Why Choose a Bessacarr Caravan?

Enjoying meticulous attention to detail and a high quality finish, the Bessacarr By Design range is in a class of its own. Professionally designed interiors give a modern style to a supreme specification.

Exclusive warm and welcoming soft furnishings go perfectly with rich 'Aralie Sen' woodgrain, creating a sophisticated yet relaxed ambience anyone would feel at home in.

There is an endless array of features to enhance the luxury feel including the new Swift Command control system which includes a new intelligent power supply unit with LCD control panel allowing certain functions to be controlled and monitored remotely via the new Swift Command App.

View the Specifications of the Bessacarr by Design Range below

Models & Specification
Model 495
Model 525
Model 565
Model 580
Model 645
Model 650
Number of Axles
Internal Length (bed box height)
Overall Width
Overall Height (inc. TV Aerial)*
Maximum Internal Headroom
Overall Length
Awning A/A Dimension
Mass in Running Order (inc. tolerance)
Total User Payload
Personal Effects
Tyre Size
205/70 R15C 106 R
195/70 R15C 104 R
205/70 R15C 106 R
205/70 R15C 106 R
185/60 R15 88 H
185/60 R15 88 H
Thermal Insulation Grade
Bed Sizes
Front Double
198cm x 178cm / 6'6" x 5'10"
198cm x 178cm / 6'6" x 5'10"
198cm x 163cm / 6'6" x 5'4"
198cm x 163cm / 6'6" x 5'4"
198cm x 163cm / 6'6" x 5'4"
198cm x 153cm /
6'6" x 5'0"
Or Front Nearside Single
188cm x 67cm /
6'2" x 2'2"
178cm x 67cm /
5'10" x 2'2"
163cm x 67cm /
5'4" x 2'2"
163cm x 67cm /
5'4" x 2'2"
163cm x 67cm /
5'4" x 2'2"
153cm x 67cm /
5'0" x 2'2"
And Front Offside Single
178cm x 67cm / 5'10" x 2'4"
188cm x 67cm /
6'2" x 2'2"
163cm x 67cm /
5'4" x 2'2"
163cm x 67cm /
5'4" x 2'2"
163cm x 67cm /
5'4" x 2'2"
188cm x 67cm /
6'2" x 2'2"
Rear Double
182cm x 133cm / 6'0" x 4'4"
182cm x 133cm / 6'0" x 4'4"
182cm x 133cm /
6'0" x 4'4"
Side Single Offside
180cm x 69cm / 5'11" x 2'3"
172cm x 74cm /
5'8" x 2'5"
Side Single Nearside
184cm x 75cm /
6'0" x 2'6"

Couplands Caravans Ltd reserves the right to amend specifications and prices as materials and conditions demand.

Bed Sizes: Please note that the front double bed sizes quoted are for seating configurations without a chest of drawers. The front double bed width for a layout with a chest of drawers fitted, will be reduced by 0.4m (1'4") from that stated.

Awning Sizes: Due to varying awning designs and sizes the awning sizes given are approximate only. Specific awning sizes must be confirmed by your dealer or awning manufacturer prior to purchase. Customers should verify the actual dimensions of their touring caravan before committing to anything that could be impacted by these dimensions.

Weights: From the 2012 Season, the method of calculating the Mass in Running Order (MRO) and user payload figures was changed in order to bring it in line with European Vehicle Directives. Allowances for essential equipment (e.g. gas cylinders) previously allowed for in the user payload are now contained within the MRO. A provision for a leisure battery which used to be within the essential equipment payload has now been included within the personal effects payload allowance. Although the method of calculation has changed, the overall effect is that the amount of payload available to the customer has remained the same, it is just calculated in a different manner. The MRO is calculated with the fresh water tank empty. If you travel with water in the fresh water tank, the payload will be reduced accordingly.

LED Road Lights:Certain vehicles may require a secondary fuse box when towing models fitted with LED road lighting. *The dimensions given are approximate due to slight variations in suspension ride heights, loading conditions and tyre pressures.

Bessacarr Caravans Specification

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Exclusive Features

  • New Alko manoeuvring handle
  • New Entertainment Pack
  • New Uprated tyres on single axle models
  • New Acrylic shelf in washroom (model specific)
  • New Woodgrain panel doors in bedroom area of 580 and 645 layouts
  • New Thermostatic valve in shower
  • New Illuminated remote moisture sensitive Heki rooflight
  • New Exclusive soft furnishing scheme
  • 2nd Awning light on offside
  • 100W solar panel for greater independence
  • Specialised towing cover
  • Omnivent in the bathroom (except 580 and 645)
  • Truma Change over regulator
  • Truma Ultraflow Waterline (Mains water connector)
  • White hitch cover with light
  • Bessacarr graphics
  • Winter fridge vent covers
  • Lighting to exterior lockers
  • Premium jockey wheel
  • 2 x oven shelves
  • Pullout basket under front nearside bed (565, 570, 580, 625 and 645)
  • Branded entrance mat
  • Twin satellite socket to battery box (HD)
  • Extra socket in doorway table stowage in 495 and 525
  • Back up ALDE battery pack
  • Additional lighting above washroom sink
  • Additional lighting below dresser in 495 and 625
  • Radio CD with USB connectivity with fadeable sound to speakers in washroom
  • Additional Roman blind to 580, 645 and 650 bedroom window
  • 2 x Crystal wine glasses with Bessacarr branded upholstered pad in cocktail cabinet
  • New illuminated backlit headboards (where fitted)


