Swift Explorer: Review
Travel comfortably and practically with the family with the lightweight and secure Swift Explorer.
Like many European caravans, Swift’s construction technique is quite different to the traditional method used by some local manufacturers.
DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION
Swift employs a monocoque-style body, where the aluminium composite side panels and moulded front, rear and roof panels are fitted together to form a very solid box-like structure.
Underpinning all this is an Al-Ko chassis which is slightly different to the equivalent European Al-Ko chassis. It comes with thicker rails, heavier axles and extra cross members, and those little modifications double the weight of the chassis.
Although the Explorer 4 is in no way to be considered an offroad caravan, it’s definitely been kitted out for remote travel. In addition to the modified chassis, two 110Ah deep-cycle batteries and a 120W solar panel are standard items. Water might be the limiting factor with just a single 80L tank but a second tank is an option and certainly won’t cause any load capacity issues.
By drawing out the slatted base from between the seats, the lounges can be made into a bed that measures 2.02x1.28m (6ft 7in x 4ft 2in). Alternatively, the lounges can be used as small single beds for children. When the freestanding table is not being used, it can be stored in a purpose-built compartment between the end of the kitchen bench and the rear bed.
Although the under-seat areas are good for storage, these ones are very cluttered. Most of the nearside space is taken up by the battery compartment and the battery charger/12V/240V fuse/circuit breaker panel.
HITS & MISSES
- Front lounge/dining layout
- Electrical setup
- Battery/solar panel capacity
- Relatively lightweight van
- Dometic security door
I would have liked…
- Double instead of single 240V powerpoints
- Drainer with sink
SWIFT EXPLORER SPECS
Weights and measures
- Overall length 6.39m (21ft)
- External body length 5.49m (18ft)
- External body width 2.23m (7ft 4in)
- Travel height 2.74m (9ft)
- Internal height 1.95m (6ft 5in)
- ATM 1800kg
- Ball weight 100kg
- Frame n/a
- Cladding Aluminium
- Chassis Al-Ko
- Suspension Al-Ko independent rubber torsion
- Brakes 10in electric
- Wheels 15in alloy
- Fresh water 1x80L
- Battery 2x110L
- Solar 1x120kW
- Air-conditioner Aircommand Sparrow
- Gas 2x9kg
- Sway control Al-Ko ATC
- Cooking Thetford Caprice four-burner cooktop, grill, oven
- Fridge Dometic RM 8555 115L
- Microwave Yes
- Toilet Thetford cassette
- Shower Flexible-hose, variable-height
- Lighting 12V LED
- Hot water Truma Combi E 10L 240V/gas
- Dometic awning
Price as shown
- $45,990 (Qld)
The full test appears in Caravan World #536 April 2015. Subscribe today for the latest caravan reviews and news every month!