OVER RECENT SEASONS, the Crusader range has slipped back in the desirability stakes compared to rivals but the comprehensive 2012 update has gone a considerable way to clawing back lost ground.


First up is a completely new bodyshell, with a stylish, angular front end, large front windows and a near full width gas locker door. Privacy glass remains a standard fitting, and white awning and trim rails mean it looks like nothing else on the market.


In terms of layouts , Crusader drops from  seven layouts to six. As with the Odyssey, the majority of models in the range are twin-axle tourers, with only the new Shamal twin fixed-single bed model , the only single axle in the range. There is no single axle tourer with a fixed double bed in the Crusader line-up. 


Interior are massively improved. The redesigned kitchen gets side-opening lockers with positive locking catches, new pull-out baskets, a unique granite effect sink. The 40mm worktops  are unique in a caravan and give the kitchens a high quality, domestic feel and all twin-axle models get a low-mounted microwave too.


As you’d expect with a such a thorough overhaul of the range, there is new upholstery and LED lighting throughout. Alde wet-central heating remains in all models and to top off the good work, weights across all comparable models have been reduced , knocking 40kg off of the Superscirocco compared to 2011. Prices are up between £600 and £800 depending on the model.


Practical Caravan Verdict

Comprehensive revamp which improves on last year’s Crusader in pretty much every way. We hope concentrating on twin-axles doesn’t deter weight conscious buyers however.