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Sprite Major 4 SB - caravan review

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Key Features

  • Model Year : 2018
  • Class : Single Axle
  • Berths : 4
  • Internal Length (m) : 5.83
  • Shipping Length (m) : 7.54
  • MRO (kg) : 1236
  • MTPLM (kg) : 1437
  • Max Width (m) : 2.25
  • External Height (m) : 2.59

The Verdict

Value, 1476 kg MTPLM, lovely ambience, white lockers, lighting style and first-rate storage for its size. There’s a lot to like about the Major 4 SB. It's easy to see why it's the single-axle best-seller in the range. Only the restricted amount of lower storage space in the kitchen drew questions from us. But then you can’t always have it all and the SB does give you so very much.

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AT A GLANCE

Sprite’s single-axle best-seller offers a luxury island bed layout and surprise refinements

Pros
  • The dimmable lights in the lounge and bedroom!
  • The comfortable mattress
  • The amount of storage space in all areas
  • The practical nature of the dark-coloured seat bases
Cons
  • Limited lower kitchen storage space

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

Model Year
2018
Manufacturer
Swift Caravans
Class
Single Axle
Range
Sprite
Price From (£)
17330
Berths
4
Shipping Length (m)
7.54
MRO (kg)
1236
MTPLM (kg)
1437
Max Width (m)
2.25
External Height (m)
2.59
End Washroom
Yes
Island Double
Yes
Fixed Singles/Bunks
No
Triple Bunks
No
End Kitchen
No
Back & Front Dinette
No
Side Dinette
No
Caravan Test Date
Caravan Buyer Test Date

DETAILED REVIEW

Sprite's single-axle best-seller offers a luxury island bed layout and surprise refinements

There are 10 models in Swift's ever-popular Sprite range. That's more layout choice than in any other of this manufacturer's ranges. Five of these models have six-berths. It underlies the fact that, over time, Sprite has made its name on family-affordability.

Four Sprites have twin-axles. They added an extra one for 2018. That's testimony to the general rise in popularity of twin-axle caravans. That's the Sprite Quattro EB, with a transverse island bed.

There's a single-axle option for buyers looking for a transverse island bed. That's this one, the Major 4 SB, introduced in 2015 on the crest of the wave of popularity for this layout concept.

It's now Sprite's best-selling single-axle model, which is why we picked it for this review.
This model is so popular that Swift didn't have one at its factory in Hull for us to review. So, we arranged with a retailer to borrow one. Campbells Caravans, which has branches at Lostock Hall, Preston, and at Blackburn, obliged.

We took a 20-mile drive north, via the M6, followed by some narrow, twisting lanes. It provided an ideal route to assess the lightweight 4 SB's road manners.

Along the way, talk in the car turned to affordability. And, the lightweight attributes of this agile tourer. Plus, how this legend of leisure lifestyle all began. The Sprite brand dates back in to the dawn of touring caravan evolution.

In 1947, a visionary called Sam Alper made his first touring caravan. In the post-war years, materials were not available. Alper made his caravan using suspension and brakes from a Spitfire. Two years later he began producing Sprites; an iconic brand was born.

Alper designed his Sprites to be light in weight and affordable. The industry acknowledges him as the father of mainstream touring caravanning today.

The Major 4 SB, with a list price of £17,330, earns a big, bold tick in the box marked 'value'.

Every Sprite comes with the Diamond Pack of equipment that adds £495 to the price. Even factoring this in, the Major 4 SB looks great value at £17,860. The Diamond Pack gives you essentials: an AKS hitch-head stabiliser, and an AL-KO Secure wheel lock receiver. If you decide to buy the lock (£265) you are likely to earn a reduction in your caravan insurance cost).

The pack also includes the convenience of a microwave, plus refinements. These are alloy wheels, two scatter cushions, a door flyscreen and a radio/CD/MP3 player with iPod connection.

Sprites also come with panoramic sunroofs, which add £349 to the price. This feature, together with the new sleeker front window design for 2018, enhances the Sprite image. They elevate the brand's appeal from its traditional budget status.

