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VW T4 Autosleeper Trident 

Volkswagen T4 Transporter Auto-Sleeper Trident Camper Model History

VW T4 Autosleeper Trident Camper

VW T4 Autosleeper Trident Hightop Camper

VW T4 Transporter AutosleeperTrident

Circa 1990 Volkswagen phased out the rear engined T25 / T3 Transporter. The replacement for the T25 was the front engined T4 Transporter. Auto-Sleepers used the new T4 Transporter as the base vehicle for their latest version of the Autosleeper Trident Camper released circa Sept 1991. It had a solid high top roof and the interior layout was similar in design to the earlier VW T25 Autosleeper Trident but with updated upholstery and improved specification. The interior had cupboards along the side behind the drivers seat and the rear seat converted into a 3/4 width double bed. Note that during the production period of this model various changes were made to the specification including changes to cupboard door handles, upholstery materials, electrical control panels, furniture design etc. Where possible I will try and show examples of any updates and the approximate date of any change in the descriptions below.

1) VW T4 Autosleeper Trident hightop roof version engine options and approx price (inclusive road tax and VAT when new in standard form):

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Petrol Watercooled 2.0 Litre, 4 Cylinder, AAC Otto Motor (1968cc), 62 Kw 84 PS, 5 speed manual gearbox, wheelbase 2920 mm, £?

Petrol Watercooled 2.5 Litre, 5 Cylinder, AAF / ACU 1993 onwards / AEN 1995 onwards Otto Motor (2461cc), 81 Kw 110 PS, 5 speed manual gearbox, wheelbase 2920 mm, £?

Diesel Watercooled 1.9 Litre, 4 Cylinder, 1X (1896cc) 45 Kw 61 PS 5 speed manual gearbox, wheelbase 2920 mm, £?

Turbo Diesel Watercooled 1.9 Litre TD, 4 Cylinder, ABL  1993 onwards (1896cc), 50 Kw 68 PS, 5 speed manual gearbox, wheelbase 2920 mm, £?

Diesel Watercooled 2.4 Litre, 5 Cylinder, AAB (2370cc) 57 Kw 78 PS 5 speed manual gearbox, wheelbase 2920 mm, £?

Turbo Diesel Watercooled TDI 2.5 Litre, 5 Cylinder, ACV 1995 onwards (2461cc) 75 Kw 102 PS 5 speed manual gearbox, wheelbase 2920 mm, £?

 

2) Dimensions

Length 4705 mm

Height 2489 mm

Width (excl mirrors) 1841 mm

Width (incl mirrors) 2178 mm

 

3) Volkswagen T4 Transporter Autosleeper Trident Colour Options

As far as I know the VW Autosleeper Trident was initially available in 1 colour.

T7T7 Grey White R902 (Grauweiß) (with white roof)

VW R902 Grey White

VW T4 Autosleeper Trident Hightop Camper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Circa 1996 four new colours were available:

E2E2 Nebio Blue Metallic (LL5Y) (Nebioblau Metallic)

X8X8 Friesian Green (LL6T) (Friesengrün)

W7W7 Dragon Green Pearl Effect (LC6P) (Dragongreen Perleffekt)

H7H7 Paprika Red (LK3A) (Paprikarot) (with white roof)

 

VW LL5Y Nebio Blue

VW T4 Autosleeper Trident Nebio Blue

VW LL6T Friesian Green

VW T4 Autosleeper Trident Friesian  Green

VW LC6P Dragon Green Pearl Effect

VW T4 Autosleeper Trident Hightop Camper

VW LK3A Paprika  Red

VW Autosleeper Trident Camper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Circa 1997 another colour was available:

N7N7 Elegance Green Metallic (LB6N) (Elegancegrün Metallic)

VW LB6N Elegance Green Metallic

VW T4 Autosleeper Trident Campervan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Circa 2000 another colour was available:

F3F3 Indian Blue (LL5M) (IndienBlau)

VW LL5M  Indian Blue

VW T4 Autosleeper TridentI  Indian Blue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Circa 2001 another colour was available:

8E8E Reflex Silver Metallic (LA7W) (Reflexsilber Metallic)

VW LA7W Reflex Silver Metallic

VW T4 Autosleeper Trident Reflex Silver

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Circa 2002 another colour was available:

Wheat Beige Metallic (LD1W) (Wheatbeige Metallic)

wheatbeige

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4) Volkswagen T4 Transporter Autosleeper Trident Furniture Specification

The Volkswagen T4 Transporter Autosleeper Trident layout consisted of:

VW T4 Autosleeper Trident Layout

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VW T4 Autosleeper Trident Furniture Layout

VW T4 Autosleeper Trident Furniture Layout

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Materials Used:

Initially in 1991 there were 2 options available for the interior trim.

