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VW T25 / T3 Autosleeper Trident 

Volkswagen Auto-Sleeper T25 / T3 Trident Camper Model History

VW T25 Autosleeper Trident Hightop Camper

VW T25 Auto-Sleepers Trident Hightop Camper

Volkswagen T25 Autosleeper Trident Hightop Camper

Circa 1988 Auto-Sleepers introduced the T25 / T3 Volkswagen Autosleeper Trident Camper. It had a solid high top roof. It was a direct replacement for the Autosleeper VHT Hightop camper and had a similar but 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. It was based on the modified VW T25 / T3 platform that could be distinguished from the earlier version by its rectangular twin headlights. Note: As the new model was phased in a few models were made with the older round headlight VW Transporter as the base model but with the new Autosleeper Trident fittings and decals.

 

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

No Autosleeper price list yet ! Do you have a copy that you could send me ? Please help out and send me a copy or contact me for postal details. Price shown below is taken from Apr 1990 magazine article.

Petrol Watercooled 1.9 Litre DG Otto Motor (1913cc) 57 Kw 78PS 4 speed manual gearbox ?

Petrol Watercooled 1.9 Litre DG Otto Motor (1913cc) 57 Kw 78PS 5 speed manual gearbox 15,670

Petrol Watercooled 1.9 Litre DG Otto Motor (1913cc) 57 Kw 78PS automatic gearbox ?

Petrol Watercooled 2.1 Litre DJ Fuel Injected Motor (2109cc) 82 Kw 112PS 4 speed manual gearbox ?

Petrol Watercooled 2.1 Litre DJ Fuel Injected Motor (2109cc) 82 Kw 112PS 5 speed manual gearbox ?

Petrol Watercooled 2.1 Litre DJ Fuel Injected Motor (2109cc) 82 Kw 112PS automatic gearbox ?

Diesel Watercooled 1.7 Litre KY (1716cc) 42 Kw 57PS 4 speed manual gearbox ?

Diesel Watercooled 1.7 Litre KY (1716cc) 42 Kw 57PS 5 speed manual gearbox ?

Turbo Diesel Watercooled 1.6 Litre JX (1588cc) 51 Kw 70PS 4 speed manual gearbox ?

Turbo Diesel Watercooled 1.6 Litre JX (1588cc) 51 Kw 70PS 5 speed manual gearbox ?

 

 

2) Dimensions

Length 4569 mm

Height 2514 mm

Width (excl mirrors) 1844 mm

Width (incl mirrors) 2082 mm

 

 

3) Volkswagen T25 Autosleeper Trident Colour Options

As far as I know the VW Autosleeper Trident was available in 2 colours.

R1R1 Pastel White (L90D) (Pastellweiss) (with white roof)

J5J5 Medium Blue (LH5G) (Mediumblau) (with white roof)

 

PastelWhite

VW T25 Autosleeper Trident

MediumBlue

VW T3 Autosleeper Trident Camper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4) Volkswagen T25 / T3 Autosleeper Trident Furniture Specification

The Volkswagen T25 / T3 Autosleeper Trident layout consisted of:

VW T25 Autosleeper Trident Interior Layout

 

 

 

 

 

 

VW T25 Autosleeper Trident  Layout

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Materials Used:

Option 1:

Cushions - Scilly

Curtains - Pink Diagonal (1988), Ascot Rose (1990)

Carpets - Dalmation Rio Grande

Lining Material - FBC 27/60 Wheat/Straw

Units - Light European Oak

Unit Work Surfaces - Light European Oak

Option 2:

Cushions - Astoria

Curtains - Ascot Blue (1990)

Carpets - Commando Corde Steel Blue

Lining Material - FBC 27/60 Blue/Cloud

Units - Light European Oak

Unit Work Surfaces - Light European Oak

 

A) Fully adjustable luxury drivers cab seat upholstered in same material as rear seats. It appears that upholstery specified for camper could be either pink or blue stripe. There was an extra cost option for this seat to have a swivel  mount (in conjunction with removable front table option).

VW T25 Autosleeper Trident Front Seats

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

VW T25 Autosleeper Trident Swivel Seat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

C) Extra cost option small table that fits between passenger and drivers cab seats (in conjunction with swivelling drivers seat option). Stored in the over cab locker when not in use.

