Are You Thinking Of Buying A New Caravan?
Is there more thrilling and personal way to travel the countryside than going in style with a caravan or motor-home? You get the excitement of the open road while enjoying all the comforts of home. Some people enjoy a nice hotel room but you have to admit they lack a personal touch and you can’t take it with your at your next holiday lodges destination. The only complaint I’ve heard from people about caravans is the stereotypical 70’s décor image we all have. Thankfully, it is something which can be fixed.
Redesigning the interior of your caravan couldn’t be easier. The small amount of space means a minimal, clutter free style is probably the way to go. I prefer simple darks yet stylishly colors, especially in a carpet. Go for contemporary looks and colors that don’t need constant cleaning. Some people found vinyl flooring works great at some of the muddier holiday parks since it can be wiped clean in seconds.
When it comes to the kind of furniture, I would spend some extra money on items with multiple uses. This saves money in the long run and also gives you more room within the caravan. Recently, I just purchased a couch-bed which also contains storage space in the body so I can keep the bedding in during the daytime. It saves a great deal of room.
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The main points are:
- Do not purchase the caravan without first speaking to park management. Remember, you are buying a caravan off the owner. You then need to know the conditions of having it remain on site at the park.
- Ask for a copy of the Occupation Agreement. It includes park rules, annual costs, inclusions and other details. It should be lengthy. If it is only 2-3 pages long, then it is possible that the agreement does not comply with the legislation concerning on site caravans. The Government Act in NSW concerning on site vans in Holiday Parks is: "Occupation Agreement. Holiday Parks. (Long Term Casual Occupation) Act 2002".
- Discuss future plans with park management. How long can you anticipate having your caravan at their park? Do they have plans to replace your caravan with a cabin in 1-3 years? If so, will you be asked to remove your caravan or will they relocate to another site within the park?
- Does the caravan comply with local council and park regulations? Discuss this with park management. Sometimes caravans may be sold because they don't comply so you may have to get this work done.
- Discuss what you can or can't do to your caravan. If you want to add a deck for example, you will need to ensure that it is within site boundaries. You may have to get approval to even paint your caravan.
- Check out other caravans for sale within the park and nearby parks. If there are many for sale, try and find out why? A good park should have a low turnover of caravans for sale.
- What is included in the sale? Some include all furniture. Take photos of the interior at the time of inspection if it does.
- Do your sums! If you are not going to use the caravan on a regular basis, it may be cheaper to stay in one of the park cabins rather than paying out all your money for a couple of weekends each year.
- Investigate the park further. Will it be crowded when you plan to stay? What type of clientele do they attract? Is it oriented towards children? Is it pet friendly? We suggest you stay in an on site cabin for a night or two to get a "feel" for the park.
- Does the asking price sound reasonable? It it is too much, don't be afraid to ask why. Compare its price to other caravans in the same or nearby parks.
The most important thing to realise is that you are generally buying from the person who owns title to that caravan. It may be towable (a requirement if the caravan is in a flood liable area) or it may be on stumps or "tied to the ground". You are not generally buying rights to the space it currently occupies, just the caravan itself. You then need to pay an annual fee to the management of the caravan park for the privilege of having your caravan on site. This fee and what it covers varies form park to park.
If you follow these ten steps, you will be far less likely to be disappointed with your purchase. Remember, you are not just buying a used caravan. You are investing in your spare time and holiday aspirations.
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With so many Caravan Movers on the market right now, it can be a minefield when trying to decide what make and model to choose from.
There are a number of different manufacturers of caravan motor movers all stating that their particular models are the best on the market, but in reality they all really have the same function, which is to move your caravan for you. There are plenty of models to choose from which can cater for all your needs.
You will find caravan movers that are powerful enough to move double axle caravans weighing anything up to 2500kg and less powerful version that are suitable for moving single axle caravans weighing a great deal less. Most caravan movers now also come with a remote control, which makes moving your caravan not only easier but much safer too.
The majority of modern caravan motor movers all include some form of smooth stop and start to stop your caravan pitching forward or backwards. They function well on pretty much all types of surfaces even grit, snow, loose gravel and even muddy grass you might find on your caravan site, so you should never find yourself in a situation were you can not move your caravan. They have the power to pull your caravan up slopes and take them back down hills equally as safe.
Prices tend to vary depending on specification, however you are likely to get what you pay for. Some of the German manufactured caravan movers carry a higher price tag than most, but there build quality and reliability are second to none, and will generally last the lifetime of the caravan itself. Most also now come with 5-year warranties as standard for piece of mind. Caravan movers are constantly evolving with many new models appearing all the time. To find out more about particular models you can visit dealers or even go to caravan events where you will be able to see them operating live.