What to do when buying your first caravan
06 September 2012
Caravanning holidays have always been popular
in the UK, but they are even more in demand than usual at the
With lots of caravan novices looking to invest, it is important
that people are aware of what needs to be done when buying a
caravan. There may even be some things more experienced caravanners
forget, so it's always worth buffing up on your purchasing
Big or small?
The first thing you need to consider when buying a caravan is how
big you need it to be. There are lots of different berth options,
varying in price. If it's just you and a partner, then a two berth
may be enough. However, if you're planning on bringing the family
along, you'll need something much bigger.
If money isn't an issue, it's always advisable to get a caravan
with two extra berths, as this gives you the option of having
guests and will give you more space.
Are you able to tow it?
What many people fail to factor in when they buy a caravan is
their car's ability to tow it. Vehicle handbooks will normally tell
you the maximum towing capacity of cars, so it is important to
check your automobile is up to the task before you make a
You must also check that you have the correct tow for your
caravan, as there is nothing worse than hitching everything up and
realising you can't move out of your driveway.
Do your research
With any large purchase, you should never do it without doing your
research beforehand. Caravan shows are a great way to get an idea of
what is out there and talk to experts and enthusiasts.
This will ensure you have all the advice you need from people who
really go caravanning and getting a different perspective may help
you think about something that hadn't occurred to you before.
Once you've taken the plunge and made your purchase, you must get
caravan insurance immediately.
This will ensure that you're covered should you get burgled or if
there is third party damage. It will also protect you against fire