- Introduction To Campers And RVs
- May 9, 2020
Maybe you’ve heard about some of your friends or family reaping the benefits of a caravan. They’ve gone on some awesome family vacations, taken some time away from the craziness of daily life and they’ve been able to travel at their leisure. With the investment of a caravan, this can be your reality as well. While it might seem like a simple investment, there’s actually quite a bit of information you should learn about before you spend a bunch of money on a caravan and a tow car. You don’t have to invest in a brand new vehicle to tow your caravan. You may have something that’s more than adequate for your caravan investment. It’s a good idea to take a look at the official towing capacity of your current vehicle. This may point you in the right direction of what kind of caravan you can invest in.
What Are Caravans?
A caravan is similar to a motorhome, except you’re not physically driving the caravan around. You’re driving a regular vehicle that has the caravan attached to the back of it by way of a trailer hitch. When you arrive at your destination, you will park your caravan / vehicle. Your accommodations are locate in the caravan, and you can head back there when you’re ready to settle for the day. Caravans come in many different sizes with different capacities. What you choose really depends on who you’re traveling with and where you plan on going. Larger caravans are nice if you’re going to be traveling far away from home. Especially if you’re taking kids along with you, a caravan provides everyone with their own separate space while on the road. A smaller caravan is more than adequate when you’re traveling alone or with a spouse.
Typical Caravan Capacity
Capacity can refer to the amount of people that you can have in your caravan, but you also have to pay close attention to the caravan weight capacity that is recommended by the manufacturer. This will help you determine how much cargo you can take with you, and this will also determine what kind of vehicle you need for towing.
Ball weight refers to the amount of weight that you have situated at the ball of the hitch. The weight that the manufacturer provides for this ball weight refers to a completely empty caravan. When you add your own items in, obviously this is going to result in a heavier caravan. If you haul too much weight, you could have a slower steering response. Your payload is the amount of weight that you’re towing around with the caravan and your items taken into consideration. The amount of 14,000 pounds is generally what your entire caravan is going to weigh. A caravan that is higher towards the 16,000 pound mark is going to need a powerful truck to move it.
Size of Caravans
The length of your caravan (including the hitch), should never be more than 12.5 meters. The width shouldn’t be more than 2.5 meters. This excludes any small accessories like side mirrors. The height should be no more than 4.3 meters. When you add in your vehicle, you shouldn’t have an entire length of more than 19 meters. This includes anything that you have mounted on the back of your caravan, including a spare tire or bikes.
Types of Caravans
In addition to a traditional caravan, you can invest in a pop-up caravan. This means that the top or sides of your caravan will push out when parked. This provides you with more living space on the inside, but you will be driving around with a much more compact caravan. A tent trailer is a very small caravan that has a pull out tent attached to it. A trailer is a larger caravan that is quite sturdy.
Before you invest in a caravan, think about the type of traveling that you want to do. Consider who you will be traveling with. While your travels may seem to be somewhat local to you, you may want to branch out to further locations later on. Always leave yourself a little bit of extra room to travel with.