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Caravan review: Swift Basecamp 4

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Key Features

  • Model Year : 2021
  • Class : Single Axle
  • Berths : 4
  • Internal Length (m) : 3.91
  • Shipping Length (m) : 5.59
  • MRO (kg) : 1050
  • MTPLM (kg) : 1186
  • Max Width (m) : 2.28
  • External Height (m) : 2.60

The Verdict

If you’re graduating from tenting, this is an ideal choice, an all-weather, all-year base for holiday adventures packed with style, the like of which you don’t find in what might be termed conventional caravans. The Basecamp 4 is conventional in that it provides a shower, loo, kitchen, beds and heating – but its sleek lines and bright colour elevate it to super modern status that puts it in a class of its own.


Swift Caravans View more details about the manufacturer of this vehicle over in our manufacturers section.

AT A GLANCE

Price: £21,320 Berths: 4 Length – Body: 3.91m; Overall: 5.59m Width: 2.28m Headroom: 1.95m Heating system: Whale Weight – MIRO: 1,050kg; MTPLM: 1,186kg

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

Model Year
2021
Manufacturer
Swift Caravans
Class
Single Axle
Range
No Range
Price From (£)
20700
Berths
4
Shipping Length (m)
5.59
MRO (kg)
1050
MTPLM (kg)
1186
Max Width (m)
2.28
External Height (m)
2.60
End Washroom
No
Island Double
No
Fixed Singles/Bunks
No
Triple Bunks
No
End Kitchen
No
Back & Front Dinette
Yes
Side Dinette
No
Caravan Test Date
Caravan Buyer Test Date

DETAILED REVIEW

Words: Val Chapman  Photography: Richard Chapman

When Swift invented the stunning little Basecamp back in 2016, the giant caravan manufacturer set out to find a new market – one that’s not catered for by what might be termed ‘conventional’ caravans. Basecamp was conceived for adventure, as a base for cycling, in particular. It’s light. It’s small.

And made for two.

Five years on, with the Basecamp-for-couples market well established, Swift has grown the concept – literally. Now, the original Basecamp is called Basecamp 2 and there’s also a Basecamp for families. It’s longer, still light in weight, and with all of the facilities that a family needs as a base for ‘great outdoors’ adventure holidays.

Basecamp 4 has bunk beds and a double bed to make from lounge seating. Like Basecamp 2, the 4 has a rear door and built-in securing points for cycles.

There’s only one comparable- layout caravan on the British market; the Knaus Sport&Fun shares the rear door concept but its MTPLM is 1,400kg, whereas the Basecamp 4’s MTPLM is a mere 1,186kg. So, the Basecamp 4 is out there all on its own to enjoy ultra-lightweight status as well as the head-turner appeal that comes with bright orange colours, striking decals and sporty shape.

We’ve been strong fans of the stunning little Basecamp 2 since its inception, so we were keen to see if the 4 measured up to the 2’s practicality and charisma. A day at Cheshire dealer, Leisure Sales, would sort that out... And this retailer currently has the Basecamp 4 at a special office price, of £20,995 instead of £21,865. (Both of those figures include the delivery price of £545.)

Leisure Sales, close to Sandbach, is in a parkland setting; in this lovely environment, with the caravan on a lawned section alongside the display area, it was easy to imagine the Basecamp 4 in use. The first thing to notice is the unique layout. As you step in through the door, the combined shower-toilet compartment is on your right. The kitchen is amidships on the offside. At the front, seating that transforms into a double bed and, on the nearside, the fridge, plus the two- person dining/bunk area. It’s compact – and its practicality is instantly obvious; all you need is here, albeit in compact form compared with what might be termed mainstream caravans.

Then you notice that the giant front window fully opens horizontally. What a joy to stand here with your morning mug of coffee, the window sheltering you from the rain – as we discovered during our review day of awfully British weather.

There’s nothing conventional about the Basecamp 4. Instead of top lockers, there are four zipped fabric pockets on frames. These can be removed, to take into your house to pack. The tops are open and the sides zip all around, like an opening locker door; ingenious!

