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VW T4 Transporter Autosleeper Topaz 

Volkswagen T4 Transporter Auto-Sleeper Topaz Camper Model History

VW T4 Autosleeper Topaz  Camper

VW T4 Autosleeper Topaz Hightop Camper

VW T4 Autosleeper Topaz  Camper

Circa 1994 Volkswagen introduced a long wheel base T4 Transporter to the range. This enabled Auto-sleepers to replace their existing short wheel base Autosleeper Trophy model (with Autosleeper elongated rear body shell) with a new long wheel base version called the Autosleeper Topaz. As with the Trophy model the Topaz had a solid high top roof and the interior had a seating / bedroom area behind the cab seats and then further back a kitchen area with sink, fridge, and two burner gas hob  and then at the rear the shower and bathroom area with fold down washbasin and cassette toilet. Note that during the production period of this model various changes were made to the specification including changes to 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 Topaz 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 3320 mm, £?

Petrol Watercooled 2.5 Litre, 5 Cylinder, ACU  / AEN 95 onwards Otto Motor (2461cc), 81 Kw 110 PS, 5 speed manual gearbox, wheelbase 3320 mm, £?

Turbo Diesel Watercooled 1.9 Litre TD, 4 Cylinder, ABL (1896cc), 50 Kw 68 PS, 5 speed manual gearbox, wheelbase 3320 mm, £?

Diesel Watercooled 2.4 Litre, 5 Cylinder, AAB (2370cc), 57 Kw 78 PS, 5 speed manual gearbox, wheelbase 3320 mm, £?

Turbo Diesel Watercooled TDI 2.5 Litre, 5 Cylinder, ACV 1995 onwards (2461cc) 75 Kw 102 PS 5 speed manual gearbox, wheelbase 3320 mm, £?

 

2) Dimensions

Length 5065 mm

Height 2540 mm

Width (excl mirrors) 1935 mm

Width (incl mirrors) 2202 mm

 

3) Volkswagen T4 Transporter Autosleeper Topaz Colour Options

As far as I know the VW Auto-sleeper Topaz was initially only available in 1 colour.

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

VW R902 Grey White

VW T4 Autosleeper Topaz 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)

 

VW LL5Y Nebio Blue

VW T4 Autosleeper Topaz Metallic Nebio Blue

VW LL6T Friesian Green

2001 Autosleeper Topaz Green

VW LC6P Dragon Green Pearl Effect

 

VW LK3A Paprika  Red

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Circa 1997 another colour was available:

N7N7 Elegance Green Metallic (LB6N) (Elegancegrün Metallic)

VW LB6N Elegance Green Metallic

VW T4 Autosleeper Topaz Elegance Green

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Circa 2000 another colour was available:

F3F3 Indian Blue (LL5M) (IndienBlau)

VW LL5M  Indian Blue

VW T4 Autosleeper TopazI  Indian Blue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Circa 2001 another colour was available:

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

VW LA7W Reflex Silver Metallic

2001 VW T4 Autosleeper Topaz Silver

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Circa 2002 another colour was available:

Wheat Beige Metallic LD1W

wheatbeige

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4) Volkswagen T4 Transporter Autosleeper Topaz Furniture Specification

The Volkswagen T4 Transporter Autosleeper Topaz layout consisted of:

AutosleeperTopazOutline

 

 

 

 

 

 

VW T4 Autosleeper Topaz Layout

VW T4 Autosleeper Topaz Layout

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first photo above shows the 1994 Autosleeper Topaz layout and the second photos shows the different roof locker configuration of the later circa 1998 vans.

Materials Used:

Initially in 1994 the following materials were used:

Cushions - Manadu 31 Prima

Curtains - Antionette Chintz Backcoated

Carpets - Chieftain Anthracite

Lining Material - Dark blue velour, beige leatherette, ivory leatherette.

