I have an Autocruise Alto for sale here
I have to agree with Cal54. We had the Alto. 2011 model and it is the best layout of the bunch of Autocruise models. Although at first glance, the bed looks as if it could be wider, it's absolutely great when you are in it and I am not the smallest of blokes to say the least. One of the most comfortable that we have slept in. There is loads of storage and the payload, which is very important, is great too.I have the Alto and love it. Bought primarily because I wanted a fixed bed. I agree the grills are naff, but I store chopping boards and an electric hot plate in mine. The Alto, has until the 2015 range, had a compressor fridge and I was worried that this would be a problem, however I love it. It cools far better than a 3 way fridge and has a great little freezer compartment. I did have a second battery fitted at the time of purchase and have since had a 100 wt solar panel fitted. Don't like the new Alto as much as the kitchen storage has been significantly compromised by changing the fridge and also repositioning the gas bottle storage. Also I am limited to 6 metre van for parking at home and the new version is in the XL chassis.
Good look with your purchase - use a good dealer, I didn't!!!!
The 2011/12/13 Alto is the same length as the Jazz, 6 metres. Autocruise have recently changed the layout of the new Alto and have increased the size to 6.34 metres.The Alto is a little long for me. That is why I am interested in the Jazz.
Thanks for all your contributions so far. I am getting the feeling that Autocruise are a good conversion.
Actually Swift do NOT install Waeco fridges BUT Autocruise, who are part of the Swift group, and who made the Jazz do - AFAIA they still make them at the factory in Grimsby (North Lincs) so not at the main Swift factory in Cottingham (East Yorkshire) which is the opposite side of the river Humber (a stone's throw from me!). It would appear that you got some numpty who didn't know that Autocruise install Waeco fridges in some of their van conversions!Hello all,
Sorry I missed that this thread was still running.
To update we have done about 7,500 miles and overall like the van. we have had it out in the cold and it is very snug, much better than the old van.
I have a couple of niggles with the Swift aftercare service, typical of the large modern motorhome converter. Six months to approve warranty work! They told that my fridge was not installed by them as they do not deal in Waeco compression fridges. Odd that as the vehicle was bought brand new from a dealer and we have the exact model of fridge described in the handbook!
My main issue is with the bed. Does anyone know how the cushion is supposed to fit at the end of the bed? It seems to squeeze between the drivers seat and the main bed. However this means it is not secure and liable to fall down. The bed then is the standard 6' which is a bit small for me.
Not all 3-way fridges are AES type, ours is manual, it depends on the manufacturer and the model as to whether it's standard or not.I thought the whole idea of these 3 way fridges is that they automatically select the strongest power source ? Our does.... There surely should be no need to manually switch it over ?
Thanks MinxyGirl and MadgeD for your comments.
Indeed the van is a Swift Autocruise Jazz. My problem with the fridge is that the fridge switches to the vehicle battery when travelling. Therefore each time you stop the 12v system has to be turned on for the fridge to work. IT is irritating and as I always forget. On long hot journeys like we had last year many a time my ice cream and fish fingers have melted with other fresh foods suffering. I had exactly the same fridge in my previous van. It stayed on I turned it off. Neither Swift/Autocruise or their local Service Agent had experienced this fridge before and therefore could not say how it should work. I gave up in the end and put a reminder to myself on the dash board.
I di get my loose internal panels fixed after a six month wait whilst Swift approved the work and the service agent found time for non profitable warrant work! (his words)
I will have a look at the two ideas above regarding the bed and see what I can do . Thanks for looking that up.