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Swift Challenger 625 SE 2013


Year: 2013

Layout: Fixed bed Rear washroom

Dimensions: 7.93x2.25x2.59m (LxWxH)

Colour: White

MTPLM: 1800kg

Warranty: YES

MIRO: 1603kg

Payload: 197kg

Featured: 1


Swift Challenger 625 SE 2013

For 2013, Swift’s Challenger SE range has adopted the Challenger Sport bodyshell, which has meant big weight savings without losing any strength and rigidity. Indeed, these vans appear to be as solid as ever, and it’s not as if any of the striking looks of the Swift brand have been lost either, for they are great looking caravans. The 625 is the heaviest in the range, with an MTPLM of 1750kg, so it’ll need something like a large MPV or 4X4 to tow it. Sporting an unusual layout that has a side dinette and a fixed bed (almost a combination of two popular layouts), could the Challenger 625 be a spacious and comfortable van for families, or ultimate luxury for couples? We’ll have a closer look.

Does this layout work as a family van? In a word, yes. . We think the kitchen arrangement is fantastic, but any caravan accommodating up to six people is going to have compromises somewhere. Although no doubt designed for families, in the Challenger SE 625 Swift may have accidentally built a caravan that’s almost perfect for touring couples. There’s a spacious lounge up front, with plenty of room for stretching out and relaxing. Further back, midships, there’s a dining area opposite the kitchen with comfortable seating for two, and at the rear, a fixed bed and washroom facilities. In conclusion, this is an excellent caravan which may appeal to more people than its designers originally intended.

Pitching & Setting-up

The ubiquitous Al-Ko running gear in twin-axle guise provides the platform, and comes with a buttonless handbrake, the ATC anti-snaking system, AKS 3004 hitch stabiliser, alloy wheels and a spare wheel. The front locker lid is held up by a central gas strut, giving easy access. Heavy duty steadies are fitted, and all are readily accessible; the rear ones have extended guide tubes. The nearside has an external gas point and a mains socket, together with a couple of under bunk/bed hatches, whilst on the offside there’s a pair of water inlets (one for the on-board water tank), the battery/mains locker, and a pair of easily reached waste water outlets located behind the wheels. The electrical control panel is within easy reach above the entrance door.

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