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  1. Hi We're in Yorkshire with our Swift Charisma (Merlin) and the oven and gas rings are fine but the electric ring will not heat up. Not a big problem as we're fine with micro wave, but just wondered what might be the cause in case we could fix it now. Thanks Norman
  2. I am trying to work out if I am being unreasonable, expecting too much or just not understanding caravan heating. We got our new Swift Challenger Sport 586 last year and we have now used it a few times when we have needed to use the heating. In most cases I have tried the heating in 4amp and 8amp electric modes assuming that this would be capable of heating the caravan to a comfortable temperature. To my surprise I found that the electric modes were completely useless leaving the bathroom and back of the caravan cold. Having hecked the vents i found that there was very little air flow coming from the vents in the bathroom and rear of the caravan My initial reaction was that there was something wrong with the pipes, so I went about checking everything was clear and connected. Sure enough it was and I connected and I couldn't find anything wrong. Having given up trying to find the fault I spoke to Truma who have advised me that I should be running the Truma 4E combi in mixed mode when I want heating. The reason for this is hat electric modes will not get the heater up to the temperature required to trigger the higher fan speed. The higher fan speed is required to push the warm air to the back of the caravan. I have now put this to the test and found that they are indeed correct, after 5 minutes on mixed mode the fan went in to high speed mode. For the first time in the history of having this caravan I felt warm air in the bathroom and rear of the caravan. The question I have is do people normally run heating constantly on mixed mode? I also have concerns about the noise and safety of mixed mode heating thought the night. Has anybody got experience of this? Finally how much gas will it use running constantly in mixed mode? Call me Scrooge but I wanted to use just electric heating as the cost is included in the pitch fees.
  3. Hi, light check before setting off and no brake lights. After chasing it through I traced the problem to corroded bulb & contacts - sorted. .. Until I screwed the rear light cluster back on and in my haste to get off I managed to push one of the rubber grommets the bolts go into through into the back panel. Still held on by 3 bolts but need to find a suitable grommet for the 4th - any suggestions? Van is a 2006 swift challenger 520 Cheers Mike
  4. I'm considering buying a caravan to live in, yes. .. I am mad! I'm currently finishing uni and will be moving back to my family home in Suffolk with my husband. Rather than us live in the family home full time and take up lots of space and get under everyone's feet and have no space of our own. .. We're considering buying a tourer to park in the large grounds of the house and use as our little bolt hole. I've found a lovely little 1982 Swift Alouette 6 berth tourer which is well within our budget at £695. Not knowing much about caravans (having never really spent much time in a tourer let alone lived in one) I was after some general advice. Anything anyone thinks we should look out for, any questions to ask. We will have full kitchen and toilet facilities in the family home so are not really fussed about much more than a warm(ish) comfy(ish) place to rest our heads and chill out away from everyone. Also I'm struggling to find anywhere which details the internal height of a Swift Alouette (or any caravan really). I have assured my husband it will be at least 6ft tall inside. .. I hope I'm not imagining that? :/ Any help or advice or anything really would be greatly received, I would rather buy once and spend a little more and be happy with our little caravan than have to buy twice and waste our time and money!! Thank you everyone. JP.
  5. Hi, Just wondered if anyone knows where I can get some original replacement decals for my Signature van, I know I can get them made but some are faded and I dont know what they originally looked like as I cant even find pictures clear enough to see properly. Cheers Mick
  6. Hi, When we bought the caravan, the previous owner was unable to find any of the paperwork that he had. ..............before you ask, yes I did have it CRiS checked and its all fine. .......... I have downloaded all the appliance handbooks which wasnt a problem and quite easy to find once I knew the model. A handbook for the caravan is proving more difficult, I have been onto Swifts website and cant find anything for anything as old as a 2000 year van. Can anyone point me in the right direction please. Mick
  7. First caravan bought 1976 - Alpine of course - with a drop down double bed. Since then have had Adria, Ace, Compass, Swift and several others whose names I have forgotten. First towcar was Hillman Avenger latest one Hyundai ix35. Never had any wobbling, snaking or anything else so presume I am doing things correctly. Currently have 2012 Sterling Eccles Sport 564 with which, due to dampness problems, I am not impressed. More later on different forums I hope.