Campbells' price for the caravan we are reviewing is £18,735. That's the basic price plus the Diamond Pack plus the sunroof and delivery charge.

This year's Sprites have distinctive teal-coloured graphics. We love the practicality of the interior scheme, too. It has dark grey seating and paler grey backrests. It's durable without looking basic.

The layout is pretty much standard for a single-axle island bed caravan. The kitchen is on the offside, a four-seater lounge and a full-width shower room across the rear.

Showering

The shower room is large, but all you need is here. A double towel hook is within easy reach as you step out of the shower, plus a towel loop. There's a shelf for shampoo in the shower cubicle.

Good-sized cabinets below the basin (with two shelf spaces) and on the rear wall (with three shelves) provide excellent storage. There's also a corner shelf on the offside wall above the window.

Three spotlights direct light down from the ceiling in the mirror-washbasin area. And it has a big, circular light provide illumination in the shower cubicle.

Sleeping

The bed is 1.85m long in its extended night-time mode. In the day, it retracts by about 20cm to give you a good corridor space. The mattress is deep. It feels supportive.

It's constructed of memory fibre and is handmade. A dual-signed label stitched to it has two names on it. Graham has signed off the inner section. Cody signed the outer; impressive attention to detail!

You can of course turn the lounge into a double bed. Webbing-linked slats pull out from under the two drawers. This bed is over 2m long and 1.59m wide.

Bedroom ambience is impressive, keeping in mind the modest price of this caravan. Lines of very bright white LEDs run across the top of the over-bed lockers – and also above the wardrobes!

There's a large triangular dressing table with a mirrored three-shelf wall cabinet. And TV points sit above the lower cabinet. The spotlight above the dressing table has a dimmer facility; we didn't expect that in a sub-£20,000 tourer!

Storage

An exterior hatch opens into the under-bed space. It's ideal for large items such as awning chairs. The metal, cross-shaped bed base retraction mechanism restricts apertures from inside the caravan. That is the same in most beds of this design. But organisation overcomes this.

The spare wheel is under the bed, close enough to the exterior aperture should you have to use it. But not too close to restrict space.

Wardrobes are alongside the bed. The larger one contains two shelves, two drawers and a drop-down-door cupboard below (ideal for shoes). The other has a cupboard with two shelf spaces. Above the bed, two lockers each give you two shelf spaces. Bedroom storage is first class in a caravan of this length.

Side and front lower lounge storage areas all have full-width drop-down hatches.

Dining

The table stows away on the aft wall of the larger wardrobe. When it's quick-meal time, the pull-out table above the chest of drawers is fine. It creates enough space for two place-settings.

Lounging

Two power points are in the lounge. Speakers and two spotlights are set into the console that surrounds both the sunroof and the central roof light. Illumination runs above the side lockers.

TV connections are by the dresser aft of the door. All you need for cosy caravan lounging is here.

Kitchen

There's an element of styling in this kitchen. It is simple and looks lovely. It has a curved shelf that descends from the microwave housing. This gives you somewhere to put small items such as a pepper grinder.

A mains socket is here, out of the way. And here is another refinement that's a surprise in a 'budget' caravan. There is a dimmer switch which operates the strips of LEDs above the lounge lockers.

The kitchen's long when you use the hinged extension. And the circular sink is enormous by any caravan standard.

Lower storage space is the only aspect of this kitchen that might challenge you. The cabinet is quite slim, with one metal shelf. And the dresser gives you two good wedge-shaped shelf spaces. But the lower one would be best for items you often, as it's right beside the door.

Towing

Agile on the tight corners of narrow lanes on our route, sturdy at 60mph on the M6, the SB was a delight to tow.

You could say that was a given, considering the beefy vehicle which we use for all our test tows. The well-balanced feel of the SB makes us sure it would tow as well behind a much smaller, lighter car than our SsangYong Rexton.

We wish it had ATC, though, for extra security. It's a £349 option; we'd go for that if we were buying one.

 

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]s-adventurestore.co.uk
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.