Option 1:

Cushions - Anthony Brown (Blue Colour?)

Curtains - Blue Lined Chatres

Carpets - Dalmation II Hudson Grey

Lining Material - Cockroft Blue Mist / Gaskell A/S Blue/Cloud

Units - Light European Oak

Unit Work Surfaces - Light European Oak

Option 2:

Cushions - Anthony 15MF Mele Rose

Curtains - Rust Lined Chatres

Carpets - Dalmation II Red Crimes

Lining Material - Cockroft Beige / Gaskell Mid Coral / Wheat

Units - Light European Oak

Unit Work Surfaces - Light European Oak

 

 

A) Fully adjustable luxury drivers cab seat upholstered in same material as rear seats. Initially the upholstery specified for camper could be either pink or blue stripe.

VW T4 Autosleeper Trident Drivers Seat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

B) Fully adjustable swivelling passenger cab seat upholstered in same material as rear seats.

Volkswagen T4 Autosleeper Trident Passenger Seat

VW T4 Transporter Autosleeper Trident Front Swivel Seat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

C) Offset dinette small front table. Table is stored in drawer under rear seat when not in use.

VW T4 Autosleeper Trident Front Swivel Table

VW T4 Autosleeper Trident Table

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Storage locker and china tableware crockery and wine glass cupboards above cab.

VW T4 Autosleeper Trident Roof Locker

VW T4 Autosleeper Trident Crockery Cupboard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

D) Two burner Spinflo stainless steel cooker and grill (with specially designed heat resistant laminated lid so that it can be folded away when not in use) and cupboard below. Also Electrolux RM 212 F three way (gas / 12 volt / 240 volt operated) refrigerator (with electronic ignition system) below. Fridge has internal freezer compartment. Later models had Electrolux RM 4201S fridge.

VW T4 Autosleeper Trident Fellows Cooker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VW T4 Autosleeper Trident Fridge

VW T4 Autosleeper Trident Electrolux Fridge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

E) Stainless steel sink (with specially designed heat resistant laminated lid so that it can be folded away when not in use) and cupboards below. Below the sink is a small hinged flap which gives access to the cutlery drawer as well as to a useful area for stores and utensils.

VW T4 Autosleeper Trident Sink and Tap

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

F) Large storage locker with removable trays.

VW T4 Autosleeper Trident Side Locker with Basket

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

G) Dual access wardrobe (with hanging rail) and gas locker below.

VW T4 Autosleeper Trident Rear Cupboard

VW T4 Autosleeper Trident Rear Wardrobe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VW T4 Autosleeper Trident Gas Locker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

H) Parcel shelf with storage below.

VW T4 Transporter Autosleeper Trident Tailgate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I) Dinette seat designed to sit two adults in comfort with drawer below.

VW T4 Autosleeper Trident Rear Seat

VW T4 Autosleeper Trident Under Seat Drawer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Over the production cycle of the Autosleeper Trident various different upholstery materials were used including:

Circa 1995 onwards:

1995 VW T4 Autosleeper Upholstery Material

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Circa 1997 onwards:

1997 VW T4 Autosleeper Upholstery Material

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Circa 1999 onwards:

1999 VW T4 Autosleeper Trident Fabric

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

H and I) Rear seat converts into a large double bed (1905 mm x 1118 mm).

VW T4 Autosleeper Trident Rear Seat Bed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

J) Removable rear table (stored behind drivers seat when not in use).

VW T4 Transporter Autosleeper Trident Rear Table

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

K) Chemical porta potti Elsan Visa Potty 238 (Thetford 235 / 335 used in later models) toilet in special cupboard under sink.

VW T4 Autosleeper Trident Porta Loo

VW T4 AutosleeperTrident Porta Loo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

L) Side sliding door.

VW T4 Autosleeper Trident Sliding Door

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

M) Stainless steel ladder with roof rack.

VW T4 Autosleeper Trident Rear Ladder

VW T4 Autosleeper Trident Roof Rack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other features include:

Full carpeting throughout.

CEC 225 (Plug In Systems) mains electric hook up with safety protection via RCCD circuit breaker and two MCB’s.

VW Autosleeper Trident Mains Hook Up Fuse Panel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zig MC 2000 electrical control panel with water level gauge, individual fuses for each electrical appliance, master switches for 12 volt lighting system and water pump, a 12 volt outlet socket and a light indicating when fridge is operating on 12 volts.

VW T4 Autosleeper Trident Zig MC2000 Control Panel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Circa 1997 a different Zig contol panel was used. Mounted on the front face of the rear wardrobe this also enabled a small window to be added on the side wall of the van.

