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Sterling Eccles Sport 514 2014

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Specification

Manufacturer: Sterling

Berth: 4 Berth

Year: 2015

Type: Caravans

Condition: Used

Layout: fixed Bed rear washroom

Dimensions: 6.88x2.25x2.65m (LxWxH)

Colour: White

MTPLM: 1386kg

Warranty: YES

MIRO: 1236kg

Axles: 1

Payload: 150kg

Configuration: Fixed bed

Description

 Sterling Eccles Sport 514 2014

Fitted with AL-KO ATC, AL-KO wheel lock and Upgrade Swift Shield fabric.

How’s this for value? In Swiftspeak, Sport denotes more wallet-friendly – and, just as critically, lighter – versions of its ever-popular Challenger SE series. However, the two ranges do not mirror each other and, as a big “for instance” – the 514 reviewed here is an exclusive layout to the 2015 Sport line-up.

Indeed, 2015 sees Swift cropping the Sport to eight models – there were ten last time around, but only the fittest survive here. This is not a layout you’ll see so much these days generally, either, although it’s very much the floorplan that got the UK market interested in the concept of permanent beds.

Sterling Eccles Sport 514 2014

The rear double here – referred to as a French bed because of its cutaway lower section, which allows easier access to the washroom adjacent – took some time to be accepted in the UK, despite huge success in other caravanning countries.  Perhaps of more import is the acronym SMART, for the latest way Swift makes its bodyshells. The timber-free construction technique, with ten-year warranty, is into its second season now.

Sterling Eccles Sport 514 2014

The distinctive Challenger Sport looks remain, too, and the decals have had but the slightest of changes, although these Scorpion alloy wheels are new (and exclusive to Swift). Also new here is the one-piece door, while there’s a 40W solar panel on the roof for this season.  You’ll also notice some further updates as soon as you enter. There’s the new Aralie Sen furniture finish, complemented by a chrome finish to the electrical switchgear and locker door handles. Latest upholstery is called Zimba, although there are a couple of alternatives, too. But it’s also the measurements that matter. That rear double is a generous enough 1.98m x 1.33m (6ft 6in x 4ft 4in), and it benefits from a super-comfy Duvalay Duvalite mattress (another Swift exclusive)

At the front, you’ll also get a double of 2.02m x 1.53m (6ft 8in x 5ft), although as singles they’re just 1.53m (5ft) and 1.60 (1.53), nearside and offside respectively. That, of course, means short settees in day mode, although the angled cushions at the far ends are ideal for lying back on, for example for watching TV. Interior lighting is all LED now, too. Heating and hot water are courtesy of Truma’s Combi 4 system.

Sterling Eccles Sport 514 2014

The kitchen gets the latest Aspire 2 full cooker from Thetford, alongside the usual Swift sink with add-on drainer arrangement. There’s also a Dometic fridge here (capacity is up to 110 litres, with removable freezer section), while general storage space also includes a dedicated cutlery drawer and handy worktop extension. And there’s a microwave.

Swift Challenger Sport 514 washroom

Further along, and beyond the wardrobe, putting the handbasin outside the washroom of course frees up more valuable toileting and showering space. A folding door for the latter is an improvement, as is the more powerful, yet water-saving Eco Camel showerhead. The security conscious amongst you will be pleased to know that once again all new Swift caravans, including this one, are fitted with the Tracker Retrieve system, meaning it does qualify for a lower insurance premium. Somewhat surprisingly, although Swift competes almost head-on with the likes of Bailey and Elddis across the whole tourer market, there are no direct rivals to the Challenger Sport 514 from its usual adversaries.

Maximum weight here is 1,384kg, putting the 514 in reach of plenty of capable towcars without you having to go down 4×4 routes.

Swift Challenger Sport 514 Shower

Verdict: Keenly priced but far from missing out on specification

Plus: Logical layout, modern updates

 

In-a-nutshell: A more than competent all-rounder that keeps weight down and specification up

Swift Challenger Sport 514 floor plan
Cost to insure:£217 *

In summary

  • Swift Challenger Sport 514
  • Dimensions 6.88m L, 2.25m W, 2.65m H
  • Internal length 5.23m
  • Berths 4
  • MTPLM 1,384kg
  • MIRO 1,234kg
  • Payload From 150kg
  • Key options: Alarm (£260), Al-Ko secure Wheel Lock (£255), Wraparound lounge (£149), alternative upholsteries (from £295), Al-Ko ATC trailer control (£285)
  • Safety and security Tracker Retrieve, receiver for Al-Ko Secure wheel lock, AKS 3004 stabiliser, smoke alarm, carbon monoxide detector

Sterling Eccles Sport 514 2014

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Swift Challenger Sport 514 floor plan