023 1:34 pm

"There’s sure to be excitement on the Auto-Sleepers stand, as it will include the first of two new Mercedes-based van conversions the firm is bringing out this year. "

Quote from Practical Motorhome,  so two new Sprinter based van conversions.

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Post by Bilbobaggins Fri Feb 17, 2023 1:49 pm

If I remember correctly as well as being 6.8m long compared to 6.3 for Seville vans, the Merc is about 6 inches narrower which is one reason they have not been used much as pvc base vehicles.

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Post by groundhog Sat Feb 18, 2023 10:02 pm

Here is a question, is it the "new" Mercedes Sprinter though?
The 2023 sprinter in the US features the latest 2.0 litre diesel engine with an option of two power outputs, which will possibly reach Europe in the near future if it hasn't already.
Maybe the new A/S vans have this, I doubt it, in which case if I was in the market for a new one I would be waiting..... for the new one!! look here
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Post by Bilbobaggins Tue Feb 21, 2023 11:12 am

Full video to follow but brief glimpse now on Facebook posting by AS. From initial view looks like full size fridge with microwave above, large fold out worktop to give e prep space in kitchen,  and filler for underslung gas tank behind drivers door. Couldn't see anything about price

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Post by Paulmold Tue Feb 21, 2023 11:53 am

That lpg filler is low, not good for back.! .Looks like Alde heating if their advert outside the m-star is anything to do with it.

https://www.practicalmotorhome.com/news/auto-sleepers-m-star-campervan-nec-show

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Post by Peter Brown Tue Feb 21, 2023 1:23 pm

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Post by Peter Brown Tue Feb 21, 2023 1:24 pm

Full size bathroom, cooker, fridge. Smart van, no price yet
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Post by Paulmold Tue Feb 21, 2023 1:39 pm

I see Ossie got himself in the Derby Motorhomes video.

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Post by FreelanderUK Tue Feb 21, 2023 2:13 pm

Very narrow inside , even less room than the WXL  by looking at the photo
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Post by groundhog Wed Feb 22, 2023 9:32 am

How do you get a table in between those seats, that looks so narrow.
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