With their distinctive silver sides, striking graphics and black sunroof surrounds, all based around a smart bodyshell, Swift’s Conquerors are bang up to date aesthetically. This continues inside with a good blend of traditional and modern, and you’ll have more bells and whistles than you can ring or blow. With an MTPLM of 1804kg, a very hefty tow car will be needed to pull one of these giants, though.
Fixed-bed, end-washroom caravans are currently the most popular layouts on the market. But there are compromises: twin single beds are, well, singles, and nearside doubles require the person next to the wall having to climb over their partner (and disturb them) for night-time access to the washroom. The transverse island bed attempts to address both these issues. Let’s see how it works in practice.
Pitching and setting up
On the nearside, you’ll find a gas BBQ point, mains socket and hatches giving under-bunk access and, further back, the bed. Moving to the offside, water inlets are towards the front (including the feed for the on-board tank), and there’s a shower point, with the battery/mains locker just to the rear. The waste water outlets are behind the offside wheels. The main electrical controls are above the caravan door, so are readily accessible.
The only TV point for the lounge is on the unit to the rear of the entrance door. A pair of smart roof-mounted speakers for the CD/radio directs the sound where you can hear it. When it comes to meal times, the slide-out occasional table will be adequate for most couples. That’s good because the main table is stored in the wardrobe and has to be lifted over a lip to get it out.
When it’s dark, the back-lit panel behind the kitchen unit creates a really pleasing ambience, especially when coupled with the plethora of other lighting. Only a real lack of work surface lets the kitchen down. A removable drainer and an extension flap help a little.
There are plenty of cupboards and shelves for all your toiletries and other nick-nacks. A heated towel rail provides all the heating for the washroom. It’s only large enough to dry a hand towel, and we question whether it alone will be enough to warm the room adequately; experience of this type of heating used in isolation suggests it will struggle. Plenty of artificial lighting, including a back-lit mirror, completes the washroom.
When extended, the bed measures 1.85m x 1.32m and is certainly very comfortable, but that only leaves 0.27m in which to get to the toilet (and doesn’t take into account those Alde pipes or overhanging bedding). Again there’s plenty of lighting, and also shelves on which to put the morning cuppa. The front converts to a double (2.06m x 1.12m) or a pair of singles (each 1.56m x 0.71m).
For example, in the bed area alone, there are his’n’hers wardrobes, with drawers beneath the larger one and a shelved cupboard under the other. There are two roof-mounted lockers, and around the unit at the base of the bed there are shelves concealed behind an opening mirror, with another cupboard beneath.
That’s without taking into account the storage available under the fixed bed. Although the front offside seat box is lost to the on-board water tank, the nearside one is completely empty.
There’s no denying that if you were touring with this caravan, you’d certainly be doing it in style. It’s an imposing looking thing, but in a good way. However, it’s still flawed. Kitchen space is compromised perhaps a little too much given the size of van, and it’s a squeeze around the base of the bed, especially when it’s extended. On the one hand, the attention to detail is great (speakers in the washroom, anyone?), but then small things also let it down. The main table storage is poor and the lack of heating in the washroom could be inadequate. Those flaws aside, it’s still one heck of a caravan.
- Island bed, high equipment levels and spacious luxury
- High weight, poor washroom access and lack of kitchen work surface