Marquis Motorhomes is the UK’s biggest leisure vehicle dealership, with 11 sites spread across the UK, from Southampton all the way up to Preston and Durham. Its many forecourts are home to some of the UK’s biggest franchises, including Auto-Trail, Elddis and Swift, but the firm, owned by Auto-Sleepers, also sells two ranges of dealer special editions. 

For those not familiar with the concept, dealer specials are up-specced versions of popular mainstream motorhomes, which offer buyers enhanced kit lists and appealing extras for only a modest increase in price, facilitated by the buying power of the retailer. Added-value items will typically include upgrades to the base vehicle, dual-fuel cookers, canopy awnings and alternative upholstery designs. 

Marquis Motorhomes offers two dealer special editions – the Swift Escape-based Lifestyle, on test here, and the Elddis Autoquest-based Majestic. Most popular layouts are represented in each range but there are subtle differences between them: Majestic is based on the Peugeot Boxer, for example, while Lifestyle rides on the Fiat Ducato. 

The four-berth Lifestyle 664 carries a fixed rear bed and corner washroom plus a nearside kitchen and half-dinette. We had the opportunity to run a 664 as a long-term test ’van last year, but to see how it fared in live-in test conditions, we took it to the Walton-on-Thames Camping and Caravanning Club site in Surrey.