  8. This week only Stewart Longton caravans will be discounting our online prices to these extraordinary SHOW DEAL PRICES! Cant make it to the NEC show? . .. No problem give us a call today!!! BRAND NEW 2014 Bailey, Swift & Sterling caravans with up to £2300 discounted off RRP. You have until the end of the NEC show to catch this fantstic saving on a brand new factory fresh Bailey, Swift or Sterling touring caravan. .. Why wait to upgrade ? please follow the link below to our SALE BONANZA!!!!! http://www. stewartlongton. co. uk/new-caravan-special-deals-nec. php
  9. As many of you will know, Swift are introducing a new intelligent construction system. ..SMART construction incorporates Computer Numerically Controlled cutting for accuracy and consistency. What does SMART stand for? Well, according to Swift. .. Strong Timberless body frames are constructed using 'PURe'...a 'tough, hard polyurethane-based product that totally impervious to water'. Modern Modern materials used for modern, desirable exterior looks. Aerodynamic Computational Fluid Dynamics help to improve fuel consumption and towing safety. Resilient All fixings are made into the 'PURe' material to a pre-defined depth. As 'PURe' is completely impervious to water, there is no water passage from the outer skin to the inner wallboard, making Swift SMART 'vans highly resilient to moisture. Tested Safety and durability testing at the Millbrook track and cold chamber, including cold testing at below -15C, put the prototypes through their paces. We'll be having a jolly good poke around in the 2014 Swift vans at the Motorhome & Caravan Show in October, but we'd love to know what you think of the concept in the mean time.
  10. I have just discovered damp in the floor at the back of my caravan The thin strip of wood up the edge of the caravan and the floor is soft at the edge. I am absolutely gutted that I have once again got a damp caravan. My last caravan a 2007 Ace Jubilee Courier had to be replaced due to damp at a cost to me of £2500 when it was only a year old http://www. caravantalk. co. uk/community/topic/14999-damp-in-2007-ace-jubilee-courier/ I left work after buying the van when I had a lymphoma diagnosis and now stay home with the kids so simply buying a new caravan this time sadly isn't an option & I'm not covered by warranty so I'm considering having a go at fixing it myself. I am considering cutting out the damaged wood and replacing it with a new bit but I have to admit I'm worried about the difficulty of the task and my own abilities. Has anyone here taken on similar work? Is this sort of damp common? Should I just sell the van and call it a day :-/ I really am fed up. Andrew
  11. Hi all, i have recently joined the group to have a good source of info for my aged swift challenger. I only brought this last month and it is my/our first van. After already spending on a few bits that i wanted to get us started we noticed on our last trip that the electrics did not seem to be charging the new leisure battery that we have fitted?????? I have taken the battery off again and got it on charge in my garage before i take it away again for a few days on Weds. i wasn't sure if this was a common issue with vans that are 20+ years old and whether there was an area in the PMS1 that controls charging?? If anyone has any help regarding Swift challengers circa 1990 ish please get in touch Thanks Dave
  12. Come and join us for our Anniversary Show between 1st June and 9th June. We've got one of the largest selections of caravans in the South with over 300 caravans available to view across the group • Superb prices on our 2013 demo models and the last remaining 2012 models, savings of up to £4000! Check out our website for a full stock listings and prices. • Free Truma Caravan Motor mover with every new Swift, Sprite or Sterling purchased until 9th June • Free bedding set worth £200 with every new Bailey caravan purchased until 9th June • Huge used caravan sale. Prices from £3,000 and we offer exceptional trade in prices. • Free refreshments all day • Free BBQ between 10am-4pm (weekends only) • As part of our Anniversary celebrations, come and view the Bailey Pegasus Verona which one lucky person will win, for free, on Saturday 27th July! • 10% off everything in the shop (excludes products on offer, TVs, gas and awnings) • Free admission and free parking
  13. We really like the look of this awning but Isabella says it's not a perfect fit for my van (2013 challenger sport 514). Now they say the reason can be it cuts a window, fouls the door, etc etc. but they can't specifically say what bit won't fit. Now I don't mind if it cuts a window so all I can think of is that it may be the piece of triangular material at the base of the rear leg pad that could cause the problem. I called Isabella and the nearest display model is in Nottingham and I'm in Plymouth so that's a very long drive. Does anyone on here have one of these and if so, is this piece very large? Regards Simon
