Whilst many first time used caravan buyers know enough to do some thorough research about the brands and models out there before buying, there are still a number of areas that they do not become aware of until after the purchase has already taken place. If the buyer is not prepared to take on these other realities, it is much too late to go back now. Use this guide to help you fully understand all the little things that come with caravan ownership.
- Towing: If you have never tended a used caravan before (and, if you are a first time buyer, it's likely that you have not), you will need to learn how to safely tow with your vehicle. This may mean that you need to buy a new car that has a tow ball, as well as undertake lessons on how to properly tow and reverse your caravan. Both of these things can be quite a financial strain, especially if you have just forked out a few hundred or a few thousand dollars for a van.
- Insurance: Like our cars and our homes, it is highly important that we insure our used caravans against issues like accidents and theft. Make sure that you do your research to find the best value policy for your needs, and make sure that you carefully read the terms and conditions for any loopholes. Whilst most people choose not to bother with insurance that will cover the contents of their caravan, this can be a good idea if you frequently stay in popular areas.
- Parking: Once you get your used caravan home, you need to be able to store it in a way that keeps it secure and out of reach for thieves. When people do not have all that much room on their property for parking an extra vehicle, they will begin to look at street parking. This can be a very bad idea, however, as it is illegal in many areas and is dangerous or annoying for neighbors in others. In these circumstances, you will need to look at off-site storage in a secure lockup.
Then there is the final reality of the services and repairs that a used caravan may need over the years that you own it but, fortunately, many buyers are well aware that these are additional costs that they will have to wear. To make sure that your caravan is well looked after and is ready for getaways with your family, you will need to make sure that you have taken into account the above realities of ownership – towing, insurance and parking.