Frequently Asked Questions

The Swift Group believes that every customer has a right to expect good service each and every time contact is made with us. To help ensure that this happens we have agreed a set of service standards with our dealer networks that governs the way they do business with you, the customer.

These standards apply to both the sales and after sales experience and we actively monitor their delivery. These service standards are intended to provide a consistent, professionally handled response whenever you are in contact with anyone who represents the Swift Group.

Customer Services

Who can service my caravan or motorhome?

Any Swift Group Dealer, Swift Approved Service Centre or NCC Approved Engineer can carry out your service. Should Swift specific parts be required or a warranty related issue arises all orders and claims must be placed through a Swift Group Dealer or Authorised Repairer.

How does my warranty work?

Swift Group are unable to authorise claims directly from customers, instead a warranty claim must be placed through a Swift Group Dealer or Park Operator and submitted to us. We will assess the claim and if authorised send the part to the repairer. It is possible to extend the warranty of your product through most dealers, this is independent of The Swift Group and is sold as an insurance based policy. For full warranty details look in the Owners’ Handbook.

Who can carry out warranty work?

Only a Swift Group Dealer or Authorised Repairer can complete warranty work. It is however at the discretion of each individual dealership if they choose to complete warranty work on vehicles not supplied by them.

How do I register as a new owner?

There is a section at the back of the handbook that you can complete and return to the Swift Group to update new owner details.

Where do I find my serial number/chassis number?

In order for us to correctly identify your vehicle, the parts contained within and the history, we require the vehicles chassis number or VIN. For Caravans, the chassis number can be found under the A Frame cover, stamped onto the chassis itself. The chassis number can also be, etched on all caravan windows from 1992 onwards.

For Motorhomes, the VIN can be found on the front windscreen and on the plate of the front cross member within the engine compartment and on the Swift manufacturers plate situated on the front bulkhead.

For Holiday Homes, the VIN can be found on the front chassis cross member and also on the Swift manufacturers plate situated on the lower corner of the rear panel.

In all cases, your chassis or VIN will also be recorded on the documentation received when you purchased the vehicle.

Where can I obtain parts for my caravan or motorhome?

All Swift Group Dealers and Swift Authorised repairers have 24/7 access to our online catalogue of parts and will be able to provide you with price and availability. We do not offer a retail service from the factory, all parts must be ordered through a dealer or Authorised Repairer.

What is the telephone number for Swift Customer Services?

We have a team dedicated to assisting customers. Our hours of work are Monday to Thursday 9am to 5pm and Friday 9am to 2pm. The number to contact is 01482 875740. Please ensure you have your serial number before calling as this will be required to assist you. Alternatively you can e-mail enquiries@swiftleisure.co.uk or complete the contact us form.

How do I contact my dealer?

Use our Dealer Search and contact them directly with your specific query.

How do I obtain a handbook?

Handbooks for caravans, motorhomes and holiday-homes, (including archives) are available here to download and print if required.

Where can I obtain a brochure?

These are available here to download alternatively you can request a brochure to be sent to you via post.

How do I update my service history?

If your service has been completed by a dealer or Authorised Repairer they should record this via our business to business website which they have access to 24/7. However, you can send in a copy of your service invoice and damp record to us directly to update.

What if I have a query about my appliances?

Many of our Swift Approved Suppliers manage their own technical and warranty queries. Find their contact details here and they can help you directly.

What if my insurer use a dealer or repairer not authorised by Swift?

The Swift Group are aware that insurance related repairs may be placed with the insurers repairer, who may not be an authorised Swift Dealer or Repairer. In this case, the repairer will need to order any required parts through a Swift Group Dealer or Authorised Repairer and customers are reminded this extra process may lead to delays.

Sales Enquiries

I would like a unique modification or non-specific item fitted to my vehicle

The Swift Group are a volume manufacturer, and therefore, we are unable to cater for one-off requests for specification changes. However, your dealer maybe able to modify the vehicle for you, and so, this question should be asked of them.

I have been quoted a long lead time for my product, why is this?

As a volume manufacturer, we build in batches of vehicles, which are scheduled in advance. Each dealer is aware of our build schedule, and therefore, the quoted lead time is generally accurate.

Where can I find my nearest Swift Group Dealer?

A full list of our dealer network can be found on our here.