VW T4 AutosleeperTrident Zig  Control Panel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VW T4 Autosleeper Trident Rear Window

VW T4 Autosleeper Trident Rear Side Window

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

77.7 litre (17 gallon) fresh water tank for pressurised water system with electrically pumped water tap via a triple diaphragm Shureflo water pump.

Opening sliding window with intermediate locking position (thus allowing ventilation with security) behind sink and cooker.

Roller type fly screens fitted to sliding window, the side sliding door window and the near side rear window, thus ensuring privacy when required.

Three 16 watt twin fluorescent lights, one 13 watt single fluorescent light.

VW T4 Autosleeper Trident Single Fluroescent Light

VW T4 Autosleeper Trident Double Fluroescent Light

VW T4 Autosleeper Trident Double Fluroescent Light

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjacent to the fridge was a further storage locker with two drawers below. Circa 1997 the layout of this furniture unit changed to a four locker unit.

VW T4 Autosleeper Trident Furniture

VW T4 Autosleeper Trident Furniture Layou

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note: That circa 1993 the furniture handles changed from square to more modern round type.

VW T4 Autosleeper Square Cupboard Handle

VW T4 Autosleeper Round Cupboard Handle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rear seat restraint straps.

Head rests on both cab seats.

Fire extinguisher.

Intermittent wipe and two speed wipers.

Padded steering wheel.

Two courtesy lights.

Thermally lined curtains.

Specially selected seat fabrics with fire retardant foam.

Handcrafted edging on all cabinet work.

Tableware for four.

Heated rear window with wash wipe.

Wheel trims.

 

5) Options available at extra cost included:

Carver Cascade 2GE water heater with mains hook up facility.

Omnivent Electric Extractor Fan.

VW T4 Autosleeper Trident Omnivent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thermostatically controlled Propex blown air heating system which is flued to exterior of vehicle.

Heater is installed in base of side locker unit as can be seen in photo below where the vent and outlet holes can be seen forward of the seat front.

VW T4 Autosleeper Trident Night Heater Vent

VW T4 Autosleeper Trident Heater Thermostat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In later models (circa 1997) a Carver P4 heater was used in place of the Propex.

Earlier models could have an optional extra 29.7 Litre (6.5 gallon) wastewater tank. Later models had a 74 litre waste water tank fitted as standard.

Fly screens for opening roof windows.

12 Volt 60 Amp/Hour second auxiliary equipment battery.

Zig DCU 3 Battery charger (available only if second battery is specified). On later models a Zig X-7 / Zig X70 / CEC Plug In Systems Inter Power battery charger may have been used depending on year.

VW T4 Transporter Autosleeper Trident Zig DCU3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6) Volkswagen T4 Transporter Autosleeper Trident Hightop Roof Specification

Fully insulated roof.

VW T4 Autosleeper Trident High Top Roof

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Opening roof vent for fresh air

Fully upholstered bed (1740 mm x 1143 mm) in roof. When not in use this may be converted into a multi position storage area.

VW T4 Transporter Autosleeper Trident Roof Bed1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7) Volkswagen T4 Transporter Autosleeper Trident Side Stripes and Logos

There was normally a small blue or burgundy (or white on some colour vans) AS logo on the front of the vehicle and a burgundy Trident logo on the side of the front wings. Also there was a burgundy Auto-sleeper logo on the rear tailgate.

VW T4 Autosleeper Trident Bonnet Logo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The coachline stripes on the side were painted on and for the early model VW T4 Trident they were Honda New Dark Grey Metallic (Paint Code NH 91M3).

The main thick painted stripes were then decorated using stick on coloured pinstripes. The pinstripes above & below the thick stripe were 6mm gold, 6mm blue stripes (or grey stripe in place of blue if option 2 pink interior was specified)  and there was also a 6mm white/red pinstripe down the centre.

Later models had different coloured stripes and I will try and add more information when it becomes available.

VW T4 Autosleeper Trident Side Stripe

 

 

 

 

 

 

VW T4 Autosleeper Trident Side Logo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VW T4 Autosleeper Trident Rear Stripe and Logo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The roof had stripes at the front, rear and side and an auto-sleeper logo on the front and Trident logo on the rear as shown below:

VW T4 Autosleeper Trident Roof Stripe and Logo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VW T4 Autosleeper Trident Roof Rear Stripe and Logo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The  stripes on the roof where 19 mm metallic grey with 6 mm blue and 6 mm gold.

