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Sprite Major 4 FB - caravan review

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Key Features

  • Model Year : 2013
  • Class : Single Axle
  • External Height (m) : 2.65
  • Internal Length (m) : 5.29
  • MTPLM (kg) : 1327
  • MRO (kg) : 1147
  • Berths : 4
  • Shipping Length (m) : 6.93
  • Max Width (m) : 2.23

The Verdict

At £14,355 when you factor in the ‘optional’ Diamond Pack, the Major 4 FB still has to be regarded as pretty good value for your money.

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Swift Sprite View more details about the manufacturer of this vehicle over in our manufacturers section.
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AT A GLANCE

Ideal for a couple seeking a lightweight caravan with a fixed bed

Pros
  • The affordable price
  • The light weight
  • The popular layout
  • The big wardrobe
Cons
  • Having to pay £410 on top of the list price for the Diamond Pack; would be better incorporated into the price as Sprites would still look good value!

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

Model Year
2013
Manufacturer
Swift Sprite
Class
Single Axle
Range
No Range
External Height (m)
2.65
End Kitchen
No
Caravan Test Date
01/07/2013
MTPLM (kg)
1327
MRO (kg)
1147
Berths
4
Island Double
No
Shipping Length (m)
6.93
Fixed Singles/Bunks
No
End Washroom
Yes
Triple Bunks
No
Back & Front Dinette
No
Caravan Buyer Test Date
01/02/2013
Side Dinette
No
Price From (£)
13945
Max Width (m)
2.23

DETAILED REVIEW

Exterior

Sprites have always had a straightforward, no-frills exterior appearance. Sleek, clean lines and a rather rounded front end characterised these affordable caravans long before caravans had ovens, water heaters and proper heating systems.

They’ve always represented holiday value and holiday fun, in price and image.

The bold, bright blue graphics of today’s Sprites are your first clue to the fact that those values hold true today.

Big, wide, single-piece front windows mark out so-called budget caravans from higher-priced alternatives, and that’s
an advantage, for they let more light into the lounge than the
more commonly-found triple window arrangement.

Interior

The new Major 4 FB brought Britain’s most popular layout – with a fixed bed and end shower room – into the Sprite range for the first time.

It’s an appealing caravan in many ways. But perhaps most important is that its all-up weight is only 1327kg, putting it within reach of a lot of modest-sized cars. Its other strong appeal is its price. But what does your £13,945 buy in terms of specification?

If it’s some years since you looked closely at a Sprite, you may have some catching up to do. The Major 4 FB has the new Truma Combi space and water heating system. The unit is hidden away under the offside settee and propels warm air around the caravan through four floor-level exit points, importantly, including one in the shower room.

There’s a full oven and grill, a 113-litre fridge with LED controls, and a speaker system installed ready to take a radio/CD player.

Fabrics and carpets are high quality and give the impression they’re made to last. Upholstery
is supportive and there’s a general air of straightforward quality about 2013’s Sprites.

The lounge gives you settees long enough to sit with your feet up and a chest of two drawers with a top that extends to give you a coffee/snacks table. Two power points are set into a console shaped to hold phones while charging here.

The kitchen sink is big and circular; very practical, with just about enough working surface around it to make good meals.
Stay organised, though, to make the best use of the space. We’d say keep the glass top down on the hob until you’re ready to cook on the three burners. There’s no microwave but inside one of the three top kitchen cabinets there’s a mains socket. If you take out the shelf in the centre cabinet, a microwave could be installed here. Talk to your caravan retailer to make sure you get the right weight and size of microwave for the cabinet.

Lower kitchen storage is limited to a pans cupboard under the oven plus a small drawer and two-shelf cupboard between the fridge and the oven. But more storage space is at hand, across the corridor, in a dresser-style unit that divides the day area from the bedroom. Here, there is a large cabinet with two shelf spaces, and an open shelf area above it, for magazines, perhaps.

Vast storage opportunities are under the bed, which rises easily on gas-filled struts. And there’s an exterior hatch so that you are able to slide in folding chairs from outside.

