Should I buy a caravan or a motorhome?

This question among solo travelling ladies comes up often.   Should I buy a caravan or a motorhome?  It is all really a combination of a few factors and what is important to you.

Let’s take a look at some of the pro’s and con’s of each different camping style.

Caravan

Pro’s

  • You can unhitch your caravan at a camp site or caravan park and use your car for getting around and sight seeing.
  • Price – More variety of caravans available at the lower end of your budget.
  • If your car / tow vehicle breaks down, at least you can still stay in your caravan until repairs are done.

Con’s

  • You will be paying 2 registrations and 2 insurances
  • Long parking spots are hard to find close to towns.
  • Fuel consumption – you are towing a heavy box behind your car.

 

Motorhome or Campervan

Pro’s

  • No need to unhitch.  Just turn off your engine and you’re ready to camp.
  • If you need to leave in a hurry, you can just jump in the driver’s seat and drive off.
  • Taking up one space at the caravan park.
  • Depending on the size of your motorhome, it’s easy to get on street parking.
  • One Registration and One insurance.

Con’s

  • Limited mobility once you are setup.  Unless you don’t mind packing up to venture into town.
  • As you are essentially “buying a car with a house attached” they can get pricey for a decent one.
  • If you break down and you need to get your van towed and repaired you have nowhere to sleep.

Already made a decision and are about to start shopping?  Check out this Killer checklist for buying a motorhome or caravan we put together to help you remember all the things to check at your inspection