The solar panel regulator is also in the overhead cupboard. As reviewed, the Bessacarr 494—including 2 x LED TVs, 2 x 9kg LPG bottles, manual MaxView TV aerial, and a 4.5-metre awning—retails for $139,990. The near side has provision for the second TV point whilst on the offside, a further mains socket and lighting controls – we chose this area as our holiday bar! The upholstered wall panels, one at the head of the bed that serves as the headboard and the other on the rear wall, add character to the bedroom. Only items of the same subtype may be compared. The sweet life: touring the Chelsea Sugar... 2016 MERCEDES-BENZ SPRINTER KEA BREEZE M660, 2020 MERCEDES-BENZ SPRINTER KEA PLATINUM M721, Review: Jayco Conquest Limited Edition 419, Motorhomes, Caravans and Destinations (NZ). The motorhome is powered by the Fiat 2.3 litre MultiJet in 130 bhp form. Open the window and that’s it – no more reaching out to turn the locking mechanism. All Rights Reserved. There is a lot to like about the Bessacarr 494—the island bed, the host of extras that are included in the price, and the quality of the build. However, and unsually, the Fiat computer appears to over estimate the fuel used. Taking advantage of LED light displays and backlit acrylic splash panels, the motorhome designers have elevated the humble kitchen so it almost becomes a piece of modern art. Alde heating, fresh & grey tanks with frost protection and soft close cabinets add to the top end specification for this motorhome. You can't use the rear lights or water pump when the engine is running - This is to meet UK Caravan Council certification and not something the continentals bother with! While the Swift Group stopped the manufacture of Bessacarr caravans in 2006, the motorhomes continue to feature in the Swift Group line-up. motorhome accessories || Motorhome Directory || Motorhome Habitation Service || Caravan Accessories || BMW Forum, [ Script generation time: 0.1207s (PHP: 54% - SQL: 46%) ] - [ SQL queries: 26 ] - [ Debug off ]. On a sunny mid-August day, I visited the Iconic Motorhome depot near the Auckland Airport and met salesman David Koppes to review a Bessacarr 494 motorhome. A lot of care has been taken to get these things just right. While the Swift Group stopped the manufacture of Bessacarr caravans in 2006, the motorhomes continue to feature in the Swift Group line-up. There are lots of storage opportunities here—above (overhead lockers), beside (hanging lockers, drawers, and shelves) and under the bed (shelves), so finding places for your clothes and personal possessions should be easy. MORE. Moving towards the rear, the Bessie offers a separate shower with lighting. "It's an uncharted sea, it's an unopened door, but you've got to reach out and you've got to explore", Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Bus motorhome conversion – interior lighting. Reg 2.10.2014. It looks almost as if the side locker is made to measure for levelling chocks! It also forms the bed base when the dinette is converted to a double bed. Also, the heater system is safe to use while travelling, and to be safe, it’s fitted with the Truma ‘Crash sensing Mono’ regulator that switches the heater off should the motorhome be involved in an accident. Do you have a Bessacarr E410 motorhome to sell? So it's the updated model from that first introduced. I puzzled over where the name came from and after a bit of research found out that in 1947, Albert Skepper, a builder and joiner in the small South Yorkshire town of Rotherham, decided to expand his expertise and began building caravans. Even with this low mileage ‘van, we acheived 36 mpg over a 297 mile stretch, with the average over 2500 miles coming in at 31.9 mpg. Under their ownership, Bessacarr became the brand name and Bessacarr Caravans flourished. For more information, contact the Iconic Motorhomes sales team at either Auckland on (09) 275 3306 or Christchurch on (03) 366 4364 or visit iconicmotorhomes.com. Swift has paid attention to detail on this Bessacarr—a stylish black front grille, white bumper and the bezels over the headlights, gloss white mirror covers, and a 4.5-metre awning. Overall, we have not had any problems with this motorhome and it suits our needs well. Our run to Italy features motorway, cross country, inter urban and mountain pass routes. The on-road price includes GST and upgrades needed to meet self-containment. A heating radiator, part of the Alde central heating system, is wall-mounted beside the toilet. We store dirty items such as the chocks and hook up lead on the bottom shelf, with the top shelf reserved for fresh water filling gear. The layout suits us immensely and after 8 months of ownership there is very little we would change. He called one his early models Bessacarr after the name of a nearby village. On the roof, out of sight is a Maxview manual satellite TV aerial. Overall we are very pleased and for two people we have space without falling over each other and plenty of luxury. The fresh and waste tanks each have to push button control for easy, remote emptying. The centrepiece in the bedroom is a queen-sized east-west island bed fitted with a Duvalay Duvalite mattress featuring lightweight memory fibre technology, exclusive to Smart Group motorhomes. When not required, the table can be easily removed and stored. There’s a ring on the wall to hang a hand towel but no rails to hang bath towels. Kontiki owners may wish to read our review of our 2015 Black Edition – click here. We use a 40 litre water hog for this purpose – the same sort of thing caravanners use. Both front seats swivel to create a cosy lounge. Within a few short months, Swift was marketing Bessacarrr caravans as their premium brand, and in 1997, Bessacarrr motorhomes were launched into the market. With the optional twin settee lounge layout (now sold out), the Bessacarr 494 needs only a WOF. The factory fits Thule bike rack mounts so it’s easy to retrofit a bike rack should the owner have a bike to