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Caravan buying guide according to your budget

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It doesn’t matter if your budget is high, low or in between, there’s a caravan that can meet your needs. Use our caravan buying guide to make a sensible choice according to your budget.

Whether you’re on a tight family income and dream of a seaside escape, or you’re travelling around the country enjoying your retirement, there are many different caravans available to suit your needs and budget. Our caravan buying guide will give you some inspiration.

Budget: Low

Pop-top caravans are an ideal option for a budget of about $10,000 to $30,000. They’re great for younger travellers or couples on short trips because they have less storage space (and are more compact) than larger vans, but they provide a true camping experience. Their lower wind resistance and reduced weight ensures a cheaper fuel bill.

At around the same price as a fold-down caravan, camper trailers are the best option in our caravan buying guide for families or couples on a tight budget. They’re light, easy to tow and also offer a great outdoor experience. If you’re feeling adventurous, off-road versions are also available.

Budget: Mid to high

If you’re looking to spend around $20,000 to $100,000, a standard full-size caravan can suit the budget-conscious family or a couple who can afford a little luxury. Ideal for those who seek space to relax, these vans can be fitted with all the comforts of home, including a TV, large fridge, full kitchen, air-conditioning, full ensuite and beds for up to four people, which can set you back about $60,000.

Some high-end models feature surround-sound, flat-screen TVs and 200-litre fridges. Because of their large size – 3.7 to 9 metres in length – their towing weight can increase your fuel costs

Pop-tops are the less expensive version of the standard van, selling for around $20,000 to $70,000, depending on the additions you choose. Pop-top caravans require less storage space when not in use and feature an aerodynamic design to make towing a breeze, so they’re excellent for first-timers. Another option is the pop-top expandable caravan, which can sleep up to eight people.

Budget: High

If you’re a couple with some serious cash to spend, for $65,000 to $150,000 you can purchase a 5th wheeler that offers you a spacious interior and an easy set-up. These beasts share many similarities with standard caravans but have luxury fittings. Some models include leather upholstery, a full ensuite, air-conditioning, full kitchen, a flat-screen TV with DVD player and orthopaedic bedding as standard.

The major difference is that 5th wheelers are towed by a ute or truck and are usually designed for two people. Check out the great range of models that are built in Australia.

A caravan is a significant investment. Consider the advice offered in the caravan buying guide, but before you take the plunge, ensure the caravan meets your needs caravan types and identify what you’re willing to spend. Alternatively, you can consider renting a caravan or purchasing a second-hand van.

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