If you're looking for a luxury motorhome for two with a fixed rear corner bed, read Practical Motorhome's review and expert verdict on the Bessacarr 562

Overview

When it’s not building motorhomes, Swift Group enjoys a successful double life as a manufacturer of touring caravans. It’s rather good at it, too, as 50 years in the leisure vehicle industry testifies. 

You can see the tourer influences in the floor plan of the Bessacarr 562, which ports a popular caravan layout into a low-profile motorhome. The layout features a rear fixed bed, offside corner washroom and spacious midships lounge, all planned out over 7.04m on a Fiat Ducato with Al-Ko chassis. 

For the 2014 season,the Bessacarr E500 range has lost the ‘E’ in the title but received specification bumps.

Design

Constructed from aluminium-skinned sandwich panels with GRP rear panel, the 562 has white single-piece sidewalls with graphics to the upper half. External Bessacarr styling comprises green-and-grey colourways, and the overall effect is very classy.

On the road

Most connections to the 562 are made on the offside; from front to rear, you’ll find the hook-up point, gas locker and toilet cassette. The water inlet is on the nearside.

Around the other side of the ’van, the bottom of the habitation door is set close to the ground, so access to the vehicle isn’t difficult. Upon entry, a grab handle awaits you on the right-hand side. Immediately in front is a stylish kitchen, which sports signature Swift Group styling cues; these include an illuminated splashback and well-plumbed-in microwave, nested in the middle of two tall overhead lockers with sturdy handles.

Lounging & dining

On the left-hand side of the kitchen, a circular sink is mounted in a round plinth. This gives the galley a pleasing L-shape, and adds a considerable amount of style to proceedings. A glass partition connects the kitchen worktop to a small shelf; this will prevent water from the sink splashing the occupant of the offside seat bench. At the opposite end of the kitchen, you’ll find a dual-fuel hob and separate oven and grill. On the nearside of the vehicle is a tall fridge with separate freezer compartment – more than adequate for a couple.

Kitchen

The midships lounge picks up on the styling cues set in the kitchen. High-quality seat cushions with stitched-in ‘Bessacarr’ strips look the part, while up above the two-tone lockers have a gently curved profile. The seat benches are just over 6 foot long, so you could easily fit two adults on each side. Rotate the cab seats and a further two people can join the party. A folding-leaf table can be added for mealtimes.

Sleeping

If family or friends are joining you, the lounge seat bases can be used as single beds, or converted into a double by pulling a slide-out slat frame into the middle of the gangway.

The main bed is on the nearside, at the rear, and features a pronounced cutaway to aid access to the corner washroom. Comfort won’t be an issue, as a Duvalay Duvalite mattress is supplied as standard. The bed lifts up on gas struts to reveal a large storage space underneath; this can also be accessed from a hatch on the nearside of the vehicle.

Washroom

Opposite the bed sits the corner washroom, accessed via a door with a smart grey infill and domestic-style handle. There are two discrete areas: as you enter, you’ll find an oval sink and corner vanity unit with half-length mirror. To your right is a shower tray with swivel toilet behind it. A pair of bi-fold shower doors section the shower off, so you can keep spray confined to this area. The shower has an Ecocamel head, which uses less water without a loss of power. The bathroom can be used as dressing room; if it’s too cosy then a caramel-coloured partition can be used to divide the bedroom from the ’van.

Storage

A total of three overhead lockers are available in the bedroom, together with a half-length wardrobe, on the offside; so there’s plenty of room for a touring couple’s clothes.

Equipment

Equipment wise, you’ll want for little in the 562. In addition to the high kitchen specification, Alde water and wet central heating is provided. Like all Swift Group motorhomes, this Bessacarr has grade three insulation so it’s a dedicated winter tourer.

With no third and fourth travel seats, though, you’re limited to touring as a couple; so your overnight guests will need their own transport.

Technical specs

LayoutRear corner bed
Sleeps4
Travel seats2
MTPLM3500kg
Payload350kg
Length7.04m23′1″
Width2.35m7′9″
Height2.77m9′1″
Engine (capacity)2300
Engine (power)130
Fresh/waste water94L / 100L
Leisure battery100 Ah
Gas bottle size7kg
Number of gas bottles2
External Options
Aluminium sidewalls, GRP sidewalls
Kitchen Equipment
3-burner gas with electric hot plate, Oven, Separate grill
Washroom
Thetford C-250 toilet, Separate shower cubicle, Bi-fold shower door
Heating
Alde water heater, Alde wet central heating

Verdict

The Bessacarr 562 offers comfort and refinement in abundance, with a great specification that includes Alde heating. There are no extra travel seats, but if you only ever tour as a couple, this won’t be a deal-breaker. 

You can see new and used Bessacarr motorhomes and other motorhomes manufactured by the Swift Group at a large number of motorhome retailers in Britain. To see new and pre-owned Bessacarr motorhomes, just put your postcode into the 'find a dealer' section of the Swift Group's website to find your nearest showroom.

Conclusion

Pros

  • Ideal for couples
  • There's a spare double bed for visitors
  • The transverse bed is ideal for a tall person
  • Deluxe Alde heating
  • Duvalay Duvalite mattress
  • Designed to cope with winter holidays

Cons

  • Four beds but only two travel seats
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