The caravan lifestyle has become hugely popular across Australia, with more and more people joining the caravan enthusiast movement each year. If you are considering jumping on the bandwagon…or caravan so to speak, here are some helpful tips to help you get started.
Invest in the right caravan
While it may seem simple, choosing the right caravan can be a difficult task. There are a number of different sizes and layouts, and you must ensure that your vehicle is capable of towing your chosen caravan. It is recommended that you use a 4×4 to tow your caravan so it can handle the load while providing off-road driving when your caravan is detached. Talk to one of the friendly team at Sunrise Caravans as they are well experienced in all things caravanning. They can help you select the right layout and size to help get you on the road to your dream holiday destination.
Organise your finances
For those of you retirees taking to the open road, apart from using your super and your age pension, there are other ways to ensure that you can comfortably live life on the road. Consider alternative income streams such as renting out your home, freelancing with a wifi connection, or contracting a few times throughout the year. You may even wish to consider working at caravan parks along the way.
Plan your journey
While life on the road requires a certain amount of spontaneity, you should always plan ahead. Plot your route before you start driving and factor in places you can camp or stay in along the way. Make sure that the caravan parks you choose have adequate infrastructures, such as ablution blocks and cooking facilities.
Before you commit to your nomadic lifestyle, you need to make sure you have all the skills and knowledge needed to live on the road. Make sure you are familiar with the mechanics and maintenance requirements of your caravan and vehicle. Create a list of emergency contacts including roadside assistance and nearby emergency doctors. If you are going rural or remote, make sure you have an emergency radio onboard just in case.
If you need help finding the perfect caravan for your travels, check out our range of new and used caravans. At Sunrise Caravans we stock a range of quality brands, including Sunrise Caravans, Blue Sky Caravans and Great Ocean Caravans.