One of the greatest things a family can do is travel together towing the family van, either to that regular seaside location, or to somewhere completely new! There are many benefits to owning a caravan, the least of which is that your “home away from home” is always available when you travel. There’s no need to stay in an uncomfortable or expensive hotel or motel when you’ve got your own caravan.
The Downsides of Caravan Ownership
However, caravan ownership is not without its downsides, so there are several things you need to consider before purchasing a caravan for your family. One of the first things that needs to be considered is the towing vehicle. Some people already own the vehicle they’re going to be towing their caravan with, and may thus be restricted as to what they can purchase. Some potential caravan owners believe that if they’ve got a “big car” it will be equipped to tow anything, but this is not always the case. It’s really important to check the towing capacity of your vehicle before purchasing a caravan. Of course, if you’re purchasing the caravan first, this isn’t generally an issue as you’ll be able to purchase a towing vehicle to suit.
Making the Most of Your Caravan in the Off Season
Another of the issues the family van can cause is actually finding a place to keep it when you’re not on holidays! Some people set up their caravan permanently in a particular caravan park, which is fine if they want to visit the same place year after year. Many more, however, get a van precisely so they can travel to different destinations.
In this case, you’ll need somewhere to keep it, which is something to consider, particularly if space is limited. Some people work around this by getting an additional benefit out of their caravan: an extra family space for the home! A luxury caravan can be quite comfortable accommodation for elderly parents or teens, and when the caravan is being used for holidays, the family member can either come along too, or mind the house. Some may find their family caravan provides a useful and private home office, or maybe just gives them a little “time out” from the family hustle and bustle.
How to Choose the Best Caravan
When choosing a family van the most important thing is to consider what your needs are. It’s a great idea to have a look at a number of caravans as well as floor plans, and consider everything your family needs, bearing in mind that three young kids will be teens in just a few more years, and that over time family needs may change. It’s best if a long term investment like a caravan is purchased with that in mind. Creative Caravans are always available to help you find the best caravan for your needs, whatever they may be, and can even custom build caravans to suit the individual.