VW T25 Autosleeper Trident Front Table

Volkswagen T25 Autosleepe Trident Removable Front Table

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Storage locker and china tableware crockery cupboard above cab.

VW T25 Autosleeper Trident Roof Top Locker

VW T25 Autosleeper Trident Crockery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

D) Two burner Fellows stainless steel cooker and grill (with specially designed lid for 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.

VW T25 Autosleeper Trident Cooker

VW T25 Autosleeper Trident Electrolux RM 212  Fridge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

E) Stainless steel sink (with specially designed lid for 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 T25 Autosleeper Trident Sink Unit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

F) Large storage locker with removable trays.

VW T25 Autosleeper Trident Side Storage Locker

VW T25 Autosleeper Trident Side Storage Locker Basket

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

G) Wardrobe behind rear seat.

VW T25 Autosleeper Trident Rear Wardrobe

Volkswagen T25 Autosleeper Trident Rear Wardrobe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

H) Parcel shelf with storage below.

VW T25 Autosleeper Trident Tailgate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

VW T25 Autosleeper Trident Rear Seat Pink Fabric

VW T25 Autosleeper Trident Rear Seat Blue Fabric

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

H and I) Rear seat convert into a large double bed (1880 mm x 1168 mm).

VW T25 Autosleeper Trident Lower Bed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

VW T25 Autosleeper Trident Rear Table

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

K) Chemical porta potti Elsan Visa Potty 338 (Thetford 235 / 335 also believed to fit depending on year) toilet in special cupboard below sink.

VW T25 Autosleeper Trident Port Potti

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

L) Side sliding door.

VW T25 Autosleeper Trident Sliding Door

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

M) Stainless steel ladder with roof rack.

VW T25 Autosleeper Trident Rear Ladder

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other features include:

Full carpeting.

Mains electric hook up with safety protection via earth leakage circuit breaker.

Latest specification AS badged (actually Labcraft CP4) electrical control panel with water level gauge, battery level indicator, fuses for electrical circuits, master switches for fridge and water pump and 12 volt outlet socket.

VW T25 Autosleeper Trident Control Panel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some vans had the more modern Zig MC 2000 version.

VW T25 Autosleeper Trident Zig MC2000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

41 litre (9 gallon) fresh water tank for pressurised water system with electrically pumped water tap.

Opening sliding window with integral fly screen behind sink and cooker.

One spot light (12 volt, 6 Watt).

VW T25 Autosleeper Trident Spot Light

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fluorescent lighting above kitchen and above rear side window.

VW T25 Autosleeper Trident Fluorescent Light

VW T25 Autosleeper Trident Interior Light

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two storage cupboards either side of the fridge.

VW T25 Autosleeper Trident Storage Cupboard Furniture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Storage for two 907 Camping Gas cylinders in the vented floor cupboard forward of the fridge.

VW T25 Autosleeper Trident Gas Cylinder Cupboard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rear seat restraint straps.

Fascia storage tray on dashboard.

VW T25 Autosleeper Trident Dash Tidy

 

 

 

 

Intermittent wipe and two speed wipers.

Padded steering wheel.

Vanity mirror on passenger sun visor with integral light.

Courtesy lights.

Full curtains from high quality fabrics.

Tableware for four.

VW T25 Autosleeper Trident Crockery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Twin headlight front grill.

New style bumpers.

Front spoiler.

Heated rear window with wash wipe.

Wheel trims.

 

5) Options available at extra cost included:

Swivelling drivers seat and removable front table.

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 T25 Autosleeper Trident Heater Vent

VW T25 Autosleeper Trident Propex Heater

VW T25 Autosleeper Trident Heater Stickers

VW T25 Autosleeper Trident Propex Heater Thermostat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

41 Litre (9 gallon) Wastewater tank.

12 Volt 60 Amp/Hour second auxiliary equipment battery.

 

6) Volkswagen T25 / T3 Autosleeper Trident Hightop Roof Specification

Fully insulated roof.

 

AutosleeperTridentHightopRo

 

 

 

 

 

VW T25 Autosleeper Tridentt Sliding Roof Window

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Opening roof vent for fresh air

Fully upholstered bed (1778 mm x 1219 mm) in roof with ladder frame to hold stored luggage in place. Ladder is removable and allows you to climb into roof bed.

