Caravan’s are marvellously complex beasts…

…that’s why it’s good to not just walk into a purchasing situation half-cocked.

The most common question I get sent in to the site reads something like this:

“What do you look for when you’re buying a new caravan?”

As much as I enjoy responding to questions that get sent to this blog, I almost always end up answering it with another question, which is probably not what the sender is looking for. I’m not being sarcastic, it’s just a difficult question to answer as the criteria that I use to purchase a caravan with varies depending on my plans for it.

So, in order to help all of you prospective caravan owners, who are yet to take that first fateful step into the world of caravan ownership, here’s a quick-fire list of things you should consider before you finalise your purchase:

New or Used?

With the entire internet at your disposal, you’ve got a lot of buying options when it comes to purchasing your first caravan. If your budget is a generous one and you’re planning on getting some real miles under your belt then buying new is a good idea. Your caravan will last longer and your warranty will cover you for any mechanical failures.

Big Berth or Small Berth?

This largely depends on who you’re going to be going on holiday with. A couple (who don’t value personal space too highly) can save lots of money by purchasing a tiny caravan, like the popular German tear drop style, but, if you’re travelling with a family, you’ll need to invest in something larger.

How Far Are You Travelling?

The distance you’re planning on covering in your new caravan is important to consider. The further you travel, the more space that you’ll need to store things like food, clothes and other supplies. If you’re only thinking of taking small jaunts to festivals, then you can buy a more compact vehicle.

Cooking For Two or Many?

If you’re planning on taking your caravan on more traditional camping-style holidays, you can probably go without a larger vehicle which has a kitchen included. As soon as you prioritise home comforts in a caravan over practicality, you have to expect your expenses to rise with them.

Is Style Important?

Whilst caravanning might have been considered as a rather old-school holiday option once, it’s now been wholeheartedly accepted by millennials, hipsters and twenty-somethings alike. New companies have risen, devoting themselves to designing and manufacturing hip caravans for this new target market – if you’re that way inclined, don’t expect your new, stylish caravan to be cheap!

Do You Need To Be Clean?

Now – no one likes to be dirty. However, how clean you intend on being during your caravan holiday will largely depend on the facilities aboard your vehicle, your supply of clean water and your budget. Splash out on a big caravan and you’ll feel like you’ve never left home, cut corners and you’ll be relying on the campsite’s facilities. The choice is yours!

As always, I’m happy to answer any questions that you might have related to caravans, just head on over to the Contact page to ask me anything!