Which is the right model for me?

Which Is The Right Model For Me?

Once you have made the decision to purchase a caravan there are lots of things to consider to ensure you make the right choice for you and your family.  

  1. Size and layout: Think about the size of the caravan that you need, based on how many people will be using it (the majority of the time) and what you will be using it for. Will you be on the road for a few months at a time or taking shorter trips over long weekends? Also consider what length caravan you are comfortable towing and manoeuvring and remember some campgrounds only allow caravans up to a certain size.
  2. Type: If you want to be able to travel around the South Island in your caravan it’s worth investing in an off-road model. An off-road caravan built for New Zealand conditions will offer good ground clearance, off-road tyres, independent suspension, a fully-galvanised chassis (to prevent rusting in coastal environments) and good insulation. 
  3.  Layout: Consider the layout of the caravan and whether it will work for your needs, including the number of beds, the size of the kitchen and bathroom, and the amount of storage space.
  4. Weight and towing capacity: Make sure the caravan weight is within the towing capacity of your vehicle. It’s important to consider the total weight of the caravan, including all the clothing, food, outdoor equipment and water you are carrying.
  5. Condition: If buying second hand, check the overall condition of the caravan, including the body, chassis, brakes, wheels, and tires. Look for any signs of wear and tear or damage.
  6. Safety features: Look for safety features such as stability control, anti-lock brakes, and reinforced chassis. There should be a smoke alarm and fire extinguisher inside the van.
  7. Price: Consider your budget. Don’t be afraid to negotiate on price or ask for a package deal that could include extras like brake controllers, TVs, satellites or bike racks.

Warranty and maintenance: Check the warranty on the caravan and what this covers. Make sure you understand the maintenance and servicing requirements for the caravan and whether you’ll be able to handle them on your own or if you’ll need to take it to a professional. Your warranty may be void if you don’t have your caravan serviced regularly.

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Which is the right model for me?

Which Is The Right Model For Me?