Dealer specials are a rarity in Scotland, so Andrew Jenkinson was keen to discover whether the extras on this Swift represent good value.
If you fancy a dealer special and live in England, the world is your oyster. In Scotland, however, dealer specials are the exception rather than the rule, as our recent visit to the Glasgow Caravan Show confirmed.
A number of those exceptions can be found at Duncan's Caravans on the outskirts of Glasgow, not least in the shape of the Cruach line-up.
Four layouts of these Sprite-based specials are available, three of them with fixed beds. It was the single-axle family six-berth, the Culmor, that really caught our eye.
Duncan's has got together with Swift and added a number of features to create a real head-turner that majors on value. Packed to the gills with equipment, the Cruach has a kit-tally that reads like a wishlist to Santa, but does it fulfil its brief?
Pitching and setting up
Alloys are standard and there is, of course, a large front gas locker. The Cruach has front and rear GRP panels and comes with some useful kit. There's an extra access locker at the nearside front, alongside a BBQ point and exterior mains socket.
The entrance door is given a window while the Cruach also boasts a 100W solar panel, sunroof and Status TV aerial. There's an AKS hitch lock but ATC isn't a standard fit, which is a little surprising. The Culmor doesn't have heavy-duty steadies - that privilege is reserved for the twin-axle versions. All the main service points are on the offside, and there's a spare wheel underneath the van.
We found the lighting in the living room particularly effective, thanks to a neat combination of spots and LED ceiling lights. There is a central chest of drawers underneath a bank of mains sockets.
Overhead storage is good and under-seat access is via large flaps under the seat cushions.
Another extra on the Cruach is the alarm, the sensor for which is in the lounge area. A DAB/FM radio is included but there's no CD player.
At the rear of the Culmore is a further, small lounge area. This is ideal for kids and gives them their own eating/living space. There's more overhead storage here and the side dinette will comfortably seat three children.
Equipment goodies include a microwave and a 100-litre Dometic fridge/freezer, while an oven and grill are also part of the spec. Surprisingly, though, the hob is only a three-burner affair - we would have thought a dual-fuel device might have been in order.
Storage is generally good thanks to a decent cupboard and drawers plus, of course, overhead lockers.
There's a twin mains socket and LED down lighters mean the kitchen is well illuminated.
We've no complaints about the sink, which comes with a clip-on drainer, and we also like the charcoal worktop - all very classy. And just in case any frazzled cooks need to check their appearance before serving dinner, there's a wall-mounted mirror opposite.
LED lighting means night use isn't a problem and, in this dealer special, the mirror is also illuminated. Side washrooms tend to mean a compromise when it comes to floor area, but Swift has managed things well here, keeping everything compact yet practical.
At the back, there are twin offside fixed bunk beds, each with it's own window. Opposite the bunks is the dinette, which converts into a single bed and, if needed, a fold-up bunk. We think most buyers will be families of four, but it's always handy to have extra bed space.
The wardrobe offers a good amount of hanging space but storing clothes for six on a week's break could be pushing it.
The kitchen comes with two cupboards plus overhead locker storage, and the washroom comes with a cupboard below the sink and two shelves. On balance, we reckon there will be few concerns about storage.
Being based on the Sprite Major 6TD makes the Culmor a winner already. And with its own extras - more than £3000-worth - the Culmor remains competitively priced. We would have liked a dual-fuel hob and a washroom window, though, just for icing on this tasty cake.
- Kitchen worktop
- Comfy seats
- Good kit for the cash
- No dual-fuel hobs
- ATC is an extra
- No washroom window