The seating, both at the front and in the side dining area, folds upwards, against the  wall,  to create space for  cycles;  you simply wheel them in through the rear door. Anchor points are mounted in the floor. The rear door is wider than an average caravan door, at 52cm, so  it’s easy  to wheel cycles inside. There’s no carpet – but then you wouldn’t want one in a caravan of outdoor adventure calibre. And the spaces under the rear dining area seats provide the perfect place to put footwear as you step inside.

The Basecamp 4 contains some surprises; the USB socket count is a handsome four, and, at the front, under that fabulous large window, is a very sturdy hinge-up coffee table held in place by two substantial fold-out steel supports. And you might not expect a caravan of this size to have a full oven and grill.

So, cooking practicalities… It’s quick-snack lunchtime and we are preparing a simple salad with tomatoes, cheese, apples and grapes. We quickly find that  there is more than sufficient surface space around the sink, especially with the extension hinged into position, and opposite, on  the  top of the cabinet that contains the fridge. The kitchen is just over a metre long and the extension adds another 37cm. The fridge cabinet gives you a surface space that’s 68cm wide and 55cm deep. It’s easy to envisage cooking up even adventurous evening  meal  treats on the three-burner hob and in the oven. And when it’s time to  eat, you have a choice of two tables,  one for two people, plus the four- person table that’s stored in the wardrobe on the aft end of the kitchen. (The bunk ladder is hidden away in the wardrobe, too, but there is still a decent hanging width of 42cm.)

We love the smart black glass hob base and splashback. We also love the amount of kitchen storage space; a surprise in such a small caravan. The double-doored cabinet contains two shelves (one with a cutlery tray), plus four vertical compartments that would ensure stuff stored here stayed put on tow far better than wide-open shelves. There are two cabinets above, one with fitments for mugs and plates.

Given that the vast majority of caravan owners get an awning or porch, you might be wondering how you’d go about finding one that would fit a caravan that doesn’t have a door on the side – or a rail on the side. Vango designed an awning specifically for the Basecamp. It’s an air awning model, as you’d expect, and it gives you a lot of extra space. The cost is £725. And, while we’re talking about optional extras, you can order your Basecamp with the ATC stability control system for an extra £349. You can also get an Al-Ko Secure wheel lock for £265 (well worth it for peace of mind and also because security devices such as this one often attract a reduction in insurance premiums). And, if you want to splash the cash, you can go for one of the range of different graphics schemes available, for an additional £895. These options are illustrated on Swift’s website.

Among them are intertwined hexagonal shapes, a giant target, a huge Union flag pattern, and a bright puce-shade circle, framed in yellow and turquoise on the front. All great fun. Whatever you choose, your Basecamp is guaranteed to turn heads.

And inside? The standout appearance continues, with bright orange and grey; smart, utterly modern and with the vibe of adventure clearly evident.

And comforts? You may imagine that seating that folds away to make way for cycles isn’t built with comfort as a priority.  The Basecamp proves otherwise,  with a surprising  amount  of  comfort; the lounge seating is 1.3m long – not enough for kick-back relaxing but plenty for four  to  sit.  And, when you make the lounge into a double bed, it’s 1.98m long and 1.30m wide.

The combined shower toilet room is 68cm by 1.1m. There’s plenty of a space in which to shower and a curtain to keep water off the bench-style toilet.

Black Country Caravans


Corngreaves Road
Cradley Heath
Staffordshire
B64 7DA
http://www.blackcountrycaravans.co.uk
[email protected]
New and used caravans, trailer tents, folding campers for sale. Habitation repairs & service, accessory shop and awning showroom.

Golden Castle Caravans and Motorhomes


Tewkesbury Road
Gloucester
Gloucestershire
GL2 9PX
http://www.goldencastle.co.uk
[email protected]
Coachman, Lunar, Sprite, Sterling, Swift caravans. Servicing. Accident repairs, accessories & servicing.

