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Swift Conqueror 560 - caravan review

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Key Features

  • Model Year : 2016
  • Class : Single Axle
  • Berths : 4
  • Internal Length (m) : 5.93
  • Shipping Length (m) : 7.49
  • MRO (kg) : 1492
  • MTPLM (kg) : 1648
  • Max Width (m) : 2.26
  • External Height (m) : 2.61

The Verdict

Some caravans really do resemble bijoux apartments and this is one. With two rooms and two sets of solid doors you have proper privacy options. But perhaps the most important aspect of this layout is that the bedroom area is completely separate from the lounge. That means you don’t feel as if you are lounging, cooking and eating in your bedroom. It’s a real home-from-home layout.

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AT A GLANCE

The 2016 Swift Conqueror 560 has a heating and lighting system that you can control from your smartphone, placing this model up with the best in terms of techy appeal.

Pros
  • The remote heating and lighting control
  • The cosy bedroom design
  • The ensuite layout
  • The Alde heating
Cons
  • The bed length won’t suit everyone

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

Model Year
2016
Manufacturer
Swift Caravans
Class
Single Axle
Range
Conqueror
Price From (£)
25495
Berths
4
Shipping Length (m)
7.49
MRO (kg)
1492
MTPLM (kg)
1648
Max Width (m)
2.26
External Height (m)
2.61
End Washroom
No
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

Our review begins unusually. With a phone. We download the SwiftCommand app. And switch on the caravan’s lights and the Alde heating. We set the temperature. We can check the solar panel is fully charged. We can also check the charge state of the battery. We are fully in control of our review Conqueror before we have stepped inside. Technology is a joy and we are becoming ever more enraptured by the idea of controlling caravan functions remotely.

We’re at the Swift factory for this review, so we’re not putting the remote control tech to a long distance test. The real virtue of SwiftCommand is that you can switch on your heating before you return to your caravan, and turn on the lights, including the awning light, so that you can easily see your way inside.

The Conqueror 560 is one of four island-bed Swifts introduced for 2016. There’s a vast choice of island bed models out there. But these are island bed caravans with a different twist. All four have the bed head against the rear wall and ensuite shower areas forward of the bedroom. The 560 layout also appears in the Sterling Elite range. Both Sterling and Conqueror ranges also have a longer version of this layout, the 650, on twin axles.

The 560, though, has all our attention this month. For a mid-sized caravan this layout is a masterpiece of creation. The rear section is completely separable from the lounge-kitchen area, just like two rooms in a house or apartment.
 

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Showering

The semi-circular shower is on the nearside. A panel radiator is alongside it, with two towel hooks above; towels placed here will dry nicely in the warmed air wafting upwards from the radiator. The basin is in the centre. Lights are set into each side of the huge mirror above it. A hinged door closes off the shower-bedroom area from the rest of the caravan and two sliding doors, on each side of the washbasin, give privacy from the bedroom. It’s an ingenious arrangement which will appeal to couples looking for a caravan that’s extremely homely in character. Just like having an ensuite at home.

And the shower room is surprisingly spacious, given the modest 5.93m body length of the 560. It measures 96cm at its deepest point; that’s fully comparable with rear shower rooms.

The shower room lighting style is lovely. A pretty circle of bright LEDs surmounts the grey panel on which the shower rose is located. And single beams of light focus down above the mirror and the wall cabinet on the offside.

Sleeping

It’s fair to say the emphasis in the 560 is on the bedroom. That’s the caravan’s main selling point, and with good reason. This is caravan cosiness in the extreme; a bedroom you can close off with two sliding doors, on each side of a central unit equipped with a TV bracket, connection points and light switches.

The bed is 1.82m long, so not made for tall buyers but perfect for medium-sized caravanners. And its position means that your feet can’t overhang the end of the bed, because it’s bordered by a wall.

For ease of making up the bed with a fitted base sheet, you can push the mattress backwards by about 20cm, by raising a separate section at the pillow end. The mattress is now much easier to handle. And you have a slim walkway at the base of the bed.

This delightful bedroom has lots of refinements. Lights come on automatically when you open the wardrobe doors. Both doors are fitted with full-length mirrors. And the windows on both sides are flanked by upholstered panels to enhance cosiness.

And two beads of light are at floor level, on each side of the bed. There’s another of these little dots of light by the caravan’s entrance door, too.

The 560 can of course sleep four, in a two-plus-two sort of way that’s ideal for occasional grandchildren visits. Two small children can bed down on the settees, or you can make up a double by drawing out a slatted base from beneath the drawers.

Storage

The settee bases are held up on strong spring hinges; alternatively you can access contents by lowering the front doors. These are two-seater settees so the space beneath isn’t enormous but that doesn’t matter, because the 560’s greatest storage asset, the under-bed space, is enormous. And its island location means you can reach into it from three sides, when you push the mattress backwards to create space between the bed base and the wall on which your TV will be mounted.

The wardrobes each give 36cm of hanging width. Drawers and cabinets beneath give you ideal places for shoes and small items. Two cabinets are above the lounge. Overall, the 560’s storage capacity is fine for the needs of two.

Dining

The dining table stores away in the nearside wardrobe. It’s easy to get in and out for main meals when the pull-out chest-of-drawers top may not be large enough.

Lounging

Feet-up reclining is exceptionally comfortable in a 560, with good, supportive right-angle corner sections. The upholstery is quite firm; it’s Swift’s new Cast Foam. We love the stark, modern combination of darkest brown and pale fawn, with near-white leaves on brown curtains. The lockers make a contribution of Conqueror décor, too, with dark brown lower sections and a glossy finish.

Time to consider the Conqueror features that you can’t see… Swift’s completely timberless SMART HT construction system, introduced last year in the Sterling Continental and Swift Elegance ranges, has now been introduced in the Swift Conqueror and Sterling Elite ranges. The roof is made of hail-dent resistant GRP. 

Kitchen

For a 5.9m caravan the kitchen is amazingly capacious. A double-doored cabinet gives you a total storage width of 75cm. It provides shelved areas and pull-out metal basket-style shelves, with a drawer above it.

The fridge is the new 133-litre Dometic model, tall and slim, with a removable freezer compartment; it’s opposite the kitchen, with cabinets above and below it.

Storage space is good, and so is the amount of surface, when you raise the extension. That gives you an additional 36cm of width, making the total surface length 1.13m.

Equipment includes an extractor fan, and lighting style here adds to the overall very refined look of the 560. The kitchen wall is illuminated from behind the panel. A small, bright white strip light is set into the base of the top lockers below the microwave. Three little lights focus down from the kitchen ceiling close to the lockers and a fourth one is above the fridge.

The kitchen surface is new for 2016. Unique to Swift, it’s amazingly thin, at just one centimetre deep, and made of FENIX NTM, an Italiana-made an acrylic resin material with scratch resistant properties.

Towing

If you , like us, love this layout but are having difficulty in deciding whether to go for the 560 or the larger 650 version, one factor that might help you decide is towability. The 650 is of course inherently more stable because it’s got four lumps of rubber to glue it to the road. But the more nimble 560 is pushable, relatively easily. Both have ATC, as you’d expect on a caravan of this calibre. And while the 650’s geometry is an obvious stability asset, our brief test tow of the 560 showed it to be a fine performer in its single-axle class.
 

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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
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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.