Motorhome review - Auto-Trail Tracker RS
Posted on 29 May 2012
Which Motorhome Road Test
|Model Year ||2012|
|Class ||Overcab Coachbuilt|
|Base Vehicle ||Fiat Ducato|
|Maximum weight (kg)||3650|
|Main Layout||End Washroom|
|Price from (£)||46694|
|Price from (€)||-|
|Campervan Test Date||-|
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Detailed ReviewThis is an abbreviated motorhome review of the Auto-Trail Tracker RS, which was first published in the May 2012 issue of Which Motorhome. You can download the full magazine by clicking HERE
Ever increasing numbers of motorhome buyers are looking for ways to cut their fuel costs and economise.
With a stylish end washroom, large kitchen, and roomy lounge, the new Auto-Trail Tracker RS is a compact coachbuilt that offers down-sizing buyers a luxurious alternative to much larger motorhomes.
MMM's live-in touring test put it through its paces along a wintery Yorkshire coast, taking in Scarborough and Filey.
Fiat Ducato with camper chassis
Engine: 2.3 Multijet 130bhp Euro V
Price from £46,694
Price as tested £47,693
Berths 2 - or 4 in the Hi-Line version
Travel seats 2
L 6.10m; W 2.35m
MTPLM 3500kg (3650kg upgrade)
AUTO-TRAIL TRACKER RS
Adding to the feeling of a scaled-down luxury motorhome, although the rear moulding with its built-in wheel carrier takes the vehicle just 10 centimetres over the ferry companies' magic six-metre length.
The standard Tracker has enough power for decent progress, but if you’re after extra power, you can pay for the 148bhp engine. There's also the option of Fiat’s Comfort-Matic six-speed automatic in place of the standard six-speed manual.
The Tracker’s relatively short length means that it’s almost as easy to drive as a van conversion and, if you opt for the Media Pack (at £999), you even get a reversing camera. I’d definitely opt for this pack, which includes a drop-down flatscreen TV, Status TV aerial, plus a dash-mounted display for the radio/DVD/CD-player and the European satellite navigation system. Both the driver’s and passenger’s seats are adjustable for height and have armrests.
Once on-site, it’s easy to set up the lounge – simply swivel both the cab seats to face the two inward-facing settees and you’ve got space for up to six people to sit comfortably. The best seats are the swivelled cab seats, although you can't watch the drop-down TV from here, using instead, the two settees as chaise longues, putting your feet up and watching the telly.
Lighting in the lounge is very versatile, as well as featuring low-energy fittings, with a couple of LED spotlamps, some ‘hidden’ lighting above the roof lockers, plus a long strip of LED lighting under the lockers. When it’s time for dinner, the lounge converts into a dinette by the simple addition of a free-standing table, which stores in its own, easy-to-access cupboard.
The kitchen is both spacious and well thought-out. Positioned along the offside wall, it features a full gas cooker with grill, oven, and a three-burner hob that also has one electric hotplate. There’s also a 96-litre three-way fridge, with removable freezer compartment.
The Tracker’s other star feature is the large and luxurious rear washroom. The Tracker isn’t fitted with a Truma Combi boiler, having instead, a separate, and now rather dated-looking, Trumatic space heater, with a blown-air function – plus a separate Truma boiler. The washbasin is of a fair size, with a storage locker underneath, as well as a taller locker above. There’s also a large mirror above the basin, with built-in LED lighting.
You’ll have to make up the bed, but this is quite easily done by pulling out the slatted bases under each of the front settees. This bed has a unique star feature, which doesn’t become clear until you get into it – a large, panoramic roof vent right above the bed, so you can relax in bed and look up at the stars. Even with the roof blind open during a cold February night of minus 6 degrees Celcius, the Tracker was kept really warm inside and I had an amazing moon-lit sleep.
This is an abbreviated motorhome review of the Auto-Trail Tracker RS, which was first published in the May 2012 issue of Which Motorhome. You can download the full magazine by clicking HERE
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