Lowdhams (Huddersfield)


Crosland Hill
Huddersfield
West Yorkshire
HD4 5NU
http://www.lowdhams.com
[email protected]
New Bailey, Chausson, Compass, Dethleffs, Hymer, HymerCar, Sunlight and Swift motorhomes. New Airstream, Eriba, Bailey, and Swift caravans. Also used, base & habitation service, finance, accessories.

Lowdhams (Nottingham)


Lowdham Road
Nottingham
Nottinghamshire
NG14 7ES
http://www.lowdhams.com
[email protected]
New Bailey, Chausson, Compass, Dethleffs, Hymer, HymerCar, Sunlight and Swift motorhomes. New Airstream, Eriba, Bailey, and Swift caravans. Also used, base & habitation service, finance, accessories.

Marquis Motorhomes (Dorset)

41-45
Old Wareham Road
Poole
Dorset
BH12 4QN
http://www.marquisleisure.co.uk
[email protected]
Adria, Auto-Sleepers, Auto-Trail, Benimar, Elddis, Majestic, Mobilvetta, Randger new motorhomes. Base & habitation service & repairs.

Marquis Motorhomes (Surrey)


Station Approach
Guildford
Surrey
GU5 9NX
https://www.marquisleisure.co.uk/locations/surrey
[email protected]
Adria, Auto-Sleepers, Auto-Trail, Benimar, Elddis, Majestic, Mobilvetta, Randger new motorhomes. Habitation service, finance.

3 A's Leisure (Showground)


Nantyci
Carmarthen
Carmarthenshire
SA33 5DR
http://www.3acaravans.co.uk
[email protected]
Adria, Autocruise, Auto-Sleepers, Bessacarr, Carthago, Chausson, Dethleffs, Elddis, Swift. Habitation service, finance, accessories, overnighters.

Atlantic Caravans


East Taphouse Industrial Estate
Liskeard
Cornwall
PL14 6LE
http://www.atlanticcaravans.co.uk
[email protected]
New and used caravans. Caravan movers. NCC approved workshop and accessory shop. Habitation service & repair.

Bardsea Leisure

Bardsea Leisure Park
Priory Road
Ulverston
Cumbria
LA12 9QE
http://www.bardsealeisure.co.uk
[email protected]
New & used tourers, statics & motorhomes. Bailey & Swift motorhomes. Service, repair, awnings, accessories. Based at Bardsea Leisure Park. Habitation service.

Brayford Leisure Caravan Centre Ltd

Broad Acres
Moor Lane
Lincoln
Lincolnshire
LN6 9BW
http://www.brayford-caravans.co.uk
[email protected]
New and used caravans. Caravan & motorhome service (habitation only for motorhome) & repair. Motor movers.

Broad Lane Leisure (Alcester)


Birmingham Road A435
Alcester
Warwickshire
B49 5QD
http://www.broadlane.co.uk
[email protected]
New and used caravans and motorhomes. Awnings and accessories.

Broad Lane Leisure (Kenilworth)


Warwick Road
Kenilworth
Warwickshire
CV35 7RD
http://www.broadlane.co.uk
[email protected]
New and used caravans. Used motorhomes. Awnings and accessories.

Campbells Caravans and Motorhomes


Watkin Lane
Preston
Lancashire
PR5 5RD
http://www.campbellscaravans.co.uk
[email protected]
New and used caravans, motorhomes, awnings and accessories. Motorhome habitation service.

Catterick Caravans


Catterick Bridge
Richmond
North Yorkshire
DL10 7JB
http://www.leisureworldgroup.com
[email protected]
New and used caravans & motorhomes. Awnings, finance, insurance, spray clinic. Accessories. Habitation service & repairs. Caravan & motorhome storage.

Chichester Caravans (Chichester)


Main Road
Chichester
West Sussex
PO18 8RL
http://www.chichester-caravans.co.uk
[email protected]
Service. Caravan movers. Accessories and awnings. New and used caravans.

Chichester Caravans (Uckfield)


London Road
Uckfield
East Sussex
TN22 2EA
http://www.chichester-caravans.co.uk
[email protected]
Service. Caravan movers. Accessories and awnings. New and used caravans.

