The twin-axle 2011 Swift Conqueror offers a luxurious island bed and a rear washroom, so here's the verdict from Practical Caravan's expert reviewers
Twin-axle tourers are the pinnacle of touring comfort. Plenty of space gives the option for a luxurious caravan with minimal compromises. The problem is that usually that isn’t the case. A fixed bed usually means a small washroom. If you have end-washroom, the bed tends to have a cut-off and is only accessible from one side. The 2011 Swift Conqueror aims to deliver a no-compromise touring experience: the Holy Grail of an island bed with a rear washroom.
Pitching and setting up
As with all the new Conqueror models, electrical switchgear is installed in a roof locker inside the caravan, so crawling around on your hands and knees is no longer part of the setting up procedure.
The water system has an 30-litre inboard tank, but there is a separate water system hook-up if you’d like to use an external water container as well. Switching between the two is done from inside the caravan in the offside locker.
As with a lot of fixed-bed caravans, seat space is adequate rather than particularly generous but the curved, supportive cushions mean it is easy to get comfortable. Directional LED spotlights in the corners of the lounge mean are smart and bright enough to read by. Subtle mood lighting adds a little glamour in the evening. Drop-down access to the underseat storage and roof lockers all around mean there is no shortage of space for stowing stuff. The most obvious television point is adjacent to the main door, but an aerial point behind the front chest means owners have options over where to place it.
Given the size of the van, the available space in the washroom is less than you might expect. That said, the space is well utilised and storage is excellent. There is a cupboard under the sink, another next to the shower and a double locker next to the sink. Shelves above the toilet complete the rosy storage picture.
The front double bed makes up quickly and easily, thanks in part to a new system which makes it impossible for the slats to drop out when you make it up.
The kitchen and washroom are very well served but the bed area has very impressive storage options too. There are wardrobes either side of the bed, each with drawers underneath, meaning the storage is flexible as well as large.
The only thing that is a little lacking is externally accessed storage. There is a wet locker at the front but no access to the underbed area from the outside.
A sumptuous no-compromise touring option for those with cars that can tow it. It looks great and works well. The Swift Conqueror 645 would be a great choice for those planning to keep it set up on a seasonal pitch all year.
- Very clever bed arrangement
- Island bed and rear washroom make it a ‘no compromise’ tourer
- A big, heavy caravan
- Lacks windows on awning side
- Taller caravanners must try the bed length for size