Swift launched its new three model Auvergne range of static caravans at the ExCel show in February. The particular model on show was the 38ft x 12ft featuring its kitchen at the end of the caravan, where the lounge usually is. The other models are a 35ft x 12ft – also with an end kitchen, and a 38ft x 12ft with the conventional layout of the lounge at the end of the caravan. Importantly, all three layouts feature tri-fold doors in corner of both the front and end walls. They also all have a single pitched sloping roof.
The units are built on a fusion galvanised steel chassis carrying a 10 years warranty, and come with Thermaglas uPVC double glazing and domestic central heating incorporating a 24 hour timer. Additionally, there are full height windows throughout the lounge and dining area. External cladding is aluminium and features very attractive powder coated steel panels whilst the tri-fold doors create a feeling of openness which we are sure will win many friends.
Because this particular static caravan had an end kitchen, its entrance door led directly into the lounge with the kitchen and dining area to the left. The layout in the lounge is L shaped and comprises a two and a three seater sofa the latter having an occasional sofa bed. Facing the three seat sofa is the caravan’s fireplace and 2KW electric fire set into a base unit. On the counter above the fire is the point for the TV/DVD player and digital receiver. In addition to downlights in the ceiling there is also a large rooflight in the ceiling helping to make the area bright and airy.
The kitchen and dining area adjoining the lounge essentially roll into one. The kitchen itself has a stainless steel glass fronted oven on the caravan’s back wall. Above the oven is a four burner hob, with both it, the oven and grill having electronic ignition. On the wall behind the hob is a full height splashback reaching to the fume extractor, whilst at right-angles to the oven, on the caravan’s end wall and adjacent to the tri-fold doors, is a sink unit containing a 11/2 stainless steel sink. In addition to plenty of storage space for food, cutlery, cooking utensils etc, a fridge/freezer has been fitted to the right of the oven. There is also room for a microwave above the sink unit. Dining furniture comprises a freestanding rectangular table and four woven back chairs sited on the rear of the fireplace in the lounge.
From the lounge a door leads to the caravan’s two bedrooms and the shower room. The shower room has a large shower cubicle with a thermostatic shower and a timed extractor fan. There is also a low level toilet, washbasin with a vanity cupboard below, and a mirror door cupboard above it. We were also pleased to note that a shaving light and socket had been included here.
Opposite the shower room is the second bedroom which has two fairly narrow divan beds. The wall behind the headboards has been panelled and also has two cupboards separated by an open compartment. There is also a small wardrobe in the room together with a mirror, small shelf and a 13amp switched power point adjacent to the door.
The main bedroom is one of the caravan’s best features. It has a double bed with gas strut assisted storage below, a padded headboard and individual reading lights. As in the second bedroom, the wall behind the headboards has been panelled and incorporates wall mounted storage cupboards, whilst to the left of the bed is a built-in unit comprising a wardrobe plus a dressing table and stool. Additionally, facing the foot of the bed, is another built-in unit, this time comprising two wardrobes separated by a three drawer unit. Finally, there is a door leading into a small en suite washroom with a pedestal washbasin, vanity storage and a low level toilet.
We were very impressed by the unusual layout of the Auvergne coupled with the two sets of tri-fold doors, and the single pitched roof. This is a static caravan which we believe will stand out from the crowd and prove a talking point on parks.
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