Camper or Caravan27 April 2017
Which is best for your Australian road trip?
If you’re planning a trip around Australia, you’re about to experience the adventure of a lifetime. From the wildlife to the landscapes, Australia offers endless adventure and beauty to travelers. But what’s the best way to travel around Australia?
Two of the most popular ways to travel Australia include by camper and caravan. Both offer advantages and disadvantages to travelers, but which is the best choice for your trip?
If you’re facing the choice between a camper or a caravan, here are a few questions to ask when making your decision.
How much space do you need?
One of the biggest factors to consider when choosing whether to use a camper or a caravan for your Australian road trip is how much living space you will need when on the road. While campers can offer plenty of living space to lay mattresses or cots, they require you to bring along your own cooking equipment and any furniture or beds that you plan to use for your trip. You will also need to pack up these items every morning and set them up each night. A caravan, however, offers fold-up beds that pack away easily each morning and includes built-in stoves, refrigerators, and seating, which saves a significant amount of setup time compared to a camper.
Once you determine the amount of space your family or travel partners will need and the level of comfort you desire, you will have a better idea of whether a camper or a caravan makes more sense for your trip.
How long do you want to travel?
How long do you plan to travel? Two weeks? Two months? Six months? The duration of your trip can influence the type of vehicle you decide to purchase. While campers usually cost less, they do require significant time each day to set up and pack away, which can eat into your time to explore and enjoy your trip. Caravans, however, offer more convenience and require less investment of your time.
If you’re planning a shorter trip, then sleeping on mattresses and setting up your living space each night may not prove much of a hassle. If you’re planning to be on the road for several months, however, then you may appreciate the convenience offered by a caravan.
Where do you want to go?
The types of places you want to go on your trip and the distance you plan to travel can influence whether you buy a camper or a caravan. Both campers and caravans will require you to have a tow vehicle. Between your tow vehicle and your camper or caravan, you will need a significant amount of space at your campsite each night. Caravans, particularly, require significant space to park, as well as access to power hookup. While Australia offers many nice caravan parks, you may find the locations of these parks inconvenient compared to your desired itinerary. Campers, however, are smaller, lighter, and more mobile, allowing them to access smaller sites outside of caravan parks more easily, giving you greater flexibility for where you can travel or your trip.
If you plan to do any off-roading on your trip, accessing some of Australia’s more remote and difficult to access locations, you will need a tow vehicle with four-wheel drive. While some travelers do take their campers and caravans off-roading, it can pose risk to the vehicle, requiring maintenance. If you plan to travel much off-road, you will want to buy a camper or caravan that has been specially designed for off-roading.
What’s your budget?
For most travelers, budget influences their decision as to whether to buy a camper or a caravan more than other factors. Campers are lighter, easier, and cheaper to tow than caravans, but they do not offer the same conveniences as caravans. Similarly, off-roading vehicles, whether campers or caravans, offer greater flexibility as to where you can take your vehicle, but they cost more than vehicles designed to stay on-road.
Before you decide which vehicle to purchase a camper or caravan or an on-road or off-road vehicle you will want to think carefully about the type of trip you want and which vehicle will best provide you with that experience. Then you can set to work finding a vehicle to meet those needs that fits within your budget. Good deals on both new and used campers and caravans exist, so it’s worth taking some time to ensure you find the right vehicle for you.
If you need help financing your purchase, consider caravan and camper loans to help you make your Australian road trip dream a reality.