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Swift Conqueror 650 - caravan review

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Key Features

  • Model Year : 2018
  • Class : Twin Axle
  • Berths : 4
  • Internal Length (m) : 6.36
  • Shipping Length (m) : 7.97
  • MRO (kg) : 1625
  • MTPLM (kg) : 1785
  • Max Width (m) : 2.28
  • External Height (m) : 2.59

The Verdict

There’s a lot to like about the Swift Conqueror 650 – lovely bedroom, spacious central shower area, great kitchen storage space and more. And a few foibles – the spare wheel under the bed, a lack of shelving within the shower compartment and the storage position of the table.

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AT A GLANCE

The 2018 Swift Conqueror caravan range is slightly wider and lighter – and now boasts rear view cameras

Pros
  • Twin-axle stability
  • Alde heating
  • Ample kitchen storage space
Cons
  • No ledges for shampoos in the shower
  • Awkward table storage
  • Spare wheel takes up much space under the bed

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

Model Year
2018
Manufacturer
Swift Caravans
Class
Twin Axle
Range
Conqueror
Price From (£)
29285
Berths
4
Shipping Length (m)
7.97
MRO (kg)
1625
MTPLM (kg)
1785
Max Width (m)
2.28
External Height (m)
2.59
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

The 2018 Swift Conqueror caravan range is slightly wider and lighter – and now boasts rear view cameras

Swift's long-established Conqueror range has always appealed to buyers looking for high spec and many refinements. Each new incarnation of the model first introduced in 1990 has raised the bar.

For 2018, Swift has made its Conqueror range slightly wider and given it a wider sunroof. It has also introduced a rear view camera – when you are reversing onto a pitch there's no need for a passenger to get out of the car to guide you!


The new Conquerors have additional background lighting on the front lounge corners, and fixed bed models have illuminated headboards. Other changes for 2018 include a new-style gas bottle compartment door, wider, with carbon fibre-effect finish in dark grey. It has a sturdy, three-point locking system. Little details like new-style grab handles arrive, together with new, burnished steel, alloy wheels.


The two centimetres of additional width has been achieved because the Conqueror now moves to Swift's SMART construction system, with a polyurethane timberless framed bodyshell and polystyrene insulation core.

In case you are wondering what SMART stands for, it's Strong timberless body frame with Modern looks and an Aerodynamic shape highly Resilient to moisture and Tested for durability.

The SMART construction system also enables Conquerors to be slightly lighter; in the case of the 650, it's 11 kg lighter, weighing in with an MTPLM of 1785kg and a MIRO of 1625kg.

There are seven Conqueror layouts. The three on twin axles are all the same price and the same length. We picked the 650 for this review because it has the in-vogue central washroom, rear bedroom layout – and because it's the best-selling twin-axle layout in the range. It's easy to see why.

If you like your caravans spacious, and would rather like to feel your bedroom has an en suite shower room, like a bijou flat, this layout will surely be on your shortlist. The 650, in common with the other two twin-axle Conquerors, (both with rear washrooms; one with a transverse bed, the other with a nearside bed), has an internal water tank.

That, together with Alde heating, makes these models ideal choices for year-round caravanning; with a water tank inside the caravan, there's no risk of your morning shower water supply being interrupted by frost.

Showering

At 1.04m long, the 650's shower room is among the biggest you can find in a caravan. A new feature introduced for 2018 is the coronet of light surrounding the top of the pale grey panel on which the shower and riser bar are mounted.


The shower is a good size, at 67cmx77cm, but there are no shelves for shampoos, a tad inconvenient, hence it misses out on an A-rating.

There's a towel loop on the wall alongside the shower, plus a double hook; buyers who need more towel provision would want an extra loop on the forward door of the shower room.

Sleeping

Sliding doors on each side of the washroom lead into the bedroom. At 1.9m, the length of the double bed will suit most tall caravanners.


Mainly couples by the Conqueror 650s. But, if you are looking at the 650 as a potential four-berth, one of the settees makes a credible single bed for an adult, at 1.88m long; the other is 1.53m long. And, of course, there's the option of making a double bed here.


In the bedroom, wardrobes flank the bed; each provides 38cm of hanging width, with a drawer and cabinet beneath. These, together with the two-shelf lockers above the bed, provide adequate clothing space.

Each wardrobe door has a mirror – practical, of course, but also making the bedroom look a little more spacious than it is. And we love the upholstered panels on each side of the windows.


