Shire Leader

Front threequarter view of leader from passenger side

Graphic on side of leader

This is a really nice, professional conversion by Shire Coachcraft. It has very similar in specification to an Auto-Sleeper or Holdsworth conversion, but without the hefty price tag that these vans command!

Rear view of Leader showing full height doors

The Leader is based on a long wheel base high-top Trafic with the metal roof and full height doors, so you have a decent amount of space and no stooping in and out of the back doors! most Trafic conversions are on "normal" roof models with small back doors and a high top or elevating roof added as part of the conversion. Although having smaller doors gives the advantage of being able to have storage space or control panels over the rear doors, it does mean that anyone of normal height runs the risk of a bumped head when entering or leaving the rear of the van. The bigger doors also mean bigger door windows which allow more light into the van.

interor view of Leader looking forward


The Leader has an extremely flexible layout with good combination of seating positions, both front seats being rotating 'Captains Seats'

another view of Leader seating arrangements

Leader bed in double configuration

It is a 2 berth van, the sleeping arrangements can be configured as either two singles or one very large double bed.
Shown on the right in it's double bed configuration.

Leader washbasin closed Leader washbasin opened Leader kitchen and wardrobe

On the left hand side looking towards the rear doors is the 'washroom', opposite the wardrobe and to the right of the sink unit. It had a mirror with light over, a small sink and a curtain underneath with more storage. There was no shower. The rear compartment could be separated from the living area by a roll down roller blind that was on the ceiling.

Opposite the washroom is the wardrobe, to the left of the hob and fridge. It had a shelf at the top, a hanging rail and a bottom that lifted out to give access to wheel well and storage.
To the very rear, in front of the rear doors was a small cupboard that contained the gas bottles.

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