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Sprite Quattro DD - caravan review

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Key Features

  • Model Year : 2017
  • Class : Twin Axle
  • Berths : 6
  • Internal Length (m) : 6.27
  • Shipping Length (m) : 7.92
  • MRO (kg) : 1399
  • MTPLM (kg) : 1642
  • Max Width (m) : 2.23
  • External Height (m) : 2.65

The Verdict

We had expected the DD to be an exciting caravan and it is. A resurgence of a once-classic layout, maybe, but the DD is a breath of fresh air in today’s family caravan options. We love it for its storage capability, its spaciousness and its twin-axle easy-tow characteristics.

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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

Unveiled this spring: the newest Sprite caravan, with two lounges, beds for six, seating for 12 – and a baby bath!

Pros
  • The second wardrobe rail for little people
  • The versatility of both sleeping and dining arrangements
  • The length of the kitchen
  • The twin-axle easy-tow characteristics!
Cons
  • A second table would enhance flexibility
  • Most owbuyers would probably want more towel hooks or loops
  • TV connections in the rear lounge would be good, too; dealers can fit these

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

Model Year
2017
Manufacturer
Swift Sprite
Class
Twin Axle
Range
No Range
Price From (£)
18445
Berths
6
Shipping Length (m)
7.92
MRO (kg)
1399
MTPLM (kg)
1642
Max Width (m)
2.23
External Height (m)
2.65
End Washroom
No
Island Double
No
Fixed Singles/Bunks
Yes
Triple Bunks
No
End Kitchen
No
Back & Front Dinette
Yes
Side Dinette
No
Caravan Test Date
Caravan Buyer Test Date

DETAILED REVIEW

The Swift Group takes a giant leap into different layout territory this spring with the launch of its latest creation. The Quattro DD is the only twin-lounge, twin-axle, six-berth on the British market.

Twin-lounge tourers were once numerous. They existed all over the price spectrum, in most manufacturers’ ranges, right up to Swift Conqueror echelons.

Over the last decade, they've gradually declined in number – but retailers tell us customers prize them highly on the used market. That’s because they work so well.

The reason why twin-lounge caravans were so popular is that they provided two very separate areas for two generations. That was before the advent of fixed bunks, though, and the dawn of a whole new era of the family layout. The idea of two long lounges remains a brilliantly simple design concept, with immense versatility.

Currently, only one other manufacturer makes a twin-lounge caravan. The Coachman Vision has two lounges; but the big differences are that this is a five-berth, on one axle, The Quattro DD, thus, has the field all to itself.

One of the DD’s attributes is spaciousness; at just under 8m in total length, it’s up among the biggest caravans. With a full-load weight figure of 1642kg, it’s towable by a good variety of cars.

Some may say a leap into layout past is a daring move, and they’d probably be right. It’s also, though, a jump into a tried-and-trusted territory. For all of those reasons, we are very excited about the arrival of the DD. Does the DD herald a new trend: a resurgence of this excellent layout? We hope so.

The layout's simple: with lounges defining each end, the central area is all about cooking and washing.

Showering

At just over a metre long and 80cm wide, the floor space in the showering department isn’t generous. But the design of the shower cubicle more than makes up for that. It’s a nicely spacious 70x 79cm and the presence of the wheel arch creates a ledge, useful for shampoo and shower gel, and also for a little caravanner to sit while a parent directs the shower water.

Lots of caravan showers have that feature, which is practical. But there’s something else here to add to the DD’s efficiency for young families. The entrance to the shower cubicle has a 20cm lip, which means that if you use the shower tray’s plug, you can create a little bath. The DD, therefore, is probably the only caravan with a baby bath. We love it!

Towel provision comes in the form of one loop and two hooks; it's a natural step to get more hooks, though, which most families would need.

Sleeping

The layout gives you four single beds (two at each end). Or two double beds, each more than 2m long. Plus two bunk beds to lift into position over the rear single beds. Or you can make a double bed in the back (the backrests complete the mattress).

If your family needs favour bunks, you’ll use these backrests in another mode. Sprite makes the backrests in two sections, so they fold out to make mattresses of half their thickness for the bunks. The Sprite Quattro DD must have one of the most versatile layouts imaginable. It works for six, with four kids in two singles, and two bunks at the rear, and mum and dad creating a double in the lounge.

It works for four, making one bunk bed and leaving the settee on the opposite side as somewhere to eat breakfast. It works for four when the kids emerge into the teen era; they can have the singles at the front and mum and dad can make a double at the rear; their separate area. And it works for two couples, each making double beds.

