2017 Swift Basecamp crossover caravan review

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  1. Anna Gorman says:

    This is a message for Jackie Green. Could u let me know if u still have yr Base camp Awning for sale. Many thanks
    Anna Gorman

  2. UK says:

    ATC sounds like an overkill. The standard hitch head served several owners very well as has been stated in the Swift Basecamp owners group in Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/112793322714179/

  3. Stewart says:

    We pick up a Basecamp next month, we are over 65 and have a little knowledge of towing but it comes without a stability hitch , is it worth going for the ATC trailer control?

  4. Jackie Green says:

    We have bought a Basecamp and absolutely love it, use it mostly for weekends away, but we don’t use the awning because we can’t be bothered to put it up. So if anyone wants a Basecamp awning for half price please get in touch.

  5. Gerald Freshwater says:

    Nice appearance, neat layout, but too little payload and too little ground clearance for real adventures. If it were 20cm narrower, (the width of the largest tow vehicle), it would be more handy for access to interesting places off the beaten track as well. The TripBuddy is more like it, though its huge back door and huge price are a problem.

  6. P + D Stokes says:

    Got our Basecamp in July we are both retired and we love it. No fancy fussy curtains etc. Lovely and warm. Did develop a leak in roof of bathroom Possibly due to a ‘Friday afternoon finish sealant’ But all sorted under warranty all fine now. Have been to a couple of festivals and lots of people our age 65 plus looking at our van very interested in downsizing. They were very impressed with the layout. Bit like a Tardis -larger on the inside than looks on the outside. With the Vango awning it doubles the size. Ideal as have two dogs so can put the dog cage in awning. Although we are looking for a smaller awning for overnight touring. Very easy to tow and push around when not hooked up. So the Basecamp is not only for younger people us oldies love it too.

    • Liz @ Caravan Guard says:

      Thanks for sharing your experience of the Basecamp. And sounds like a great ‘van for people or all ages who want to get out and explore!

  7. Bob says:

    Deposit paid can’t wait for spring 2018, owned a t@b few years back & the basecamp just wins in my opinion, nothing I don’t like, I am 6’3″ tall and found the t@b headroom too low, the swift has height to spare.
    I love these small campers , they can live on a driveway without annoying neighbours & be driven down single track roads larger caravans or motorhomes fear, Scotland here we come. 16k well spent.

  8. Charlie Werner says:

    I have a Tab 320 and my wife and I just love it. It is so easy to tow and I believe it holds the world record for fastest towed caravan. Having looked at the Swift Base Camp I am very tempted but I will stick with our Tab for the moment.

  9. D.miller says:

    We love it’s unique style and practicality.in my opinion,doesn’t look like you are towing your living room about with you!
    Rear entry door means easy access for bikes etc.
    Has everything we could require in a lightweight van,and that awesome awning!
    Have ordered one due in Spring 2018..can’t wait.

    • Craig @ Caravan Guard says:

      Thanks for the comment D Miller. It’s great to hear from a Basecamp buyer – we had a really good look around the model at Swift’s launch event last year and thought it was very innovative. We loved the specially designed awning too as added so much more living space. Hope you have lots of fun in it when it arrives.

  10. J&R says:

    We are about to take ownership of the Basecamp ,been a motor home fanatic till we saw this and changed our minds so hears to a hot summer

  11. Alan Cruickshank says:

    For durability & build quality, ease of towing. A real icon & a master at holding it’s price. Being a much sort after easy to tow caravan then you wouldn’t go far wrong in choosing an Eriba touring. Lots of different models to choose from.

  12. Ron says:

    Thank you for your help it really is becoming a problem for us educated in a different age. Thankfully the USA is still using imperial unlike the BBC website.

  13. Ron says:

    As I am an old English man I was educated in Imperial measurements so most of this is sadly lacking in a language I understand. Shame as I own an Ariva and this may have been worth looking at.

    • Liz @ Caravan Guard says:

      Hi Ron, if you download the brochure on the Swift Basecamp website it converts the measurements and weights. Click here: https://www.swiftbasecamp.co.uk/ and scroll down the page to download the brochure. It can be found on the Specification and Layout page. Hope this helps?

  14. Ron McCartan says:

    Is there the facility to upgrade the payload in the Basecamp Plus

    • Liz @ Caravan Guard says:

      Hi Ron, we’ve checked with Swift and the max MTPLM you can upgrade to is 1100kg.

  15. patrickhenderson says:

    Can anyone recommend something similar – light to tow, 2/3 berth, toilet, shower , heating, electrics
    We have a Honda CR-V automatic 2006 and need something lightweight

  16. Andy says:

    £16k seems a lot of money when you compare it against a folding camper or something second hand.

    • Craig @ Caravan Guard says:

      Thanks Andy. I think there’s a premium for the sporty looks on this one. Probably not to everyone’s taste!

  17. GARY OSBORNE says:

    Nice to see something different, but it’s still huge compared to a Go-Pod & twice the price too !

    • Craig @ Caravan Guard says:

      We agree Gary, good on Swift for producing something that stands out a bit

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