Abbey Spectrum 535 Touring Caravan Review
The Basics of the Abbey Spectrum 535
The Abbey Spectrum 535 caravan is attractively styled and well constructed both inside and out. You will appreciate the high amount of features included in the Abbey Spectrum caravan which include an alarm system, stabiliser, and a dimmer switch for the twin mains lights. One minus point however, is the size of the bedroom in the Abbey Spectrum 535 - it’s a wee bit cramped in there but at least the bed is comfortable. Storage is no problem thanks to numerous overhead lockers.
First Impressions of the Abbey Spectrum 535
The Abbey Spectrum caravan compares favourably with the competition - it’s certainly good looking from the outside with smooth seams and all panels, windows and doors are neatly fitted. Exterior appearance of the Abbey Spectrum caravan is enhanced by the standard fitting of smart alloy wheels. The interior is attractive all fabrics and materials used in the interior trim are of top-quality. As we will discover later, you will appreciate the high level of equipment on board which helps you to relax and enjoy your trip rather than concentrate on chores.
Abbey have fitted an AL-KO stabiliser hitch and this comes with AL-KO’s superb lock-on anti-theft clamp, an excellent idea with the rapidly rising amount of caravan theft these days. The gas locker in the Abbey Spectrum Caravan has space for two bottles with plenty of space left. What’s more, Abbey have thoughtfully included a wet locker close to the gas barbeque socket at the front of the caravan, while more storage is provided via an external hatch, which allows you to access space under the double bed - good, thoughtful design by Abbey Caravans. The gas/ mains 3KW power space heater features the familiar blown-air system and unusually, the Abbey Spectrum 535 comes complete with six warm-air vents, one of which heats the washroom. The mains electrical system includes four, three three-pin sockets and security is aided by the installation of an infra-red alarm system activated via the key-fob.
The exquisite quality of the cabinets and woodwork in the Abbey Spectrum 535 is a joy to behold and gives you the general ambience of luxury. Interior fabrics come in two attractive designs and the use of bold stripes is quite pleasing to the eye. Good quality speakers are provided to enable you to listen to your favourite music in comfort. A ‘Heki’ tilting roof-light helps to provide good natural lighting in the Abbey Spectrum caravan and ample ventilation over the main living area, and the standard of night-time illumination is extremely good, certainly better than in many other caravans. The front chest of the Abbey Spectrum 535 contains an occasional table large enough for eating a snack or to play a game of cards while seating is cosseting, allowing you to relax and view the television situated on top of the dresser next to the door. A storage space is provided for the sizable dining table which is large enough to hold a banquet, but it’s light for easy storage and erection. There’s a fair amount of room inside the Abbey Spectrum 535 and all in all, this caravan is another good product from one top-brands of the mighty Swift empire.
Cooking, Sleeping and Washing
Equipment levels in the Abbey Spectrum 535 kitchen are impressive. The 86-litre fridge has ample space to feed the perennial five-thousand and the dual-fuel cooker unit incorporates three-gas rings plus an 800-watt hot plate. There is a fair amount of food preparation and workspace and two low-level cupboards allow for more than enough storage space and three big overhead lockers mean that there’s no reason for complaints in this galley area. The ‘Omnivent’ over the kitchen really helps in cooling things down when you’re slaving over the hot stove.
The one weak point in the Abbey Spectrum caravan is the compact size of the main bedroom. The oval-shaped bed will allow you to obtain the most restful of nights, being supremely comfortable and the shelves fitted to walls on either side of the bed come in handy. Abbey have fitted a TV aerial point by the corner dressing table in the Abbey Spectrum 535 for a portable TV. The dressing table may not be big but it looks good and is practical, as is the wardrobe. The angled bed is so large, that moving around in the master bedroom can prove to be rather difficult, and nigh on impossible to get out of bed on the offside.
The washroom in the Abbey Spectrum caravan is fairly small too but it contains a decent shower, a large cupboard under the basin and an electrical-flush toilet. Some day, all caravan toilets will be made this way.
Abbey Spectrum 535 Facts
Ideal Tow Car Weight: 2031kg
MTPLM : 1727kg
WILL IT FIT ON YOUR DRIVEWAY?: Length 8.02 m/ Width 2.23m/ Height 2.75m
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