Nigel Donnelly

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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.

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.

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