If you’re thinking of purchasing a caravan, it’s important to first understand the options open to you. There are plenty of different ways to get involved in the caravanning community and different types of caravan to consider. Before making your mind up, you should learn a bit more about the advantages and disadvantages of each.
In this blog we will look at a few of the different types of caravan available.
We all know what touring caravans look like and what they can offer. If you’re looking to buy a caravan, the touring caravan that you tow behind your car is probably the one that comes to mind. They offer limited space but they can be towed easily, offering the kind of versatility that people are often looking for. You can travel to a different place anytime you like with this type of caravan.
A touring caravan can be single or twin axle and vary in width, length and weight. The cost of a new caravan can range from £13,000 to £36,000 on average. Used touring caravan prices vary depending on age and condition.
Pop-top caravans offer the benefit of being very small and compact, ideal for towing with a smaller car or in hard to reach places. There’s a little less space for comfort but they’re much easier to tow and get around. They’re called pop-top caravans because the roof conveniently pops up to offer more space when needed.
The pop-top can accommodate extra sleeping space or just provide additional head room. Then it can pop straight back down when you want to tow it behind your vehicle. An example of this type of caravan is a Hymer Eriba Touring.
As the name implies a static caravan remains in situ on a caravan park. You will pay a ground rent for an agreed period and in return enjoy your static holiday caravan. If you choose a static caravan, you’re limited to where you can site it and therefore doesn’t offer the same flexibility as the other caravan options.
Static caravans have been very popular since the 1980’s and offer a sited holiday home. Modern day static caravans have all the home comforts, including double glazing, ensuite shower rooms and wet central heating. They come in numerous widths and length and provide comfortable living.
Many caravan parks will allow you to sub-let when you’re not using it. You can advertise this on websites that allow you to rent out your holiday home.
A static caravan price can vary from £28,000 to £65,000 on average. The price is often controlled by the holiday park you wish to buy through and site on.
If you don’t want to tow a touring caravan, but you also don’t want to buy a static caravan, you might want to consider a motorhome instead. A motorhome is known as a motor-caravan and includes a habitation area and cab. Your vehicle and your caravan are together in one and you don’t have to worry about towing or setting up when arriving on site.
A motorhome offers ease and practicality for touring but the living space may be less than a touring caravan.
Motorhomes come in sizes from around 6 metres to 9 metres, there are several that fall either side of this. The cost of a new motorhome can be from £35,000 to £150,000 on average. Motorhomes to hold their value compared to touring and static caravans.
Fifth-wheelers are very big caravans and often more expensive than other options. They usually need to be towed by pick up trucks, with the fifth-wheeler coupling attached to the truck’s load-bed. One of the problems that comes with choosing a fifth-wheeler is that because of their size, they’re sometimes not accepted on campsites. That’s something to take into account before deciding to buy one of these. Inside, they offer a high level of comfort with sofas, large kitchens and flat screen televisions.
Fifth wheel caravans are available from several dealers across the UK and range in price depending on if they are imported from the USA or built in the UK. You will be looking at £30,000 to £70,000 for a new fifth wheel.
There are plenty of options open to you when it comes to finding the caravan that meets your needs. Everyone has different wants and expectations when it comes to travelling with a caravan. Be sure to explore each of the options discussed here and purchase the one that you feel suits you best.