The Sprite Alpine caravan has come a long way since it was first introduced back in 1949 but the ethos is still the same; Sprite is a name associated with starter caravans, lightweight and affordable.
For 2013, the Sprite Alpine 4 berth has a fixed rear double bed on the offside, and parallel seating at the front with a decent chest of drawers that incorporates a pullout table.
It’s fitted with the Truma dual fuel combi boiler for heating and hot water, and we noted three blown air ducts in the caravan, but none were in the shower room. There’s minimal storage in there for your wash kit too but more storage space is available near the hand basin, by the double bed.
There’s plenty of storage under the bed which is where the spare wheel is located. It’s not often you need to change it, thankfully, but we didn’t find it easy to access or attempt to remove and the locker was almost empty at the time.
The kitchen is adequate unless you are a budding Masterchef aiming for a Michelin star or two and the round sink co-ordinates well with the matt finish worktop. There’s also a gleaming black finished fridge and a dual fuel hob, oven and grill combination. We liked the storage space under the oven, the space in the roof lockers and the dedicated slot for the freestanding draining board. The single power point was well placed.
At the front the one piece front window has, like all other windows, blinds and flyscreens and unlined curtains to the main windows only. The drop-in carpets are practical and a Heki roof light does its job.
The model we saw was fitted with the optional factory fit Diamond Pack which includes Alloy wheels, AL-KO AKS 3004 stabiliser, AL-KO Secure wheel lock receiver, a spare wheel, a concertina style door fly screen, radio/cd/MP3 player with iPod connectivity and two scatter cushions.
Other dealer fit options are available too. This model is fitted with the self-powered Tracker Retrieve security device as standard, as with all 2013 Swift Group models, and consequently will qualify for a discount when getting quotes for caravan insurance.
Verdict: An ideal starter caravan especially for those with a small tow vehicle. Whether this layout is a four berth or a two berth caravan is for you to decide. The standard fit tracking device is impressive for a caravan at this value.
Cost to insure: £181.00*
- Berths – 4
- Length including towbar – 6.4m
- Internal length – 4.75m
- Overall width – 2.24m
- Headroom – 1.95m maximum
- MRO – 1047 kgs
- MTPLM – 1222kgs
- Overall height – 2.64 including aerial
- Awning size – 9.14 9 (approx)
- Recommended Retail Price (model as seen including Diamond Pack): £14.175.00**
For more information on the Sprite Alpine range visit the Swift website or for a competitive quote.
*Caravan insurance cost based on Swift Sprite Alpine retailing at £14.175.00 fitted with Tracker Retrieve security device, hitch lock and AL-KO Secure wheel lock. Kept on drive at B49 5AB. Caravanners over 30 years old, claim free for 3 years and a member of a caravanning club. £100 excess. 180 days European cover and up to £75 per day for up to 15 days emergency accommodation cover included. Legal expenses cover, extended European cover and other emergency accommodation expenses cover options are available at extra cost. Quote includes 10% online discount and 6% Insurance Premium Tax and is correct as of 23/07/13.
Price is ex-works and includes 20% VAT but excludes a recommended retailer delivery charge of £545 including VAT which includes delivery to your retailer and preparing your caravan for collection by you. However, it’s the end of the season and there are still a few 2013 models around that dealers want off their forecourt so it’s a good time to negotiate with your dealer. We think that you should be able to pick one up with a considerable saving in these economic times.