Caravan Parts

Where can I get spare parts for my caravan?

The network of Swift Group dealers will be able to source most parts you require for your vehicle.

How many years will spare parts be available for my caravan?

The Swift Group will endeavour to supply spare parts for vehicles, for 8 years from the time of production.

What if the parts are no longer available?

Where the original part is no longer available, Swift will try to advise an alternative system.

Can I modify my caravan and use non-standard parts?

Please be aware that any issues, resulting directly or indirectly from a modification of fitment of a non-standard part, even via an approved Swift Group dealer, will not be covered by The Swift Group warranty.

There has been a delay in receiving parts, who can help me?

Your Swift Group dealer has access to an online ordering system, which gives estimated delivery dates for all parts ordered. If the dealer requires further assistance, the parts team will be happy to help your dealer. We do not advise customers to contact the Swift Group to chase parts, as you will not have the specific information required to trace the order.

How does the parts system operate?

All of our Swift Group Dealers have access to our online catalogue, which includes photographs and drawings, to assist our dealers in the identification of parts. The dealers also have access to check the progress of their orders.

Caravan Warranties

Does my caravan have a warranty?

All Swift Group caravans have a 6 year body shell integrity warranty and a 3 year Supersure manufacturer’s warranty. In additional to this all 2012 onward caravans come with an extended 10 year body shell warranty from the original date of purchase. This policy is dependant upon complying with terms and conditions of the policy, particularly, the regular annual servicing of the product. For full details click the warranty menu option or look in the owners’ Service & Warranty Handbook.

Does the caravan need to be serviced every year?

In order to protect your investment and to maintain the warranty policy, you must have your caravan serviced annually. We strongly recommend that you continue to have your caravan professionally serviced, even after the warranty has expired.

I am having trouble booking my caravan for its service, in line with the requirements, what timescale is acceptable?

For each annual service, we state that the van must be serviced within the generous time window of 90 days before each anniversary of the original date of purchase, and 60 days after. For the Supersure Warranty the third service must be completed by the third anniversary of the date of purchase and for the body shell body shell integrity guarantee by the sixth anniversary of the date of purchase.

Who can service my caravan?

We would always recommend that the product is serviced by a recognised and approved Swift Group Dealer, or Authorised Repairer. However, we will accept services completed by an NCC approved dealership.

Who can carry out warranty work on my caravan?

Your warranty policy stands with your supplying dealer, and they are obligated to carry out any warranty work. However the Swift Group will authorise any Swift Group Dealer or Swift Approved Repair Centre to carry out the work. It is at the discretion of the individual dealer, whether they take on any additional customers.

Can I extend the warranty of my caravan?

Yes, the warranty can be extended, most dealers offer comprehensive packages. This is however, independent of the Swift Group and is sold as an insurance based policy.

Is the warranty transferable, to new owners?

The benefit of the 3 year Supersure and 6 year Body Shell warranties may be transferred to a new owner if the caravan is re-sold, providing the terms and conditions have been adhered to, particularly the annual servicing. The benefit of the Extended Body Shell warranty for 2012 onward caravans is non transferrable to new owners and applies to the original registered keeper of the caravan. Further details are available from Swift Group.

Caravan Assistance

I have a problem with my caravan, who can help me?

We would always recommend that you contact your supplying dealer, or if this is not convenient, your local Swift Group Dealer, or Swift Approved Repair Centre, so that an inspection can take place, and the necessary course of action agreed.

I am unhappy with the service I have received from my dealer, where do I go from here?

We would recommend that you write to your dealer, copying the letter to the Swift Customer Care Team, quoting the serial number of your caravan, or build number of your motorhome, requesting a response explaining how they will resolve your complaint.

I require technical information, who can help me?

The majority of information you require is available through your Swift Group Dealer. Should you need to contact Swift Customer Care, please quote your serial number of your caravan, along with your post code and full name. The Customer Care Team will then normally respond to your enquiry within 5 working days.

Motorhome Parts

Where can I get spare parts for my motorhome?

The network of Swift Group dealers will be able to source most parts you require for your vehicle.

How many years will spare parts be available for my motorhome?

The Swift Group will endeavour to supply spare parts for vehicles, for 8 years from the time of production.

What if the parts are no longer available?

