Home

   Log in or Register


Insurance Quotes
forums Campsite Search Comp Directory tips virtual brochure Profile
Tent and Awning Reviews Competitions Caravans and Motorhomes For Sale Shopping Diary Contact Us

Message Forums

Welcome Guest Register Login Search The Forum Posts Since Last Visit
 Reception - All Forums
  Caravans and Caravanning
Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook  Printer Friendly Version Print
Subject Topic: Swift Base camp
Jump To Page:  1  2  3  4  5  6  ....  15 Post Reply Post New Topic
Message posted by mzzy on 12/1/2017 at 7:03pm
View mzzy's Profile View Profile   Reply to mzzy Reply   Quote mzzy Quote    E-mail Topic to a Friend Tell a friend
mzzy
Avatar
Diamond Member
Diamond Member

Outfit:
Karsten 350 CA FW

Location:

Joined: 05/7/2004
Posts:   3505
Site Reviews:   10
Tent Reviews:   3
Gallery Images:   3
Anyone have any thoughts about the new Swift Base camp caravan?

We had a good look round one yesterday and quite like it, it's small, but feels roomy and light to tow, just wonder if it would hold its price or not?

I wasn't overwrought with the awning, also wondered if being out the back if it would fit in a standard pitch ok.
We always seem to like the small quirky vans! As former owners of a little Freedom caravan, which we took a over the place x

-------------
~*MZZY*~

Touring Caravan Insurance - 20% Discount for UKCampsite.co.uk members
Caravan Guard 20% Discount for UKCampsite.co.uk members on Touring Caravan Insurance. Get 5 star rated cover and big savings - for a quote simply click Online Quotation

Message posted by Opensauce on 12/1/2017 at 7:31pm
View Opensauce's Profile View Profile   Reply to Opensauce Reply   Quote Opensauce Quote    E-mail Topic to a Friend Tell a friend
Opensauce
Avatar
Diamond Member
Diamond Member

Outfit:
La Caravana

Location:
Costa del Essex

Joined: 25/1/2010
Posts:   4063
Site Reviews:   13
Gallery Images:   0
If you want one ensure it's the caravan you want for 10ys or more. Very limited market in UK for a caravan of this type so used value will be poor because it will be difficult to sell. If you don't like it & want to trade in for more conventional caravan after a couple of yrs expect trade in offer to be derisory.

Once these quirky little caravans get much older, say 20yrs they do seem to fetch better prices than 20yr old 'normal' caravans though so not all bad news.

It seems overpriced to start with & if you check websites of continental makes you might notice some list this sort of caravan but do not sell it onto UK market. Good example is Adria Action. Sold in UK for a couple of yrs but obviously limited demand in UK as model is still sold into other markets.

Another alternative would be TAB made by Tabbert. If they are sold in UK I bet they are overpriced compared with price in, say Germany.

Any of these niche market caravans are absolutely fine if it's what you want but you need to be sure you will be happy with it for many yrs to get your money's worth.

Post last edited on 12/01/2017 19:44:04

Message posted by Ray Clayton on 12/1/2017 at 8:05pm
View Ray Clayton's Profile View Profile   Reply to Ray Clayton Reply   Quote Ray Clayton Quote    E-mail Topic to a Friend Tell a friend
Ray Clayton
Avatar
Platinum Member
Platinum Member

Outfit:
Disco 3 SE Bailey Barcelona

Location:
Ilkeston Derbyshire

Joined: 06/10/2014
Posts:   1004
Site Reviews:   11
Gallery Images:   1
Good for people with small cars to tow as light.
Go look one over, your used to the freedom van and nothing to loose at just looking.


-------------
Cheers

Ray

2017 34 Nights
2016 32 Nights
2015 28 Nights
2014 20 Nights



Message posted by sue.too on 12/1/2017 at 8:54pm
View sue.too's Profile View Profile   Reply to sue.too Reply   Quote sue.too Quote    E-mail Topic to a Friend Tell a friend
sue.too
Avatar
Gold Member
Gold Member

Outfit:
vwt4

Location:
Cheshire

Joined: 25/1/2011
Posts:   373
Site Reviews:   2
Gallery Images:   0
I fell in love with one a few months ago. It was stunning. We were parked in a car park at the start of the 3 peaks cyclocross race. We have a vw t4. If someone made that type of thing as a camper van then I would buy it immediately.

Message posted by Opensauce on 12/1/2017 at 8:56pm
View Opensauce's Profile View Profile   Reply to Opensauce Reply   Quote Opensauce Quote    E-mail Topic to a Friend Tell a friend
Opensauce
Avatar
Diamond Member
Diamond Member

Outfit:
La Caravana

Location:
Costa del Essex

Joined: 25/1/2010
Posts:   4063
Site Reviews:   13
Gallery Images:   0
These sort of small caravans are ideal for use in southern Europe in summer when you just want a bedroom. If you buy a new one though you don't seem to get much for your money so no good if you are concerned about value in a couple of yrs time. It needs to be a keeper if you don't want to lose 1000s.

