Swift Caravans – Over Locker Lights Recall / Product Upgrade

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Do you have a Swift Caravan Produced Between 2012 and 2014 with over locker fluorescent lights like to ones above? If so you maybe entitled to a product upgrade from Swift due to failures. Not all caravans produced during this period are affected.

The following statement has been issued via letter to the original registered caravan owners.

Swift Group Statement.

“We have received a relatively small number of notifications that the 12v fluorescent over locker lights have failed. The failure can, in a small number of instances, result in the distortion and discolouring of the light unit housing and in extreme cases give off a slight burning smell. Our supplier has conducted independent testing of the light unit and has deemed the risk to be low.

As a responsible manufacturer we are currently writing to the owners of products which have fluorescent lights fitted to the over lockers, from 2012 product, to 2014 models built to inform them that a product upgrade to replace each fluorescent tube lights with LED strips.

The letter will direct affected customers to a single phone number, to register their requirement for the LED light packs to be sent direct to their home address.” – Swift Group 2014.

We have also undertaken a number of upgrades for customers with pre recall fluorescent lights who wish to upgrade to LED Technology for power saving or increased lighting output please contact us for options & prices including a free of charge assessment visit in our service area.

If you have suffered issues with these lights or have a qualifying Caravan or Motorhome please contact Swift for an upgrade or contact us for more information on our website at www.allmakescaravans.co.uk


Avondale Eagle – Rebuilding The Bedroom

Progress today, The Avondale Eagle is now dry and boarding & Rebuild of the bedroom area is now complete, just a few finger marks to clean up!

Ceiling Board All Installed
Ceiling Board All Installed


Celing Board and All Sides CompleteAll Boarding Complete


Bed Cupboards etc being reinstalled

Reinstalling Bed Cupboards


Pelments Curtains Etc InstalledCurtains Windows Blinds ETC Back IN


Bead Nearly ThereBed is almost There


Bedroom Complete 2Bedroom Complete 1


Bedroom Complete 1





Caravan Window Replacement

Last job of the day, a replacement window on a 1999 Abbey Vogue. Window was storm damaged and a new replacement was not available. So a remanufactured New window was installed. Not a bad match at all can you see which one was replaced?

If you have problems with your windows give us a call of visit www.allmakescaravans.co.uk and check out the repairs page for further information


From This to This – Water Heater Replacement

Mr & Mrs E has a leaky water heater due to frost damage.

Due to age the heater drain valve had become blocked, and water was left in the boiler in the recent cold snap in the Peak District.

Malaga Requires Replacement Leaking Badly

Leaking Malaga Water Heater

Malaga Rusty Gas Valve & Leaks Showing

You can see the corrosion on the gas valve and the white marks showing water path in 1 of the 5 leaks present.

Heater Removed Gas Tapped Off

Heater Removed & Gas Pipe Sealed & Caravan Gas Tested.

Area Prepared For New Heater

Area Prepared for New Propex 240V Heater.

New Propex Heater Installed

New Heater In Position.

Water Pipes Installed

New Heater all connected up to the water system Thankfully no leaks!

Electrical Box Installed  Sealed

240V connected – Connectors secured.

New Propex Heater Installed

New heater installed & tested. These are a great little mains only water heater with temperature adjustment and a very neat dial that show the water heating up.

Avondale Eagle Progress After Drying Period


We started the rebuild today. New Wall Board in Bedroom & 3/4’s of the ceiling done.

See The Pics

New Wood Grain Board Inplace

Bedroom Wall Wood-grain in place.

Bedroom Wall Board In Place

New Wall Board In Bedroom In Place Starting to take shape.

New Edging Trim Installed

All New Wallboard complete with edging trim to finish joins of nicely.

1st Piece of Bedroon Ceiling

1st Piece of bedroom ceiling now in place, insulation reinstalled all with edging trim.

More Of Ceiling In2nd Piece of ceiling board now in along with the 3rd. End of the day so all propped up and drying.

