Going on holiday with a caravan can be a freeing and exciting experience for travellers. Even though owning a caravan can have many benefits, you should also consider the drawbacks that come with the journey.
Pros of Caravanning
Standard caravans are generally cheaper than motorhomes, and many styles and designs can afford buyers with comfortable options to fit their budget. If you are travelling, you can set up at a caravan park, unhitch the caravan, and take your vehicle to go sightseeing or explore the environment.
Caravan insurance and maintenance are quite affordable as there is no engine that needs to be maintained. The law states that you do not need to have a special driving licence to tow a caravan if you passed your driver’s test before 1997.
A caravan will provide you with the flexibility and freedom to overnight in almost any environment. If you take good care of it, it will hold its value for much longer.
Cons of Caravanning
Even though caravans are generally cheaper than the costs that add up when staying at a hotel or resort, large high-end caravans can cost upwards of £40k. You may need to spend this much if you need space for a whole family.
The size and manoeuvrability of a large caravan can be an issue. When you drive with a caravan behind the car, the combined length can make it challenging to get into tight spots or to make turns in heavy traffic.
Towing a caravan requires someone to have experience and skill. Otherwise, they can cause a serious accident. Research by the NCC suggests that there are about 4,000 accidents annually in the UK that involve caravans and trailers.
The average caravans do not have wastewater tanks. Most caravan owners will have to use a portable waste tank or public restrooms if there are any onsite. Finally, it can take a long time to set up your caravan once you have arrived at the destination.
Caravanning can be an exciting experience, but it is important to acknowledge the advantages and disadvantages of the endeavour.