Cookstown Caravans


Cloghog Road
Cookstown
Co Tyrone
BT80 8RN
http://www.cookstowncaravans.com
[email protected]
New & used caravans, awnings, accessories. Motor movers. Caravan external covers.

Couplands Caravans

Tattershall Way
Northolme Road
Louth
Lincolnshire
LN11 0YZ
http://www.couplandscaravans.co.uk
[email protected]
Caravan new and used sales. Habitation service, repairs & accessories. Bailey, Bessacarr, Coachman, Swift caravans. Motor movers.

Cranham Leisure (Upminster)


Old Gailey Park
Upminster
Essex
RM14 1TJ
http://www.cranham.co.uk
[email protected]
New and used caravans and motorhomes for sale. Base and habitation servicing. Also branch at Chelmsford.

Davan Caravans & Motorhomes


Goosey Lane
Weston-super-Mare
Somerset
BS22 7XA
http://www.davan.co.uk
[email protected]
New caravans. New motorhomes. Habitation service.

Dee Valley Caravans


Drumoak
Banchory
Aberdeenshire
AB31 5AU
http://www.deevalleycaravans.co.uk
[email protected]
New and used touring caravans, used motorhomes and static caravans. Three caravan parks on Deeside.

Dinmore Leisure


Hope-under-Dinmore
Leominster
Herefordshire
HR6 0PJ
https://www.dinmoreleisure.co.uk
[email protected]
New caravans. Base & habitation service & repairs. New motorhomes. Awnings, parts, accessories. Tents & gas bottles.

Dumfries Caravan Centre

308
Annan Road
Dumfries
Dumfries and Galloway
DG1 3JE
http://www.dumfriescaravans.com
[email protected]
New and used motorhomes and caravans. Accident/damage and bodywork repair (also mobile). Habitation service. Accessory shop.

Duncan Caravans

186
Wishaw Road
Wishaw
Lanarkshire
ML2 8ES
http://www.duncancaravans.co.uk
[email protected]
New and used caravans. Caravan and motorhome awnings, accessories and tents. Caravan habitation service.

Ebor Leisure World


Malton Road
York
North Yorkshire
YO60 7SE
http://www.leisureworldgroup.com
[email protected]
New and used caravans and motorhomes for sale. Habitation servicing.

Ennis Caravans Ltd

The Caravan Centre
Carmarthen Road
Llanelli
Carmarthenshire
SA14 6SP
http://www.ennis-caravans.co.uk
[email protected]
New and used tourers, motorhomes, holiday homes and canoes & kayaks. Finance, service, accessories.

Forest of Dean Caravans


Parkend
Lydney
Gloucestershire
GL15 4JN
http://www.forestofdeancaravans.co.uk
[email protected]
Bailey & Swift caravans. New and used sales, service & supplies.

Glossop Caravans


Main A57
Glossop
Derbyshire
SK13 6JF
http://www.glossopcaravans.co.uk
[email protected]
New and used caravans and motorhomes for sale. Base, habitation service and MoTs. Accessories and service centre.

GNR Sutherland


Edderton
Nr Tain
Highland
IV19 1JY
http://www.sutherlandcaravans.co.uk
[email protected]
Tourers and static sales. Accessory shop. New Bailey & Swift caravans.

Grantham Caravans


Spittlegate Level
Grantham
Lincolnshire
NG31 7UH
http://www.granthamcaravans.co.uk
[email protected]
New and used caravans. Redline Camper conversions. Workshops and accessory shops. Habitation service & repairs.

Greentrees Caravan Store

Adventure House
Hurn Road
Dereham
Norfolk
NR19 1WD
https://www.greentrees-caravanstore.co.uk
[email protected]
New and used motorhomes and caravans. Awnings and workshop. HireMe caravan & motorhome hire.

Halleys Burnhouse Caravans


Lochlibo Road
Beith
Ayrshire
KA15 1LF
http://www.halleycaravans.co.uk
[email protected]
New and used caravans. Also accessories and workshop. Motor movers and awnings. Habitation servicing. Finance.