carry. In dinette form, the motorhome has a total of four belted travelling seats. A cutlery drawer is contained within the under counter cupboard. Reg 2.10.2014. Our van is an 08 plated E560, it was the 07/08 model year Bessacarr. The interior decor is quiet and restful, leaving plenty of scope for each owner to inject as much or as little colour as they wish. A ceiling hatch above and window at the foot of the bed provides adequate ventilation. The creme de la creme of this 8.11 metre long motorhome is the rear sleeping quarters. This fridge is the slimline version, measuring 462 mm across, yet offers generous food storage inside. +MORE, Lisa Jansen discovers there is a lot to do and see in this small village on Auckland’s west coast+MORE, There's a lot to like about the Bessacarr 494 with it's convenient island bed, well-equipped kitchen and well-executed bathroom. Dometic also provide the fridge in the form of the new “9” series with removable freezer box. It’s good to see the LPG bottle locker located just behind the cab door kerbside and close to the ground, so full bottles don’t have to be lifted so high. Additionally, below the fridge, another good size storage place – we have named this the “shoe box” – as numerous pairs of shoes and flip flops live here! With a high spec’, amazing fuel economy and a bed to match many a five star hotel, it’s not difficult to see why. The Swift Bessacarr 599 is a low line motorhome from UK manufacturer “The Swift Group”. The stove features a tight fitting lid. A LowProfile motorhome based on a Fiat chassis. Learn how your comment data is processed. Economy wise, it is a vast improvement over our "old" 2.8 Fiat, same driving now gives us almost 27mpg average when the old van did 22 at best! Consequently, after allowing for the round corners at the foot of the bed, this bed is still a good size and very comfortable. Is there any reason you moved away from Tag Axles? These are electronically opened and closed from inside the motorhome. The window curtains are full-width, not just a narrow decorative side strip, and all windows are double-glazed and fitted with insect screens and concertina blinds. At the foot of the bed, a floor mounted cupboard at each side of the bed. Bessacarr has added contrasting smoked oak inserts and silver trim to brighten the overhead locker doors and left the rest to the incoming owner. Tolls / Length etc? The forward located TV point has connections for both RF and satellite receivers. The supplied carpets are poor quality and look shabby quickly (Swift have upgraded them on the latest model) We have very few complaints with this van. When we changed to a motorhome we bought a Swift Bolero, partly based on our caravan experience. Exterior windows are from the Dometic family and cleverly feature a “self holding” position when open. Overhead, a mini heki for ventilation. If it’s ‘tea for two’ time, the dinette can be used without turning the cab seats to face the table, but including the cab seats creates a friendly space with seating for six. Keep up to date with news by signing up to nzmcd.co.nz's free newsletter or by liking us on Facebook. Above, a 12 volt fan operates on a pull-push system – it can draw fresh air in or be used to extract stale air. Copyright © 2020 MCD Media Limited. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. It has an LCD control panel, so hot water can be programmed to be available when you want it. The main table is massive, heavy and too low when its up and with the hinged section it makes it a bit clunky and so we rarely use it. Bessacarr E560 Below is an independant and unbiased review of a Bessacarr E560. The circulation pump has five-speed settings, so together with the 1kW, 2kW, and 3kW heat adjustment options, achieving your perfect room temperature is a breeze. 2014 Bessacarr 442 motorhome review: Bessie on a budget Published in Motorhome Reviews on 11/10/2013 - 4 Comments Yes, you, too, could be the proud owner of a Bessacarr… this is the 442 and, as well as being a brand new model for 2014, it represents quite a … Two wardrobes offer illuminated hanging space, whilst two high level cupboards add to the storage. It has a fixed lengthways double bed at the rear, with the bathroom alongside, L shaped kitchen in the middle with massive fridge freezer opposite and then two sofas at the front, one each side of the van. It’s a logical layout that should work well. The toilet/washroom has plentiful lighting, low and high level cupboards and shelving. We don't suffer from scuttlegate, this van was all sorted before we got it, but we do suffer some judder in reverse and sometimes in 1st gear, but to be honest it doesn't trouble us that much. ! Two passengers can be seated in the forward-facing dinette seats as both are fitted with seat belts. We have the optional air conditioning and cruise control fitted which forms part of the “Lux pack”. 2003 Bessacarr E415 . The Bessacarr 494, as reviewed, can be driven on a Class 1 (car) licence but needs a COF. Drive wise the Fiat chassis (2.3) is very powerful and the controls are very light, only thing is that perhaps the steering is too light. A Coachbuilt motorhome based on a Fiat chassis. All things change, and in 1996, Bessacarr Caravans was sold to the Swift Group. The rear locker is approximately 90 centimeters wide and is of course, the width of the motorhome. The low line front features a large opening vent – this floods the van with daylight giving the cab area a bright and cheerful feel. The foldaway side table works but needed some modification to be more usable, but really its a bit fiddly. A half garage at the rear is accessed from both sides, whilst an external panier locker and side locker complete the provision. And it’s not just a table. Manual gearbox and Right-hand Drive with 2,209 miles. The Bessie has an external 12 volt socket to allow connection of a pump to aid filling the fresh water tank.
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