Units - Light European Oak

Unit Work Surfaces - Light European Oak

Shower lining - Atlas

Shower Curtain - Hadida Savoy Beige

 

Later models used different materials which I will add when information is available.

A) Fully adjustable luxury swivelling driver and passenger cab seats upholstered in same material as rear seats.

VW T4 Autosleeper Topaz Swivelling Cab Seats

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

B) Side sliding door.

VW T4 Autosleeper Topaz Sliding Door

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

C) Inward facing bench seat which converts to longitudinal single bed using A. Seat can be adjusted for rake and has front opening lockers (some with storage baskets).

D) Forward facing seat which converts to longitudinal single bed using A) (1850 mm x (590 mm offside or 530 mm nearside)), Alternatively A), C) and D) combine to form longitudinal double bed (1850 mm x 1465 mm). The brochure for the 2003 model shows a larger bed size of longitudinal single bed using A) (1780 mm x 560 mm offside and 1854 mm x 560 mm nearside), Alternatively A), C) and D) combine to form longitudinal double bed (1780 mm x 1475 mm).

VW T4 AutosleeperTopaz Seating Arrangement

VW T4 Autosleeper Topaz Single Beds

VW T4 Autosleeper Topaz Double Bed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Circa 1994 onwards:

VW T4 Autosleeper Topaz Upholstery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Circa 1998 onwards:

VW T4 Autosleeper Topaz Upholstery

 

 

 

 

 

 

Circa 2000 onwards:

2000AutosleeperTopazMat1

 

 

 

 

 

 

E) Stainless steel sink and drainer with mixer tap. Sink has hot and cold water.

VW T4 Autosleeper Topaz Sink And Mixer Tap

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below the sink is a “tilt” tolerant Electrolux RM4213 three way fridge with freezer compartment.

VW T4 Autosleeper Topaz Electrolux Fridge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Above sink unit are overhead storage lockers.

VW T4 Autosleeper Topaz Overhead Storage Unit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

F) Two burner Spinflo Mk12 stainless steel cooker hob and grill.

VW T4 Autosleeper Topaz  Cooker Unit

VW T4 Autosleeper Topaz  Cooker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VW T4 Autosleeper Topaz  Overhead Roof Locker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

G) Wardrobe inside bathroom with gas storage below (Gas locker accessible through tailgate).

VW T4 Autosleeper Topaz Wardrobe

VW T4 Autosleeper Topaz Gas Locker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

H) Shower / toilet compartment is entered through the space saving sliding doors and is also accessible from the rear through  door inside the tailgate. Shower and wash basin have hot and cold water.

VW T4 Autosleeper Topaz Shower Door

VW T4 Autosleeper Topaz Shower Doo1

VW T4 Autosleeper Topaz Rear Door

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bathroom comprises shower mixer tap,  Thetford C1 cassette toilet (later models used Thetford C3 cassette toilet) , drop down hand basin and mirror.

VW T4 Autosleeper Topaz  Bathroom

VW T4 Autosleeper Topaz Thetford C1 Cassette Loo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VW T4 Autosleeper Topaz Washbasin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VW T4 Autosleeper Topaz Casette Toilet Magazine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I) Thermostatically controlled Propex blown air heating system which is flued to exterior of vehicle. Later models used the Eberspacher Airtronic D2 Heater.

J) Offset dinette table. Stored behind the backrest of the forward facing seat when not in use. Cranked leg stored in the base of the drawer of the offside bed box.

AutosleeperTopaz DinetteTable

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

K) Main table. Stored behind the offside settee backrest when not in use.

VW T4 Autosleeper Topaz Removable Table

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other features include:

Overcab locker.

Early models had a three locker configuration and models post circa 1998 had a single locker.

VW T4 Autosleeper Topaz Top Locker Early Models

VW T4 Autosleeper Topaz Top Locke r Late Models

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Full carpeting throughout.

Carver Cascade 2GE water heater with mains hook up facility fitted inside the offside bed box. Later models used the Trumatic Ultrastore water heater.