Where the original part is no longer available, Swift will try to advise an alternative system.

Can I modify my motorhome and use non-standard parts?

Please be aware that any issues, resulting directly or indirectly from a modification of fitment of a non-standard part, even via an approved Swift Group dealer, will not be covered by The Swift Group warranty.

There has been a delay in receiving parts, who can help me?

Your Swift Group dealer has access to an online ordering system, which gives estimated delivery dates for all parts ordered. If the dealer requires further assistance, the parts team will be happy to help your dealer. We do not advise customers to contact the Swift Group to chase parts, as you will not have the specific information required to trace the order.

How does the parts system operate?

All of our Swift Group Dealers have access to our online catalogue, which includes photographs and drawings, to assist our dealers in the identification of parts. The dealers also have access to check the progress of their orders.

Motorhome Warranties

Does my motorhome have a warranty?

All Swift Group motorhomes have a 3 year body shell integrity warranty and a 3 year Supersure manufacturer’s warranty. In addition to this all 2012 onward coachbuilt motorhomes (excludes van conversions) come with an extended 10 year body shell warranty from the original date of purchase.

Full details are supplied in the owners' Service & Warranty Handbook. This policy is dependent upon complying with the terms and conditions of the policy, particularly, the regular annual servicing of the product. For full details click the warranty menu option or look in the owners’ Service & Warranty Handbook.

The Fiat or Peugeot element of the motorhome, has an independent warranty, and any questions regarding this, should be directed to Fiat or Peugeot.

Does the motorhome need to be serviced every year?

In order to protect your investment and to maintain the warranty policy, you must have your motorhome serviced annually. We strongly recommend that you continue to have your motorhome professionally serviced, even after the warranty has expired.

I am having trouble booking my motorhome for its service, in line with the requirements, what timescale is acceptable?

For the first service, we state that the van is serviced within the generous time window of 90 days before the anniversary of the date of purchase, and 60 days after. The third service must be completed by the third anniversary of the date of purchase.

Who can service my motorhome?

We would always recommend that the product is serviced by a recognised and approved Swift Group Dealer, or Swift Approved Repair Centre. However, we will accept services completed by an NCC approved dealership.

Who can carry out warranty work on Your warranty policy stands with your supplying dealer, and they are obligated to carry out any warranty work?

Your warranty policy stands with your supplying dealer, and they are obligated to carry out any warranty work. However the Swift Group will authorise any Swift Group Dealer or Swift Approved Repair Centre to carry out the work. It is at the discretion of the individual dealer, whether they take on any additional customers.

Is the warranty transferable, to new owners?

For van conversions and pre 2012 coachbuilt motorhomes the benefit of the 3 year Supersure and 3 year Body Shell warranties may be transferred to a new owner if the motorhome is re-sold, providing the terms and conditions have been adhered to, particularly the annual servicing.

The warranty can be transferred to new owners, in 2 ways. You can either contact the Swift Group, quoting the build number of the motorhome. Alternatively, your Swift Group Dealer can update the files, via the online aftersales system. In order for the warranty to be transferred, the terms and conditions must be adhered to, particularly the annual servicing.

The benefit of the Extended 10 Year Body Shell warranty for 2012 onward coachbuilt models is transferrable up to 6 years with the additional 4 years being non transferrable to new owners and applicable to the original registered keeper of the vehicle only. Further details are available from Swift Group.

Can I extend the warranty of my motorhome?

Yes, the warranty can be extended, most dealers offer comprehensive packages. This is however, independent of the Swift Group and is sold as an insurance based policy.

Motorhome Assistance

I have a problem with my motorhome, who can help me?

We would always recommend that you contact your supplying dealer, or if this is not convenient, your local Swift Group Dealer, or Swift Approved Repair Centre, so that an inspection can take place, and the necessary course of action agreed.

I am unhappy with the service I have received from my dealer, where do I go from here?

We would recommend that you write to your dealer, copying the letter to the Swift Customer Care Team, quoting the serial number of your caravan, or build number of your motorhome, requesting a response explaining how they will resolve your complaint.

I require technical information, who can help me?

The majority of information you require is available through your Swift Group Dealer. Should you need to contact Swift Customer Care, please quote the build number of your motorhome, along with your post code and full name. The Customer Care Team will then normally respond to your enquiry within 5 working days.