Highbridge Caravan Centre Ltd


A38 Bristol Road
Highbridge
Somerset
TA9 4EX
http://www.highbridgecaravans.co.uk
[email protected]
Motorhome & caravan dealer. Huge choice of tents, trailer tents, folding campers & accessories.

Homestead Caravans and Outdoor Leisure


Thorpe Road (B1033)
Clacton-on-Sea
Essex
CO16 9JN
http://www.homesteadcaravans.co.uk
[email protected]
Homestead Caravans is a main dealer of Swift caravans & motorhomes. We operate an industry 'Approved Caravan Workshop' for servicing & insurance.

Kimberley Caravans (Darlington)


Burtree Gate
Darlington
Co Durham
DL2 2XZ
http://www.kimberleycaravans.co.uk
[email protected]
New and used caravans and motorhomes for sale. Habitation servicing. Overnight camping on site available. Motor movers.

Kirkcaldy Caravans


Randolph Place
Kirkcaldy
Fife
KY1 2YX
http://www.kirkcaldycaravans.com
[email protected]
Swift, Sterling, Sprite and Lunar caravans. Awnings, accessories, motor movers. Caravan & motorhome habitation service & repair.

Knowepark Caravans and Motorhomes


Hardie Road
Livingston
West Lothian
EH54 8BA
http://www.kpcm.co.uk
[email protected]
New and used caravans and motorhomes for sale. Habitation servicing.

Leisure Sales


Brereton Green
Sandbach
Cheshire
CW11 1SD
http://www.leisuresales.co.uk
[email protected]
Cheshire’s principal main dealer for Lunar and Bailey and Coachman caravans. Parts & accessory shop. Service centre. Caravans only.

Lowe & Rhodes Leisure Ltd


Victoria Road
Stoke-on-Trent
Staffordshire
ST4 2HU
http://loweandrhodes.co.uk
[email protected]
Swift new caravans. Repairs, servicing and awnings.

LPC Caravans & Camping


Balloo Place
Bangor
Co Down
BT19 7BP
http://www.lpccaravans.co.uk
[email protected]
Sales & service for caravans. Motorhome habitation service & repairs.

Newport Caravans


Kings Parade
Newport
Gwent
NP20 2DU
http://www.newportcaravans.com
[email protected]
New and used caravans and motorhomes for sale. Habitation service & repairs.

Norwich Caravans


Cromer Road
Norwich
Norfolk
NR10 5LY
http://www.norwich-caravans.co.uk
[email protected]
Used caravans and motorhomesMotorhome habitation service & repairs.

Oxford Caravan Centre


Oxford Road (A418)
Thame
Oxfordshire
OX9 2LH
http://www.swindoncaravansgroup.com
[email protected]
New and used caravans. Habitation service.

Perthshire Caravans


Dundee Road
Perth
Perth and Kinross
PH2 7SR
http://www.perthshire-caravans.co.uk
[email protected]
New motorhomes, caravans, holiday homes & accessories. Service & sprays.

Pioneer Caravans


Thorney Road
Peterborough
Cambridgeshire
PE6 7UB
http://www.pioneercaravans.co.uk
New Swift motorhomes. New Swift & Bailey caravans. Willerby & ABI new statics. Awnings, accessories, service & repair. Storage. CaSSOA Gold award.

Robinsons Caravans Ltd (Chesterfield)


Ringwood Road
Chesterfield
Derbyshire
S43 1DG
http://www.robinsonscaravans.co.uk
[email protected]
New caravans. Awnings. Workshop and accessory shop. New Bailey motorhomes.

Ryedale Caravan & Leisure Ltd


Ashby Road West
Loughborough
Leicestershire
LE12 9EF
https://www.ryedaleleisure.com
[email protected]
Bailey, Sterling & Swift new and used caravans. Awnings, accessories, habitation service & repairs,

S&D Harper Ltd


Edgar Road
Elgin
Inverness-shire
IV30 6YQ
http://sdharper.co.uk
[email protected]
New and used caravans. Accessories, habitation service & repairs. Indespension and Brian James trailers, towbars. Calor gas.

