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Caravan Layout: FBEW - Fixed Bed & End Washroom

FBEW - Fixed Bed & End Washroom

2009 Swift Charisma 550


  • Berth: 4
  • Layout: FBEW - Fixed Bed & End Washroom
  • Axle: Single Axle
  • Branch: Northampton

In most caravans there are compromises to be made, be it tiny corner washrooms or high weights. But this desirable layout aims to tick all the boxes. It promises to deliver a fixed bed and end washroom, plus a good-sized lounge, all on a single-axle and light enough for a small 4x4 to tow. It’s a lot to deliver and some manufacturers have done better than others. Swift’s first attempt, the Challenger 570, got everything into the van but weight was an issue. With an MTPLM of 1595kg you need a large 4x4 to pull it. Swift’s second attempt, the Charisma 550, has resolved the weight issue. It is 220mm shorter than the Challenger, which seems to have made all the difference as it has shaved 100kg off the MTPLM. The lounge is comfortable, well-equipped and light. The seats will fit four comfortably so you can invite a couple of friends in for a natter and a coffee or take advantage of the sofas’ length and stretch out and watch a movie. The chest table is the flip-over type and is large enough for two at breakfast and lunch. This is useful because retrieving the dining table is a bit of a hassle because it is stored under the fixed bed rather than in a cupboard. It is an unusual solution, but it saves valuable storage space in the kitchen or washroom. The kitchen is the one area where space has been compromised, but not uncomfortably so. Work surface is limited, though a detachable drainer and fitted chopping board go some way to making the space more practical. That 220mm has been taken from the washroom. It hasn’t greatly affected it though. The only thing that has been lost is the narrow storage cupboard for the dining table. There is still a spacious shower, excellent storage and plenty of room around the basin to get dried and dressed. Compared to rivals, such as the Bailey Pageant Sancerre, it is still the roomier option. Overall, this is one cracking caravan for the money.

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  • Fitted Motor Mover
Caravan Reference Number FC16094
Additional information
  • Alloy Wheels
  • Blown Air Heating
  • Door Flyscreen
  • Heki Rooflight
  • Loose Fitting Carpets
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Stabilised Hitch
  • Stereo
Unladen Weight 1,285kg
Sale Agreed No
Manufacturer Swift
Model Charisma 550
Berth 4
Branch Northampton
Axle Single Axle
Internal Length 18 ft 4in
External Length 23ft 11in
MTPLM 1495
Awning Size 987
Warranty 3 months
Model Year 2009