Caravan Buyers Guide (tips for buying a caravan)

💵 Ultimate Guide to Buying a Caravan (16 Tips + PDF Planner)

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Entering the caravan market can be extremely stressful, time consuming and overwhelming if you’ve never owned one before. Being armed with this guide to buying a caravan is going to save you a lot of time and pressure throughout the process.

Whether you’re buying a new caravan or going for a second hand one, the process can often feel long and tedious. With new caravan brands and models hitting the market at a faster rate than ever before, getting really specific with what you want will be key.

Window shopping at caravan yards and camping shows will help you sort out exactly what you’re looking for when buying a caravan. Create your list of ‘must haves’ and ‘deal breakers’ to stay focussed on what’s important for you and your family.

After 2 years and 3000 weekends (okay I’m exaggerating… but only a little) of looking through every caravan available, we finally decided on the 23 foot Jayco Starcraft Outback with double bunks and an ensuite.

While that was our perfect fit, it most likely won’t be ‘the one’ for you. Everyone has different needs, wants and stipulations so, let’s break it down and lay out all of the important components that you need to consider before making such a big investment.

If you want to use your current car as a tow vehicle, find out if your car can tow a caravan first.

Good luck!

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Tips for Buying a Caravan

Funding Your Caravan Purchase

Australian Money

First tip of bat in this guide to buying a caravan is figuring out how you’re going to fund your caravan purchase.

If you’re planning on travelling long-term or indefinitely, you may plan on selling your house or renting it out. While that avenue is a growing trend, it’s certainly not the best decision for everyone. Some people decide to do a big trip and then sell their van at the end, which can then fund something else or pay out the loan.

Financing a caravan is another option if you will have the means to continue paying out the loan while travelling. Two different options here include getting a specific caravan loan or drawing on the equity from your property (if applicable).

If you’re like me and don’t feel comfortable with the debt, consider what you can sell to raise funds towards buying a caravan. If there’s a second (or third) car in the household, maybe that can go. Clear out the house and shed, selling as many pre-loved items as you can. While all of those small sales can feel insignificant, they can add up surprisingly well. Then set a savings target, cut out any unnecessary expenses and get cracking on your goal.

How to fund a caravan purchase:

  • Save, save save!
  • Caravan finance
  • Property equity
  • Sell the house
  • Sell vehicles & other assets

Maybe you’ve got the cash already sitting there, burning a hole in your pocket – lucky you! However you’re going to fund buying a caravan, you need to make sure that you’re comfortable with that decision.

Here’s helpful guide on going for Caravan Finance, which will help to answer some of your questions, if that’s the pathway you’re going to take.

Getting Caravan Finance →

Set a Budget

Now that you know how you’re going to fund your purchase, the next step is this guide to buying a caravan is to figure out your budget. If you’re not sure on how much new vans are going for these days, How Much Do Caravans Cost? might help answer your question.

There is no magic amount and sticking with what’s affordable is so much more preferable than taking on any unnecessary expenses. There’s no point taking out a huge caravan loan if the repayments will leave you with no money to actually travel in the thing.

If you’re looking at buying a brand new van from a yard, then one word of advice I can give is, don’t just walk in and pay the asking price. Always try and knock those sales people down as far as they will go! If they don’t have a lot of room to move, get them to throw in as many extras as you can to help save on your budget. When it comes time to sell your van down the track, those extras are what buyers are looking for.

With second hand caravans, you should always start the negotiations below the asking price. Most people know to price their item at a rate which allows for them to be knocked down.

Sit down, crunch the numbers and know your maximum figure so that you don’t walk into any financial burdens.

If you’re looking for an easy way to work out your travel set-up costs, our Big Lap Budget Spreadsheet has a whole automated section to work that out for you.


Choose Your Tow Vehicle

This is a bit of a, ‘which comes first, the chicken or the egg’ situation. On the one hand you need a tow vehicle that is load rated to tow your caravan, but to know what vehicles can do that, you need to know which caravan you’re getting. 

Basically, you need to either choose the caravan first OR the tow vehicle first (if you have a specific preference for one over the other) and go from there.

We had a look around and narrowed our caravan choices down to something under the 24 foot range (no longer, because then you start to hit the Big Rig category). Then we had a look across the board and realised that we would then need a car that could tow up to 3.5 tonne preferably, plus we wanted a wagon rather than a ute. 

Here’s an interested read if you’re looking at towing with a ute – Why Most Modern Ute Tow Ratings Are Bulls#!t.