The alternative is to buy something similar but much older. It will do the same job for much cheaper & when you sell it you should get your money back.

Message posted by 664DaveS on 14/1/2017 at 12:29am
View 664DaveS's Profile View Profile   Reply to 664DaveS Reply   Quote 664DaveS Quote    E-mail Topic to a Friend Tell a friend
664DaveS
Avatar
Diamond Member
Diamond Member

Outfit:
Hyundai Santa Fe -Bailey Unicorn Vigo

Location:
Shropshire

Joined: 24/7/2007
Posts:   2874
Site Reviews:   26
Gallery Images:   3
We looked at one at the local dealer, liked it!

-------------
DS-There's more to life than football!!!

Message posted by Opensauce on 14/1/2017 at 7:44am
View Opensauce's Profile View Profile   Reply to Opensauce Reply   Quote Opensauce Quote    E-mail Topic to a Friend Tell a friend
Opensauce
Avatar
Diamond Member
Diamond Member

Outfit:
La Caravana

Location:
Costa del Essex

Joined: 25/1/2010
Posts:   4063
Site Reviews:   13
Gallery Images:   0
Nobody can fail to like it. It is so pretty & cute. Would you buy one though? If you did would you find it better than the caravan you already have?

Message posted by mzzy on 14/1/2017 at 11:52am
View mzzy's Profile View Profile   Reply to mzzy Reply   Quote mzzy Quote    E-mail Topic to a Friend Tell a friend
mzzy
Avatar
Diamond Member
Diamond Member

Outfit:
Karsten 350 CA FW

Location:

Joined: 05/7/2004
Posts:   3505
Site Reviews:   10
Tent Reviews:   3
Gallery Images:   3
Yes these were my thoughts too, I did wonder about holding its value, also thought it was pricey, over 15k, more expensive than some other new 2 berths.
Trouble is we can tow a small, light weight van like this with our car, if we buy a heavier van, means swapping the car too, which is expensive!

Oh and I absolutely loved the Adria Action caravan, but we couldn't have one back then with kids in tow. Wish they still made them in U.K. I still love them!

The Base camp is nice as it feels so roomy inside, where as a lot of the smaller vans try to cram in lots of cupboards.
Maybe I should wait for some second hand ones to save money, I don't like the awning, maybe as time goes on they will alter it x

-------------
~*MZZY*~

Message posted by Opensauce on 14/1/2017 at 12:42pm
View Opensauce's Profile View Profile   Reply to Opensauce Reply   Quote Opensauce Quote    E-mail Topic to a Friend Tell a friend
Opensauce
Avatar
Diamond Member
Diamond Member

Outfit:
La Caravana

Location:
Costa del Essex

Joined: 25/1/2010
Posts:   4063
Site Reviews:   13
Gallery Images:   0
I like it but not the price of course. If I'm still caravanning in my 80s in 20yrs time I will look out for one on ebay.

Message posted by Johnnie Boy on 14/1/2017 at 3:27pm
View Johnnie Boy's Profile View Profile   Reply to Johnnie Boy Reply   Quote Johnnie Boy Quote    E-mail Topic to a Friend Tell a friend
Johnnie Boy
Avatar
Platinum Member
Platinum Member

Outfit:
Hyundai iload Swift Challenger 480

Location:
Cleveland

Joined: 07/4/2008
Posts:   576
Site Reviews:   1
Gallery Images:   3

If you want a small comfy caravan have a look at a second hand xplore 302.

Message posted by Rhj296 on 14/1/2017 at 4:05pm
View Rhj296's Profile View Profile  Visit homepage My Homepage   Reply to Rhj296 Reply   Quote Rhj296 Quote    E-mail Topic to a Friend Tell a friend
Rhj296
Avatar
Platinum Member
Platinum Member

Outfit:
Cabanon Awaya 500 V70 Anssems GT750

Location:
Sweet Home Inversneckie

Joined: 22/12/2014
Posts:   587
Site Reviews:   1
Tent Reviews:   1
Gallery Images:   0
Just watched and read the reviews.

This is a fab bit of kit. Sadly I am 20 years too old for it but I like what it is trying to do.

Will it succeed?

Doubt it, but it is a bold attempt to make a new road.

