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Sprite Major 4 SB - caravan review

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Key Features

  • Model Year : 2015
  • Class : Single Axle
  • Internal Length (m) : 5.83
  • External Height (m) : 2.65
  • MTPLM (kg) : 1385
  • Berths : 4
  • MRO (kg) : 1184
  • Shipping Length (m) : 7.48
  • Max Width (m) : 2.23

The Verdict

The Sprite Major 4 SB opens up new caravanning opportunities for couples looking for home-from-home bedroom comfort in a light, low-priced caravan. This is the sort of caravan that will entice first-time buyers, restricted, perhaps, on weight and not wanting to spend vast sums of money. The SB proves that touring is affordable. For that, it’s to be applauded. And that’s a major reason why this brilliant caravan won our 2015 title of Best Couples’ Caravan Under £15,000.

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

AT A GLANCE

The new-for-2015 Sprite Major 4 SB is the lowest-priced transverse island bed caravan on the market; the award-winning Major SB is a star in many ways.

Pros
  • The good-value price
  • The ample kitchen surface
  • The general feeling that this is not a budget caravan when in fact it is!
  • The light weight
Cons
  • Lack of carpet in the shower room; the purchase of a bathmat cures that, though!
  • Restriction on the size and shape of folding chairs that you can store under the bed.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

Model Year
2015
Manufacturer
Swift Sprite
Class
Single Axle
Range
No Range
External Height (m)
2.65
End Kitchen
No
MTPLM (kg)
1385
Caravan Test Date
01/04/2015
Island Double
Yes
Berths
4
Price From (£)
14560
MRO (kg)
1184
Back & Front Dinette
No
Triple Bunks
No
Fixed Singles/Bunks
No
End Washroom
Yes
Shipping Length (m)
7.48
Max Width (m)
2.23
Side Dinette
No
Caravan Buyer Test Date

DETAILED REVIEW

Island beds are surely the fashion statement of current caravan layout trends. Every manufacturer offers this layout; there are more than 20 from which to choose.

One, though, stands out from the crowd. On price. The Sprite Major 4 SB is the lowest-priced model of this layout on the British market.

This model made its debut in October 2014 and went on to win the Caravan magazine award for Best Couples’ Caravan Under £15,000 for 2015. It earned its high scores because it presents a new option for couples looking for the luxury of a transverse island bed in a lightweight, inexpensive caravan.

Since the first Sprite was built, in 1949 by the legendary caravan designer Sam Alper, the name Sprite has been synonymous with caravan affordability. The first Sprite had a price tag of less than £200. If that sounds absurd amid today’s prices, it’s all relative; Sprite value has endured the decades of economic change and remains, today, an icon of affordability.

The listed price of the SB is £14,560. Even when you add in the cost of the Diamond Pack, £475, with which all Sprites are equipped, the SB comes in at only £35 over £15,000.
 

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The Diamond Pack provides an AL-KO AKS 3004 stabiliser, an AL-KO Secure wheel lock receiver, alloy wheels, a door flyscreen, a microwave oven, plus a radio/CD/MP3 player with iPod connection and two scatter cushions.

You could opt for the ATC stability control system, for £285, and your Sprite would still look good value for money.

There’s more, though, than straightforward figures to appeal to you about the new SB. There’s a general ambience which creates the impression of a caravan that’s above budget status. That’s down to the look and feel of the fabrics, the general high standard of finish – and the luxury of having a sizeable shower room stretching across the width of the caravan.

Showering

Measuring 80cm at its deepest point, the floor space in the SB’s washroom isn’t enormous by comparison with some end-shower room models. The shower, at 56cm x 74cm, isn’t among the largest, either, but, again, most buyers will find it to be large enough.

Keeping in mind Sprite value and the modest dimensions of the SB, we’d say so far, so good.

There are two elements of the shower room that won’t meet with everyone’s approval, though. One is the absence of carpet (cold feet is never ideal). If we bought this model we’d get a bathmat to place in the centre of the floor area.

The second element is the lack of plastic lining on the shower. It’s wallboarded, just like the rest of the caravan. This may draw criticism from some prospective buyers. But on the basis of having used a long-term-test Adria with wallboarding in the shower for almost a year, giving it many times more shower use than would be normal for a caravan in holiday and weekend use, we’d say wallboarding is not a concern. The amount of water sloshing round the little room produced no adverse effect on the Adria's walls.

Sleeping

The bed expands and retracts, by 20cm, so that you can have a wider corridor towards the shower room. When it’s expanded to its full extent the bed is 1.86m long, with only slight corner shaping, so length isn’t reduced appreciably.

We love the triangular dressing table, with mirrored corner cabinet and points for a television. This touch of luxury seems a surprise given the SB’s budget status; it’s a pointer to the fact that, in this model, lightweight and low price don’t mean light on luxury, for this bedroom is simply splendid.

Storage

The mattress feels light as you raise the bed base to get at the storage opportunity beneath.

There is plenty of space here to store a lot of holiday needs. The cross-shaped metal structure that allows you to retract and expand the bed base restricts the size and shape of objects you can store here, though; some folding chairs and tables, for instance, would be too large. And even though there’s an exterior hatch, the location of the spare wheel would frustrate attempts to feed in chairs from the outside. Don’t let this put you off the SB, though; just buy chairs and a folding table that fit the caravan!

Wardrobes are on each side of the bed; the forward one is 72cm wide, with three shelves tucked away around the corner from the door. Two deep drawers, 42cm wide, plus a drop-down-door cabinet, are beneath this wardrobe.

The second wardrobe has 40cm hanging width but the door is only 20cm wide, so patience would be required in getting stuff in and out if the wardrobe were anywhere near full. The storage arrangement below this wardrobe is a two-shelf cabinet, ideally sized for shoes.

Full-length hinge-down doors give you easy entry to the storage spaces under the settees.
 

Dining

The pull-out chest-of-drawers top gives you a level table space that’s 60cm wide and 72cm deep, which is larger than many front tables.

The freestanding table lives in the forward wardrobe in a position from which it’s easy to get in and out.
 

Lounging

Sprites have a choice of two fabric schemes. Our review example is equipped with the optional Darwin upholstery, delightfully pale and creating an exceptionally light and airy look. The curtains and cushions inject shades of palest green and cream into the décor. This fabric combination will add £145 to the price of your Sprite.

But if you prefer a more practical brown shade for your caravan seating, go for the standard fabric scheme, called Berto, with almost white cushions and curtains with a bold pattern that looks just a little bit like spikey, geometric leaves.

The settees are 1.6m long; easily enough space for four to sit in comfort, or for two to recline against the lovely squash bolsters with feet up, cocooned in the blown-air warmth provided by the Truma Combi 6 central heating system.
 

Kitchen

With the extension surface hinged up, the SB’s kitchen surface is 1.15m long; that’s plenty of space in which to prepare meals for two (the SB is of course a four-berth but the caravan’s main appeal is to couples).

The microwave is flanked by two good-sized cabinets. There’s a slim cupboard and drawer between the oven and the fridge, plus a cabinet in the dresser opposite. With careful planning, this would be enough lower kitchen storage space for most buyers. Factor in the two large head-height lockers in the lounge for kitchen items and you could safely say the SB’s storage capability would seldom present challenges.
 

Towing

The SB’s 1385kg MTPLM is crucial to this model’s appeal; it’s easily within tow-scope of a vast range of medium-sized cars. Our test tow this time was brief but it doesn’t take long to establish a caravan’s handling characteristics and this one is up there with the best in its class. For our money, we’d go for the electronic stability control option, just for belt-and-braces additional security in high winds and on exposed motorway stretches.
 

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