Holiday Home Parts

Where can I obtain parts for my holiday home?

The network of Swift Group Dealers and Park Operators will be able to source most parts you require for your holiday home. We would advise you to return to your selling agent to obtain any spare parts you may need.

How many years will spare parts be available for my holiday home?

The Swift Group will endeavour to supply spare parts for holiday homes for eight years from the time of production.

What if the parts are no longer available?

Where the original part is no longer available, Swift will try to advise an alternative part.

Can I modify my holiday home and use non-standard parts?

Please be aware that any issues, resulting directly or indirectly from a modification of fitment of a non-standard part, even via an approved Swift Group dealer, will not be covered by The Swift Group warranty.

There has been a delay in receiving parts, who can help me?

Your Swift Group Dealers/Park Operators have access to an online ordering system, which gives estimated delivery dates for all parts ordered. If the dealer or park operator requires further assistance, the dealer support team will be happy to help your dealer/park operator. We do not advise customers to contact the Swift Group to chase parts as you will not have the specific information required to trace the order.

Holiday Home Warranties

Does my holiday home have a warranty?

All Swift Group holiday homes have a one-year manufacturer’s warranty. This policy is dependant upon complying with the terms and conditions of the policy. Full details are supplied in the owners’ warranty handbook.

Who can carry out warranty work on my holiday home?

Your warranty policy stands with your supplying dealer/park operator and they are obliged to carry out any warranty work on your holiday home.

Can I extend the warranty of my holiday home?

Yes, the warranty can be extended, most dealers and park operators offer comprehensive packages. This is however independent of the Swift Group and is sold as an insurance based policy.

Holiday Home Assistance

I have a problem with my holiday home, who can help me?

We would always recommend that you contact your supplying dealer/park operator so that an inspection can take place, and the necessary course of action agreed.

I am unhappy with the service I have received from my dealer/park operator, where do I go from here?

We would recommend that you write to your dealer/park operator, copying the letter to the Swift customer care team, quoting the serial number of your holiday home and requesting a response explaining how they will resolve your complaint.

Technical: Awnings

What awning size is required for my caravan?

The technical book, supplied with your caravan, indicates the A/A dimension for your awning. However, due to the varying awning designs and sizes the awning sizes given are approximate only. Specific awning sizes must be confirmed by your dealer or the awning manufacturer prior to purchase

Technical: Modifications

I wish to purchase and fit an after-market accessory for my product (i.e. solar panel, motor mover, satellite dish, alarm, etc.), can you advise on which device I should purchase?

The Swift Group are aware of the well known accessories available for fitment onto our products, and we try to cater for as many products as possible. However, due to the shear number of units available we do not test and approve every product, and therefore, are not able to comment on whether the device is suitable for use on our products. We suggest that your question be directed to either the installer or manufacturer of the after-market accessory.

I wish to re-paint part of my vehicle, or match another product to the existing colour. Can you please advise of my paint colour or colour code?

Please see the table below for a list of current paint codes:

Model Base Vehicle Colour Fiat Reference Peugeot Reference
Swift/Autocruise Coachbuilt Ducato/Boxer White Fiat 249 P0WP
Swift Panel Van Ducato/Boxer Silver Fiat 611 M0ZR
Autocruise Panel Van Ducato/Boxer Iron Grey (Peugeot)   M0ZW
Slate Grey (Fiat) Fiat 691  
Escape Ducato/Boxer Blue Fiat 455  
Autocruise Pulse Scudo/Expert Silver Fiat 685 M0ZR

Can I fit a cycle rack to the rear of my vehicle?

The Swift Group allows the fitment of cycle racks to our caravans and Motorhomes, and we have made provision for fixing blocks for this purpose. Due to the complex nature of a cycle rack, the different models available and the need to break into the habitation box (therefore, having a potential of a leak), we suggest this modification only be carried out by a competent person, ideally, a Swift Group dealer or Authorised Repairer. Please be aware, a cycle rack cannot be fitted onto a model, where there is a rear escape window and that the affect on the nose weight must be considered.

Technical: Parts

How long do parts take to arrive?

