Should we buy a caravan or campervan?

Should we buy a caravan or campervan?

Mike and Diane are trying to choose between a caravan and campervan.

Should we buy a caravan or campervan?

Should we buy a caravan or campervan? We try to help some Behind the Wheel listeners choose the best way to see Australia.

Hi guys, we heard you talking caravans recently and we have a curly question for you about whether we should buy a caravan or campervan.

We are going to be joining the grey nomads for a trip around Australia (on a budget) and are not sure whether we want to buy a campervan or a car/caravan combo.

We love the thought of not having to tow a caravan, i.e. not having to worry about unhitching it, parking it etc. but then we worry about lugging our beds and pots and pans and everything else everywhere we go with a camper.

We are going to be staying a couple of weeks at a time in caravan parks and want to take short trips around where were we are staying, this is where having the ability to leave the caravan behind is a bonus. What do you guys think?

Joel Helmes – Hi Mike and Diane, what a great question! I can see the advantages of not having to tow a caravan, but I reckon with two people on board the extra space of the caravan might be an advantage, particularly when you are planning on spending a good amount of time on the road.

As you say, there is also a huge advantage of being able to leave the caravan in the caravan park and go off exploring without having to lug everything with you.

While I do like campervans, one other drawback is that you don’t have anywhere near as much choice when it comes to the power of the vehicle that you are using to shift your house on wheels with.

With a caravan you have the choice of small sedans/wagons for small caravans, right up to big 4×4’s for the larger stuff. But buy a campervan and you are stuck with often only a fairly small motor, especially in the van based options.

Towing a caravan is a headache but I reckon it’s the easier, roomier and more convenient way to see Australia!

Simon Lai – I disagree. My family has had campervans for years – always based on Toyota HiAce vans and we went all around Australia in them. I reckon for two people to see Australia (as long as you like each other!) a campervan is ideal.

There are so many headaches with towing caravans, reversing them, parking them and hitching/unhitching them to name just a few. Sure you have more space with a caravan but you also have a lot more fuss.

My tip, get a campervan with a good quality, roomy annex and you will have a ball!

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About the author

Joel Helmes

Joel is the founder, editor and managing director of Behind the Wheel. Joel has a background as a radio broadcaster with on-air roles at 4BC, 4KQ, 2KY, 2LT and 2UE amongst others, as well as a news editor and program director. Joel’s relationship with cars stems back to his early childhood learning to change oil and brakes with his father and uncle. This continued on into his driving years owning an assorted collection of cars.

Readers Comments (4)

  1. My husband and I have been thinking about buying a caravan, and it sounds like it could be a great option after reading this. I like that you point out that towing it can actually be an advantage because you don’t have to take the room of two people driving it. I also think it would be a great size for my family. Thanks for sharing this!

  2. I really love the idea of travelling in a caravan instead of a camper van. I like that they have dedicated caravan parks that you can hole up and camp for the night. Not only is it convenient, but it gives a sense of community with all the other campers. Thanks for sharing this article!

  3. Thank you for discussing the pros and cons of caravans and campervans. I am pretty sure that I am going to get a caravan for our family to take a vacation. I like what you said about how a caravan gives you more flexibility. Now I just need to find one that fits in my budget. Thanks for the ideas!

  4. After thinking about it some, I really want to get a campervan. They are so convenient when it comes to organizing trips. This is especially true if you can find a campervan port that you can stay in. It’s like living in your own little neighborhood out in the wild! Thank you for sharing.


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