Pre-order a 2022 caravan for the same price as a 2021 model.

 

It is well documented that the ‘staycation’ remains the holiday of choice for 2021 and caravans have seen a surge in demand.  The Swindon Caravans Group’s stock levels are running low across all manufacturers and respective model ranges, unprecedented at this time of the season.

As a result, we are offering the chance to pre-order a 2022 caravan for the same price as a 2021 model.*  This will secure the best possible availability and beat the price increase on 2022 models.

A number of model ranges will remain unchanged for the 2022 season, the only difference will be an expected price increase of between 3-5%.  Where model ranges remain unchanged, each branch will have a 2021 model to view on their forecourts where possible; please check with the respective branch before travelling if you have a specific model in mind to avoid disappointment.

This offer will end on Sunday 20th June. 

Call our sales teams today for more information.

The 2022 model ranges that will remain unchanged from the 2021 season are as follows:

SwiftVogue, Sprite, Sprite Super, Basecamp, Challenger & Challenger X (only change is that Swift Command will not feature in the 2022 models)

BaileyDiscovery, Phoenix & Pegasus

AdriaAltea & Adora

* Swindon Caravans Group will honour the first 5% of any price increase on 2022 pre-orders before Sunday 20th June.  Any additional price increase over 5% will be passed on to the customer.

What do you need to know before buying a motorhome?

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What do you need to know before buying a motorhome?  Here’s our 10 point guide.

1. What type of motorhome should I buy?

To keep things simple we’ll try and group motorhomes into 3 subcategories.  Compact campervans or larger van conversions are usually adapted from small or larger panel vans, such as our Adria Twins.  Their versatility makes them great for supporting active hobbies, holidays & attending festivals.  They are also easy to park and potentially store on the drive at home.  Coachbuilt motorhomes have a caravan-like body built onto a chassis cab, such as our Bailey motorhomes.  They tend to be bigger, have more space and better insulation for all year round use.  Finally, there are the top of range class A motorhomes which have a fully coach-built body and therefore no separate cab.  These vehicles are designed for long trips away and come with the highest level of specification.  If you’re still unsure which type of motorhome would suit you best, pop into our dealerships or perhaps consider hiring a vehicle before buying.

2. What is the best motorhome for the money?

It really depends on your requirements and how you intend to use the vehicle.  The larger van conversions have proved very popular in recent years due to their versatility.  They can double as the family’s first or second car and remain parked on the drive so you can use them quickly for a weekend break or support your outdoor pursuits and interests.  The other motorhomes on the market tend to be used for holidays of a week or more and are equipped with more of your home comforts but will usually be kept in storage yards away from your house which adds to the cost (approximately £5-10 per week depending on the security arrangements at the storage yard).  We might be biased but we feel the Adria Twin and our Bailey motorhomes are 2 of the best examples in each category.

3. How much does a brand new motorhome cost in the UK?

The top of the range class A motorhomes can command a fee far in excess of £100,000 but that is at the top end of the market.  New coach-built motorhomes tend to cost between £50,000 and £90,000 on average depending on the size and specification whilst the van conversions range between approximately £45,000 and £65,000.  As you begin to use your vehicle, your RV will depreciate in a similar manner to your car so consider factors such as mileage, service history and the general condition of the vehicle.

4. Do I need a special driving license?

In general the answer is no, most drivers can drive most motorhomes on a standard license including motorhomes of up to 7500kg.  There is however a limit of 3500kg to all drivers over the age of 70 or a driver licensed since 1st January 1997 unless a medical test or additional test is passed.  These rules concerning your driving license apply to towing caravans as well.

5. Is a difficult to drive a motorhome?

It is no harder than driving a car, particularly the smaller compact caravans or van conversions.  You will need to get accustomed to when driving the larger motorhomes due to their size and visibility.  There are motorhome manoeuvring courses available if you wanted to build your confidence which lasts for a day and are ideal for beginners.

6. Do motorhomes require seat belts for their rear seats?

Seat belts must be fitted and worn in the front seats of motorhomes and most manufacturers fit seat belts to forward facing designated travel seats in the rear.  If seat belts have been fitted to the rear seats then they must be worn.  Seat belts can be fitted to sideways facing designated passenger seats.  Although not illegal, travelling in these seats is not recommended.