So, our tow vehicle options were narrowed down to either a Toyota Landcruiser or a Nissan Patrol. As we’d had Patrols in the past and liked them, that became the natural decision for us.

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The next thing we needed to do was to figure out whether we wanted the manual or auto and if we’d prefer the diesel or petrol. Let me tell you, that alone is another whole blog post, but it’s suffice to say that we landed on the manual 4.8L petrol Patrol (see our full Nissan Patrol set-up).

Again, it all comes down to personal preference and I recommend making yourself a cuppa and setting aside hours of forum trawling online to figure out exactly what and why you choose what you choose. 

Although you can’t believe everything you see online, reading about other people’s experiences is a really good way to get a broad spectrum of the good and bad points across the board.

Tow vehicle considerations:

  • Transmission – manual or automatic?
  • Fuel – petrol or diesel?
  • Style – ute, wagon or truck?
  • Weights – towing capacity, payload, GVM and GCM of the vehicle (explained in full below)
  • Price – what’s your budget, what year models are in your price range?
  • Existing vehicle – work out which vans you can tow with what you’ve already got (if it’s a good tow vehicle)

Education Yourself on Towing Weights

Understanding towing weights can be extremely daunting and overwhelming. I get it, I knew nothing about this stuff at the beginning of my own caravanning journey. However, educating yourself on towing weights and how much caravans weigh is extremely important and will begin to make sense the more you go over it.

Here is a break down of all the caravan towing weight terms that you will need to become familiar with.

Vehicle Weight Terms:

  1. Vehicle Tare Weight – The weight of an empty standard vehicle with all fluids (coolants, oils etc.), plus only 10L of fuel
  2. GVM (Gross Vehicle Mass) – The maximum your vehicle can weigh when fully loaded
    GVM = Kerb Weight + Accessories + Payload + Tow Ball Weight
  3. Payload – Maximum load your vehicle can carry (including passengers & luggage)
Caravan Towing Weights Infographic

Caravan Weight Terms:

  1. Trailer Tare Weight – Weight of empty caravan (without water, gas tanks, toilet system)
  2. GTM (Gross Trailer Mass) – Maximum axle load your caravan can carry
    GTM = Trailer Tare Weight + Payload (not including Tow Ball Weight)
  3. ATM (Aggregate Trailer Mass) – Gross Trailer Mass + Tow Ball Weight
  4. GCM (Gross Combined Mass) – The maximum weight allowed for the vehicle and caravan combined
  5. Tow Ball Weight – The amount of weight the caravan puts onto the vehicle’s tow ball

There is no point buying a caravan that’s too small to house all of your essential stuff or something so big that you have nothing to tow it with. Be very careful that your tare weight allows enough for you to carry everything that you need and want without going over your GVM and GCM. 

Some payload items to think about:

  • Food & drinks
  • Clothing, shoes & linen
  • Water
  • Fuel
  • BBQ & gas bottles
  • Outdoor furniture & mats
  • Bikes, SUPs & kayaks
  • Tools, hoses & accessories
  • Generator
  • Additional tool boxes etc.
  • Ability to upgrade your solar

All of these things add up so incredibly quickly!

If you are unsure on the whole Tare, GVM, GCM thing, have a read of the Caravan Towing Weights Explained article. It’s extremely important that you understand your caravan towing weights and know how to work them out yourself.

When you’re ready to sort out your own caravan weights, here are the Step-by-step Instructions for Weighing a Caravan.

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Consider Your Towing Experience

The next tip in the guide to buying a caravan is to assess your existing towing experience. This is actually a major factor that can get overlooked in the excitement of the travel plans.

There is no shame in going for something smaller if you’re not 100% comfortable with a bigger caravan or tow vehicle. At the end of the day it’s all down to you and you alone to manoeuvre the thing and get your family to the destination in one piece.

There are plenty of towing and safety courses out there and I highly recommend getting some training or freshening up your skills if it’s been a while.

When it comes to caravan sizes, here are the 6 ways to measure caravan length, just so that you’re aware.

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Some towing experience considerations:

  • Do you feel confident with reversing a large caravan into a pokey caravan park site?
  • Do you feel comfortable towing something that is potentially over 3 tonne behind you?
  • How confident are you with towing a large trailer at 100 kph down the highway with passing trucks and winds?
  • Are you comfortable pulling a large caravan off the road at speed to allow road trains to pass?
  • How do you feel about traversing winding ranges with something that size?