The Swift Group quote a maximum of 6 weeks for a spare part to be sent to your dealer, and we are constantly trying to improve this lead time. The actual lead time depends on a number of factors: The manufacturer of the part, the location of the part and whether we hold any stock of the part. A current season part, in stock will be delivered to your dealer in a matter of weeks, whereas a specially order 1-off part may take slightly longer. Please be aware that dealers may not order the part against your specific chassis number, so if you are contacting us with a request for a lead time, please obtain the order number from your dealer, and quote this number when contacting us. We are not able to send parts to anyone other than the Swift Group Dealer or authorised repairer.

Technical: Refrigeration

My Thetford fridge is displaying an error on the LCD. What does this code mean?

Please see the table below for a list error codes:

Fault 1: AC heater current is measured to be 75% below nominal current.

Action: Contact your dealer or a Thetford service Centre.

Fault 2: DC heater current is measured to be 75% below nominal current.

Action: Contact your dealer or a Thetford Service Centre.

Fault 3: AC heater is ON when it should be OFF.

Action: Contact your dealer or a Thetford Service Centre

Fault 4: DC heater is ON when it should be OFF.

Action: Contact your dealer or a Thetford Service Centre

Fault 5: Senses flame when gas should be OFF.

Action: Contact your dealer or a Thetford Service Centre.

Fault 6: Senses gas output terminal ON when should be OFF.

Action: Contact your dealer or a Thetford Service Centre.

Fault 7: Senses gas output terminal OFF when should be ON

Action: Contact your dealer or a Thetford Service Centre.

Fault 8: AC mains supply is 20% below nominal

Action: Your controls are in manual AC mode, but there is no power available. Check if you plugged in the 230V connection, if so the voltage supply on the 230V connection is too low, contact the power supplier.

Fault 9: Gas lockout because flame fails to ignite after 30 seconds.

Action: Your controls are in manual gas mode, but the flame fails to ignite. Check if your gas cylinder is empty or if one of the shut off valves is in gas mode until flame ignites. Contact your dealer or a Thetford Service Centre if the problem is not resolved.

Fault 10: No 'engine running' signal is present and control is in AUTO mode.

Action: Your controls are in manual DC mode and the engine of your vehicle is not running. The refrigerator can only cool on 12V when the engine of your car is running. Start the engine or select a different energy mode.

Fault 11: No energy source is available and control is in the AUTO mode.

Action: Your controls are in the AUTO mode, but no energy source is available. Start the engine, connect the 230V supply or open the gas supply and reset the refrigerator by turning it off and on again.

Fault 12: Thermistor fails: control automatically switches to Backup mode (BOS)

Action: Check if the connector above the fin on the inside of the cabinet is correctly plugged in. If so contact your dealer or a Thetford Service Centre.

Fault 13: Display Board and Power board lost communication with each other.

Action: Contact your dealer or a Thetford Service Centre.

Technical: Solar Panel

How Does My Solar Panel Function?

Depending on specification, your tourer may be fitted with a 20w solar panel and regulator.This solar panel and regulator will provide additional 12v power whenever sunlight is available to the panel. This will be directed to the leisure battery whether the control panel is ON or OFF, and regardless of the position of the SYSTEM SHUTDOWN button.The solar panel can be used to:

  • Extend the amount of time, when the tourer is in storage, between required re-charges of the leisure battery. (i.e. between re-charges using an electrical hook up / the on board charger)
  • Extend the amount of time, when rallying before the leisure battery is depleted.
  • Provide a trickle charge to the leisure battery when no other electrical systems are in use.

The use of the solar panel does not enable the use of any 230v appliances or systems it only supplies a 12V feed.

The amount of power available from the panel is a maximum of 1.17amps at 12 volts. This figure assumes the panel is in direct sunlight in perfect conditions, and is a much lower figure than that which is available from the on-board battery charger (approx. 25amps) - as a result, the best way to charge a leisure battery remains to be use of the on board charger via a main hook up connection. Aside from low light levels, there are various factors which can reduce the amount of power available from the panel:

  • The direction of the sunlight available to the panel. The performance will be highest when the sunlight is from directly overhead. When the sun is low in the sky, a lower output can be expected. Direct sunlight will provide better performance than bright cloud.
  • Objects overhead or to the side of the tourer (such as branches or tall buildings) may place the panel in shadow and reduce performance.
  • Debris on the surface of the panel will filter sunlight and so restrict available power.