7. Can I use my motorhome ‘off grid’?

Yes, you can!  In most cases, your RV will run without any issues on a combination of a 12V battery and gas for a couple of days.  Perfect for a festival or weekend away.  If you are off grid then check how much gas is left in your bottle before you depart because heating the vehicle and powering the fridge will use your supply quickly.  The 12V battery will charge when the motorhome is being driven or it can be topped up using a solar panel.

8. What pitch should I choose when I book a campsite?

This will depend on the size of your motorhome so best to check with the campsite before booking.  In general hardstanding pitches are more suitable but if using grass then check the ground before you drive on to it by digging gin your heel.  Inclement weather in the winter months could make it difficult to leave!

9. What additional motorhome accessories should I order?

There are a number of options but it also comes down to your budget.  You don’t know where a puncture or blow out could strike so fitting Tyron band flat tyre protection can be very useful, particularly if you intend to head ‘off grid’.  Another option would be to fit a spare wheel carrier and spare wheel in case of emergencies.  Bike racks are incredibly popular with motorhome users to save space inside the vehicle.  Other popular add-ons include Diamondbrite which protects your motorhome both inside and out, a Tracker Retrieve System to protect against theft or accidental damage and an awning which is an excellent way to increase your living space at a fraction of the cost.

10. Can I finance a motorhome?

There are a number of flexible finance packages on the market to suit your requirements.   You could potentially finance a motorhome over 10 years with a hire purchase agreement.  Another option is to use PCP (Personal Contract Purchase) where monthly payments can be kept lower by deferring a significant proportion of the amount of credit to the final payment at the end of the agreement.  Using PCP, the Guaranteed Future Value of your vehicle can be calculated and when you are approaching the end of the agreement you will have 3 options – part exchange the motorhome, pay the final lump sum payment to own the vehicle or simply return the unit to the finance company.  Call our sales teams if you wish to have your finance options explained.

For staycation ideas and general all-round convenience, a new motorhome is a great way to tour the country in style. Get in touch if you have any more questions.

Beat the Swift Price Increase from 1st May

Due to a number of price increases across a broad range of materials and commodities, Swift have just announced that there will be a 3% price increase on all their caravans from the 1st May.

If you are looking to purchase a Swift caravan then hurry and place an order with us prior to 1st May in order to beat this increase.

Please note that our stocks are running low so order now for best availability on our range of Swift caravans.

Covid Update – Reopening on Monday 12th April

The entirety of our business is classed as non essential retail and has been shut since November.  Our sales, shop, workshop and aftersales departments will all reopen on Monday 12th April.  We ask our customers to please be patient, demand is strong and we are experiencing a large number of calls and enquiries.  We will deal with your enquiry as soon as we possibly can.

Our sales teams will be in touch with all customers awaiting collection of their new vehicle to arrange a collection date at the earliest opportunity.  The sales teams are available to assist with any new enquiries.

Our Aftersales departments have a backlog of servicing, warranty and repairs which we will endeavour to clear as soon as possible.  This will be dealt with in order which we believe is the fair and reasonable manner in which to do so.  Please do not bring your caravan to any of the 3 branches until contacted by our Aftersales teams.  If you would like to book a service then please use the form available on the website.

There have been some questions regarding warranties and whether they will be extended for servicing.  We can confirm that Bailey have extended by 6 months and Swift have extended by 7 months.

There’s no need to contact us.  Our teams will be in touch with everyone as soon as we have an update on your vehicle.

We appreciate your understanding and thank you all again for your continued support during these difficult times.  We look forward to welcoming you back on Monday 12th April.

From all the team at Swindon, Oxford & Reading Caravans & Motorhomes.

Offers & Promotions available during Swift Live

We are delighted to announce that the promotions running in tandem with the Swift Live Event have now been extended until 6pm on Monday 12th April.

Swift have adjusted the offers since 6pm on Friday 12th March, see below for details.  Any new Swift orders between now and the 12th April will qualify but will only apply to customers who have registered and visited the Swift Live Event and completed a “Request a Quote” form.

2021 Basecamp 2 and Basecamp 4

Half-price RVA1 Awning which has an RRP of £925 (please note this awning maybe too
large for certain pitches on Basecamp 4).

