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Specification

Manufacturer: Swift

Berth: 2 Berth

Year: 2018

Type: Caravans

Condition: New

Layout: 2 berth Rear Door

Dimensions: 5.10mx2.28mx2.71m (LxWxH)

Colour: White

MTPLM: 1015kg

Warranty: 10 Years

MIRO: 904kg

Axles: 1

Payload: 111kg

Configuration: Rear Door 2 berth

Description

Swift Basecamp Plus

Orders being taken on  2018 production . Limited Stock .

Fitted with the Plus Pack Awning and included Delevery charge.

It’s cool and really rather clever, but can the radical Swift Basecamp Plus succeed in its mission to attract fresh blood to the touring lifestyle? Read on!

Overview

Funky, eh? Take a close look at this eye-catching newcomer. Remove the badges, and where would you say it was built? Germany, perhaps, by free-thinking Knaus – or maybe Holland, as a big brother to the super-light, super-practical Kip Shelter?

Nope! As the badges proudly proclaim, this is a Swift. It was designed and built in Hull, alongside names such as Challenger, Sprite and Eccles. So what’s got into our friends in Hull?

The chunky Basecamp has been designed not for you, if you’re a regular reader of Practical Caravan. Although plenty of existing caravanners will be tempted by it, it has been made for the kind of people who might not have previously considered a caravan.

If the brochure is to be believed, we’re talking mountain-bikers, surfers, canoeists and the like. Although we’re inclined to think it’s going to appeal to the kind of people who fancy upgrading from a tent, and want something a bit more reliable than a classic campervan.

Swift calls it a ‘CCV’, or Crossover Camping Vehicle, and it’s certainly occupying new territory for a British brand, though we have seen similar offerings before from Europe.

The headline price is £15,395, but we tested the Swift Basecamp Plus – the model that Swift expects most buyers to go for – which costs another £545 and adds a solar panel (a must for wild camping), an external 230V socket, a gas barbecue point, an external shower, a door flyscreen and, inside, an oven and grill, a TV aerial and a lockable TV bracket.

 

Pitching and setting up

Chances are that you may want to explore more options, too. We can see why you might steer clear of the £325 ATC anti-snaking device – after all, this is a pretty lightweight caravan. But we reckon that most buyers are likely to be tempted by one of the 13 natty graphics packages (£795), as well as the annual Tracker subscription (£95) to prevent someone else with a spirit for adventure taking off with your  Swift Basecamp Plus .

The final must-have addition is an awning. And not just any awning but the ‘Swift RVR-1’. It’s a bespoke Airbeam item by Vango that costs £795 and doubles the floor area of the van.

Once the beading has been threaded along the rear wall of the Swift Basecamp, three long, curving main beams are inflated via AirSpeed valves, plus two doorway beams and four cross-braces. The finished awning has a groundsheet, two entrances and four windows with zip-in covers, making a huge outdoor ‘room’ for the compact Swift.

Returning to the caravan itself, the Basecamp sits on a conventional Al-Ko galvanised steel chassis, whose width is concealed by graphite-coloured side skirts – but the game is rather given away by the conventional A-frame,

There are cutouts in the sides and rear wall to give good access to the steady winders, and the steadies themselves have neat pivoting bases to allow for uneven surfaces.

Despite its unconventional looks, the  Swift Basecamp Plus has all the features of a ‘grown-up’ Swift. That means all-GRP Smart Plus construction and a Whale underslung heater combining to give Grade 3 thermal performance – just the thing if you fancy camping out halfway up a mountain.

Oh, and if you get lost on that mountain, or just want to make sure it’s warm when you get back, the standard Swift Command system means you can turn on the heating or lights remotely, and locate the van via GPS, using a free-to-download smartphone app.

Despite all of that it’s relatively light. The MiRO of the standard van is 879kg and the Plus is 904kg, so you’re not going to need a hulking great tow car, either.

Lounge

You enter the Swift Basecamp Plus through a wide door in the rear wall and pass the nearside kitchen and offside washroom before arriving in the front lounge.

Although it’s not a huge caravan, the 6ft 5in headroom and big, opening panoramic front window combine to give a great sense of space – and that window also makes the most of a view for intrepid adventurers.

Concertina blinds on all windows mean that the world can be shut out at night, when you can relax on those long, long sofas and catch up on your favourite programmes – there’s a TV mount and all the relevant connections on the offside wall.

If you’re feeling sociable, those sofas are lengthy enough to squeeze four onto either side, although you’ll soon overwhelm the small fold-up coffee table (with its delightful cast-aluminium supports) and will need to retrieve the freestanding unit from the wardrobe.

Brochure download

 

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