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By now you’ll have a fair idea of your tow vehicle and budget for buying a caravan. The next step in this guide is where it starts to get a bit more fun – it’s time to start window shopping!

To help you figure out exactly which caravan will fit your stipulations, you’ll need to walk through a couple hundred of them (not even an exaggeration!). I mean, there are 160+ caravan brands in Australia to sort through.

Where’s the best place to start perusing caravans? Your local caravan sales yards of course. Even if you have no intention of buying a caravan from a sales yard, don’t let that stop you from frequenting them as much as you can. For it is there that you get to take as long as you like wandering through all of the caravans that they have in stock.

Perks of caravan yard window shopping:

  • Jumping in and out to compare one van from the other
  • See how each layout and model is different from the next
  • Try out the beds (probably shouldn’t fall asleep on them though) and make sure they’re long enough for you
  • Test out if you can squeeze into that tiny shower AND scrub yourself with the door closed
  • Spend hours planning where your own stuff will be stored in each cabinet to visualise what’s doable and what’s not

You certainly can’t do all that with a private sale! While the kids loved caravan hunting just as much as we did, occasionally it was nice to drop them off with the Grandparents for the day to allow us more time to focus on the nitty gritty details.


Visit Caravan & Camping Shows

Caravan Yards

Another great place to compare loads of different caravan layouts, brands and models are at the Caravan & Camping shows. These are especially handy if you’re in the market for a brand new caravan because there will plenty of show deals available with show prices and extra accessories.

Make sure you rock up as early as you can and pack plenty of drinks and snacks (or plan to buy lunch). Caravan & Camping shows are an exhaustingly full day. There will no doubt come a point in the day where you will want to sit down, rest your weary legs and mull over everything you’ve seen so far with a coffee before hitting the pavement again.

While Caravan & Camping shows can be overwhelming, they really do give you the best opportunity to see pretty much everything that is on the current market all in one place. 

Watch out for those salespeople – some of them are bloody good at their jobs and they’ll have you hitching up a new caravan before lunchtime if you’re not careful! 


Hit the Second Hand Caravan Market

We didn’t quite have the budget for a brand new van, but we wanted as new as we could get. So, after figuring out the exact van we wanted, we hit the second hand market.

Here are some second-hand marketplaces worth browsing.

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There are literally hundreds of Facebook groups dedicated to buying and selling. Just type ‘caravan, buy, sell’ into the Facebook search bar, then click on ‘Groups,’ where you can join up to a variety of them and start browsing.

Other online caravan classifieds:

Buying a second hand caravan can save you loads of money and often you can buy one that already has some upgrades and modifications done to it. We ended up getting our Jayco Stacraft Outback van for around $13,000 cheaper than the new price and it was only 9 months old (they’d literally only had two weekends away in it). 

Get to know the market, know what you’re willing to pay and haggle.


Create Your List of ‘Must Haves’

So, now that you’ve walked through 968 caravans, you will no doubt have a better idea of what exactly it is that you’re looking for. The next step is to sit down with you partner/ family and nut out your ‘Must Haves’ list.

One of the most important tips for buying a caravan is to write your ‘Must Haves’ down as a reminder. 

This list will stop you from getting side-tracked with other vans that really aren’t going to make the cut. You don’t want to go shopping with your goggles on and end up having regrets, so keep yourself armed with your ‘Must Haves’ list at all times!

Caravan Bathroom Ensuite Washing Machine
A washing machine was on my ‘Must Have’ list!

Some ‘Must Have’ examples:

  • Specific bed layout
  • Bike rack
  • Double/ triple bunks
  • Ensuite
  • Washing machine
  • Tandem axle
  • Off-road capabilities
  • Solar power
  • Under/ over certain weight, height, length etc.

Create Your List of ‘Deal Breakers’

As much as you need your ‘Must Have’ list, it’s equally as important to have your list of ‘Deal Breakers.’ After all, buying a caravan (whether it be new or ‘new to you’) is a big investment, so you want to make sure it’s the right one. 

Some of our ‘Deal Breakers’ were Pop Tops and Expander’s (we didn’t like the feeling of canvas), an east-west bed (we wanted an island bed with plenty of cabinets around) and the toilet/ shower combo (we like the shower being separate).

If you’re considering a pop top, this full guide to pop top caravans will be helpful for you.

