Caravan & RV Advice
We often get asked about the types of caravans and RVs that we personally recommend.
Budget is one aspect but there are also many other factors to consider. So below is our two cents worth.
Choosing a caravan
1. How are you going to use it? When choosing a caravan think past the first holiday or & think more about the destinations you plan to visit, how far away they are, for long or how often you'll be away for. Seems obvious but looking at the bigger picture really determines what size you need, the type and the functionality you need.
If going off road then you'll need to seriously consider independent rear suspension and off road capability. For long term use you'll need decent functionality especially storage. If going off grid then you'll need solar power, extra batteries, energy efficient lighting and appliances.
2. How big or small do you need your caravan? Another obvious one but larger caravans with separate bathrooms and bedrooms require more expertise in towing a long wheel base. Verses the smaller caravans with less modern comforts means travelling lighter. And also cheaper. If you plan shorter trips and don't mind getting up in the night to use shared toilets this could be a good option.
3. How will you tow your caravan? What can you current or proposed vehicle tow? The towing capacity will determine the maximum weight you can choose.
4. What type of caravan is suitable? These days we have so much choice and are seeing more pop ups and camper trailers. Ideal for smaller vehicles to tow such as SUVs for their light weight. Once popped up their open plan designs can be spacious. Storage is easy and usually fits in a standard garage or carport. Larger caravans on the other hand, unless you have space, requires third party storage whilst not in use but they are most definitely better in my view for longer trips.
5. New or second hand caravan? Buying new always means full warranty and peace of mind. They also have the latest technology improvements and safety features depending on what level you choose.
If you decide to buy a second hand caravan ensure that you have a pre-purchase inspection and it's advisable to buy from a licensed dealer.
I hope this helps your decision making process. If you have other questions that you think we should post to our advice section please let me know.