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Essential Information For New Caravanners

Aug 8, 2008
Caravans are becoming an increasingly popular option for families who want to holiday but are trying to keep travelling costs down. While the initial outlay for new caravans may be high the money saved through years of holidaying makes it ultimately worthwhile. When looking in the magazines it is easy for those new to the world of caravanning to become confused with the vast array of models on the market today. With massive models with double beds, showers, and fully equipped kitchens to budget models that may have a premium on space the selection on offer is endless. Ultimately the choice will boil down to cost and usability. There are however other factors to consider, here are some of them.

The first consideration should be the laden weight of any new caravans you peruse. The weight is so important due to the fact that to tow an outfit safely the car must be able to comfortably tow the caravan. Thankfully the process of finding the limits of the towing vehicle is easy. Many services on the internet allow caravanners to enter their vehicle details and a list of suitable models is produced. Fundamentally you want to be able to tow a caravan safely and in a way so that it will not be a nuisance for other users of the road.

The shape of the any new caravans is also an important factor in the decision. Older caravans tend to be squarer, this however means that the outfit will drag more and hence will cost more in fuel for your journeys. Newer models however are increasingly aerodynamic in their design; this increases fuel efficiency although as they are newer a premium obviously becomes applicable. For those who are acutely aware of fuel efficiency collapsible models can be the ideal solution, although not extremely spacious the benefits are there in terms of handling and affordability.

New caravans naturally vary immensely in terms of length. While the most expensive models are extremely long and luxurious in extremis, they are not always the best choice. Longer caravans are harder to control when on the road, they are unwieldy and when it comes to parking can be extremely troublesome. A smaller caravan is better choice for first timers as it will be easier to control, for those worried about space, by utilising an awning it is possible to have the extra space without having to cope with problems of handling and parking. Additionally with the longer caravan, higher ferry and road toll charges will be applicable when travelling abroad.

Most caravans come in twin and single axle varieties. The largest caravans will require two axles for handling reasons although you will have to pay more for tyres and maintenance; as effectively it will be doubled. Single axle models are still stable and are also easier to manoeuvre when it comes to parking in bays. Especially for first timers a single axle variety is more advisable as it will be easier to park and will cost less to maintain.

Ultimately a new caravan is an investment, subsequently, maintenance will need to be undertaken to ensure the outfit has a long life and provides years of holidaying pleasure. Hopefully this article has gone some of the way to explaining the world of caravanning and the key considerations that must be made before buying your first caravan. With a sensible and careful approach it should be possible to have many fun and enjoyable holidays at an affordable price.
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Travel expert Thomas Pretty looks into the considerations that must be made when looking at new caravans.
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