Please consider the above factors when positioning the tourer, particularly for storage, and where practical and safe please consider cleaning the surface of the panel as part of the cleaning routine for your tourer.It is possible to fit additional solar panels, which will increase the amount of power directed to the leisure battery when sunlight is available, and there is an electrical connection underneath your existing panel which will simplify the fitting of additional panels. Your dealer will be able to advise further, in terms of the physical sizes of panels which are available to fit on the roof of your tourer, and whether this will require a change of regulator / any further changes to wiring.

Technical: Tyres and Towing

What is the correct tyre pressure for my vehicle?

The tyre pressures, for your vehicle, can be found in multiple locations. With the Technical Book, supplied with your vehicle, you will find your quoted tyre pressure at the MTPLM. The tyre pressures can also be found on the weight plate, next to the habitation door (caravans) and in the Fiat / Peugot / ALKO handbook (Motorhomes).Adjustments to the tyre pressures can be made, if the vehicle is not fully loaded to the MTPLM.

How do I check if my caravan stability issues are related to my tow car?

The most common issue related instability of a caravan while being towed is an incorrect nose weight for the outfit or the incorrect position of the vehicle towball.On the assumption the vehicle nose weight is correct for the outfit, the vehicle towball height should be checked. The correct height of your vehicle towball is 350mm – 420mm vertical height from the ground, with the vehicle loaded, but without the caravan attached.

Technical: Water System

I am experiencing issues with my water system. Do you have a fault finding guide?

Pump will not start, when a tap is opened:

  • Check fuse(s).
  • Check power source(s), and ensure there is sufficient voltage to run the pump.
  • Using a multi-meter, ensure there is power at the pump. If not, refer to your dealer as there maybe damaged cabling or a fault with the fusebox.
  • Is the pump hot? If so, allow to cool before retrying.
  • Has the vehicle been stored over winter? Was it correctly winterised? If no, the pump may have frozen, causing permanent damage.
  • The pressure switch may need adjusting.

Pump runs, but will not pressurise system (i.e. no or little water being discharged from taps) – Not Pulsing:

  • Ensure water in source is present (onboard tank or aqua roll).
  • Check in-line filter is free from debris and correctly fitted.
  • Ensure water system has been primed correctly, as per the handbook, and there are no air-locks present.
  • Ensure there are no water leaks on the outboard side of the pump (high pressure side).
  • Ensure there are no restrictions in the plumbing.
  • Using a multi-meter, ensure there is power at the pump. If not, refer to your dealer as there maybe damaged cabling or a fault with the fusebox.
  • Ensure the inlet side of the pump (including Truma inlet and in-line filter) are watertight and no allowing air into the system.
  • Ensure the pump has good voltage.

Pump continues to run (for more than 5 seconds) after taps are closed or pump turns on for no reason:

  • Check for leaks on the high pressure side of the pump.
  • Ensure water system has been primed correctly, as per the handbook, and there are no air-locks present.
  • Ensure the pump is securely mounted.
  • Ensure the piping on the high pressure side of the pump is in good condition (not blowing or deforming)
  • The pressure switch may need adjusting. See Section 7 for information on how to do this.

Noisy or rough operation:

  • Check for leaks on the high pressure and low pressure side of the pump.
  • Ensure that all pipes (especially those with 150mm of the pump) are not touching any furniture.
  • Ensure the pump is securely mounted.
  • Add additional rubber feet to the pump (if built before October 2008), available under part number 1086640.

Pump rapidly cycles (switches on or off) or water pulses from taps, including temperature pulsing:

  • Check for leaks on the high pressure and low pressure side of the pump.
  • Ensure there are no restrictions in the plumbing.
  • The pressure switch may need adjusting. See Section 7 for information on how to do this.
  • If water temperature only pulses from shower head, consider fitting a trigger shower head (available under 1086483).
  • If the pump pulses, and a Truma Flo-Jet is fitted, consider fitting a surge damper (available under part numbers : 1088201 - Surge Damper, 1088202 - Bracket, 1010411 - T Piece adaptor).