Zig X3 Battery charger behind panel under sink. Later models used may have used Zig X-7 / Zig X70 / CEC (Plug In Systems Ltd) Inter-Power CT/12A charger and power supply unit depending on year.

Split charging system with second battery.

Mains electric hook up with safety protection via RCCD circuit breaker and two MCB’s in cupboard under cooker unit.

Zig 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. Situated above the bathroom door. Model of Zig unit varies depending on year but could be MC-2000 or MC-3000m

VW T4 Autosleeper Topaz Zig  Unit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buses from circa 2002 had a different Auto-Sleepers control panel.

AutosleeperTopazControlPane

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

68 Litre (15 gallon) fresh water tank for pressurised water system with electrically pumped shower and water taps. 2003 brochure shows fresh water tank capacity has increased to 77 litre.

34 Litre (7 1/2 gallon) grey waste water tank. 2003 brochure shows waste water tank capacity has increased to 70 litre.

Cassette window blinds with fly screens.

VW T4 Autosleeper Topaz Window Blinds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Full lighting is provided throughout, there is even a mains light.

12 volt and 240 volt sockets strategically positioned.

Rear seat tree point inertia restraint strap on forward facing seat.

Head rests on both cab seats.

Fire extinguisher.

Intermittent wipe and two speed wipers.

Rear windscreen wash wipe.

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 stored in overhead locker.

VW T4 Autosleeper Topaz Crockery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glassware for four stored in locker next to fridge.

VW T4 Autosleeper Topaz Glassware

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15 inch white Taurus wheel trims. 2003 Sales brochure shows alloys as standard.

 

5) Options available at extra cost included:

In place of the overcab storage lockers an overcab bed (1918 mm x 1130 mm) could be specified instead.

VW T4 Autosleeper Topaz Overcab Roof Bed and Child Safety Net

VW T4 Autosleeper Topaz Overcab Child Bed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For later models an Omnivent Electric Extractor Fan was an optional extra.

 

 

6) Volkswagen T4 Transporter Autosleeper Topaz Hightop Roof Specification

Fully insulated roof.

VW T4 Autosleeper Topaz Hightop Roof

 

 

 

 

 

Four way opening roof vent (with night blind and fly screen) for fresh air above kitchen area.

VW T4 Autosleeper Topaz Roof Vent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Four way opening roof vent (with fly screen) for fresh air above shower area.

 

7) Volkswagen T4 Transporter Autosleeper Topaz Side Stripes and Logos

There was normally a small blue AS logo on the front of the vehicle and a burgundy Topaz logo on the side of the front wings. Also there was a burgundy Auto-sleeper logo on the rear tailgate.

VW T4 Autosleeper Trophy  Front Logo

 

 

 

 

 

The coachline stripes on the side were painted on and for the early model VW T4 Topaz they were Peugeot Blue Galaxy (Paint Code 1427).

Roof coachline stripes - grey burgundy pinstripe 1/2 inch, white /red/white 5/16 inch,

Coachline gutter - Blue 3/4 inch

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

VW T4 Autosleeper Topaz Side Stripes

 

 

 

 

VW T4 Autosleeper Topaz Side Logo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VW T4 Autosleeper Topaz Rear Logo

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

VW T4 Autosleeper Topaz Front Roof Stripe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VW T4 Autosleeper Topaz Rear Roof Log

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VW T4 Autosleeper Topaz Roof Stripes

 

 

 

 

 

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

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VW Volkswagen T4 Autosleeper Topaz Camper Price Lists Download

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VW Volkswagen T4 Autosleeper Topaz Camper Owners Instruction Manual Handbook Download

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2003 VW T4 Transporter Autosleeper Topaz Owners Instruction User Manual and Wiring Diagram (PDF Format)

 

VW Volkswagen T4 Autosleeper Topaz Camper Magazine Articles

1997 Autosleeper Topaz Magazine Review

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