Designed to tempt couples hankering for the comfort of a coachbuilt without the larger dimensions, the Kingham is 6.36m long and sub-3500kg in weight. Given the rise in people downsizing their motorhomes to save on running costs, it’s bang on trend. And with its van-like form, it’s as happy threading through country lanes as it is cruising down motorways.
The Kingham is a looker, thanks to its pleasing combination of side privacy windows, metallic gold paint, colour-coded front bumpers and alloy wheels. The skirts to the rear of the rear axle and the plastic strips along the sides of the vehicle reference the colour of the glazing above, while subtle graphics add further class. This is a ’van that will certainly turn heads on site.
The Kingham is based on the 6.36m XL LWB Peugeot Boxer panel van, with a 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine producing 128bhp.
Auto-Sleepers knows a thing or two about creating comfortable lounges and this expertise has been put to good use in the Kingham. Four people can sit in the lounge, which features a two-seater longitudinal sofa on the offside, with two more seats courtesy of the swiveling front seats.
Resisting the temptation to make this ’van a three-berth means the lounge sofa doesn’t have to double as an extra bed, so it’s not compromised; it has plenty of support and a firm backrest. It offers a good view from the sliding side door – perfect if pitched up near water or overlooking a sunset – and if the door needs to be closed, then a pair of lights at either end of the sofa are well placed for reading. Windows on both sides of the motorhome, and a rooflight that follows the track of the lounge, provide plenty of natural light.
The rotating front seats offer the added bonus of being able to recline. TV points on the wardrobe wall suggest these seats are the intended viewing position.
Push the double bed back during the daytimes to save space and thanks to its pop-up headboard, you can get comfortable for some quality reading time.
It’s good to see that the Kingham’s galley is a place where a Michelin-starred chef could work his or her magic. There’s a generous amount of work surface, thanks to smoked-glass lids to the cooker and sink, plus two worktop extensions for plating up.
Cooks get three gas burners, a combination oven/grill and a microwave oven. A vertical power point at the end of the kitchen worktop allows use of kettles, toasters and so on simultaneously, and the extractor fan will soon rid the ’van of steam and cooking odours.
The rectangular sink will easily cope with a couple’s washing up and has a plastic drainer supplied to bridge the gap between sink and cooker. Storage provision in the kitchen is good, too, with two overhead lockers including racking for crockery, assorted drawers and a corner cupboard at the rear of the kitchen unit.
The rear fixed bed is the Kingham’s unique selling point. Mounted in the rear offside corner, its retractable aluminium frame allows two positions: fully flat for sleeping or partially raised for reading. The raised position offers a further benefit: you can claim back floor space at the foot of the bed during the day.
Converting the bed is straightforward. Push it firmly towards the rear doors to raise it; pull it towards you sharply and it will lie flat. There are no levers or catches, and you don’t need to be particularly strong; it’s all in the technique.
Comfort and style are key in the corner washroom. It’s not huge, but it is well thought out and makes the most of the available space. A beige wallboard combines well with a moulded plastic sink and vanity unit just inside the silver tambour door to the right as you enter. The floor doubles as a shower tray, with the shower mounted in the nearside corner next to a towel rail. A swivel cassette toilet sits against the rear wall below a mirrored cupboard. Another mirror hangs above the sink, and a ceiling globe takes care of lighting. There’s enough space for one person to get dressed in.
Storage space is available under the offside lounge sofa, although the MCU takes a nibble from it. Next to the sofa is a handy dedicated slot for the occasional table.
When not in use, the folding leaf lounge table stows in a shelf above the driver’s cab. It’s also a good place to keep items you need quickly.
An underslung gas tank is a great space saving solution. A level meter near the steering wheel lets you know when you’re running low.
Features of this motorhome include: 2 Berth, 2 Travel, 6 Speed Manual, 128BHP, Underslung Gas Tank, Alloys, Fog Lights, Day Time Running Lights, Awning, Awning Light, Fresh and Waste Water Tanks, Tow Bar + Electrics, Ladder, Reversing Camera, Spare Wheel, Air Suspension, External TV Ariel, Electric and Heated Door Mirrors, Electric Cab Windows, Captains Swivel Seats with Height Adjustment and Driver’s Lumbar Support, Cab and Habitation Carpets, Leisure Battery, Steering Wheel Mounted Audio Controls, Cab Air Conditioning, Remote Central Locking with Alarm, 12v Socket, Driver and Passenger Airbag, Remis Cab Blinds, AM/FM Radio with Bluetooth, TV Ariel, Sky Lights, Fly Screens and Blinds, USB Ports, Oven, Microwave, Sink, Truma Gas/Electric Blown Air Heating System, Truma Aventa Habitation Air Conditioning, Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms, 3 Way Fridge Freezer, Avtex TV in sleeping area, French Bed, Cassette Toilet, Wash Basin, Shower, TV Bracket in Living Area, Drinks Cabinet, 3 x Gas Hobs.
Gross vehicle weight: 3500kgs, Mass in running order: 3108kgs, Payload: 392kgs
Length: 6.36m, Height: 2.64m, Width: 2.26m
This motorhome can be driven on a standard driver’s licence.