2021 Sprite and Sprite Super

Cashback to the value of £300

2021 Challenger and Challenger X

Cashback to the value of £500

2021 Elegance and Elegance Grande

Cashback to the value of £500

Swift Live – 11th Feb until 12th April

Experience a completely new online event, bringing you unique access to expert advice, inspiration and a virtual showroom, all from the comfort of your sofa.  Register today!  The event will begin on Thursday 11th February and ends on Monday 12th April (hours are 10am – 5pm).  View more information about the offers and promotions available on Swift caravans during the event.

Whether you’re completely new to touring or a seasoned pro, you’ll find a world of ideas, tips and exclusives at Swift Live, where Swift’s specialist team will be waiting to share what makes the Swift life so special. Explore their 2021 ranges with new 360° vehicle tours, ask questions and receive tailored support. Go behind the scenes with their designers to discover the latest leisure vehicle interiors trends, watch craftspeople at work, enjoy helpful demonstrations and so much more…

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With so much to see, from product first looks to demonstrations, live talks and Q&A sessions, get ready for the industry’s most innovative event yet!  The full agenda for Swift Live will be released soon and we’ll keep you updated.

The event is entirely free, and it’s so easy to visit. All you need to do is register your place and join on the day from your computer, smart phone or tablet.  If you’re looking to make a purchase then the team at Swift will direct you to your nearest dealer (hopefully us) and we’ll take you through the buying process.

Coronavirus Update

All 3 branches will remain closed until further notice.

We are currently closed and will remain so until Government policy allows us to reopen again after lockdown.  This applies to all 3 of our branches in Swindon, Oxford & Reading.  Please do not visit any of our 3 branches during this time.

Sales:

The sales teams are available during this time to assist with any enquiries.  To discuss the purchase of a new or used caravan or motorhome or to book a private viewing appointment when we reopen, please email the respective branch where a member of the sales team will endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible.  Don’t be disappointed, the industry is still experiencing high demand and we already have limited availability for delivery next year:

Are you looking to sell your caravan or motorhome?  Request a free valuation today, we are still on the hunt for quality vehicles and now is a great time to sell.

Servicing, Warranty & Repair:

Please do not bring your caravan to any of the 3 branches until contacted by our Aftersales teams.  We will do our utmost to catch up with the backlog on our return. Hopefully these drastic measures will stem the spread of this disease and we can all return to a safe working environment at the earliest opportunity.

Adria Roadshow: 3rd – 11th October

We are delighted to be showcasing the range of Adria caravans and campervans for the 2021 season.

Our caravan demonstrator models will start to arrive later this week and we will have the full range of caravans on display in time for the roadshow on the 3rd October.

Adria caravans feature the top of the range Alpina, the best selling Adora range and the entry level Altea, all of which have attracted a lot of attention already from our customers and some orders.  Manufacturers are not producing as many caravans next year, there is no NEC show in October and all that coupled with high demand means customers are now placing orders for best availability.  Please make sure you don’t miss out!

We expect to receive stock of the campervans towards the end of this year but we have managed to secure a Twin Supreme 640 SLB for the second weekend of the roadshow on 10th & 11th October. 

The roadshow will be based at our Swindon branch.  Our branch in Oxford may have some Adria stock but please check before travelling to avoid disappointment.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

What to expect from us if you are new to caravanning?

Since reopening on 1st June, we’ve certainly seen a large influx of people who are entering the caravan market for the first time.  This is fantastic news for the industry and for tourism in the UK as people look to holiday here and not abroad.

We’ve put together a check sheet to help you through the entire process; from choosing the right caravan to suit your requirements and placing a deposit through to what you might expect on the day of collection & our Aftersales service thereafter.  Please note that whilst most of these processes remain the same, some have been adapted due to Coronavirus.  We have social distancing measures in place across all 3 branches for your protection.

Book an Appointment with our Sales Teams

Book a private viewing appointment with our sales teams for when we reopen in December.  We are currently quoting and paying more than usual for any part exchanges against 2021 orders in order to increase our used stock.  If you would like to make an appointment to view a caravan or motorhome, please email the sales teams or fill out the short form below and one of our team will be in touch to confirm:

Contact Swindon:  Email sales@swindoncaravans.com

Contact Oxford:  Email sales@oxfordcaravans.com

Contact Reading:  Email sales@readingcaravans.com

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