A Home Away From Home
Road trips are eventful and exciting ways of exploring a county. If you are the type who is repulsed by hotel rooms or want to have complete control of your holiday while still having a very flexible schedule, a caravan would be an ideal solution to rent or purchase for your vacations. They are available in a variety of shapes and sizes to suit various scenarios and personal requirements. Following are a few such types you might want to consider before purchasing.
The Traditional Caravan
Usually of a single axle, these can house up to six individuals at a single stay along with a toilet and shower, kitchen with basic equipment such as a 12V caravan fridge, sink, work surfaces and other basic amenities. The use of an awning can help increase sheltered space in any caravan.
Twin Axle Caravan
For caravans too large or heavy to be handled with a single axle, twin axles are used, making them more stable and tow friendly. However, these may need more care when pitching and returning to storage.
Like the name suggests, you pop the top in order to gain headroom. This however means the caravan is smaller when not in use and thus reduces the drag while on the road, allowing for better fuel consumption and efficient storage. These are however not as popular as they once were.
These are smaller than the usual trailers however, this allows smaller vehicles and even sports cars to tow them easily. A double bed with a few basic cooking utensils can be easily fitted in making it ideal for a couple or small family.
GRP or Fiber-glass Caravan
These are again small in size and the material is such it is light in weight making it easily maneuverable. Fiber glass is also heavy on wear and tear making it an efficient solution for young families.
Although these need to be erected on site these are exciting to watch being erected. They are usually transported as a low trailer and is later unfolded on site where it grows to its full height which can accommodate the usual amenities of a traditional caravan.
Other than the basic types mentioned here, there are a number of other new models of caravans such as the T@B, American Airstream and fifth wheelers. Each caravan has its own pros and cons. When choosing a caravan make sure to pick one that can accommodate your whole family and one that suits your personal requirements and habits. Thinking ahead of the possible terrains you would be camping in would also narrow down your options.