May 20, 2017 POSTED BY Retreat Caravans

What to Do When Buying a New Caravan

You could always find a caravanner who will tell you will miss half of your life if you wouldn’t try caravanning even once in your life. For many adventurous people, there’s no better way to see the breathtaking sceneries in Australia than going on a caravan holiday. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have your own caravan, if you know someone who owns one, you can join them and experience a once-in-a-lifetime trip.

But if you are someone who has tried caravanning and you really loved it to the point that you are now considering to buy a caravan, you need to make a smart decision in choosing which one among the hundreds of new and used caravans you should buy. 

Used vs New Caravans

Buying a used caravan comes with a few benefits – needless to say, a used caravan is more affordable than a new one.

On the other hand, when you go for a new caravan, you will be given the promise of safety and longevity. Another benefit of purchasing a new caravan is that, you will be the one to decide how it looks and how you want it to be. You won’t have limitations as to what features you want to add to your van, even the colour and the size are up to you. 

Also, with new caravans, you will have a wide good of specs and layouts. New caravans for 2017 also use better and improved materials, giving you nothing but comfort. New rigs are also energy-efficient and they have cutting-edge technology. Don’t forget that new caravans have better warranties than old models.


The 2017 Retreat Daydream

In a nutshell, here are the benefits you can get from buying a new caravan:

  • Aftersales support
  • Better warranty
  • Latest technology
  • More luxury

Do your homework

A first time caravan buyer’s greatest financial risk is buying a new caravan with a layout that does not suit his needs.

So, in looking for a new caravan, you must do your homework. The first thing you need to do is to make sure that the layout, features and specs match your needs.

Here are a few questions that you need to ask yourself when you’re choosing which caravan is the best choice for you.

What do you intend to do with the caravan?

Don’t make the mistake of thinking just about the first trip you’ve planned. Instead, plan for the long-term. Will your caravan be used mainly for weekend getaways? Will it be for family vacations with the kids?

The frequency of travel and length of time you intend to spend in the trailer will determine which important features you need.

How will you tow the caravan?

Make sure that the new caravan you will buy is within the set maximum weight that your vehicle can tow.

Do you want it big or small?

Yes, size matters. Are you relaxed towing a long wheel-base caravan? If you do, you will probably want a big caravan that comes with separate shower, toilet, and bedroom.

However, if you prefer the idea of touring light, a short wheel-base caravan might be better choice for you.


Understand your needs when you’re looking for a new caravan. It is the only way that you’ll get the best value for your bucks. If you’re unsure about which caravan is the best choice, you can ask one of Retreat Caravans’  experts to assist you in your decision-making process. They are very knowledgeable in all things caravanning and they will surely  take your needs and wants as priority. 


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