Some ‘Deal Breaker’ examples:

  • Pop top, Expander or canvas
  • Style of ensuite
  • Washing machine/ no washing machine
  • East west bed/ island bed
  • Single or double bed
  • Bunks/ no bunks
  • Under/ over certain weight, height, length etc.

Estimate Insurance & Registration Costs

Once you’ve got a fair idea on which caravan you’re now in the market for, go and cost up the estimated insurance and registration expenses for that model. While trailer registration can be fairly cheap (depending on your state of residence), insurance costs can be another story.

The cost of caravanning is not just based on the initial outlay, but it’s also important to consider the ongoing expenses. Not only do you want to be able to make the purchase, but you need to make sure there will be enough in your monthly budget to get out and travel around this beautiful country.

I recommend checking out people’s impartial reviews before selecting which insurance company you pick. There’s nothing worse than needing to make a claim one day, only to find your chosen company is extremely painful to work with.

Don’t forget to also find out what the cost of registering a caravan in your state or territory will be as well.

All About Caravan Insurance →

Questions to Ask When Buying a Caravan

Forking over thousands of dollars for a caravan is no small task, so it’s important to know exactly what questions to ask the seller. Whether it be a sales yard or a private sale, asking the right questions is going to protect you in the long run.

Questions to Ask a Caravan Yard

Q) How long have you been in the caravanning industry for?

• How long have they been manufacturing/ selling caravans?
• What is their reputation like?
• Have a look online and be sure to read reviews

Q) Do you do much caravanning yourself?

• Helps to weed out the experts from the newbies

Q) What is the Tare Weight (empty) & ATM (max caravan weight allowed) of the caravan?

• Be sure to have a look at the VIN plate yourself
• Take a photo of the VIN plate to help work out your own weights later at home

Q) What are the warranty terms?

• Length of warranty
• List of all inclusions and exclusions

Q) What are the service costs?

• How much is each service?
• What’s included and how regular do they need to be?

Q) Do you offer a national repair network?

• To keep up with servicing during long-term travel
• To have repair help available if trouble arises on the road

Q) What is the total drive-away cost?

• Get the final price including GST, pre-delivery charges, any handover fees, accessories, modifications, on-road costs (rego etc.) & transportation costs

Ask Questions

Questions to Ask a Caravan Private Seller

Q) Why are you selling the caravan?

• Use this question to help ascertain if there are any hidden problems with the van (you may have to use your intuition here)

Q) How long have you had the caravan?

• Are they first owner, or have there been a string of owners?

Q) What trips have you been on?

• To help get an idea of kilometres travelled and how much off-road/ beach work its done (if any)

Q) What is the Tare Weight (empty) & ATM (maximum caravan weight allowed) of the caravan?

• Be sure to have a look at the VIN plate yourself
• Take a photo of the VIN plate to help work out your own weights later at home

Q) What is the VIN Number?

• Use the VIN Number to do a REVS Check (see below)

Q) Do they have any servicing or log book history?

• If they’ve had professional servicing done
• If they’ve recorded the km’s travelled since having the van

Q) Can I please see ID and proof of ownership?

• To confirm that they are in fact the true owner and legally allowed to sell you the caravan

Q) Can I use a digital moisture meter?

• A simple hardware store digital moisture meter will indicate whether or not there are damp spots hidden in the walls or roof
• If the owner refuses to allow it > walk away


Thoroughly Inspect the Caravan

If you’ve found a caravan that you’re pretty keen on, before you agree to the purchase, make sure that everything works. Check all hot and cold taps, gas cookers, lights, air conditioner, fans, heaters, charging points and so on.

Ask the owner or sales yard if you are able to take the caravan for a test tow. Either you can hitch it up to your own vehicle (if it’s set up correctly) or ask to be a passenger as they take it for a tow. This is where you will get to make sure that everything is working as it should and that nothing feels ‘off.’

Find out what tow hitch, plugs and connections you will need for this van. Not all tow connections are created equal, so you’ll need to make sure that your car is set up correctly to be able to tow the caravan away.


Do a PPSR (REVS) Check

For any second hand caravan that you’re about to buy, you should always do a PPSR Check before handing any money over. The PPSR report is what used to be known as a REVS check.

The Australian Government PPSR (Personal Property Security Register) can conduct a search on any car, motorbike, truck, trailer or caravan and give you a full history report.

The main things you’re looking for are to check that the caravan hasn’t been written-off and covered up for sale, stolen, encumbered or still under finance.