  • New Swift Command control system with new Thatcham Category 6 approved tracker (subject to annual subscription) - New Swift Command Intelligent power supply unit with LCD control panel; Functions include battery selection, battery state meter, lighting and water pump circuit controls, internal & external temperature, internal humidity levels, 230V load limiter (settable between 5ams & 16amps), solar panel charging levels, heating controls and bluetooth connection - New Swift Command App allows certain functions to be controlled/ monitored remotely
  • ALDE radiator central heating and water heating with daily programming with LCD touch screen control and choice of 1kW, 2kW or 3kW setting
  • Boiler mounted heating circulation pump with manual override to assist with system air bleeding
  • Domestic style chrome effect towel radiator in all washrooms
  • New Dometic oven for improved efficiency
  • Waste bin on exterior door
  • New tall slimline Domestic 134 electronic ignition fridge incorporating 12 litre removable freezer compartment in 495 and 565
  • 'Aspire MKII' oven with dual fuel hob with 800W electric hotplate and 3 gas burners with electronic ignition
  • Glass hob lid with safety cut-out feature
  • Thetford thermostatic oven and separate grill
  • Ventilated microwave oven with digital controls built at an easily accessible level
  • 8-Series Dometic 110 litre, electronic ignition fridge with removable freezer compartment, black effect finish and digital controls (190 litre in twin axles incorporating 35 litre freezer compartment)
  • Omnivent three speed, two way roof fan
  • New Ecocamel Orbit shower head with on/off button for a powerful shower that uses less water
  • Thetford C260 toilet with electric flush and 18 litre wheeled waste tank
  • High flow rate in-board pump with chrome finish brass taps for reliable, high performance water supply
  • New Thermostatic valve in shower
  • 30 litre internal fresh water tank with additional external pump for filling or direct feed to taps in all models
  • Addition of water tank gauge and filling function on new Swift Command power supply unit
  • Inboard semi-rigid fresh water pipes
  • Large bore underslung rigid waste pipes
  • Isolation taps for gas appliances
  • Fully protected mains electric system
  • Power supply & power management unit
  • 25 Amp switchmode charger/transformer
  • TV station with 230V, 12V and aerial sockets (two in selected models)
  • New Entertainment pack
  • Radio/CD/DVD/MP3 player with iPod connection with premium radio speakers
  • Premium quality speakers in washrooms
  • Status 550 directional Digital/Analogue TV/FM aerial and booster with digital age functionality
  • Solar panel fitted as standard 100w
  • Low energy LED lighting throughout including front pillar lights
  • Down lighting and ceiling header lighting
  • Dimmable spot lights
  • Low level night lighting
  • Back lit washroom mirror
  • Illuminated kitchen splash back
  • Wardrobe light
  • Front shelf pod with USB socket, jack plug audio link to radio and two 230v sockets
  • Between six and eight 230v sockets (not including cooker and microwave)
  • 25 metre mains hook-up cable
  • Pre-wired for motor mover with internal isolation switch and 12V connection point


  • SMART HT construction - Totally timberless bodyshell with patent pending elements and Hi-Tech components
  • Patent pending 5 layer composite floor
  • Patent pending aluminium and SRIM corner jointing system
  • Unique patented cold bridge located within the aluminium side framing to prevent condensation
  • Unique highly aerodynamic exterior bodyshell
  • Curved GRP front panel with large sunroof and LED marker lights
  • New Hail resistant exterior GRP roof, fully bonded roof for extra strength and flatness with polystyrene insulation core
  • 2.26m (7'5") overall width
  • Curved one piece rear panel with exclusive LED light clusters sealed against water ingress
  • Stylish graphics
  • Exclusive design Scorpion alloy wheels
  • Flush fitting streamlined awning channel
  • Flush fitting one piece exterior door with magnetic stay, window and internal bin
  • Flush fitting service doors (access under nearside front bed and fixed beds)
  • New AL-KO carabineer breakaway cable
  • New AL-KO manoeuvring handle
  • Surface mounted impact resistant skirt system
  • Wide access gas locker door with single lever three point locking
  • Wheel arches insulated with high density foam to prevent cold spots in storage areas
  • New Uprated tyres on single axle models
  • Exclusive shape double-glazed opening windows with night ventilation position
  • AL-KO galvanised steel chassis with Euro-axle
  • AL-KO Euro overrun device with two-way assisted handbrake
  • Shock absorbers for a smoother towing experience
  • Heavy duty corner steadies on all models
  • BBQ point
  • External shower point
  • Carrier mounted steel spare wheel
  • AL-KO side-mounted jack
  • Step-on hitch cover for easy cleaning of front windows
  • High security locks with convenient one key operation for all locks
  • 13-pin 'Jaeger' 12V car connector
  • Exterior access battery box with mains electric inlet (battery not included)
  • Bulkhead mounted duo - comfort change over regulator suitable for use with either propane or butane bottles
  • Aerial point in battery box for portable satellite dish connection
  • External 230V socket
  • Entrance step
  • European Whole Vehicle Type Approval ensures compliance with strict weight, dimension and safety regulations
  • EN1645 Grade 3 classification for heating and thermal insulation
  • Rain guards
  • New Fixing bars for Thule rear mounted cycle rack


