1986 - 2006
Although not quite as long lived as
larger sibling, the Cruiser, the Challenger was still in production for a total
of 20 years, from 1986 to 2006.
The Challenger was the entry level model of the Conway range, and was Conway's answer to the Pennine Aztec, the entry level model, of the time, from the Pennine stable.
A standard, rear entry four berth model, the main competitors of the Challenger are the Aztec, Fiesta, Randger 415DL and fellow stable mate; the Countryman. Of these, the closest comparisons are with the Aztec and the Randger, as they are comparable, entry level models.
The Challenger featured a reasonable amount of storage, two burner hob, with grill, and cold water fed sink. There was no heater, hot water or, even, a fridge, but there are two excellent double beds, one of which converts to a large and comfortable settee. In spite of their basic equipment levels, the newer models, particularly, provide a spacious and comfortable interior for up to four people (although, to be fair, these models are better suited to four persons when utilising the additional awning, which, effectively, doubles the living space.
Like the Cruiser, the Challenger underwent a large number of colour changes in its 20 year history, starting with the brick (orange) and beige canvas colour, peak canopy over the door, and single inner bedroom tent of the 1986 / 87 models. Between 1988 and 1990, the design remained the same, but the colour scheme changed to burgundy and grey. By the time the 1991 /92 models had been introduced, the small peak canopy had disappeared, there were now two inner bed tents, and the colour scheme had changed to the imaginatively titled; brown and 'gazelle'.
Although interior trim and canvas colours continued to change, the basic design and layout were to remain the same until the Challenger ceased production in 2006.
From 1993 to 1995, the canvases left the factory in marine blue and light grey, changing to bottle green and light grey from 1996 to 1998. For one year only (1999) this changed to bottle green and metallic grey. Next, in 2000, another one year colour scheme, this time; euro green and metallic grey. For the last two years of Conway ownership (2001 - 2002) and the first year under new owners, Pennine (2003) the colour scheme remained consistent, as marine blue and beige. For 2004 to 2005, this was saule green and siegle (rye, or a light grey colour). For 2006, the final year of production, the colour scheme changed to marine blue and metallic grey.
Included below are the 20+ brochures and manuals for the Challenger.
We are grateful to Blue Sky Holdings for permission to reproduce the information above. www.blueskyholdings.co.uk
Unit Type: Conway Challenger Folding Camper (Discontinued Model)
Berths: Four (Plus four in optional under bed pod)
Brick / Beige
Burgundy / Green
Brown / Gazelle
Marine Blue / Light Grey
Bottle Green / Light Grey
Bottle Green / Metallic Grey
Euro Green / Metallic Grey
Marine Blue / Beige
Saul Green / Siegle
Marine Blue / Metallic Grey
Setup Demonstration: Challenger 2008 Images:
Walkthrough Video: Challenger
Setup Demonstration: Challenger