  14. Bailey have the 'Alu-Tech' system. Explorer Group (Elddis) have the 'SoLiD' construction. Hymer have not used wood and screw construction for years I am lead to believe. SWIFT up to press have remained with wood and screw construction. What if anything are they planning and what will happen to the business if they persist with the old. You are the customers, so your view matters. ? Please note my vans before I get put before a 'swift' firing squad
  15. Im going to put this on the Elddis and Swift forums so hopefully will get a good veiw from both. Thanks for your input Good Evening Everyone. I am about to purchase a replacement caravan and my short list has come down to 3 (well probally 2) The main contenders are the Elddis Avante 636 against Swift Challenger Sport 636/Sterling Eccels Sport 636 all 2013 models. They all have 10year warranty They are all basically the same layout/size The Elddis is the cheaper one at £18650 (ish) The Swift/Sterling at £19300 (ish) Allthough this kind of evens out on part ex prices offered? The Elddis has a slight disadvantage so far (on paper but not actually tried yet) as that the side my husband would sleep on has a stated bed length of 5 ft 11" and he is 6ft 2", this is however an open ended side so his feet could possibly dangle over the edge! Another benefit of the Elddis is that it has the large fridge freezer and a Avtech TV with it (Tv not realy needed though) and that the side bed converts to a small double whereas the Swift/Sterlings have a side dinette with bunk over. It also has a better laid out bathroom across the rear. The Swfit/Sterlings have good sized beds so no need for hubby to dangle his feet, i do slightly prefer the interior over the elddis. The Swift looks a more preferable interior over the sterling to us and over the Elddis. The dealer of the Elddis i know that they are excellant on their after sales customer service which is very reassuring. the Swfit/Sterling retailer i have no knowledge on their aftersales but they say they will arrange for any problems to be sorted whilst my van is on its seasonal pitch 100 miles away. So i suppose the question is if this was your decision? which way would you choose and why?
  16. Hi All I am shortly going to become the proud owner of a 2013 Challenger 565 SE shortly. The Swift Specification indicates the awning measurement as 996 cm. Can anyone please advise : - a) Are Swift measurements known to be accurate ? b The awning I am looking at is a Dorema Daytona with stated measurements of 975 cm - 1000 cm (Size 14)........ Is this a bit on the "tight" side and should I be looking for something with a bit more leeway on the higher measurement end ? Thanks in anticipation of answers BarryN
  17. Hi everyone, this is my first post in here. I have a 2011 swift conqueror, my battery doesn't seem to hold charge for long enough to use a motor mover when I have had the van in storage for a couple of months. I was thinking of a briefcase style solar panel just to keep the battery topped up while in storage. Swift advertise that there is a solar panel connector, but I can't seem to find it, can anyone shed shed some light on this for me. Also, if anyone has any advise for solar panels, i would appreciate it. Many thanks Chris
  18. I'm in a dilemma on which caravan to buy but I've narrowed it down to two by virtue of availability at local dealers, layout (side dinette / end wash) and I wish to buy British. It's either; Lunar Quasar 494 - Lightweight, £400ish cheaper, appears to be better put together with more attention to details and build quality. Swift Challenger Sport 524 - Larger 'van with more space including head height (I'm 6'2") but 150kg heavier, side dinette larger, 10 year warranty (water ingress), slightly more kit for money. A lot of people call Lunars "leaky" and a lot of people complaining about build quality on Swifts. From a month of looking Lunars and Coachman caravans appear to be better put together with more attention to the details and build quality but are more traditional in build. Salesmen are vague and avoid talking about build quality. Help! Any thoughts on this subject would be welcome.
  19. Hi all, I was hoping maybe some of you could help me with an electrical issue on my Swift Challenger 480 SE. I recently bought this caravan but when I first took it away for the weekend I found that the Awning Light on the side of the van was not working. I replaced the bulb and checked the fuses but neither of these are the problem. I was wondering if anyones had the same problem or could offer any suggestions? Thanks!
