IS A SMALL CARAVAN RIGHT FOR YOU?
Are you entering an exciting phase of your life, where you can take off, with few restrictions or responsibilities, to explore Australia by road? This might be something you have planned for years, or an inpromptu adventure, but either way, you need to buy a caravan that is right for you. If it's just a twosome travelling, sometimes a small caravan will suit your needs perfectly. Here we discuss some of the benefits of a small caravan so you can decide what is right for you.
Remember, caravans should be less than 77% of your car’s fully-laden weight and no wider than 2.3m, or they may require a commercial license to tow. The larger the caravan, the more space and mod-cons you can have, from full kitchens to en-suites, hot showers, flushing toilets and so on; however, larger caravans are also heavier to tow and less agile when moving in and out of small spaces.
If you want to stay nimble, lightweight and travel to more offbeat places with only the basic essentials, and you don’t mind sharing site facilities, then a smaller caravan, such as a poptop, might be just right for you.
Here are some of the benefits of a small caravan:
Easier to tow
If you're just getting started caravanning, or even if you're a seasoned grey nomad, the thought of towing a van can be daunting, and even put some people right off the idea of caravanning- which is a shame. One of the key benefits of a small caravan, especially for those embarking on their first adventure, is that they are lighter (therefore more aerodynamic), easier to tow, with less drag. This may set your mind at ease, or even act as a good starter caravan while you get comfortable with towing.
Easier to store
Storing a caravan can be a challenge - you want something off the street to protect your investment from the elements, but off site storage facilities can get expensive. And let's face it, few people have a garage that is uncluttered and big enough to house your new prized possession! Small caravans obviously take up less room, so can be stored neatly in carports and garages.
You may be forgoing some creature comforts like a built-in bathroom, toilet and full kitchen if you opt to buy a small caravan, however you may not be in a position to invest too much in this dream. Small caravans allow you to hit the open road, see the places you've always dreamed of, without breaking the bank. Remember, there is always the option to customise your small caravan to ensure you're making the most of your space.
Some may put having to share facilities at a caravan park as a drawback of owning a small caravan, but we think it's most deifnitely a positive. Meeting people at caravan parks, chatting over the BBQ facilities and meeting like-minded people is a big part of what caravanning is all about! Here is where you can get tips on customising your caravan, what part of Australia to explore next, and little tips and tricks of the trade you may never have picked up yourself. What's more, you can make friends for life!
A small caravan doesnt mean you are sacrificing the quality of your adventure in any way. Sure, you might have a little less space to stretch out in, and fewer creature comforts, however a small caravan still is perfectly comfortable and a great, afforable option for two.
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