Before entering into purchasing any new caravan (or setting foot in a showroom) there are a few important things you should try to do first:
Is it primarily to get away for family holidays with the kids? Weekend escapes to here and there? Regular camping or fishing trips with friends? Or for just the two of you to fulfill a lifelong retirement dream of taking off on a Grand Tour of Australia?
Once you establish the main purpose (and always think a little bit ahead of what your requirements may be right now), this will largely determine your caravan’s size and configuration; its layout; and also the extent of the fittings and features you’ll need.
You’ll also do well to think about whether you’ll mainly be staying at (and using the facilities) of established caravan parks; or if your van needs to be equipped to give you independence in more remote locations.
Unless you are in a position to purchase the caravan first and then invest in the ideal vehicle to suit towing it, you will need to carefully check the tow capacity of your current vehicle. This will set a ‘maximum’ allowable weight for your new van.
Once you begin looking at vans of the size and style that suit your purposes, be impressed with the aesthetics of what you can see and touch ~ but never lose sight of the solidity and strength that lays beneath the surface. Caravans of genuine substance (like Traveller) may cost a little more, but over time their longer lasting performance will repay you in spades.
Prior to picking up your brand new Traveller van, we’d thoroughly recommend that you look into having it comprehensively insured ~ so you’re well protected against any mishap from the moment that you hit the road.
Whilst Traveller has no affiliation with any particular insurance company, the following few suggested names are specialist insurers in the Caravan area ~ and we hope this provides you with a useful starting point to begin shopping around:
Your Traveller Dealer will also be happy to assist you with making a wise policy choice for your individual situation.
Here are a few key points to consider when weighing up which Insurer to go with:
Whether you’re new to caravanning or have been doing it for years, always remain mindful of the pre-travel checks necessary to help ensure you enjoy a safe journey.
The following is a quick list of things you should never forget to do before leaving home or travelling to your next destination:
Towing a caravan will alter the way your car performs ~ decreasing its acceleration and braking ability; and often affecting its general control. So with any new caravan (or towing vehicle) it’s wise to practice with a few shorter trips before attempting a long journey.
To improve your safety and that of fellow road users when towing a caravan:
“I wish I had a dollar for everyone who’s asked to see inside our van” is something we hear a lot from Traveller owners.
The sleek lines and stylish exterior of our caravans just seems to make onlookers curious to see if the interior is equally impressive.
Well, here’s a thought for handling people who want a ‘stickybeak’ ~ with an absolutely straight face, say to them,
“No problem, it’ll only cost you a gold coin donation to put in the jar”.
Whether they put their hand in their pocket doesn’t really matter ~ the ‘Not Quite Sure If You’re Serious’ reaction they’ll give you will be priceless.