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I am looking for a manual for this caravan. I know its old but me and wife decided that we first check if camping with a caravan is for us before we spend a lot of money on a new or newer one.

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Can somebody give me a review on this type of caravan.

1983 sprite swift. I bought it in Worchester from a guy who's been the only owner.

The caravan is well look after. It was store in store and only in weather conditions over holidays in December/January, but I want to know is there some problems with this caravan that I have to look for. Thanks

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For a van of that age everything is a potential problem.

 

Firstly, damp/water ingress/rot. For a 30 year old van not to have any would be amazing!

 

Electrics/gas. When were they last checked by someone competent?

 

Running gear. How old are the tyres, when were the brakes/bearings last serviced?

 

Nothing to stop anyone using a damp van, but if the electrics/gas/running gear isn`t up to scratch you`re putting yourself - and others - at risk.

 

It would be useful if you posted a photo of the van, as I have never heard of a "Sprite Swift". Both Sprite and Swift are manufacturers names.

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The Sprite range was made by Caravans International (CI) which also made Eccles brands. CI went into liquidation in 1982 and was bought by Cosalt who subsequently sold the tourer business to Swift Leisure in 1994. Sprite vans were renamed Sterling in 1995, the name Sprite living on briefly as the budget model.

In 2005 Swift re-launched the Sprite brand with 3 new model ranges true to the original Sprite values of light weight combined with affordability and dependability. It was an instant success and remains so today.

You should try the Sterling Owners Club http://www. sterlingcaravanowners. co. uk/index. html for information and manuals on your 30 year old van, there may be someone with an archive on there but Swift will have no history for a 1983 van.

 

You may also want to purchase this book by Andrew Jenkinson "The Story of Sprite"

http://www. veloce. co. uk/shop/products/productDetail. php?prod_id=V4358&prod_group=Caravanning & Camping&

 

Also try this site http://www. thomson-caravans. co. uk/index. htm although its headed Thomson there's information on many Marques including CI Sprites

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I've repeated the post here that I made to your request for info on Sprites

The Sprite range was made by Caravans International (CI) which also made Eccles brands. CI went into liquidation in 1982 and was bought by Cosalt who subsequently sold the tourer business to Swift Leisure in 1994. Sprite vans were renamed Sterling in 1995, the name Sprite living on briefly as the budget model.

In 2005 Swift re-launched the Sprite brand with 3 new model ranges true to the original Sprite values of light weight combined with affordability and dependability. It was an instant success and remains so today.

You should try the Sterling Owners Club http://www. sterlingc. ..o. uk/index. html for information and manuals on your 30 year old van, there may be someone with an archive on there but Swift will have no history for a 1983 van.

 

You may also want to purchase this book by Andrew Jenkinson "The Story of Sprite"

http://www. veloce. co. ..oup=Caravanning & Camping&

 

Also try this site http://www. thomson-caravans. co. uk/index. htm although its headed Thomson there's information on many Marques including CI Sprites

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I've merged these two topics to help the OP and others on the one type of caravan.

Graham

Unless otherwise stated all posts are my personal opinion 

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I've repeated the post here that I made to your request for info on SpritesThe Sprite range was made by Caravans International (CI) which also made Eccles brands. CI went into liquidation in 1982 and was bought by Cosalt who subsequently sold the tourer business to Swift Leisure in 1994. Sprite vans were renamed Sterling in 1995, the name Sprite living on briefly as the budget model. In 2005 Swift re-launched the Sprite brand with 3 new model ranges true to the original Sprite values of light weight combined with affordability and dependability. It was an instant success and remains so today. You should try the Sterling Owners Club http://www. sterlingc. ..o. uk/index. html for information and manuals on your 30 year old van, there may be someone with an archive on there but Swift will have no history for a 1983 van. You may also want to purchase this book by Andrew Jenkinson "The Story of Sprite"http://www. veloce. co. ..oup=Caravanning & Camping&Also try this site http://www. thomson-caravans. co. uk/index. htm although its headed Thomson there's information on many Marques including CI Sprites

Sorry, but when CI went bust, there was a management buyout into sprite leisure, nothing to do with cosalt.

Swift bought sprite leisure in 1995.

Cosalt sold Abbey to swift in 1982

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I am a newbie, so I know nothing. ... but I have just bought a CI Alpine Sprite, about 1986-ish (no documentation). It has rained every day for over three months here in Normandy and I can tell you the caravan leaks like a sieve. :) Mine is leaking at all four grab handles, creating round areas of damp, along two corner seals, in both door panels and in a side panel above the gas cooker. However, there is no mould or mildew. I am thinking of buying a tarp for it until we get some dry weather and I can get some sealant on, but for now, the windows are propped slightly open and I have a blow-heater running day and night, which is doing a great job at helping the new interior paint dry - until I tried this trick, in some areas the paint was literally still liquid after several days. I'll also be placing a dehumidifier in the van on a permanent basis - here in Normandy we have to use these in our medieval stone houses, which are always damp unless you're running a woodburner. Only occupancy dries out a house in the this climate and I think the caravan will be the same.

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Sorry, but when CI went bust, there was a management buyout into sprite leisure, nothing to do with cosalt.

Swift bought sprite leisure in 1995.

Cosalt sold Abbey to swift in 1982

Sorry, but when CI went bust, there was a management buyout into sprite leisure, nothing to do with cosalt.

Swift bought sprite leisure in 1995.

Cosalt sold Abbey to swift in 1982

Sorry but you are wrong with everyone of your dates.

The information was taken from the Swift history site and WHY would, HOW could Swift buy Abbey fom Cosalt in 1982 when they Cosalt) were still making them in that era!!! Right up to 199+3/4 in fact!

Check your facts!

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post-65911-0-20940100-1393771394_thumb.jpgOn the front of the caravan its stats Sprite and on the side at the top at the back Swift.

I did take the caravan for a check up. Wheel bearings, brakes, tyres in very good condition.

But the fridge and lights no good. So I chuck out the stove and fridge and put in a bigger fridge

and change the caravan to 220v. Replace all plugs with new ones. My lights are still on 12v.

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Sorry but you are wrong with everyone of your dates. The information was taken from the Swift history site and WHY would, HOW could Swift buy Abbey fom Cosalt in 1982 when they Cosalt) were still making them in that era!!! Right up to 199+3/4 in fact!Check your facts!

Quite right, one error.

I meant to say 1993 when swift bought abbey from cosalt.

attachicon.gif2014-02-21 18. 51. 34. jpgOn the front of the caravan its stats Sprite and on the side at the top at the back Swift. I did take the caravan for a check up. Wheel bearings, brakes, tyres in very good condition. But the fridge and lights no good. So I chuck out the stove and fridge and put in a bigger fridgeand change the caravan to 220v. Replace all plugs with new ones. My lights are still on 12v.

I'm sure the swift name here is just added stickers, nothing to do with swift.

The van is a sprite compact.

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  • 5 years later...

Hi. Anyone still on this post?

We have just got a Sprite compact 1980.

I believe these run on a lockheed brake system. Would anyone know what car equivalent brake shoes are used.

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