What’s included in the PPSR Certificate:

  • Date of report
  • Certificate number
  • Search number
  • VIN or chassis number
  • Caravan model
  • Year of manufacture
  • Year/ month of compliance (if applicable)
  • Registration state
  • Registration number
  • Registration start, end & change time
  • If the caravan is under finance
  • If the caravan is encumbered
  • Collateral type (if financed/ leased)
  • Organisation name (who holds the finance or encumbrance)
  • Organisation contact name
  • Collision history – repairable write-off/ inspection
  • Storm, flood or other write-off
  • Stolen records

You can do a PPSR search for just $2 at ppsr.gov.au.


Be Realistic

One of the final pieces of advice in this guide to buying a caravan is to remain realistic. While it’s easy to get swept up in the latest travelling Taj Mahal hype, only you can know your budget, skills, wants and needs.

Here’s a little glimpse into my own caravan buying journey…

We really liked the Jayco Basestation because we loved how the whole back section of the van would basically be the kids room. But after a while we realised that all of the mods we would need to do would effectively turn it into a Jayco Starcraft anyway, so why bother? 

We also totally fell in love with the Universal Transformers (if you haven’t checked them out, oh my god!), but at $125k it was no where near our budget. 

Actually, we almost signed up for one in a weak moment at the Brisbane Caravan Show. It had been a very long day, okay! But I’m so glad we managed to keep our heads screwed on and avoided that hiccup. 

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Once you know what you want, stick to it. Otherwise you could spend the next year being indecisive and not getting on with the next part of the quest! 

It’s like a mobile phone, there will always be something newer and shinier on the market. You can’t always have the latest and greatest, it’s impossible in this fast-paced material world. 

So, don’t let that salesperson talk you into something you don’t want/ need or can’t afford, be realistic with your budget and ‘Must Haves’ list and stick to your guns.


Caravan Handover

When it comes time to collect your new (or ‘new to you’) caravan and the keys get handed over, I highly recommend taking a notepad and pen with you as the sales person or previous owner shows you how everything works. Allow yourself plenty of time to absorb the caravan handover information and even get the kids babysat if you can. There is much to learn!

In all honesty, I wish we’d had a proper handover because we had no freaking idea how to use anything! We bought privately and picked up on a weekday, so the man we purchased from was at work, but the lady was at home. She had a few tidbits of info she could pass on, but not all of the ins-and-outs that we really needed. 

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Needless to say, there was a lot of Googling and YouTubing along the way for us.

Let me just say that we spent the first six months putting up the awning wrong and it took me a year to figure out what the little orange button on the toilet cassette does while emptying it! 

So, although you probably will be overloaded with information on handover (especially if you buy it new from a yard), pay attention, take notes (and video) and soak up all that you can. The next bit is the best part of all – hitching up and taking off!

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Checklist for Buying a Caravan

1. BUDGET• Work out how you will fund your caravan
• Set a budget and stick to it
• Don’t be afraid to haggle down the asking price
2. TOW VEHICLE• Do you need to buy a tow vehicle?
• Have you already got a suitable tow vehicle?
• Make sure it’s rated to tow what you’re looking for
• Transmission – manual or auto
• Fuel – petrol or diesel
• Style – ute, wagon or truck
3. WEIGHTS• Work out your weights (vehicle capacity & caravan weight)
• How much can you safely & legally tow with your vehicle?
• Make sure you understand all of the weight meanings before making any big decisions
4. EXPERIENCE• Consider your own towing experience
• Stick within your confidence level
• Consider doing a Towing Course
5. CARAVAN YARDS • Go window shopping to view different designs, layouts and options
• Work out what you really do and don’t want
6. CARAVAN & CAMPING SHOWS• To view current options on the market
• Easily compare loads of vans in one place
• Don’t get talked into any sales against your better judgement!
7. SECOND HAND MARKET• Once you know what you want, search the second hand marketplace
8. MUST HAVES• Write down your list of ‘Must Haves’
• Use your list to stay focused
9. DEAL BREAKERS• Write down your list of ‘Deal Breakers’
• Help to eliminate unsuitable caravans
10. INSURANCE & REGO• Cost up estimated insurance & rego costs for your chosen caravan
11. QUESTIONS TO ASK• List all of the questions you want to ask the sales person/ previous owner
12. PPSR (REVS) CHECK• Before purchasing, do a PPSR check
• Make sure the van isn’t encumbered, financed, written-off or stolen
13. BE REALISTIC• Work out your budget and stick to it
• Get clear on your needs vs wants
14. HANDOVER• Take notebook & pen
• Take as many notes (and video) as you can
• Get the salesperson/ previous owner to run through absolutely everything
• Try out all switches, appliances etc. and make sure everything’s working

If you’ve made it all the way through this post and decided that maybe a caravan isn’t the right option for you, here’s a great read for those considering buying a motorhome.

