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Vital Considerations When Entering The Caravanning World

Aug 3, 2008
The world of caravanning is becoming an extremely popular form of holidaying for many people. But with so many new caravans on the market today deciding which to choose can be difficult and troublesome. When you are considering these factors, by taking a logical and common sense approach it is possible to find caravans that suit both your budget and requirements. Ultimately the freedom of the open road and more affordable holidaying are the most powerful lure for those buying caravans. Before you head out to the dealership however, read on for essential caravan buying advice.

While new caravans fill the magazines it is not the only option if buying, used caravans present a cheaper option but without specialist knowledge it is easy to get stuck with a poor example. The latest caravans on average will cost around ten thousand pounds although the larger more luxurious models can cost considerably more. As the cost is so high, the research you must undertake should be extensive, knowing exactly what you need and what you are willing to pay for is a fundamental part of the approach.

Part of this research should be looking at as many different caravans in your price range as possible. Most retailers have deals with specific manufacturers and will only showcase caravans from this supplier; as a result visiting more than one dealer is essential. As well as getting out there and visiting the forecourts it is also advisable to make use of the internet. Not only are there many websites that review new models entering the market, the forums dedicated to the world of caravanning give real opinions of how a caravan performs over a longer period. This information should be a vital part of your research, as should speaking to other caravan owners; their advice can be invaluable.

Most experienced caravanners will tell you that the first consideration to be made should be the power of your car. This is vitally important as it determines the safety of the entire outfit once it is in transit. If you happen to choose a caravan that is too heavy for your towing vehicle it is likely that your outfit will be underpowered and hence unsafe. By towing an outfit that is too heavy for your car you not only put the safety of your family at risk but also risk the safety of other road users. Once again the internet can help with this, many sites dedicated to caravanning have systems where all you must do is enter the vehicle details and it will produce a list of models that can be safely towed.

While new caravans should always be in pristine condition it is still advisable to make a detailed check of the outfit to see if there are any problems. One of these problems is damp, any caravan that has evidence of damp is likely to be unstable and a bad deal. Damp in a caravan rots the support and make the entire outfit unstable. In addition to looking for damp it is also worth checking the sealant around the windows and doors as these are the places where water ingresses most easily, these points should also checked for robustness as these are the primary entry points for thieves.

Ultimately if you consider the following when you are looking at new caravans you should be able to find an outfit that will provide years of unbridled holidaying pleasure. Keep a clear head and do not be swayed by emotion, by keeping your needs and budget at the forefront of your mind throughout the process you should be able to find the perfect outfit for you and your family.
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Caravaning expert Thomas Pretty looks into what considerations should be made when looking at new caravans to ensure a great deal is secured.
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