Salop Leisure (Shrewsbury)

Head Office
Ermstrey
Shrewsbury
Shropshire
SY5 6QS
http://www.salopleisure.co.uk
Touring caravans, motorhomes and statics. Sales and service. Swift motorhomes.

Spinney Flintshire

76
Station Road
Deeside
Flintshire
CH5 2TE
https://www.spinney.co.uk
[email protected]
New and used caravans and motorhomes. Habitation service, repairs and accessories. Dorema, Isabella, Ventura and Sunncamp awnings. Paint shop.

Spinney Staffordshire


Stonewall Place
Newcastle-under-Lyme
Staffordshire
ST5 6NR
http://www.spinney.co.uk
[email protected]
Bailey & Coachman caravans. Accessory shop, workshop - insurance, repair work, body repairs, servicing and fitting of related accessories. Auto-Trail, Bailey, Swift new motorhomes.

Stewart Longton Caravans (Chorley)


Friday Street
Chorley
Lancashire
PR6 0AH
http://www.stewartlongton.co.uk
[email protected]
New and used caravans. Well stocked accessory shop. Servicing & repairs. Previously Swift limited edition Safari range.

Swindon Caravan Centre


Greatfield
Swindon
Wiltshire
SN4 8EQ
http://www.swindoncaravansgroup.com
[email protected]
New caravans. Also used caravans, hire, camping and accessory superstore, workshop facilities.

Teesside Caravans


Teesside Industrial Estate
Stockton-on-Tees
Co Durham
TS17 9JZ
http://www.teessidecaravans.co.uk
[email protected]
Caravan & motorhome storage. CaSSOA Gold award. New and used caravans. Used motorhome sales and habitation servicing. Tyron bands.

Tilshead Caravans Ltd


Stockbridge Road (A30)
Salisbury
Wiltshire
SP5 1BS
http://www.tilshead-caravans.com
[email protected]
2-6 berth Swift Sundances for UK & Europe travel. New and used caravans and motorhomes for sale or hire. Fully equipped workshops.

Torksey Caravans Ltd


Lincoln Road
Torksey
Lincolnshire
LN1 2EL
http://www.qualitycaravans.com
[email protected]
New and used caravans. Also used motorhomes, accessories, service & repair. Tents & awnings.

Tyneside Leisure World


Portobello Trading Estate
Birtley
Co Durham
DH3 2SN
http://www.leisureworldgroup.com
[email protected]
Elddis, Lunar, Swift tourers, plus Auto-Trail, Elddis, Burstner, Roller Team motorhomes. Habitation service. Caravan & motorhome storage.

Wandahome South Cave Ltd


Brough Road
Brough
East Yorkshire
HU15 2DB
http://www.wandahome.online
[email protected]
Roller Team, Swift new motorhomes. Buccaneer, Bailey, Coachman, Elddis, Sprite, Swift, Xplore new caravans. NCC approved workshops. Gold storage.

White Arches Caravans


Wellingborough Road
Rushden
Northamptonshire
NN10 6AY
http://white-arches.co.uk
[email protected]
New and used caravans. Awnings and accessories. Bailey, Coachman, Swift new caravans. 12 bay workshop. Finance. Accessories.

Winchester Caravans & Motorhomes

Clayfield Park
Main Road
Winchester
Hampshire
SO21 1TD
http://www.winchestercaravans.com
[email protected]
Bailey and Swift new and used. Service. Caravan movers. Accessories and awnings. Finance available.

Yorkshire Caravans of Bawtry Ltd


Doncaster Road
Bawtry
South Yorkshire
DN10 6DG
http://www.yorkshirecaravans.com
[email protected]
Storage. CaSSOA Gold award. New and used caravans, awnings & leisure accessories. New & used folding campers.

Yorkshire Coast Caravans


Lancaster Road
Bridlington
East Yorkshire
YO15 3QY
http://www.yorkshirecoastcaravans.co.uk
[email protected]
Bailey, Coachman, Swift new caravans. Used motorhomes. Static sales. Workshop. Habitation service. Finance and accessories. Mobile caravan service offered.