Message posted by Opensauce on 14/1/2017 at 4:25pm
View Opensauce's Profile View Profile   Reply to Opensauce Reply   Quote Opensauce Quote    E-mail Topic to a Friend Tell a friend
Opensauce
Avatar
Diamond Member
Diamond Member

Outfit:
La Caravana

Location:
Costa del Essex

Joined: 25/1/2010
Posts:   4063
Site Reviews:   13
Gallery Images:   0
I thought I was 20 yrs too young for it. The concept is good. A caravan mostly just to sleep & cook in down in southern Europe in summer. I achieve the same result with my 1000 ebay bargain. I'll save the other 14k for my very old age & look forward to paying a grand for one of these things in 2037.

Message posted by imogensdad on 20/1/2017 at 10:03pm
View imogensdad's Profile View Profile   Reply to imogensdad Reply   Quote imogensdad Quote    E-mail Topic to a Friend Tell a friend
imogensdad
Avatar
Silver Member
Silver Member

Outfit:
Compass venture 302

Location:
Bolton Lancs

Joined: 20/2/2004
Posts:   144
Site Reviews:   5
Gallery Images:   0
We have a Compass Venture 302 which is the same as the xplore 302. It's a fatal tic little van and has a nickname of The Tardis.

Small, easy to tow and loads of room.

What more do people want!!!!!



-------------
A journey of a thousand miles, starts with a single step.....

Message posted by sue.too on 20/1/2017 at 10:18pm
View sue.too's Profile View Profile   Reply to sue.too Reply   Quote sue.too Quote    E-mail Topic to a Friend Tell a friend
sue.too
Avatar
Gold Member
Gold Member

Outfit:
vwt4

Location:
Cheshire

Joined: 25/1/2011
Posts:   373
Site Reviews:   2
Gallery Images:   0
I still want one but as a camper van. In fact if anyone knows of a van converter that does something similar then please let me know

Message posted by maughanjen on 20/1/2017 at 10:24pm
View maughanjen's Profile View Profile   Reply to maughanjen Reply   Quote maughanjen Quote    E-mail Topic to a Friend Tell a friend
maughanjen
Avatar
Silver Member
Silver Member

Outfit:
Bailey pageant burgundy

Location:
Durham

Joined: 27/2/2010
Posts:   141
Site Reviews:   10
Tent Reviews:   1
Gallery Images:   1
It looks good, basic but has it all.I think it's an adventure van and will appeal to all ages. Perhaps not an all weather van due to its size, but for a weekend very nice

Message posted by JTQU on 21/1/2017 at 7:36am
View JTQU's Profile View Profile   Reply to JTQU Reply   Quote JTQU Quote    E-mail Topic to a Friend Tell a friend
JTQU
Avatar
Diamond Member
Diamond Member

Outfit:
Hymer Nova S

Location:
Hampshire

Joined: 01/11/2005
Posts:   1980
Site Reviews:   5
Gallery Images:   2
First I would not expect any new caravan to hold its value, they will all depreciate, but not all as fast as others.
This van is certainly a niche market van but it is quite wrong to imply that being so and having a limited market leads to heavier depreciation than run of the mill popular vans. Take the Gobur, Eriba and T&B, all very much limited appeal ie niche vans but all holding way better residual values that money spent on more popular vans; I had one so know how good it was and it remained in the family till finally sold at about half its original value in its teen age.
Whether, Swift have given this one that quirkiness to fit in with that trio I am in no position to judge; its worrying that it has basically the construction technology of its stable mates so thing don't look to me so assured.
There is clearly a level of appeal in the positive comments it gets from those with open minds; if physically it offers durability I would expect it to keep its appeal as it ages, so not being one of the heavy depreciators. If it suffers from poor build then it will lose more.
Life is IMO too short to worry unduly about these things on financial grounds alone, if ownership lifts your spirit go for it and enjoy that pleasure. You might lose a % more than others you might not but I doubt the difference are life changing, the ownership could be life enhancing, ours was.


In order to post a reply you will need to register, or if already registered please log in here

Jump To Page:  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12  13  14  15
Quick Links - All Forums - Caravans and Caravanning - Top of Page

Printer Friendly Version Printable version Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook


1796 Visitors online !

Free UKCampsite.co.uk Window Sticker  -  Recommend to Friend  -  Pensions Auto-enrolment

[Message Forums]  [Caravan Sites & Camping]  [Company Listings]  [Features / Advice]  [Virtual Brochure]  [Shop!]
[Reception]  [Competitions]  [Caravans & Motorhomes For Sale]  [Event Diary]  [Contact Us]  [Tent Reviews

Please note we are not responsible for the content of external sites & any reviews represent the author's personal view only. Please report any error here. You may view our privacy and cookie policy here. All copyrights & other intellectual property rights in the design and content of this web site are reserved to the UKCampsite.co.uk © 1999 - 2017



UKCampsite.co.uk
Advent Calendar

Advent Calendar

24 Daily Prizes worth up to 120 and a Christmas Day Star Prize worth 500!
Open Today's Window