Blair Jacobs, reporting for Swift TV, takes you through all the changes to the Swift Conqueror and Sterling Elite ranges for the 2013 season.
The Swift Conqueror and Sterling Elite touring caravan ranges are made by Swift Group, the UK’s leading leisure vehicle manufacturer. Two years ago the dramatic new designs of these flagship ranges changed tourer styling forever and they became the No1 choice for customers wanting the ultimate. The new 2013 ranges, with a catalogue of specification enhancements and design refinements, are set to retain that crown.
Each range has six proven models; four are single-axle and two twin-axle. They retain the aerodynamically proven front, with its distinctive roof window. Both brands have a unique silver side finish but sport very different graphic schemes. 32mm thick bonded sandwich walls and roof provide great strength and extra insulation for 4-season caravanning.
New for 2013 are an exclusive alloy wheel design, an external shower point and a key-fob control for the LED outside light.
Class-leading width and headroom combine with contemporary furnishings to create spacious, luxurious interiors. Swift’s have ‘Mali Acacia’ woodgrain; whilst Sterlings’ have an ‘Italian Ash’ woodgrain, both with new complementary fabrics .
All year round comfort is assured by the Alde radiator central heating system. It’s powered by gas or by mains electric, with variable power settings now up to 3KW. And daily programmes can be set with the new, more user friendly “touch” control panel that is exclusive to the Swift Group.
Supporting the drive for renewable energy and enhancing independence, a 20 watt, roof-mounted solar panel is fitted as standard. In sunshine or bright daylight it will top up the leisure battery when caravanning without mains hook-up or when the van’s left in storage.
The whole lighting system is low-energy and new for 2013 are an LED back-lit kitchen splash-back, LED under-worktop lights, wardrobe illumination and back-lit mirrors in washrooms. Other luxury touches in the washroom are two speakers, so you never miss your favourite track or programme on the built-in radio/CD player, and a rail for hanging clothes in the shower when it’s not in use.
The fridge has been upgraded to the stylish-looking 110-litre Dometic 8-series model. It’s got an interior light and the flexibility of a removable freezer compartment. Twin-axle models have the larger, 2-door 190 litre model. Also new in the kitchen are the latest Omnivent 3-speed, 2-way roof fan and a second cutlery drawer above the fridge.
With such a well-equipped and desirable ‘van you may well be concerned about security. Swift have thought of that too – and fitted, in addition to an Al-Ko wheel-lock and intruder alarm, a “Tracker Retrieve” Thatcham approved tracking system as standard equipment.
“The design is so special, but it’s also proven. Customers are proud to own a distinctive, top-of-the-market brand and they enjoy the luxuries that come with it. At the same time, they know the aerodynamics save them money on fuel.”
hanks Gary. Impressive ‘vans that will be hard to beat!