So, you’re buying your first caravan and have no idea where to start? With so many makes, models, styles and sizes on the market with an endless list of bells and whistles, it’s hardly surprising! As with all things in life, it pays to do your research – after all, you’ll be spending a lot of time in your caravan on the open road!
To help you out, we’ve put together our top tips for buying your first caravan…
1. Establish a budget
It may seem obvious but caravans vary in price greatly and by having a dollar figure in mind you can cut back the list of options substantially!
2. Look at your tow vehicle
Ensure you check the tow capacity of the vehicle that will be used to tow the caravan, this will specify the maximum weight you will be able to carry. Very important, unless of course you’re in the market for a new car as well!
3. Think about where you want to travel and how often
The excitement of buying a caravan can be overwhelming and whilst you may think you’ll be zipping all over the country side at the time, be realistic about how often you will be using it and where you plan to go. This will dictate things like size, if you need to go for an off-road style and the level of comfort and types of features you require. If you plan on only staying in 5 star caravan parks, for example, you may be able to opt for a simpler style of caravan.
4. Talk to experienced caravaners
The caravanning community is a friendly and welcoming one! Once you have a rough idea of what you’re after and have done a little online research on available models, ask questions on caravanning forums or even head to your local Caravan Park to see various set ups. Speak to the owners about what they like and dislike about their rigs.
5. Now, what do you want?
From this process, you should have a rough idea of what you’re after having seen things you do like and don’t like. Make a list of ‘must haves’ and ‘nice to haves’, which should narrow down your search considerably!
This should provide you with a good starting point to decide on your first caravan but there are many more considerations depending on your unique needs.
Are you a seasoned caravanner? What are your top tips for those starting out? Leave a comment below!