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Hi All.

 

Had an email from a friend asking if I know anything about a Bessacarr 500/2. He's been away from caravanning for years and now retired wants to return.

 

any feedback and opinions appreciated cos I've not got a clue.

 

Thanks.

 

Derek.

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You'll need to find out the year. At some point (I don't know when) Bessacarr became simply a re-badged Swift, albeit "fully loaded" - I think for a short while before that, but during Swift's ownership of Bessacarr, they were built independently.

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I know Bessacar are still being made, but by whom and where i have no idea. I think there is a dealer in Lincs area that sells them.

 

Yep! I was right!! http://www. bessacarr2009. co. uk/

 

These vans are not Bessacarrs they are a badged effort at keeping the name going.

I had a look at them at the NEC and they are not a patch on a genuine Bessacarr.

I have one of the last Bessacarrs, a 495SL, and they are very well built vans.

 

Brian

 

 

 

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I know Bessacar are still being made, but by whom and where i have no idea. I think there is a dealer in Lincs area that sells them.

 

Yep! I was right!! http://www. bessacarr2009. co. uk/

The Bessacarr brand of touring caravans has been dropped by Swift - these are just dealer specials based on various Swift Group caravans.

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We had a Bessacarr 500/2 GL, it was a 1997 model, and was on a twin axle, and I can honestly say, it was the best 'van we have ever had. From what I can remember, it was made by Swift, but the build quality was far superior to the later models. We swapped the 500/2 for the same 'van but single axle - 495SL - we noticed the difference!!

Discovery 3 TDV HSE followed by a Bessacarr 625GL

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Forgot to add, we had a look at the new dealer specials at Louth Caravans, last Easter. All they are is a glorified Abbey (nothing against Abbey), we definately would not buy one!!

Discovery 3 TDV HSE followed by a Bessacarr 625GL

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A few misconceptions here;

First Swift bought the Bessacarr name in late 1996, anything from 97 then, is a re-badged Swift.

The 500/2 was a real Bessacarr but it wasn't 97!, 95 or 96 were the only years this model was built, in 97 under Swift it became the 500GL

 

The exact year is easy to establish as in 95 it's internal length was 16' 3" and un-ladened weight 18. 2cwt, in 96 16' 8" and a rather portly 23cwt!!. This heavier weight continued into the 500GL

 

Current 'Bessacarr's' are still Swift and I believe re-badged Conquerors, their supplied to Couplands of Louth and another somewhere perhaps heading south west on the M5?

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Hi Gary, Hope you two had a good trip, Couplands are on their own now with the Bessacarr name, Swindon Caravans pulled out last year.


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Downstairs on the way back so not as nice a trip as usual. ..less legroom! Swindon though is down the M5 roughly, left a bit ain't it??

 

To add to the 500/2, whatever age it should be CRiS marked on all the windows, second line should begin 'BE' followed by 'S' or 'T' for 95 or 96 respectively

 

PS George I'll be bringing the van back weekend after next if your about?

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Hi gary

What a typical concise informative and helpful post on the Bessacar from yourself above

Glad that you had a good trip and thanks for your input re the handbrake

Regards

John

BMW X3 X Drive and Swift Challenger 580SE

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