Swift’s Basecamp was based on a concept that saw the UK manufacturer daring to be different.

When the Cottingham-based company introduced its new design in 2018, it had a bit of a mixed reception – some thought it didn’t quite match their idea of what a tourer should look like.

To us, though, the Basecamp has always had great appeal, for old hands and those new to the world of caravanning.

Customers seem to agree, too – since its launch, the range has expanded with a four-berth and now a six-berth version.

Its distinctive good looks and rear-door entry added to the attraction of the original Basecamp 2, which sold well.

On older models, look out for signs of water ingress at the base of the door frame
On older models, look out for signs of water ingress at the base of the door frame

During its first four years, very little change was made to the Basecamp – a clear sign that the designers had got it right – except for the addition of that four-berth in 2020, and now for 2022, the six-berth Swift Basecamp 6.

Model history of the Swift Basecamp 2 Plus

Swift has an extensive portfolio of models, and back in 2013/14, its drive for new development and construction resulted in the upmarket Elegance.

It wasn’t long before other ranges benefited, but Swift also wanted to design a caravan that would appeal specifically to younger buyers and those new to the pleasures of touring.

Basecamp 2 caused a flurry of interest when it launched at Swift’s trade show for 2018.

The manufacturer clearly hit the right note, with a cleverly designed, multipurpose leisure vehicle that would appeal to younger buyers, first-timers and outdoor enthusiasts.

Built using Swift’s SMART construction system, another selling point was the tourer’s tough durability.

Large window opens to keep the lounge area bright and airy
Large window opens to keep the lounge area bright and airy

The 2018 launch provided the Basecamp with two spec levels: standard or with the Plus pack, as this model had. Features included blown-air heating, hot water, a cassette toilet, alloy wheels, a TV bracket and a Dometic fridge.

Outside, you also got a gas barbecue point, shower point, mains socket and a solar panel – and a choice of 13 graphics.

Alternatives to the Swift Basecamp 2 Plus

The Basecamp is very much a niche market, but we have one model for comparison – the Go Pod Platinum. This is another rear-door two-berth, with a pop-top, which has a loyal following. We found a near-new model for £14,495.

Alternatively, you could look at another niche two-berth, the Bailey Discovery D4-2, at prices of around £16,495.

The Bailey Discovery D4-2
The Bailey Discovery D4-2

Price checker

You’ll be looking at prices from £19,995 for models like ours, which came complete with a mover and was only used once. We did find one other example, priced at £21,495. Owing to their rarity on the forecourts, the Basecamp’s prices remain firm, especially with the Plus pack fitted. For 2018 models, prices are likely to start from at least £17,000. For the other model coming onto the used market, you can expect to pay:

  • Basecamp 4 £20,295-£20,995

Things to check for:

  • Loose screws on front gas locker lid
  • Grazing on alloy wheels
  • Damp in the front area
  • Signs of damp around the rear door seal
  • Presence of all removable canvas-style storage bags


Our excellent, good-as-new example had only been used once – the owners, who were new to caravanning, decided it wasn’t for them.

Finding used models won’t be easy, but if you’re looking for something a little different, and still highly practical, the Basecamp could be just right.

After more pre-owned tourer inspiration? Then be sure to take a look at our guide to the best used caravans, where we share our top picks.

Technical spec

  • Berths: 2
  • MTPLM: 1027kg
  • MiRO: 916kg
  • Payload: 111kg
  • Internal length: 3.42m
  • Width: 2.29m

See what I thought when I took a look at the Bailey Phoenix Plus 420 (2021) too, a two-berth that is both lightweight and comfortable.

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