Sprite Lite 2 caravan 2012 model from Swift
No sooner has the Sprite launch of the 2012 caravan models been announced but another new Sprite caravan range has joined this iconic value for money brand! With tough times for some it seems that as most buyers of large items including caravans, folk want good value for their cash. First time caravanners wanting to buy new but due to car or cash restrictions are in most cases destined to go looking at the used section now have an option.
Sprite caravans as a brand well known for its heritage of value and lightweights, has come up with the three caravan range Sprite-Lite's. We took a look at the first model produced the Sprite Lite 2 to see if cheap just didn’t mean bargain basement.
Based on the 2011 Sprite caravan shell, parent group Swift have been really clever because they have taken this design and then carefully chosen spec to take out. The challenge is to still retain a tourer that’s still perfectly accommodating. Offering basic caravanning to those trading up from tenting, for instance, looks on paper to be a winner. The Sprite Lite 2 caravan has low key graphics, steel wheels, Al-Ko chassis, TV external connector and a battery box and one-piece sides. GRP front panel has a large locker, and with only one gas bottle holder it leaves room for empty water containers etc. So storage at the front is rather good to say the least.
The Lite 2 layout follows the Sprite Alpine 2 with rear end washroom and front dinette with side kitchen. Step inside the new Sprite Lite 2 and one thing is you don’t notice, this is a full blown entry level tourer. Sure the absence of a fitted oven is the first thing you'll observe and a carpet is not fitted, but it all looks well finished and with plenty of roof locker storage too, so first initial impressions are good. Go into the front lounge area you’re treated to a large wrap-around seating arrangement and its this that helps give the Lite 2 such a spacious feel. With no central chest of drawers it opens up the front end enormously. Seat bases use beech slats but access is only from the top. However, the central front seat does have a locker in its base with access flap door.
The seating is really comfortable and supportive, plus bolster cushions are included for the front window seat. Upholstery design and colours give the lounge an airy and modern feel. Lighting is well catered for considering the entry level status of the Sprite Lite 2. Two corner spots and a ceiling light and the designers have also added a central roof vent in the lounge area too. Twin single beds can be made up or you can pull out the slats and make a super large double bed. Roof lockers over the front lounge are broken up by a shelf over the front window, but a couple will find they have more than enough storage in the Lite 2.