A First-Time Buyer's Guide to Picking the Right Caravan

Author: Paul Napthali   Date Posted:13 December 2017 

Selecting the caravan of your dreams can be an extremely fun process. Despite the fun involved, however, it also requires making some difficult (and potentially long-term) decisions regarding what will ultimately become your new home-away-from-home.

Here are a few things to consider prior to purchasing a brand-new caravan.

What Kind of Camping Do You Want to Do?

Before finalizing the purchase of any caravan, you should always take a step back to consider your strongest caravanning and camping desires.

Do you want to travel from tourist location to tourist location, staying in caravan parks and meeting like-minded travellers along the way? Or, would you much prefer escaping into the solitude of nature to engage in some quality off-the-grid living?

The answers to these kinds of questions will ultimately give you a better idea of the kind of things you'll want your caravan to be equipped with.

What Do You Want in a Bathroom?

Caravans are commonly pre-equipped with built-in bathrooms. These bathrooms, however, can ultimately have different effects on your camping experience.

Aside from privacy, a spacious bathroom generally reduces the chances of splashing the toilet while showering. Certain models additionally include a separating wall between both.

Otherwise a compact shower toilet combination may give you extra interior room for other things like bunk beds, washing machines or general living space. 

What Do You Want in a Kitchen?

While central kitchens are fairly popular in caravans, they can make maneuvering difficult. This is not to mention the possible safety issues involved with people having to constantly squeeze by hot burners and ovens.

When selecting a caravan, you're going to want to check how close the stove and sink are to lounging and sleeping areas. If positioned too closely, accidental splashes and messes may occur.

Another thing to consider when purchasing a caravan is the positioning of the caravan table and dining area. Fold out tables tend to be placed opposite a side kitchen and are useful for extra room when not sitting down for a meal.

What Do You Need in a Living Room?

A caravan living room, or lounging space (as it is commonly referred to) is an important aspect to consider prior to purchasing a caravan. Like the living room of your home, a caravan's lounge area is the area campers will be spending the majority of their time in.

Although most caravans include a lounge or dinette, their lengths will vary. Therefore, it may be worth testing the comfort prior to taking the plunge and purchasing.