Whether you’re a seasoned camper or you’re new to the caravanning world, looking at caravans for sale can be an exciting experience. However, before taking the leap and spending your hard-earned cash, there are a few obvious (and not so obvious) things you need to be aware of.
Before committing to any big purchase, it’s always important to do your research, and buying a caravan is certainly no exception. Here are a few important questions to ask yourself when buying a caravan.
What Kinds of Trips Are You Planning?
While a standard aluminium caravan will be more than durable enough to withstand most regular Aussie road trips, you might need to rethink your strategy if you’re planning on going off-road or being on road for an extended period of time.
The first question you should ask yourself when it comes to looking at caravans for sale is what kind of travels are you planning? This will immediately rule out any caravan models that may be over or under-equipped for your needs, helping to streamline the buying process.
This question will also allow you to work out a rough budget, as off-road caravans typically fetch a higher price tag than their standard counterparts. Knowing this information in advance means you can organise your finances accordingly and avoid overspending.
What is Your Maximum Towing Capacity?
It’s important to do your due diligence and figure out exactly how much weight your towing vehicle can safely tow. Buying a caravan that exceeds this weight could cause long term damage to both the caravan and the towing vehicle itself, which is why it’s so important to have an accurate number from the outset.
The number of moving parts in a caravan and whether or not a special weight distribution hitch is needed can make working this number out slightly confusing for beginners. Fortunately, there are a number of online guides that outline the different calculations you’ll need to do in order to figure out your vehicle’s safe towing capacity accurately and quickly.
What is the Consensus on the Model You’re Looking At?
One of the many great things about caravanning is that the community it encompasses are tight-knit and full of experienced caravanners who can point you in the right direction when it comes to looking at caravans for sale.
If you already have a certain make or model of caravan in mind for your purchase, tap into the community first. You may find out that the brand you’re considering carries a reputation for making unreliable caravans. Conversely, you may also find that someone wants to sell their own premium caravan which you can then snap up for a bargain price. You can easily find many forums and discussion boards online specifically based around caravans.
You can also check out some online reviews of any caravans you’re considering. Caravanners have a very active online presence, and through searching social media alone, you can usually get an accurate picture of the pros and cons of any caravan you’re thinking of purchasing.