TIRED OF TENTS? COULD A 'CROSSOVER CAMPING VEHICLE' CONVERT YOU?
With the new season on the way, could a Swift Basemcamp be the starting point for your next adventure? Stylish, practical and comfy, it seems great things really do come in small packages. Find out more
26 Feb 2018Back
Tired of tents? Could a 'crossover camping vehicle' convert you?
We've made it through February, and even though the weather hasn't warmed up that much yet, there are signs that spring is on the way; the birds are singing more, the days are getting longer, and the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome show at the NEC has just concluded. New adventures are in the air and it strikes us that the Swift Basecamp might just be the perfect vehicle to have them in.
Swift describe the Basecamp as a 'cross-over camping vehicle', others call it a compact caravan. Whatever the name, the principle remains the same; a practical, comfortable and stylish alternative to spending your leisure time in a cold tent.
How many times have you seen caravans (or even tiny studio flats) described using 'compact but spacious', or some other similarly contradictory phrase? But here's the thing, the Basecamp is just that; the stripped back interior has everything you need, but without unnecessary extras that would clutter the space, so despite the small dimensions, there really is plenty of room inside.
It was carefully designed to be lightweight so that campers looking to move to a caravan wouldn't be put off by having to buy a bigger tow car, and as well as appealing to younger buyers, it is also proving to be a hit with seasoned caravanners who are looking to simplify and downsize.
Last year, we loaned Rob Spedding, editor of Cycling Plus magazine a Swift Basecamp so that he could experience the benefits for himself. By his own admission, becoming a caravanner was not something that had ever been particularly high on wish wish-list.
However, the unconventional looks, compact size and trouble-free towing helped change his mind, even before he pitched up at the Eroica Brittania vintage ride fest. The cycle-friendly features such as the anchor points inside that allow you to securely transport bikes won him over even further, and with unhitching and connecting water and drainage proving to be very straightforward, he declared himself "pretty darn impressed."
You can read his full article here: http://www.cyclingplus.com/articles/swift-basecamp-caravan-review/
All in all, we think the Basecamp is well worth a look, and not just because of the range of stylish graphics you can choose for the outside. The two comfortable sofas are perfect for chilling out after an active day, the external shower point and awning mean mud can stay outside, and clever design features, such as the fabric storage baskets in place of overhead lockers, make creative use of every inch of space.
If you want to find out more, pop over to our Darlington or Nottingham branches and have a chat to one of the team, we'll be only too pleased to show you the Basecamp in the flesh. Who knows where your next adventure will take you?