VW T25 Autosleeper Trident Roof Bed

VW T25 Autosleeper Trident Roof Bed Ladder

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7) Volkswagen T25 / T3 Autosleeper Trident Side Stripes and Logos

There was normally a small burgundy or blue AS logo on the front of the vehicle and a white AS logo on the side rear quarters on top of the thick coloured stripe. Also there were burgundy or blue Auto-sleeper logos on the driver and passenger doors.

VW T25 Autosleeper Trident Front Badge Sticker

VW T25 Autosleeper Trident Front Logo Decal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The coachline stripes on the side were painted on and for the Trident they were usually either Metallic Burgundy  (Paint Code Alfa  Romeo 734 Rosso Robinoia Metallic), Burgundy (Paint Code British Leyland Damson Red BLVC 211). or Blue (Paint Code VW LP5Z Orly Blue) or (Paint Code Peugeot Bleu Galaxie 1427).

The main thick painted stripes were then decorated using stick on coloured pinstripes. The pinstripes above & below the thick stripe were dual 3/6mm gold stripes and there was also a 6mm white pinstripe down the centre.

VW T25 Autosleeper Trident Side Stripes

VW T25 Autosleeper Trident Side Stripe Decals

VW T25 Autosleeper Triden Side Logo

VW T25 Autosleeper Trident Side Logo

VW T25 Autosleeper Trident Rea rLogo

VW T25 Autosleeper Trident Rear Logo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There was also an option on the medium blue coloured vans to have a white stripe down the side.

1990 Autosleeper Trident Camper

1990 Autosleeper Trident White Stripe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

VW T25 Autosleeper Trident Roof Stripes

 

 

 

 

 

VW T25 Autosleeper Trident Rear Roof Stripe and Logo

VW T25 Autosleeper Trident Rear Roof Decals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VW Autosleeper Trident Roof Side Stripes

VW T25 Autosleeper Trident Roof Side Stripe Decals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8) Links to Volkswagen T25 / T3 Autosleeper Trident Owners Instruction Manuals, Sales Brochures  and Price Lists

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VW Volkswagen T25 / T3 Autosleeper Trident Sales Brochures Prospekt Download

Sept 1988 VW T25 / T3 Autosleeper Trident and Trooper Sales Brochure (PDF Format)

!987 VW T25 / T3 Autosleeper Trident and Trooper Sales Brochure (PDF Format)

 

VW Volkswagen T25 / T3 Autosleeper Trident Price Lists Download

Download April 1990 VW T25 / T3 Autosleeper Trident and Autosleeper Trooper Price List From Magazine Article (PDF Format)

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VW Volkswagen T25 / T3 Autosleeper Trident Owners Instruction Manual Handbook Download

1988 VW T25 / T3 Autosleeper Trident Owners Instruction User Manual and Wiring Diagram (PDF Format)

1989 VW T25 / T3 Autosleeper Wiring Diagram Showing Zig MC-2000 Control Panel / Zig DCU-3 Battery Charger Wiring (PDF Format)

1990 VW T25 / T3 Autosleeper Trident and Trooper Camper Owners Instruction User Manual Extract Showing Materials Used (PDF Format)

 

VW Volkswagen T25 / T3 Autosleeper Trident Magazine Article / Review Download

Download April 1990 VW T25 / T3 Autosleeper Magazine Advert Featuring Trident - (PDF Format)

Download April 1990 VW T25 / T3 Autosleeper Trident Magazine Advert - (PDF Format)

Download 1991 Autosleeper 30th Anniversary Magazine featuring VW T25 Autosleeper Trooper and Autosleeper Trident Models (as well as Ford Frisky, Ford Legend, Ford Flair, Renault Rimini, Renault Rapport, Talbot Harmony, Talbot Sportsman, Talbot Rambler, Talbot Rhapsody  and Talbot Talisman GL).

Download March 1995 Magazine Article Featuring a 1990 VW T25 Autosleeper Trident  - (PDF Format)

Download May 2002 Autosleeper Trident Magazine Article detailing the history of the Auto-sleeper Trident model including both VW T25 and VW T4 variants - (PDF Format)

 

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