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Types of Caravans

Jayco Caravan
 

Why Caravanning ?

You don't have to be active or outgoing to go caravanning.  Simply enjoying the outdoors is an excellent reason to purchase an RV.  If you enjoy bird watching, fishing, photography, making new friends or just plain relaxing with a good book - these are all very good reasons to go caravanning.

Full Height Caravan for TouringWhat types caravan are there and what do I look for in a caravan?

There is a wide range of caravans now to select from but basically come down to two types – touring and off-road.  Pop tops, expanda or slide out, full van, cross-country or an off road all-terrain caravan.  Manufacturers are now providing the option of a fiberglass skin as well as a range of colours for the skin of the caravan.  Single and tandem axles are also choices for the caravan buyer.

Touring Caravans

Depending on the construction, some are best suited for highway or ‘black top’ roads as the constant vibration over long distances can be testing on the frame and suspension.

Jayco Poptop CaravanThese caravans are well appointed and contain all the ‘creature comforts’ but are not as robust when compared to the heavier off-road or all terrain vehicle (ATV).

Some of the more popular manufacturers of caravans are – Jayco, Millard, Coromal, Paramount, A’van Caravans, JB Caravans, Viscount , Evernew, Supreme, Windsor and Roadstar.

 

 
 

Advantages/Disadvantages of a caravan

Advantages -                                                  

  • You can unhitch your caravan and drive away in your tow vehicle to sight see or go to the shop
  • Easy to pack up and be on your way
  • At rest stops you can go inside and have a cuppa or a ‘nana nap’
  • On those really wet and windy nights you are snug inside
  • You can get away from those flies and insects
  • No packing up wet canvas and no need for heaps of tent poles and pegs

Disadvantages – 

  • Two lots of registration and insurance (tow vehicle and caravan)
  • Sometimes storage of your caravan when not in use can be an issue
  • Some roads will be unsuitable for a caravan, camper van, 5th wheeler or motor home whereas you could more easily take a camper trailer

 

 

 

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