Swift Elegance 580 caravan review: Putting on the style (and the quality)

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  1. Graham says:


    I have purchased a 2016 Sterling 580 continental .the side lights are constantly on untill tow vehicle is locked. bedside cabinet draw Fell apart . moulding above the shower door falls off. the blinds come down on there own . and we have a water leak in the top r/h/ cupboard any one else have these problems

  2. John drew says:

    I have the sterling continental ht it’s a great van a bit on the heavy side but it tows like a dream my tug is the ssangyong rexton 2.ltr xdi and it’s fitted with the updated mad suspension so it’s like self levelling the only two gripes I have had with the caravan is the front seat cushions are forever sliding forwards I fixed it by using heavy duty Velcro on the back rests and the radio will not work hope to get this fixed on the first service apart from that no issues at all it’s a great van

  3. Mrs Ullmer. says:

    We picked up our new swift Elegance on the 11th July, & the next day went to Cornwall for a week. My husband said it towed very well.
    We were both very excited in getting to know it.
    Now the gripe.
    When the bed is pulled out their is very little room to walk round, if you don’t want to climbe over your partner.
    The bathroom sink is far to small. (The smallest I have seen in a 4berth van). Their is plenty of room to make it bigger.
    Then the over head cubards, they aren’t very deep, so it was a struggle to get our clothes & things in.
    We will get the hang of it & enjoy it for many years to come.

    • Craig @ Caravan Guard says:

      Thanks for sharing your experience of the Swift Elegance Mrs Ullmer. I hope you continue to enjoy it!

  4. James says:

    Alas no word from Swift whether in this latest form they’ve managed to overcome the loud cracking noises that have plagued certain examples of the previous incarnation of (in particular) Challenger ranges, and whether this new construction technique has been developed to overcome this disturbing and distressing symptom experienced by many unhappy owners.

  5. Geoff says:

    Love everything about this Caravan, (including the adjustable bed) just hate the price!

  6. Christopher J Walker says:

    At the moment we own a 2010 challenger 580,lovely caravan. We are not convinced the bed is a good idea on the new layout, when it is made up for sleeping there is no room to get round the end so as in a side bed someone has to climb over. But at least you get an end bathroom, not for us though.
    Regards C J Walker.

    • Richard Eve says:

      Please note that if you go past the end of the bed whilst facing the outside, you will find it very east to get past. Doing it facing the bed makes it very difficult.

  7. william crawford says:

    I purchased a new SWAIT Barnwell in march 2013 we have trouble
    from the start trouble from 12v keep cutting out keep the dealer could
    not find the fault on taking it back again I pointed out it was over charging
    the trouble was the solar panel that was all the trouble I told the them to
    disable it and now problem solved and also 38%damp
    4 new Swift caravans 2013 all damp in front[ not good for Swift

    • Lucie @ Caravan Guard says:

      What a shame William! Hopefully you’ve got everything sorted now and you’re back enjoying touring in time for summer.
      Caravan Guard

  8. Andrew staple says:

    Nice van but don’t like bed sorry

  9. Anna Brocklehurst says:

    Does this one leak too ? ……..

  10. Amanda says:

    Its lovely and stylish but fixed beds don’t work for me why should our 9yr old son go to bed on the lovely deep mattress as we want to stay up later so would have to convert the beds for us. for me they need to think of some different lay outs to make it work with this in mind. – hard to think of how to make this work as every ones needs are different and every family set up is different.

    • Lucie @ Caravan Guard says:

      Thanks for the great feedback Amanda, I guess flexibility is of up-most importance to a family.

      Caravan Guard

  11. Joanne Taylor says:

    This van is lovely BUT at £25,995 plus extras it is far to expensive for most people ” in my opinion”

  12. Paul says:

    No mention of the single piece entry door. All caravans we’ve owned have had stable doors. Why has the door changed ?

    • Lucie @ Caravan Guard says:

      Hi Paul – I guess that’s a question for Swift. I’ll do some digging and get back to you.

      Caravan Guard

    • Lucie @ Caravan Guard says:

      Hi Paul,

      Sorry for the delay in getting back to you in. I actually referred your query to Swift to get an answer. I’m told that although the Swift website and literature states that the model features a one piece exterior door, some marketing material has been generated by a third party and therefore does not pick up on this feature. Swift say: “We moved to the door due to the fact that it’s much more durable and is a moulded construction with a softer closing force than previous doors.”

      I hope this answers your question.
      Caravan Guard

  13. Fixed Double bed Still Too Small! says:

    Is it that caravanners as a type don’t like sharing a bed with their partners or perhaps they are all so big that only one can fit in a 4ft 4″ bed? Hands up all couples who sleep at home with their partner in a 4ft 6″ bed or smaller. We have a super kingsize, which is 6feet wide. Years ago we had a 5ft double. 4ft 4″ hardly leaves room for someone to turn and goodness knows how you would manage if the dog likes to share! LOL! Until a manufacturer offers at least a 5ft. wide fixed double, I doubt we will consider others. Our Adria Adora 642UP gives us a fixed double, which is 5ft 4″ wide. THAT, friends, is luxury. 4ft 4” is penury. Our Adria’s wide bed is achieved by pushing the two 2ft 8″ fixed singles together, bolting and strapping them in place with the integral fittings designed for the purpose and voila! Apart from that, the Swift looks good but if we can’t get a good night’s sleep, we’re not interested!

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