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
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.
On the road
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
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.
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.
|Layout||Rear corner bed|
|Fresh/waste water||94L / 100L|
|Leisure battery||100 Ah|
|Gas bottle size||7kg|
|Number of gas bottles||2|
3-burner gas with electric hot plate, Oven, Separate grill
Thetford C-250 toilet, Separate shower cubicle, Bi-fold shower door
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.
- 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
- Four beds but only two travel seats