it's late October and very warm for the time of year and. I'm here in the leafy Thetford forest Caravan Club site with the brand new Swift Rio 340 this van tries to kind of be a van conversion.
So, much that it's very slim and quite compact just six point three meters long however the really interesting thing is that the rear of the vehicle time to take a look and here is that really special thing there's a cozy lounge in here playing a room for two or up to four people to sit TV bracket and sockets up here, but crucially the whole of the rear of this rio is a large tailgate which opens very easily to let the great dealt outdoors inside you can also use it as a loading hatch you could slide a canoe in here maybe a couple of bikes which is fantastic really makes the whole vehicle very versatile and this man is a 4 berth thanks to the fact that there's a double bed above me this lower is electrically at night while up front there's a dinette area which contains the essential to rear travel seats to make this into a practical 4 berth then in between we have a spacious well-equipped kitchen and a compact washroom with a built-in wet room shower ok it's time to check out the rest of the interior, but before we do that a word of warning. I've had my 99p tape roll in action and there's only approximately 5 foot 8 of headroom beneath this bed. I've already bashed my head twice.
I'm sure. I'll get used to it before the end of the test, but, if your tour is something you really should bear in mind and now we're up front quick word about the base vehicle it's the very latest Fiat Fiat Ducato with enhancements in the cab cupholders somewhere to put your phone outside you get sharper styling and it's fitted with the 130 brake horsepower engine with a six-speed manual gearbox this area here is much the same as many as we would describe euro lounges that is table those crucial forward-facing treble seats in the rear and the 2 swivel seats unlike many of the continental opposition though Swift have supplied a free-standing table rather than a wall hung device to use here great thing is you can actually use this table in the rear lounge as well and also outside you get a two room situation really. So, you can leave this set up, if you want to as a dining or working area and still have the lounge to relax before you go to bed at night and.
So, to the kitchen where the rio trouts is the continental opposition with far better facilities and one of the best is a simple one and large lever works up. I'm just going to have a continental salad this evening, but if. I wanted to.
I could cook a full roast dinner in here and that would be easy also due to the fact that we've got a full cooker separate grill separate oven three gas burners and an electric hot plate to make the best use of your hookup one on site and there's even more because above there's a really nice built in stainless steel microwave the fridge has automatic energy selection and it's a good size while the sink is a really neat GRP number across the aisle the washroom is more ordinary it's quite compact it's got a slim base and swivel bowl to let in an integral shower, but it's quite nice it's white cleaned and there's some decent storage in there as well.