Pressure switch adjustment (Shur-Flo):

Pressure Switch Adjustment, Shure-Flo pump (Normally Grey upper section with Black lower section/valve housing)

Pressure switch adjusting screwA pressure adjusting screw is present at the plumbing end of the pump. This pzi head screw should be turned clockwise to increase the pressure at which the pressure switch cuts power to the pump, turning the screw anti-clockwise will reduce the pressure at which the switch cuts power to the pump.The pump would have left the factory pre-set at either 20psi or 30 psi depending upon the age of the vehicle - Older vehicles without an accumulator were set at the lower pressure setting. 30psi equates to turning the adjuster screw fully clockwise, slowly, until resistance is felt. (Turning the screw past this point may damage the pump).

Operating pressure adjustment, Shure-Flo accumulator

Accumulator pressure adjusting valveAn accumulator is fitted with some Shure-Flo pumo installations. The Truma/Flo-Jet pump has an internal valving arrangement which works in the same way as an accumulator.The pressure within the accumulator, if fitted, can be set via the connection on the end of the accumulator. This valve is as per an automotive tyre valve, and so can be checked and adjusted using automotive gauges and pumps. The pressure required within the accumulator relates to the pressure setting of the pump - when a Shure-Flo accumulator is factory fitted, it will be fitted with a Shure-Flo pump set at 30psi, requiring an accumulator pressure set at a manufacturer recommended 20psi.

Pressure switch adjustment (Flo-Jet):

Pressure Switch Adjustment, Truma/Flo-Jet pump. (Normally Grey upper section with White lower section/valve housing)

All of the Truma/Flo-Jet pumps used by Swift are pre-set at 20psi + / -2psi.To further adjust the pressure switch setting, a cover cap must be first be removed from the end of the pump to reveal a pressure adjusting screw, as shown in the photos. A maximum of 1/4 turn clockwise or anti-clockwise, from the factory setting, is advised.

Turning the screw clockwise 1/4 turn will increase the pressure switch cut-out pressure, turning the screw anti-clockwise will reduce the pressure setting.Please note a second screw mounted below the cover cap is set in position with threadlock, this should not be disturbed.

Technical: Weight

Can I upgrade the weight plate of my motorhome, to carry more payload?

The Swift Group cannot supply an upgraded weight plate, as the gross vehicle weight is set by the base vehicle manufacturer. The base vehicle has been tested and homologated to the declared weight.

Can I upgrade the weight plate of my caravan, to carry more payload?

The standard/declared MTPLM quoted in the specification handbook and on new caravan weight plates maybe of lower value than the maximum possible.If extra user payload is required, an upgrade maybe available (model dependant), this must be requested via your dealer.If required you will be issued with the following:

  • New weight plate giving upgrade weight detail.
  • New NCC Certificate (declaring the upgraded MTPLM).
  • Manufacturers letter confirming the upgrade for that Vehicle Identification Number.

What is the nose weight of my caravan?

The nose weight is defined as the static mass of the caravan supported by the towing device on the rear of the towing vehicle, when the caravan is on level ground and the hitch is 430mm +/-30mm from the ground.The variety and choice of models and layouts available can lead to different weight distribution issues and storage possibilities for customers, this can be confusing when it comes to loading the caravan to achieve the ideal nose weight. We design each model to ensure that our customers can achieve the optimal laden nose weight for towing stability.One of the key factors affecting stability is the nose weight, too low a nose weight and the outfit will be unstable, too heavy and you may exceed the technical limitations (which is 100kg on the chassis, but may be lower on the tow car), the best advise therefore is to have the laden nose weight as high as technically possible or practical for the outfit, taking into the account the towing vehicle and caravan nose weight limits.

Technical: Winterisation

How do I winterise my caravan or Motorhome?

We would like to remind our customers how to prepare their Caravan or Motorhome for storage during the winter months to prevent Frost damage from occurring.

Servicing

  • Arrange (in advance) the yearly service and habitation check, if the caravan's next service is due while the vehicle is stored.

Plumbing

  • Open all tank drain valves to drain onboard and external tanks, and leave open.
  • Open the safety drain valve (yellow handle) next to water heater, and leave open.
  • Fully open all the taps and shower mixer, move mixer position to the middle, and leave all taps in the open position.
  • Unscrew the shower head and shower hose, shake out remaining water and allow water to drain. It is advised to leave the shower head and hose disconnected.
  • Run pump for a short time, until all water is expelled.
  • Disconnect the inlet pipe to the onboard water pump, mesh filter and outlet pipe, and re-run the pump for a short time, to ensure all the water is removed. Leave the system disconnected during storage.
  • Fit the cowl cover to the Truma Ultrastore.
  • Clean waste pipes and tanks using a sterilising fluid.