There’s another aspect of the sleeping credentials of the DD that’s brilliant – literally. Two circles of brilliant LED lights are on the rear walls. They provide exceptionally bright illumination – and they look very cool.

Storage

Four long settees, each with full-length, drop-down doors, provide oodles of storage space. There are four top cabinets in the rear and four more in the front. The wardrobe, easily up to its six-person task, has an ingenious design.

Sprite divides the space below the 76cm of hanging width into two equal sectors, one-half providing three deep shelves; the other has a shelf with what at first glance appears to be a 96cm-deep, 37cm-high cavern.

Designed for a folding pushchair, perhaps? So far so excellent. But when you crouch down to take a closer look you discover its real purpose. There's a wardrobe rail at the top of the "Cavern"; this is a wardrobe for the little caravanners; one that they can reach! How good is that! The more time we spent in the DD, the more we found to like.

Dining

DD stands for “double dining’. Each end has a pull-out snack or breakfast table. That’s another element of the DD which invites the word versatility – while the occupants of one end are still in bed the others can be tucking into breakfast.

When it comes to lunch or dinner, you can use the freestanding table (stored in the wardrobe) at either end. So this is one caravan which truly has a dining room and also a lounge. The table is long enough, at 97cm, for four to dine comfortably.

If all six occupants are eating together, you pull out the snack table to augment space, giving you a total length of 1.68cm. Dining perfection? Pretty close, but not quite.

If you bought your DD a second table (that’s possible via your caravan dealer), there would be even more flexibility – and there is space to store the second table in the base of the large wardrobe.

Lounging

With space for four to relax in feet-up mode or 12 to sit, the DD’s lounging efficiency is unparalleled. Enough said!

There are TV points in both lounges. It took us some to find the ones in the rear. They’re inside the cabinet below the chest-of-drawers unit. You can feed the cables upward through the space behind the chest of drawers, to your TV placed on top. It's a bit fiddly, but it does mean no untidy cables. A neat idea!

Kitchen

With 1.38m of worktop length, the DD's kitchen won't present any space challenges. Neither will the amount of storage available. The main cabinet is 52cm wide and 70cm deep and contains two shelf spaces.

A second enclosure, between the oven and the fridge, is 26 cm deep; there’s a metal shelf in here, and although gas and plumbing piping, plus the wheel arch, intrudes a little, there is real usable space.

Top cabinet capacity is good, too; one is 88cm wide, the other, aft of the microwave, is 46cm deep. So, generous on storage and generous on surface space; a super family kitchen!

Towing

The Quattro DD is the first of its kind made by Sprite. We reviewed the caravan at the Swift factory before they unveiled it to the public. Understandably Swift didn’t want us to take it out on the road before that.

So our test tow was extremely brief. When we get the chance to take a DD 'on the road' we’re pretty certain to love it for its smooth and predictable twin-axle handling characteristics and enhanced stability. We expect it will handle just like a Quattro EW and a Quattro FB (same dimensions), which we’ve towed several times.

Hence, we feel confident about awarding the DD an A. Had Swift equipped with ATC stability control we’d have given it an A*. If like us, you’d want to have ATC fitted on any caravan you buy (just for belt and braces security), it’s worth remembering that many dealers would be happy to do that (£325).

Options

Thule two-cycle rack £215 (the brackets are in place)

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Golden Castle Caravans and Motorhomes


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Gloucestershire
GL2 9PX
http://www.goldencastle.co.uk
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Coachman, Lunar, Sprite, Sterling, Swift caravans. Servicing. Accident repairs, accessories & servicing.

Lowdhams (Huddersfield)


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Huddersfield
West Yorkshire
HD4 5NU
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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
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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
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Adria, Auto-Sleepers, Auto-Trail, Benimar, Elddis, Majestic, Mobilvetta, Randger new motorhomes.

Marquis Motorhomes (Hampshire)


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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)

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Lancashire
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Auto-Sleepers, Auto-Trail, Benimar, Benivan, Elddis, Majestic, Mobilvetta, Randger new motorhomes.

Marquis Motorhomes (Northants)


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Northamptonshire
NN3 9EX
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[email protected]
Adria, Auto-Sleepers, Auto-Trail, Benimar, Elddis, Majestic, Mobilvetta, Randger new motorhomes.

Marquis Motorhomes (Surrey)


Station Approach
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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.