VW T4 Autosleeper Trident Roof Side Stripe

 

 

 

 

 

 

8) Links to Volkswagen T4 Transporter Autosleeper Trident Owners Instruction Manuals, Sales Brochures  and Price Lists

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VW Volkswagen T4 Autosleeper Trident Sales Brochures Prospekt Download

1991 VW T4 Transporter Autosleeper Model Range (Includes Autosleeper Trident, Trooper, Trophy and Clubman models) Sales Brochure (PDF Format)

1991 VW T4 Transporter Autosleeper Trident and Trooper Sales Brochure (PDF Format)

1994 VW T4 Transporter Volkswagen Motorcaravan Model Range (Includes Autotrail, Autosleeper, Autohomes, Holdsworth, Swift and Compass ) Sales Brochure (PDF Format)

1995 VW T4 Transporter Volkswagen Motorcaravan Model Range (Includes Autotrail, Autosleeper, Autohomes, Holdsworth, Swift and Compass ) Sales Brochure (PDF Format)

1996 VW T4 Transporter Autosleeper Model Range (Includes Autosleeper Trident, Trooper, Topaz, Clubman and Medallion models) Sales Brochure (PDF Format)

1996 VW T4 Transporter Volkswagen Motorcaravan Model Range (Includes Autotrail, Autosleeper, Autohomes, Cockburn Holdsworth, Swift and Compass ) Sales Brochure (PDF Format)

2001 VW T4 Transporter Volkswagen Motorcaravan Model Range (Includes Auto-sleeper, Bilbos, Reimo and Compass ) Sales Brochure (PDF Format)

2002 VW T4 Transporter Volkswagen Motorcaravan Model Range (Includes Auto-sleeper, Bilbos, Reimo and Compass ) Sales Brochure (PDF Format)

Nov 2002 Autosleeper Model Range Weights and Dimensional Date Brochure including VW, Ford and Peugeot (PDF Format)

2003 VW T4 Transporter Volkswagen Motorcaravan Model Range (Includes Auto-sleeper, Bilbos, Reimo and Compass) Sales Brochure (PDF Format)

March 2003 VW T4 Transporter Autosleeper Model Range (Includes Autosleeper Trident LE, Trooper LE, Topaz LE, Clubman Anniversary LE and Gatcombe LE models) Sales Brochure (PDF Format)

 

VW Volkswagen T4 Autosleeper Trident Price Lists Download

Download Nov 2002 Autosleeper Model Range Price List including VW, Ford and Peugeot (PDF Format)

Download Feb 2003 VW T4 Transporter Autosleeper Model Range Price List (PDF Format)

 

VW Volkswagen T4 Autosleeper Trident Owners Instruction Manual Handbook Download

1991 VW T4 Transporter Autosleeper Trident Owners Instruction User Manual and Wiring Diagram (PDF Format)

2001 VW T4 Transporter Autosleeper Trident Owners Instruction User Manual and Wiring Diagram (PDF Format)

 

VW Volkswagen T4 Autosleeper Trident Magazine Review / Magazine Article / Magazine Advert Download

Oct 1991 VW T4 Transporter  Autosleeper Trident Magazine Advert

Nov 1991 VW T4 Transporter  Autosleeper Trooper and Autosleeper Trident Magazine Review compares to Holdsworth Villa and Vision and Autohomes Koncord and Kompact

Jan 1992 VW T4 Transporter  Autosleeper Trident Magazine Review (PDF Format)

1994 VW T4 Transporter Autosleeper Trident Magazine Review

May 1994 VW T4 Transporter Autosleeper  Magazine Advert Featuring Trident, Trooper, Trophy and Clubman GL

Download 1999 VW T4 Autosleeper Magazine (Includes VW Trident, VW Trooper, VW Topaz, VW Clubman and VW Medallion (as well as other non VW models such as Peugeot Harmony, Symphony, Symbol, Pescara, Pollensa, Ravenna, Executive and Talisman GX, Ford Duetto, Ameythst, Excelsior, Legend, Pollensa, Pescara and Ravenna, Mercedes-Benz Montana and Medallion  (PDF Format)

2000  VW T4 Transporter Autosleeper Magazine Advert Featuring Autosleeper Trident and Autosleeper Sherbourne (PDF Format)

Download May 2002 Autosleeper Trident Magazine Article Featuring The History Of The Autosleeper Trident Model including both VW T25 and VW T4 Variants (PDF Format)

Download May 2002 Magazine Review of 1999 Autosleeper Trident (PDF Format)

Download 2003 VW T4 Transporter Volkswagen Motorcaravan Model Range (Includes Auto-sleeper, Bilbos, Reimo and Compass) Sales Brochure (PDF Format)

Download July 2003 VW T4 Transporter Autosleeper New Limited Edition Model - Trident LE, Trooper LE, Topaz LE, Clubman Anniversary LE and Gatcombe LE Magazine Aricle with Prices (PDF Format)

 

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