This is something that the Jones’ are asked a lot, particularly by those new to the lifestyle. We get it – caravans aren’t cheap, so making the right choice is essential for your enjoyment and bank account. Here the Jones’ have shared a few considerations that they kept in mind when purchasing their new caravan:
Safety: The most important thing is that you feel safe and comfortable whilst holidaying in your caravan. If you’ve never towed a van before, be aware that it takes some getting used to. Those with single axles tend to be easier to manoeuvre than those with double axles.
Budget: Remember that luxury caravans have luxury price tags – top of the range models can set you back tens of thousands of dollars, which is fine if you can afford it. Crunch the numbers and work out a feasible budget – then make sure you stick to it when out shopping.
Fuel Consumption: Depending on how far and how fast you plan to travel, plus the current fuel prices (which aren’t likely to come down any time soon), you could be pumping thousands of dollars into the tank of your tow vehicle. Consider how much you’re willing to spend on fuel each trip.
Space & Comfort: Whilst bigger caravans generally cost more to keep on the road, they do tend to provide you with more space and comfort. There is no right or wrong when it comes to space and comfort – do whatever feels right for you and what will best meet your needs.
Off-Road Capability: Some people want to explore those out-of-the-way bush camps or inaccessible national parks, whereas others prefer to sit in a caravan park. If you’re in the former category, choose a van that can help you reach these remote locations and is equipped with everything you need.
Mobility: Different setups offer different levels of mobility. The great thing about a caravan is that, once you’ve arrived and unhitched it, you’re free to drive around in your unburdened tow vehicle. If you own an RV, on the other hand, you’ll find yourself less mobile on the road.
Setup & Pack Up: Let’s face it – no one wants to spend hours trying to unhitch their caravan and get the campsite set up. Fortunately, more modern vans aren’t overly difficult to unhitch and stabilise. If you’re not sure whether you can handle this, get down to a dealership and give it a try.