  • New Woodgrain panel doors in bedroom area of 580 and 645 layouts
  • New illuminated Heki rooflight
  • New Acrylic shelf in washroom
  • 1.95m (6'5") headroom
  • Increased internal space offers long front beds with bolster cushions that remain in place and double as headboard
  • Panoramic front sunroof with integrated up wash lighting
  • Curved upper locker doors in high gloss, 'Aralie Sen' woodgrain with New Smoked Oak inlay
  • Matt white doors to kitchen area
  • Chrome effect handles, sockets and switches throughout
  • Soft close hinges to specific lower doors with positive catches for secure storage
  • Overhead locker doors with injection moulded space frame construction
  • Cocktail cabinet with glass and bottle holders and LED lighting
  • Luxury full width curtains on all side & centre front windows complemented by fabric covered wall pads
  • Twin curtain track for improved hanging and ease of use
  • Four scatter cushions, two scatter cushions on fixed bed models
  • Sectioned removable carpets
  • Fixed bolsters either side of front chest with integrated rear heating vents
  • Lightweight, strong composite furniture construction
  • High quality luxury 58oz carpet laid in sections for easy removability
  • French Oak effect, high impact, scratch resistant floor lino
  • Beech slat seat and bed bases with sprung hinged tops for extra comfort and easy access
  • Seat bases with space frame construction, full front access and space for larger items
  • Bed make-up system with slats retained on track
  • Thermoformed seat and backrest ventilation boards with bevelled back for better cushion angle and heating performance
  • Cast foam bedding for improved comfort and durability
  • Exclusive Duvalay 'Duvalite' mattress, with lightweight memory fibre technology - hypoallergenic, excellent pressure relief, dustmite resistant and 100% recyclable (Fixed bed models only)
  • Deep padded headboard to fixed bed
  • Fixed beds with aluminium bed frames to maximise strength and storage space
  • Areas under beds and seats warmed by central heating system
  • Front chest of drawers with convenient slide-out extending top
  • Large dining table for full-size place settings
  • HI-MACS natural acrylic stone solid kitchen work surface with a fold down extension flap and stainless steel underslung sink
  • Chrome effect kitchen mixer tap and new vanity swivel spout vanity tap for improved use
  • Food grade nylon chopping board with dedicated storage
  • Two cutlery drawers on smooth-action steel runners, one above fridge (model specific)
  • Two pull-out wire baskets in kitchen cupboard
  • Door flyscreen with easy concertina action
  • Mini and Midi Heki clear skylights (not washroom, model specific)
  • Integrated locker coving system throughout to carry cable routings
  • Pleated blinds and flynets to all windows
  • Retained embroidered entrance mat
  • Space saving sliding wardrobe door (Model specific)
  • Lined washroom cubicle in all separate washrooms
  • Shower bi-fold door retained on track for improved access with upgraded transit catch
  • Folding washroom ceiling mounted garment hanging rail
  • Fabric blinds to washroom window (model specific)
  • Thick washroom doors with domestic style locks and handles
  • Decorative inlay to washroom door
  • Front shelf mounted spirit level that can be viewed through front window for quick and easy van levelling
  • New Travel lock for TV brackets where fitted
Safety And Security

Safety and Security

  • Passive infra-red alarm system with tilt sensor and key fob operation
  • AL-KO Secure wheel lock(s)
  • AL-KO ATC trailer stability control fittedas standard
  • AKS 3004 Stabiliser
  • Smoke alarm
  • Carbon monoxide detector
  • CRiS identity number etched to windows and caravan chassis
  • Concealed security data chip within caravan construction
  • High security locks with convenient one key operation for all locks

Smart HT The Ultimate Construction

SMART HT (Hi-Tech) is the most exciting breakthrough in caravan construction since their inception in the 1960's It features patented technology and takes caravan construction to a new level.

It uses a number of revolutionary, innovative materials and technologies not seen in the caravan industry before.

It has been in research, development and testing for five years and takes the recently launched SMART intelligent construction system to a new level with the use of hi-tech materials.

Such is the advance in design and construction many elements have been filed with the UK patent office.

Computer numerically controlled (CNC) cutting, driven by 3D CAD data, is used in the manufacturing process to provide accuracy and consistency time after time.

This produces a high quality engineered product, with automotive standards of build technology, designed to give you a lifetime of SMILES.