Alongside, the wardrobe is bigger than you’d expect in a caravan that’s only 5.29m in body length. There’s full hanging depth from the rail that’s almost 80cm wide. Two deep shelves are within the wardrobe on the right-hand side and there’s a vast space beneath the lower shelf that’s clearly designed for more footwear than you’d usually take on holiday! There are two doors; importantly, both hinge right back so that you can still walk down the corridor between here and the bed while the wardrobe is open.

A mirror, shelf and power point are within the bedroom area, just behind the wardrobe.

In the shower room, two cabinets and three shelf areas give you plenty of places to put the preening and pampering necessities. The shower is of an ample size but, unlike most caravans in a higher price bracket, its walls are not plastic-lined. Some buyers may express concern about water getting into the structure here but, with a 10-year body integrity guarantee, we think we can all be pretty sure Swift has confidence in all areas of water contact.

There’s just one aspect of the Sprite pricing policy that may puzzle you. There’s a Diamond Pack listed as an optional extra. It costs an extra £410. Yet, in practice, all Sprites that leave the factory do so complete with the pack, as there are two really important items included in it. They are a spare wheel (be sure to never leave home without one) and a hitch-head stabiliser (there’s a reason why most caravans have them now – they’re an important safety feature). Other items you get in the pack are a door flyscreen, some comfy cushions and a radio/CD unit.

Black Country Caravans


Corngreaves Road
Cradley Heath
Staffordshire
B64 7DA
http://www.blackcountrycamping.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 (Durham)


Durham Road
Chester-le-Street
Co Durham
DH3 2QZ
http://www.marquisleisure.co.uk
[email protected]
Adria, Auto-Sleepers, Auto-Trail, Benimar, Elddis, Majestic, Mobilvetta, Randger new motorhomes.

Marquis Motorhomes (Hampshire)


Winchester Road
Southampton
Hampshire
SO32 1HA
http://www.marquisleisure.co.uk
[email protected]
Adria, Auto-Sleepers, Auto-Trail, Benimar, Elddis, Lunar, Majestic, Mobilvetta, Randger new motorhomes. Base & habitation service & repairs.

Marquis Motorhomes (Lancashire)

Riversway Leisure Village
Chain Caul Road
Preston
Lancashire
PR2 2PD
http://www.marquisleisure.co.uk
[email protected]
Auto-Sleepers, Auto-Trail, Benimar, Benivan, Elddis, Majestic, Mobilvetta, Randger new motorhomes.

Marquis Motorhomes (Northants)


The Causeway
Northampton
Northamptonshire
NN3 9EX
http://www.marquisleisure.co.uk
[email protected]
Adria, Auto-Sleepers, Auto-Trail, Benimar, Elddis, Majestic, Mobilvetta, Randger new motorhomes.

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.

Marquis Motorhomes (Sussex)


Eastbourne Road
Golden Cross
East Sussex
BN27 4AN
http://www.marquisleisure.co.uk
[email protected]
Adria, Auto-Sleepers, Auto-Trail, Benimar, Elddis, Majestic, Mobilvetta, Randger new motorhomes.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Kimberley Caravans (Notts)


Eastwood Road
Nottingham
Nottinghamshire
NG16 2HX
http://www.kimberleycaravans.co.uk
[email protected]
New and used caravans. 2 miles from J26 M1. Caravan habitation servicing and accessories. Also branch at Co Durham which stocks motorhomes.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sheffield Caravans


Chesterfield Road
Sheffield
South Yorkshire
S26 4TL
http://www.qualitycaravans.com
[email protected]
Elddis, Sprite new caravans. Also used caravans, caravan & motorhome accessories, service & repair. Tents and awnings.

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]
Bailey, Lunar, Sprite, Sterling and Swift 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.

Threeways Motorhomes Ltd


Faenol Avenue
Abergele
Conwy
LL22 7HT
http://www.threewaysmotorhomes.net
[email protected]
New and used caravans and motorhomes for sale. Tribute and Roller Team for hire. Base and habitation service and MoTs.

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.

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.