The purchase of a caravan is a significant life choice; but if you get it right, you may look forward to many years of joyful touring and countless holidays both in the United Kingdom and beyond.
If you are considering purchasing a caravan, use this advice to assist you in locating the ideal purchase.
Do not purchase the first caravan that you come across.
Suppose you are new to caravanning and are sold on the idea of purchasing your first caravan. In that case, it is quite likely that you will be blown away by the interior, upholstery, gizmos, and gadgets on the first caravan you see. Make an effort to keep a level head.
Identify your ideal caravan layout
It is essential to choose which format will best accommodate your unique requirements and stick with it. Do you require four sleeping spaces? Do you desire a comfortable and roomy lounge and eating area? Is it a caravan that only the two of you can travel in together? Examine a wide variety of configurations available from the various dealers. Bring the children along with you. Imagine what life might be like living in the caravans by taking turns sitting in each one as a family. After some time has passed, you will develop an innate awareness of the requirements. You should also consider how to extend that space using an awning for your caravan, which can improve the living area and the experience, particularly during the warmer months.
Do not forget to take the dreaded damp test on your caravan!
Your sense of smell is the best indicator of the state of used caravans that are now up for sale, so use it when conducting the inspection. If there is a musty odour present, look for evidence of dampness. The telltale indications include peculiar stains, discoloured spots, mould, or mushy wallboard, particularly within the roof locker regions.
In most cases, the presence of water penetration indicates a problem with the bodyshell; consequently, not only will the afflicted region need to be replaced, but the flaw that produced it will also need to be fixed.
Pay close attention to the structure that makes up the caravan.
Perform a thorough inspection of the caravan, looking for any dents, broken or missing trim, or bulging side panels. Check the tyres and hitch for evidence of excessive wear as well as any other symptoms of damage. Keep an eye out for telltale signs that the caravan has been resealed or repaired in some way, such as sections of paint that do not match up well with the rest of the surface or evidence of filler or extra sealant. Of course, you can do some repair yourself, using caravan panel adhesive.
Ensure that all of the caravan’s documentation are in order.
Check to see that all of the manuals for the gas, electricity, and water systems, in addition to the original manual for the owner, are in good condition. If there is a service history available, check to be that all of the information is current.
Finally, some merchants have adjacent campgrounds that you can stay at for a couple of nights if you buy some of their products. You will not have to travel far to get it fixed at the dealership if something goes wrong.