So, you have decided to get the family into caravanning or longing to hit the road in some other form of travelling accommodation, like a motor home. But, have you considered everything?
Beyond Part One.
While the world of the caravan or motor home traveller does come with some tantalising freedoms and certainly some adventures and rewards for the free spirit, there are many, many things to ponder seriously before leaping in. After considering everything already mentioned in Part One, storage, council rules, road rules, your neighbours and so on, and you still are keen, then there are further things to take on board and think about.
The other considerations of ownership.
If the previously highlighted considerations are an issue to or for you, then the other conclusion for your caravan or motor home is off-site. Storage facilities offer secure storage facilities that take the hassle or practical impossibility of storing at your home. But, it does come at a regular cost, either weekly, monthly or even yearly. The additional cost of storing it safely and securely off-site vs the few times it will be put to use each year is a real consideration.
Additionally, beyond the high purchase price, you need to factor in registration, insurance, maintenance, cleaning/maintenance, part replacements, tyres, wear & tear, accessories and so on. All relevant details to think about well before you buy and then eventually hit the road.
I really want one, what now?
If you have considered all of the above and you choose the motor home life over a caravan, then you are contained. The only other considerations, beyond its storage, are of course, the real-world costs to run it once you hit the track, as in fuel.
For Caravanners, the other consideration is your vehicle, is it powerful enough to tow the caravan you want to buy. Does it have the right and best kind of towbar, correct wiring, harness connections, towing mirrors, and so on. Something very important to think about in any decision like this is ‘you’. Yes, you are certainly a consideration in what you will be undertaking. Are you confident enough in your driving ability to handle travelling with a beast locked at the back of your vehicle. Have you asked any advice from anyone, friends, family or professionals?
Have you considered some form of training lessons or at least trying out towing one, reversing with it, backing it into a tight space? All worthy considerations.
Most modern caravans come with their own electronically controlled brakes for each wheel, which are activated by an electronic brake controller in your vehicle. These assist in modulating stopping brake force allowing you and your van to slow down. The brand Redarc is well considered and Autospark are well versed with these systems which are integral. Towing mirrors do offer a significant level of improved rear vision and need to be fitted to your car.
Other vitals include weight distribution hitches, hitch locks, a TV screen (if wanted), inverters, dual battery systems, solenoid systems and even solar power too. Other items like power cords and adapters, ramps & wheel chocks, fully functional air conditioning and even heating, power solutions and even a UHF radio if going off the track.
And in closing…
After serving the trailer, caravan, motor home and 4WD world for many years, Autospark are well placed to not only provide the best in products for your adventures, but are the experts in fitting and offer rock-solid advice. You can always rely on the professionals at Autospark for the latest know-how in all manner of lighting, bulb replacement, upgrades, mechanical services and even refurbishments to help you and keep you and your vehicle safe.
If you have any issues with your car’s needs for caravanning, lighting, wiring, accessories or anything, talk to the experts and your trusted professionals at Autospark.