Travelling around in a camper van is also an option, but if you’re wondering how families fit all of the kids in, check out this family of 5 who fit into a VW camper van! Another option is to purchase an older caravan and build it to be your own. If you’re looking to convert a minivan into a camper yourself, check out this awesome post!

I look back at our caravan shopping days with fondness – it was so much fun! So, get out there and start turning that dream into a reality, however that looks for you.

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24 thoughts on “💵 Ultimate Guide to Buying a Caravan (16 Tips + PDF Planner)”

  1. Wow, so much to consider when buying a caravan. I would not have thought of what come first the tow vehicle or caravan. It makes sense to know what you are going to buy when it comes to the caravan then picking out the vehicle. Thanks for the great tips.

  2. Interesting tips! My godmother used to have a camper when I was a kid, and sometimes she came to pick me up after school to spend a weekend abroad. It was actually nice to travel like this! I don’t think we’ll ever buy a caravan, since we love staying in charming boutique hotels with comfy beds, but it’s interesting to read about all these tips! 🙂

  3. That handover step is super important. We only spent a weekend in an RV and it’s amazing just how much we didn’t know. Even something as simple as hooking up the sewer can go terribly wrong. Plus, I don’t think we ever figured out what half of the switches ever did.

    1. Oh my gosh, yes! For months we were putting the awning out wrong, because no one had actually shown us how to do it properly. It’s totally different to our normal habits in a house.

  4. Such a great article with helpful tips. I have owned several different versions of a caravan or “camper” as we call them in Canada. As our needs changed so did the type of caravan. In the end, my favourite was the Class C ( all in one!) but I also loved towing (as you say, better have the right tow vehicle) a trailer behind! It’s a big decision with a lot of factors to consider.

    1. That’s so true, what you need when the kids are little is different to what you’ll need when they’re older or if you’re a single traveller. We like an all in one as well.

  5. I secretly (and not so secretly) dream of selling everything and doing this! What a freeing lifestyle. I would have absolutely no idea where to start, so this is an extremely helpful guide for people like me who just want to know what all it entails! I love how detailed you are.

    1. It’s a pretty free lifestyle, we love it. As with anything in life though, being a full-time nomad isn’t without its challenges. Maybe you’ll throw caution to the wind and be able to do it one day!

  6. For as long as I can remember, I’ve dreamed of selling my house and permanently moving into an RV. I have one kiddo left at home, and a five year plan. This is great advice for when I blink and that time comes!

  7. Whew! I’m so out of my element reading this. I do agree with haggling, that much I did know and that’s awesome you got yours so much cheaper and it was so new. I also knew about having to have the correct towing vehicle. Past that, I can totally pick out features, but I didn’t even know about the weights! Great, thought-provoking lists all the way down to FB groups on it! And I would be in the 968 category! That’s me before buying anything!

  8. What an extremely helpful guide for anyone who is in the market of buying a caravan. Personally, I wouldn’t know where to start with that research so it appears you have thought of everything for that resourceful consumer – especially the Must Have List!

  9. I’m glad that you mentioned that a tow vehicle is just as important as the caravan itself and that you should consider its fuel, transmission, and weights. My family is going on a big camping trip and we want to find a caravan with plenty of features, but we also need to consider what vehicle we will use to tow the caravan. I’ll make sure that we are properly prepared before we go on our first caravan trip.

    1. The tow vehicle almost more important than the van itself. It’s not easy to line up all the ducks in a row, but I’m sure you’ll find what works for you and the fam.

    2. Thank you for this very detailed and informative blog. My husband and I have done the camping with tents, then camper trailer experiences both with 2 kids in tow. In between we have done cruises and travelled overseas. Now the kids are adults it’s our time to enjoy a different travel experience. So our journey of research commences. Once again thank you for supplying information we have found useful. Diane and Brent (SA).

      1. Sounds like you are all pretty well-travelled folk. It definitely is time for a change in pace and to travel in a different style. Have fun with the planning and preparations. I hope you can hit the road sooner rather than later!

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