  20. Hi all, I was wondering if any of you could help me with a problem I'm having with the Cooker Ignition Switch on my 1999 Swift Challenger 490 SE? The switch has stopped working and I am keen to replace it myself but am not sure of how to best go about this. I'm afraid to remove the sealed unit round the hob unless absolutely neccessary but I can't find any advice on the internet search engines; though from researching this issue it seems to be a common fault with these cookers. Any advice would be great as I would prefer to fix this myself without the need for contacting a technician. Thanks!! Ted
  21. Hi Folks, I have dented my pull out table with a torch falling on it. I have a swift 530 2011 model. Any ideas where i can get a new one from and how much they are?. I have emailed 3 dealers and not one of them have got back to me.
  22. Looking for everyone's thoughts on a possible next caravan. Current Olympus is great, although the three bunks at the back are causing head height problems as my kids grow up (both tall 8 & 6 yr olds). So was thinking about the new 540-5 as it is just a twin bunk and has a good layout. When speaking with the dealer, the challenger sport 585 was mentioned as it has nigh on the same layout. I know what the Olympus is all about (good - space, lightness & bad - shower, trie bunks, exterior walls that dent too easily) but now nothing about the swift (good or bad). All I know is it's now got a 10yr structure warranty as per the bailey as well as a 3yr main warranty. There isn't much out there on the 585 at the mo, so was wondering if anyone has an early version or websites I can find out info on. Hoping you can help me, or do I do the other thing in just removing the middle bunk on the current Olympus completely, but we lose storage space for our items on the bottom bunk which is not normally in use. John
  23. After months of searching and reading all your posts here (do you realise how helpful they are to newcomers?) we found the van my wife actually likes! It's a Swift Classic Danette 99/2000 model which is 5 berth our Peugeot 307 diesel can pull (under 1200KG). We should pick it up early January and look forward to bumping into fellow Caravan Talk posters It was the moment she looked around the van and said, " I like the feel of this caravan" that sealed the deal. Now we have room for the grand children to stay with us. Never ever thought we would find a 5 berth van under 1200KG. Also, as extra's are the Alko hitchlock, awing and other bits and bobs. First trip planned is a few miles away to the Cardiff City caravan site near the city centre. As one poster said, if you forget anything (and we will!) it's easy to pop back home to pick it up. After that, the boss said we will head towards the Gower! But first we need to install a tow bar (quoted £250+ for black and grey leads, black only £100 cheaper). I will of course read every post shown here. Ones like Gary's advice about heating is worth it's weight in gold. I especially like reading views on various sites (prices, etc). So please all of you, keep posting as us new comers to the joys of caravanning can continue to learn from you old timers! Now do we join the CC or the CCB??? then there's van insurance and . ....... EEEK!
  24. Hello All, Upgrading from a little 2 berth to a family van, I decided to check with my car insurance company whether or not there are any restrictions to weight or size for my policy. To start with the agent only informed me that my van could not exceed the weight of my car . . . but when I pushed for a written statement that there were no other restrictions, she decided put me on hold whilst she checked with the underwiters. The response was shocking . . . . . . Privilege Insurance has a towing limit of 7. 0 mtrs length and 2. 25 mtrs width. (their are some other limits too but they are unlikely to be breached by what is typically towed). Up to these limits your car is comprehensive but the van is 3rd party. Over these limits however your insurance is invalid. When I asked how I to become insured to tow something bigger, I was told I couldn't and would have to move my car insurance to a different insurance company. Privilege is not alone, as I have checked with several other big companies, including Direct Line and Esure. They have identical limits and said they could not cover me either. BUT IT GETS EVEN WORSE . . . . . . As I kept ringing around I even found several companies who have a restriction of just 6. 4 mtrs total length. A 2008 Swift Charisma 560 at 6. 91 mtrs length is OK with some Insurers but a 2009+ Charisma 560 invalidates the insurance as in 2009 it grew to 7. 12 mtrs. I am yet to find a company that will cover me to tow something longer than 7. 0 mtrs, so if you know of one then please, please let me know. Every caravan dealer I have spoken to, claims to have not come across this and say that over half over the vans they sell breach these limits. I am struggling to find a newish family van that is within these dimensions, so any help and guidance would be deeply appreciated. I am relatively new to caravanning, so perhaps I am missing something really obvious. But if I am not, then half of us are not insured when we are hooked up to our caravans. Geo.
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