Electrical

If vehicle is being stored while connected to 230v Mains Hook-up:

  • Ensure that the leisure battery is connected and the 20A local fuse(s) is connected.
  • The isolator switch on PSU (where fitted) should be in the 'ON' position, however. the control panel should be switched 'OFF'.

If Alde system is installed, there is a frost protection setting, which can be used.

  • Vehicles can be left in this condition for extended periods, with the charger operating to maintain the battery. However, periodic maintenance and inspection is recommended, this should include the battery condition.

If vehicle is being stored not connected to 230v Mains Hook-up:

  • Charge the leisure battery for 24 hours prior to placing caravan in storage.
  • Ensure the isolation button on PSU (where fitted) is in the 'OFF' position.
  • Ensure leisure battery is connected and 20A local fuse(s) is in place only if an alarm or tracker device is fitted.
  • The alarm / tracking device will eventually drain the leisure battery - we recommend regular (monthly) inspection / re-charging of leisure battery.
  • Remove the leisure battery and store in a dry place, if an alarm or tracker device is not fitted.
  • The battery should not be adversely affected by winter temperatures but the level of charge should be maintained to maximise the life span of the battery. This can be achieved using an automotive type battery charger as and when required.

Gas system

  • Ensure the gas supply is isolated at the gas bottle, and ensure that the gas manifold taps are off.
  • Check the age and condition of the high pressure gas hose and regulator, and replace if required.

Appliances

  • Check the battery expiry date on the smoke alarm and replace or remove as required.
  • Ensure the fridge is turned off.
  • Clean the inside of the fridge.
  • Prop the fridge door open, and if possible, the internal freezer compartment door for ventilation.
  • Fit fridge vent winter covers (if available).
  • Ensure all hob / oven / microwave surfaces are clean.
  • If the caravan is going to be left connected to 230v supply while not in use, ensure the microwave is unplugged.

Toilet

  • Drain the toilet reservoir.
  • Empty the toilet cassette.
  • Leave toilet caps removed and apply acidfree Vaseline or similar to the seals.
  • Drain the toilet reservoir.
  • Empty the toilet cassette - The Thetford Cassette porta potti is easily winterised for storage.
  • Empty the fresh water tank using the drain tube / fresh water tank level indicator (level indicator on electronic models only).
  • Pull the lever indicator / drain tube down from top plug position and outward through door opening to drain water from the tank.
  • Empty the water fill funnel by pulling the bottle away from tank.
  • Remove the small water cap on the filler bottom, allowing water to drain from the water funnel. (Not C-200 toilet).
  • Do not tighten caps, this helps in keeping unit dry. The pour out spout and vent plug can be removed. Seals should be greased if necessary with acid-free Vaseline.

Exterior

  • Ensure that all windows, skylights and access doors are closed and secured.
  • Ensure all fixed ventilation points (high and low) are clear from debris and obstructions.
  • Ensure the vehicle is not parked where falling debris (i.e. leaves, tree sap) could cause damage.
  • Avoid leaving the vehicle parked in soft ground, long grass or a potential area where standing water may form.
  • Lubricate relevant points on the chassis.
  • Remove road wheels, using the correct jack points and suitable axle stands, or if being left on road wheels rotate wheels (every two weeks) and ensure the correct tyre pressures are maintained.
  • A purpose made cover maybe used, but please ensure the cover is a good fit, breathable and securely fitted. Note: A poorly fitted cover can rub and damage the bodywork. Non-breathable covers will encourage mould to grow.

Interior (Furniture / furnishings)

  • Open all lockers and internal doors, to ensure good circulation.
  • Remove cushions and store them in a dry location or ensure all cushions are placed in a well ventilated area.
  • Close all blinds and curtains. Customers are reminded to check the tension on blinds after storage if left closed for long periods.
  • Thoroughly ventilate the caravan or Motorhome by opening doors or windows periodically.
  • Placing water absorbent crystals in the van during the winter months, will help reduce moisture levels and mould growth.
  • We do not recommend leaving portable heaters in the van unattended.
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