Use this “Caravan Wish List” as an example, and create your own list, based on your needs.
- Caravan length (total external length from back of chassis to tow hitch AND internal length)
- Caravan weight (check your vehicle’s legal towing capacity)
- Pop-top or full van? (A pop-top is actually heavier than a full van of the same size, but it has a lower profile if you need to get it under a carport or into a garage.)
- Full bathroom (toilet, shower, hand basin)
- Shower/Toilet combo
- Queen bed or twin beds
- Fridge size: small, medium or large 2-door fridge
- Roof-mounted TV aerial and/or roof-mounted satellite dish
- Seating: café seating (two bench seats facing each other); L-shaped seating; club lounge (wraps around end of caravan); recliner chairs
- Table: Fixed, movable or fold-down
- Cupboard space: make a list – slide-out pantry, doors, pot drawers?
- Adequate bench space
- Cooking: full oven and cooktop/grill, or just a cooktop? One electric element and 3 gas, or all gas?
- Window treatments: curtains, venetians, or slide-down blinds (or no preference)
- Solar panels
- Storage – do you want hanging space, just shelves, or no preference?
- TV: Flat panel? Two TVs? (One in the living area, one in the bedroom or in an outside hatch)
- Radio/iPod connections
- Outside speakers
- Exterior matting
- Rear camera
If you buy a used caravan, you might be lucky enough to find a van that has been equipped with all kinds of extras: anything from an annexe to portable solar panels, a generator, and camp chairs. Some people who have decided not to travel anymore sell everything as a package, including pots, pans, plates, and cutlery.
Weigh up the cost of buying a new van with all these extras versus buying a used van with all kinds of bonuses thrown in.