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Caravan buying guide: choosing the right caravan for you

Caravan buying guide: choosing the right caravan for you

If you’ve been dreaming of purchasing a caravan, packing up and living on the road for a while (whether it’s a week or year), we think it’s time that you take the plunge! Buying a caravan is a big decision though, so here’s some things to keep in mind.

There’s no better way to experience Australia than by caravan – driving along scenic coasts, through tropical forests and native bushland, while towing your home-on-wheels behind you.

Purchasing a caravan, however, can be intimidating – for both first-timers and pros. There is a wide range of vehicles available on the market, with different styles and layouts to suit all different needs and budgets.

Size is important

Caravans come in many sizes, all of which have different layout options that can include benefits like bigger kitchen spaces, additional storage, and more. When considering what size caravan you need, pick the size that suits you and your travel plans. For instance, couples might only need a little space with one bedroom, while a family of four will need a larger space that will accommodate their needs. If you plan to be away for months, a bigger space could reduce any potential feelings of cabin fever.

On-road or off-road

Not everyone chooses to travel the same way – some people prefer to caravan from one park to another. For this kind of travel, on-road caravans with standard suspension and components will be suitable, since you’ll mainly be travelling along stable terrain.

For those looking for a more extreme adventure, one that takes them along rough roads through the outback, an off-road van is better. Off-road caravans offer many benefits that make this style of travel easier, with things like solar panels, bigger water tanks, and heavy-duty suspension that protects the van from the elements.

Do your research!

Don’t settle for the first option you see; finding the perfect caravan for you and your lifestyle takes time and proper research. When shopping, it’s easy to think that the more expensive something is, the better it is; but this isn’t always the case! When it comes to looking for your caravan, you should always base your decision on reputation rather than price. It’s recommended you buy a model from a well-established brand that has been in the caravan manufacturing industry for many years.

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