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Jun 21, 2008
Camper vans have many optional extras and facilities and most first time buyers or hirers, do not have all the information to make an informed choice over which van to choose. A lot of people will be taken in by the styling of a camper and will pay little attention to the actual facilities. Most campers have basic facilities as standard, enough to just about cover a few nights away. Optional extras can though, make a big difference to your comfort levels.

You should consider a number of factors, such as family size today and what it may become in the near future. Your needs will change as your family grows and now may be the time to plan ahead. The kind of trips you wish to make can also have a bearing on the vehicle most suited to your needs. Buying or renting presents different considerations with regards to price as does whether you go for a new or second hand vehicle.

Consider some of the available optional extras in the next few paragraphs and deciding whether these are an absolute must for you now, could save you money in the long term. New or used, buying or renting choosing the right mix of extras can make all the difference to a long road trip.

Most camper vans usually have up to eight seats, but only four beds. There is usually one large double bed together with two or three single ones for children. However, before buying any camper van, take a careful look at all the available designs and see which ones are large enough for your needs. Also try to strike an even balance between quality and price. You do get what you pay for, but there are many bargains to be found in both the new and the second hand market.

After the sleeping arrangments, the next thing you should check is the living area and kitchen. Among the best facilities, some of which are only optional, we could include air conditioners, microwaves, water heaters, furnaces, not to mention TV and sound systems. Solar panels are one other great additional element, that meets both ecological and comfort purposes. Moreover, if you want to personalize your camper van, there are many companies that offer customizing services. Thus, you can decide for yourself the colour of the upholstery, whether its leather or fabric and even down to what floor covering is used.

One option you may wish to include is a driver's leather seat. High quality leather is durable and comfortable particularly for long journeys. You may also wish to consider more storage space, there are optional extra compartments that come in a variety of sizes. Some of the larger extra compartments usually include water drains in case you have to store liquids. Smaller compartments may not have such features and are often found at floor level, but still offer some great storage space.

Motorhomes and camper vans with simple designs allow you to concentrate on what many owners feel is the most important consideration, that of space. A great exterior will never make up for poor interior planning. Older vans rarely have the flushing toilets and shower facilities you find on the latest models. So you may wish to consider the cost of upgrading a used model to include these essentials. Do not though fill up your recently acquired camper or motorhome with so many extras, that you have no space left for comfortable movement inside.
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