Researching to find the right caravan for you
If you are not used to the world of caravanning, knowing what caravan is the best for you and your needs can be daunting. Then there are all the other pieces of information you require, such as finding the best insurance, knowing your legal obligations and researching what accessories you might need.
Luckily, there are a number of resources at your disposal where you can talk to experienced caravan people and get all the advice you need. Here’s a brief rundown of some of the places you can go for information.
One thing that stands out about members of the caravan community is their willingness to hand out advice and share experiences and knowledge. Nowhere is this more apparent than on the various online forums.
A quick search on Google and you will find a number of forums, many free to join, which will allow you to interact with other members of the caravan community. These are places to discuss news, share opinions and ask for some advice on a whole range of caravanning issues.
In the digital age the online review has become a fairly reliable way of gauging opinion on a whole range of products from clothing and books to pubs and hotels. The same goes for caravans and there are a number of websites that offer reviews of caravans made by all the leading manufacturers.
While an online review is not as good as actually seeing a caravan first hand, it can help you quickly get a rough idea of what other people thought of a particular model and also provide some pointers about things to look out for. Reviews sites include Practical Caravan and Caravan Talk.
Caravan dealers and shows
There are numerous sites online that will provide you with a directory of caravan dealers nationwide, so you can find one near you. Caravan dealers have a wealth of experience and will be able to advise you what is available to suit your needs and budget. Of course, they are in the business of selling, so make sure you are not pressurised into buying.
You will also find a number of dealers at the numerous caravan shows held throughout the year, which will enable you to carry out some extensive research.
Advice from your club
If you are a member of a club, such as the Caravan Club or the Camping and Caravanning Club, you can take advantage of the experience and knowledge of their numerous members to ask questions and get their view of particular models of caravan. It is just one the many benefits that membership affords.