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VW T4 Autohomes  Explorer 

Volkswagen T4 Transporter Autohomes Explorer Coachbuilt Motorhome Model History

VW T4 Autohomes Explorer Motorhome

VW T4 Autohomes Explorer Camper

VW T4 Transporter Autohomes Explorer Motorhome

Circa 1992 Autohomes released a new coachbuilt model based on the VW T4 Long Wheel Based chassis cab platform called the Autohomes Explorer Motorhome. The interior had a “U” shaped lounge area at the rear that converts to a bed at night, a well fitted kitchen area in the middle and a shower area. Entry was via a side door. The Autohomes Explorer had a one piece GRP wrap over roof with integrated insulation. The Autohomes Explorer had a rear ladder leading to a roof rack. It would appear that the layout for the Autohomes Explorer varied over the years this model was produced so some later models may be different than those outlined in the description below. I have now found out that the Autohomes Explorer 2 (circa 1994)  was based on the Short Wheelbase VW T4 chassis and the Autohomes Explorer 4 (circa 1994) was based on the LWB Long Wheel Base VW T4 chassis and had a front dinette with rear kitchen and shower.

 1) VW T4 Autohomes Explorer Motorhome 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 xxxx mm, £?

Petrol Watercooled 2.5 Litre, 5 Cylinder, AAF Otto Motor (2461cc), 81 Kw 110 PS, 5 speed manual gearbox, wheelbase xxxx mm, £?

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

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

 

2) Dimensions

Length (including ladder) 5900 mm

Height 2710 mm

Width 2110 mm

 

3) Volkswagen T4 Transporter Autohomes Explorer Colour Options

As far as I know the VW Autohomes Explorer was available in 1 colour.

T7T7 Grey White R902 (Grauweiß).

VW R902 Grey White

VW T4 Autohomes Explorer Coachbuilt Motorhome

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4) Volkswagen T4 Transporter Autohomes Explorer Furniture Specification

The Volkswagen T4 Transporter Autohomes Explorer layout consisted of:

Daytime Layout:

VW T4 Autohomes Explorer Daytime Furniture Layout

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nightime Layout:

VW T4 Autohomes Explorer Nighttime Furniture Layout

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VW T4 Autohomes Explorer Layout

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“U” Shaped lounge area with seating (storage under seat bases) that converts into double bed (2032 mm x 1220 mm) and removable table.

VW T4 Autohomes Explorer Lounge

VW T4 Autohomes Explorer Rear Bed

VW T4 Autohomes Explorer Removable Table

VW T4 Autohomes Explorer Underseat Storage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fully adjustable captains cab seats upholstered in same material as rear seats. Seats had headrests and adjustable armrests.

VW T4 Autohomes  Explorer FrontSeats

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spinflo three or four burner hob and grill with glass top.

VW T4 Autohomes Explorer Cooker Hob

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thermostatically controlled Maxol Monte Carlo 3000 (or Vanette 2001) oven with push button ignition.

VW T4 Autohomes Explorer  Kitchen Unit

VW T4 Autohomes Explorer Maxol Monte Carlo 3000 Oven

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Optimus extractor fan above cooker.

VW T4 Autohomes Explorer Extractor Fan

VW T4 Autohomes Explorer Extractor Fan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Integral sink and drainer has hot and cold water via mixer tap and cover to create additional work surface.

VW T4 Autohomes Explorer Sink and Drainer

VW T4 Autohomes Explorer Kitchen Sink and Mixer Tap

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Electrolux RM212 or RM 4207 three way (gas / 12 volt / 240 volt operated) refrigerator (with electronic ignition system). Fridge has internal freezer compartment.

VW T4 Autohomes Explorer Electrolux RM4207 Fridge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cocktail cabinet above fridge.

VW T4 Autohomes Explorer Cocktail Cabinet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wardrobe behind the front cab passenger seat.