The two tiny spotlights at floor level (on either side of the bed) are excellent additions to the lighting. And the bright strip of LEDs concealed behind the headboard is a new feature for 2018.

Storage

The under-bed space is generally regarded as a caravan's greatest storage asset.

But in the 650 it's compromised by the spare wheel – something we all hope will never be needed, but if it should be, this one would be rather difficult to extract, because of the position of cross members supporting the bed frame, The under-settee storage, though, is first-rate, with both front and top access.


Because the offside settee is longer than the nearside one, the locker-run above it is correspondingly longer, with two 50cm-wide lockers. Two corner lockers maximise on space.


By the door, there's a 45cm-wide wall cabinet, plus a smaller cabinet at floor level which, we discovered, provides just enough space for two pairs of shoes, in the perfect place as you take them off on the doormat to preserve the beautiful fawn carpet. Storage provision is fine, especially considering most 650 buyers are couples.

Dining

The snack table which extends from the front chest of drawers is well-proportioned, providing 71cmx66cm of level surface. When you need the main table you have to go to the other end of the caravan, to extract it from the nearside wardrobe, fine so long as the wardrobe is not full of clothes (you'd have to remove some of them).


But lifting it in requires patience and strength – you have to lift it with one hand (there's not enough space for two), with your arm outstretched, while taking care not to scratch the lower edge of the wardrobe door frame with the edge of the table. Take care, too, not to scratch your arm on the central wardrobe door hinge.


Both photographer and writer did this several times, just to be sure it wasn't a case of 'first impressions', so, unfortunately, it must be a C for dining.

Lounging

Conqueror went into 2018 with unchanged soft furnishings, a combination of cream and aubergine shades. SwiftShield fabric, treated to resist stains and is designed to be cleaned using just water on a cloth, is an option.


At 1.9m and 1.52m, the settees provide plenty of seating space for four, or stretch-out relaxing space for two.

Kitchen

With the hinge-up extension in place, there is a 1.14m-stretch of kitchen surface interrupted only by the circular (and good-sized, 37cm diameter, 10cm deep) sink. The surface is smart plain dark brown but somehow the neat sink cover doesn't look commensurate in quality with all that surrounds it, hence a B-rating.


Kitchen storage, though, is excellent, with a 72cm-wide drawer plus a double cabinet of the same width beneath it, two top lockers – and two more lockers above and below the 190-litre Dometic fridge-freezer. We especially like the generous size of the four-compartment cutlery tray fitted into the drawer, with almost as much space alongside it for cooking utensils.

Towing

With four wheels and the added reassurance of the ATC automatic electronic device to control the first sign of a snaking motion before it has chance to develop, the 650's towing characteristics are surely among the best in caravanning.

Our 2018 review 650 wasn't available for a test tow, but we've towed previous 650s and praised their predictable, glued-to-the-road feel.

Verdict

There's a lot to like about the Swift Conqueror 650 – lovely bedroom, spacious central shower area, great kitchen storage space and more. And a few foibles – the spare wheel under the bed, insufficient shelving within the shower compartment and the storage position of the table.

The 650 isn't perfect but it is the best-selling twin-axle model in the range, which speaks volumes for it. If the foibles we discovered during our review day don't worry you, you'll find the 650 is a big package of high-spec, attractively furnished caravan that fights its corner competently in its class.

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Golden Castle Caravans and Motorhomes


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Huddersfield
West Yorkshire
HD4 5NU
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Nottinghamshire
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Marquis Motorhomes (Dorset)

41-45
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Surrey
GU5 9NX
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Adria, Auto-Sleepers, Auto-Trail, Benimar, Elddis, Majestic, Mobilvetta, Randger new motorhomes. Habitation service, finance.

3 A's Leisure (Showground)


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Carmarthenshire
SA33 5DR
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Atlantic Caravans


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Liskeard
Cornwall
PL14 6LE
http://www.atlanticcaravans.co.uk
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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

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Moor Lane
Lincoln
Lincolnshire
LN6 9BW
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New and used caravans. Caravan & motorhome service (habitation only for motorhome) & repair. Motor movers.

Broad Lane Leisure (Alcester)


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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
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New and used caravans, motorhomes, awnings and accessories. Motorhome habitation service.

Catterick Caravans


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Richmond
North Yorkshire
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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
[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]
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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.