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Looking for Tips on Choosing Caravans in Adelaide? Where to Start?

Tips on Choosing Caravans

Are you looking for a caravan to inject some excitement into your road trips and life in general? Well then, greatsouthernrv.com.au is a great place to find your match – from the over 60 caravan models the dealer stocks. Plus, Great Southern RVs’ customer-centric approach to business has endeared them to many in Adelaide and beyond.

But if you’re out browsing available caravans, chances are you’ll be stumped, especially if you’re a first-time buyer. Luckily, this post has you in mind, and the tips below can make your selection a breeze.

Stay on Budget

Here’s a classic case of putting the cart before the horse: you go to a dealer and can’t take your eyes off a particular caravan. The problem is, it’s way out of your price range. But that doesn’t deter you from filling out the paperwork and taking your shiny caravan home. But before you know it, you’re knee-deep in debt. Talk of biting off more than you can chew!

Decide on a budget to avoid getting caught up in such a situation. Don’t let yourself get swayed by the new models and all the bells and whistles. In other words, how much do you plan to invest? That should be the primary question.

Next, research all kinds of caravans – new and used within your price range. This could mean visiting dealerships in Adelaide and inspecting the units in person, which brings us to the next point.

Examine Potential Options

If you buy a new caravan, chances are it will be in perfect condition. But, with used caravans, you’ll need to thoroughly check it out before purchasing. Ideally, opt for a dealership offering pre-owned caravans in Adelaide – if you take this route.

Reputable dealers offer inspected and approved units as they know the importance of reliable caravans and the need to uphold their reputation. And while inspecting caravans, the checklist below might come in handy:

  • Inquire about its age and check for signs of wear and tear – including corrosion, dents, scratches, etc.
  • Verify that the VIN plates on the van correspond with all the documents.
  • Ask for the unit’s service history to ensure it has been serviced regularly.
  • Check the amenities such as shower, fridge, etc. and ensure the van is watertight.
  • Ensure all the essential safety features are in place and the van’s controls are operational.
  • Determine if the unit was involved in an accident or has undergone significant repairs.
  • Confirm its roadworthiness and whether it comes with a warranty,
  • Ask the dealer whether they offer after-sales service or a pre-delivery inspection.

Watch the Weight

What’s your vehicle’s maximum towing capacity? This is a critical variable when selecting a caravan. Find out how much your car can pull and keep within these limits. To this end, your vehicle’s owner’s manual should be your reference point. Alternatively, an online search for your make and model will suffice.

That being said, loading your caravan with everything you plan to take on the road adds another aspect, as the overall loaded weight could exceed your car’s towing capacity. As such, be mindful of the gross combination mass or GCM (the combined weight of your vehicle and caravan) when scouring the market for a suitable van. Preferably, get advice from a dealer on the subject.

Determine Size and Layout

You’d be surprised by the number of layout options available. Do you want a caravan with one bed or two? What about a kitchen? A shower or toilet? Do you need a slide-out section for added living space? And would you be comfortable in your trailer if it’s parked on uneven ground?

Generally, caravans with more components or features are bigger. Thus, be conscious of your needs while selecting a caravan – there’s no point in splurging on features you don’t need or will hardly use. With that in mind, Great Southern RVs offers over 25 caravan layouts, meaning you’ll be spoilt for choice when evaluating available options.

Pick Your Style and Type

Are you after a modern or vintage vibe? Maybe the classic capsule-style caravan appeals to you. Or perhaps a hybrid van is more your bag.

Likewise, some vans are crafted for the avid outdoorsy types who prefer to take the unbeaten path. As such, an off-road caravan would suffice. You may also go for a family van if your brood is sizable. And if a touring van tickles your fancy, you have many features and options to pick from.

To find the perfect caravan, you need to do some digging – not just when exploring options in Adelaide. But provided you’re in good hands (hint: your local dealer or knowledgeable friend), you should easily find the ideal unit.

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