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Starter 2 Berth

Swift Challenger 400/2

Dealer Price 2010: £5,200
Year: 2000
Berths: 2
Length:4.27 m
Width: 2.16 m
MIRO: 980 kgs
MTPLM: 1150 kgs
Typical tow car Citroen Picasso C3 2.HDi

Layout: Front dinette, side wardrobe with dresser opposite, corner washroom and L shaped kitchen.

Swift Challenger Colchester

Pros: Smart looking tourer still, good spec, smart interior feel, great kitchen area.
Cons: Shallow front roof lockers, no duel fuel hob.

Extra equipment? Alloy wheels, BBQ point, also alarm fitted in some cases.

Swift Challenger Interior

Jenkinson’s opinio:; One of the best tourers around the Challenger will be a tourer that is on most caravanner’s wish list. The quality by this year was getting so much better with solid feel and better upholstery plus a decent spec too. The Challenger looked good and the interiors were treated to new aircraft style roof lockers after the 99 model year. Look out for full oven and duel fuel heating system and mains lighting. Good quality upholstery too that seems to continue to give good support for years with its sumptuous quality.

General storage is excellent although front roof lockers are shallow, but the wardrobe is fine for two plus the L shaped rear end kitchen offers great worktop and also excellent storage. Side corner washroom is well kitted out to with quality plastics used for the integral washbasin and vanity unit. No loose fitted carpet which is a shame but you will need to buy a 2002 plus model for that. Great buy and a worthy first buy for those wanting a quality two berth.

Swift Challenger Kitchen

How to find a good one
Swift dealerships are usually a good source with plenty of Challenger trade-ins as buyers upgrade-usually with another Challenger model. The 400SE isn’t as popular as the end washroom 480 version but they can still be found in good numbers. General used forecourts will see the Challenger 400 turn up so the choice available is good.

The Challenger will have a service record in most cases – check for this with documents supplied. Damp at this age can be a problem so do the usual checks ceiling and side wall joints inside the roof lockers and delaminated floors, although I have come across one only with this problem from this model year. Private buys may see a saving of around £500 but then no warranty will be with the van and it’s sold basically as seen. Also best choices are to be found at dealers so make that your first port of call.

Challengers offer a great used buy, pre 99 models did have some damp problems – around the rear kitchen window was one area. Spend more and you get a newer model of course with updated equipment too. For those wanting a good rear end kitchen where the washroom of the 480 isn’t needed the 400 is a two berth well worth looking at.

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Caravan Insurance on this caravan should be around £120 - £170. Security: If it does not come with a wheel clamp or hitch lock budget around £100 for a good one of these.