VW T4 Autohomes Explorer Wardrobe

VW T4 Transporter Autohomes Explorer Wardrobe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shower cubicle (behind drivers seat) with Thetford electric flushing cassette toilet, fold out hand basin, built in strip lighting.

VW T4 Autohomes Explorer Shower and Toilet Room

VW T4 Autohomes Explorer Shower Room

VW T4 Autohomes Explorer Shower Cubicle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Opening roof lights for ventilation.

Overhead lockers along both sides.

VW T4 Autohomes Explorer Roof Lockers

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exterior lockable compartment accessible from inside and outside the vehicle.

Gas bottle cupboard with space for two gas cylinders.

Thermostatically controlled Propex blown air heating system which is flued to exterior of vehicle. Heater outlet ducted to lounge and shower areas.

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

78 litre (17.5 gallon) fresh water tank for pressurised water system with electrically pumped water tap via a self priming Shureflo water pump. Externally locking filler cap.

53 Litre (12 gallon) wastewater tank.

 

Other features include:

Rear mounted stainless steel ladder leading to roof rack.

VW T4 Autohomes Explorer Rear Ladder

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Full carpeting throughout.

CEC 225 (Plug In Systems) 240 volt mains electric hook up with safety protection via RCCD circuit breaker and two MCB’s.

Zig Marque ||| electrical control panel with Zig X2 charger for leisure battery, Incorporating fresh and waste water level gauges and high and low lighting controls. Internal 240 Volt mains outlet socket.

AutohomesExplorerZigUnit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ambient lighting between the roof lockers and ceiling and adjustable spotlights in rear lounge.

Head rests on both cab seats.

Fire extinguisher and blanket.

Smoke alarm.

TV Socket.

Intermittent wipe and two speed wipers.

Padded steering wheel.

Double glazed windows with insulated blinds, fly screens and even lined curtains.

Tableware for four located in roof side locker.

VW T4 Autohomes Explorer Crockery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Specially selected seat fabrics with fire retardant foam.

Wheel trims.

 

5) Options available at extra cost included:

Power steering for 2.0 litre petrol model - it was already standard on other larger petrol and diesel models.

 

6) Volkswagen T4 Transporter Autohomes Explorer Motorhome Roof Specification

Fully insulated one piece GRP wrapover roof. Roof is strong enough to walk on and has been designed so that all popular roof boxes can be fitted easily.

VW T4 Autohomes Explorer GRP Roof

 

 

 

 

 

Opening roof vents for fresh air.

Overcab double bed.(1178 mm x 1080 mm)

1992AutohomesExplorerOverca

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7) Volkswagen T4 Transporter Autohomes Explorer Side Stripes and Logos

The coachline stripes on the side and rear were blue.

VW T4 Autohomes Explorer Side Stripe

 

 

 

 

The rear also had a red Autohomes badge.

VW T4 Autohomes Explorer Rear Stripe and Badge

 

 

 

Close up of Autohomes badge.

VW T4 Autohomes Explorer Rear Badge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The roof had stripes and an Explorer logo at the front, rear and sides as shown below:

VW T4 Autohomes Explorert Roof Side Stripes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VW T4 Autohomes Explorer Front Roof Siripe

 

 

 

 

 

 

VW T4 Autohomes Explorer Roof Rear Stripe and Logo

 

 

 

 

1992ExplorerLogo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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VW Volkswagen T4 Autohomes Explorer Sales Brochures Prospekt Download

1992 VW T4 Transporter Autohomes Explorer Coachbuilt Motorhome Sales Brochure (PDF Format)

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

 

VW Volkswagen T4 Autohomes Explorer Price Lists Download

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VW Volkswagen T4 Autohomes Explorer Owners Instruction Manual Handbook Download

1994 VW T4 Transporter Autohomes Explorer (and Autohomes Komet, Talbot Autohomes Avalon and Talbot Autohomes Highlander) Owners Instruction User Manual (PDF Format)

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