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Auto-Trail Cheyenne 840D (2008) - motorhome review

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Key Features

  • Model Year : 2007
  • Class : Overcab Coachbuilt
  • Base Vehicle : Fiat Ducato
  • Layout : Island Bed
  • Berths : 4
  • Engine Size : 2.3TD
  • Maximum Weight (Kg) : 5000

The Verdict

As a large and luxurious coachbuilt for two, the Auto-Trail Cheyenne 840D offers little compromise, but you'd be wise to tick the 160bhp engine option.

Score

AT A GLANCE

Auto-Trail Cheyenne 840D 2008

Pros
  • Sociable twin settee lounge
  • L-shaped kitchen with ample worktop and cooker
  • Island double bed is great
  • Generous 1255kg payload
Cons
  • 160bhp engine would be better with 5000kg chassis
  • Four berth but only two travel seats

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

Model Year
2007
Manufacturer
Auto-Trail
Class
Overcab Coachbuilt
Range
Cheyenne
Base Vehicle
Fiat Ducato
Price from (£)
53586
Main Layout
Island Bed
Price from (€)
Berths
4
Length (m)
8.61
Height (m)
2.97
Engine Size
2.3TD
Belted Seats
2
Payload (kg)
1255
Width (m)
2.31
Maximum weight (kg)
5000

DETAILED REVIEW

AMONG a plethora of motorhome ‘island’ bed models, the Cheyenne 840D stands out as a tag-axle tourer with attitude.

This 8.5-metre-plus motorhome’s stand-out feature is a separate rear bedroom complete with almost all-round access lengthways double bed.

Built on a 5,000kg Al-Ko chassis and hauled by Fiat’s latest and greatest Ducato cab, the 840D features a 130bhp engine as standard.

However, the additional £1,530 for the 157bhp, 3-litre motor (which will provide copious quantities of pulling power through the all-new six-speed gearbox) seems like an essential extra.

There are no rear seatbelts here, so the front-end, twin-sofa lounge that easily converts to a double bed, is for visitors. Further back, a capable L-shaped kitchen offers full cooker with the latest 180-litre fridge from Thetford.

To the rear, the separate bedroom features a washroom and shower to complement the island double bed.

These washroom facilities stand either side of the aisle, the cramped toilet room with washbasin on the nearside and a separate shower compartment opposite.

The toilet room door swings open to block the aisle and enclose the bedroom, providing en-suite facilities.

Meanwhile, his ‘n’ hers wardrobes and night tables add practicality, while a cabinet containing a laundry basket and a niche ready to accept your flat screen TV add luxury.

Storage of bulky items is well catered for with space under the island bed and a through-locker at the extreme rear that’s capacious but falls short of providing genuine garage space. The 5,000kg chassis offers a generous payload of well over a tonne.

The Cheyenne 840D takes advantage of Auto-Trail’s approach to motorcaravan design in a spacious body that looks set to feature a must-have layout for 2007.

The only downside with this Cheyenne’s take on this design is the fact that the radiused foot of the bed makes it more suitable for the shorter motorhomer.

Where in the past, Fiat’s range-topping engine has struggled somewhat hauling a ‘van of this size, the much-improved Ducato – in 160 Multijet Power form – should make the journey every bit as pleasant as the time spent camping.

And you can also order alternative lounge layouts and a Hi or Lo-Line luton.

Verdict
Island beds offer possibly the ultimate in motorhome luxury. The Cheyenne 840D makes a convincing competitor for the 2007 season.

This article originally appeared in the April 2007 issue of Which Motorcaravan. To subscribe to the magazine, click here.

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