No, not buzz light year i’m afraid. This is more the future of some Caravan designs. This amazing little beast is called a Swift Basecamp, and it’s less of a compact and more of a Tardis. We were looking forward to having a peek around this little beauty, purely because neither myself or my colleague had worked on one.
This 2017 Basecamp was booked in for us to Tourershield. (our paint sealing service) The owner chose to use us, and not his dealer, because of the reports on our work he’d found on CaravanTalk. So we were rather excited to get the pleasure of taking this one on. (sad I know, but we love our jobs) Our customers were new to Caravans, after years with a trailer tent, so this was all new ground to them too. This Swift is built using all the different plastics and fibreglasses commonly known to this industry, including GRP sides, ABS cappings, and plastic bumpers. So protecting this from any premature UV damage is imperative if you want it to hold it’s lustre for a long time.
As most of you know, we are also there to make sure we don’t find any issues that may need attention by the supplying dealer under warranty, on the exterior.
Sadly the Basecamp’s hidden issues didn’t escape our beady eyes.
What you might just about make out on this picture was what we’d refer to as a ‘Sub standard’ repair. Now, we can only speculate who carried out this repair, and as i’ve mentioned many times before, repairs to brand new Caravans and Motorhomes are very common. We don’t have any problems with repairs, providing they are carried out to an expectable high standard, which most are. This one however wasn’t. Not only had the repair been rubbed down with a far too coarse sandpaper as you can see above, but the repairer hadn’t even bothered to machine polish their work to blend it in. After we did what we could to make this look far better, we advised our customer to make their dealer aware of the issue,(incase any future problems arise) but as it was pretty hard to find the damage now, we said it might be less hassle if you just put up with it. This will save the possible disappointment of another poor fix, loosing their caravan for several weeks, and us having to come back and Tourershield any works the dealer carried out. They agreed with our findings and conclusions.
It just goes to show you how vigilant you need to be when inspecting your brand new purchase…