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I'm no expert on all the technical ins and outs re FWD v RWD etc but we have owned both British and Continental vehicles and to be honest, we have enjoyed each one equally. We loved our Swift Kontiki and our Autotrail Cheyenne and our current Burstner MH (German make) is our dream van! However, sometimes you can read too many reviews re such things as Fiat v Merc or British v German etc and there will always be someone who has negative comments to make or some horror story to tell but believe me, problems occur with all brands and all makes. Mark my words things can go wrong with top of the range, flagship models too! However, due to the hefty price tags involved, then it stands to reason that not as many are sold, so obviously there will be not so many faults reported! IMHO - I would not rule out a British van altogether if I were you, especially as you like the Autotrail Chieftain so much and you'd go a long way to find another MH with such a fabulous sized kitchen.
I don't know what your budget is but if it's a healthy one, than you should take a look at RS Motorhomes. They are a family run British manufacturer of bespoke quality motorhomes and you can more or less stipulate your own layout. They build motorhomes which can include slide outs if you want them and have recently launched their first A Class MH, which again can include optional slide outs. RS Motorhomes have a website and they welcome visitors by appointment to their factory.