To keep following the rebuild please keep visiting www.allmakescaravans.co.uk




Water Ingress Repairs (Damp) Swift Challenger 2011

After a recent service which discovered damp reading of 50%+ on this just 4 year old Swift Challenger 625 today we set about putting it right. The front windows, spoiler & rail were removed and resealed. The ingress was caught early so no rotting to the walls.

Swift Before Start (1)

Swift Before We Start

Swift Window & Spolier Removed

Spoiler & Windows Removed

Swift Rail Removed Ingress Black Present

Rail Removed – Black Marks Under Complete Seal Showing Water Ingress Path

Swift Cleaner Ready For Reseal

Front cleaned & Prepared Ready For Reseal

Rail Refixed Pleanty Of Sealant Showing

Caravan Rail Resealed Plenty of sealant present – Next Overtop Seal Applied

Cleaned & Windows Back In

Windows Back In top Seal Applied – Just Spoiler & Clan to Finish


All completed Just Need To Remove the Dust Sheets!

A 3 month retest (Included in Repair Price) should see the readings back to normal.

See www.allmakescaravans.co.uk and click on repairs for more information. http://www.allmakescaravans.co.uk/caravan-repair-derbyshire.php


Why Have A Service – An Insurer View



Why have a service on your caravan or motorhome? We all know that we have to have an MOT on our Car for the insurance to be valid, its clear cut in the policy document but is it the same for Touring Caravans?

I have done a little research and looked at Terms & Conditions documents from 4 major insurers and it appears it is. All insurers require you to “Maintain your Caravan in a Safe & Roadworthy Condition” Question is how do you prove you have?

Many posts on Caravan Forums have said “When I Made a Claim for an Accident the 1st thing they asked for was Service History” So without service paperwork can you prove it in the event of an accident or claim?

My advice – Have an annual Service on your caravan from an approved workshop then the insurer should be satisfied straight away.

What follows is the policy document extracts from the 4 major Caravan insurers, The Caravan Club, The Caravan & Camping Club, AA Insurance & E&L Insurance.

One additional exclusion on E&L is interesting check your storage is compliant.

———————————————————————————————— Caravan Club Insurance – Terms & Conditions General Conditions

Page 14

Care of the Caravan

  1. You must take all responsible steps to safeguard Your Caravan, Equipment, and Contents against loss or damage, maintain it in a sound and roadworthy condition, and take note of the terms of the Warranty on page 8 of this booklet.

———————————————————————————————– Caravan & Camping Club – Club Care Insurance Caravan & Trailer Tent Policy Booklet

The Cover (Continued)

Maintenance You must ensure that Your Unit is maintained in a sound and roadworthy condition as Insurers have offered this insurance on that basis. If Your Unit is not in a sound and roadworthy condition and You suffer a loss as a direct result, Your claim could be rejected.

———————————————————————————————— AA Caravan Insurance

Terms & Conditions For Select Policy

Page 13

3 Care of Property

The property insured must be maintained in sound condition and all reasonable precautions taken to prevent and minimise any claims.

———————————————————————————————— E&L Insurance Policy Wording Document – Full Terms & Conditions

Section 5 – General Conditions

Page 2

  1. You must take all reasonable steps to prevent loss, damage or accidents and maintain any property covered under the policy in a sound and roadworthy condition.

E&L also exclude as follows

General Exclusions Page 3

17. Any claim where the caravan is stored on a working farm.

To book your annual service with us you can book online, by phone 07540 131130 or email rob@allmakescaravans.co.uk www.allmakescaravans.co.uk

Not In Our Area Go To www.approvedworkshops.co.uk

Snowing in Derbyshire

Just thought I would share some photos of the Beautiful Peak District.

Taken whilst out at Parwich Derbyshire fixing a Malaga water heater today.

See our repairs page http://www.allmakescaravans.co.uk/caravan-repair-derbyshire.phpIMAG0042 IMAG0039 IMAG0038 IMAG0037 IMAG0036 IMAG0033 IMAG0030IMAG0035