There is an absolute plethora of small caravans on the market today which have almost as many features as the larger caravans. They are an affordable option for many young couples, small families, or retirees, and are a great way to get into the freedom and lifestyle that caravanning offers.
If you are considering purchasing a small caravan there are a couple of things you might like to consider.
Firstly, what is the size of your tow vehicle? This is critical because every vehicle has a limit to what weight it can tow. You can usually find out by checking the owners manual of your car, or doing a search online for your particular car.
Secondly, how often are you going to use your van and what level of comfort do you require.
If you have a medium sized car you have plenty to choose from. Some of the small caravans coming out of Europe weigh as little as 750kg (1653 pounds) fully laden and the Australian A-Van Weekender (below) only weighs 350kg (771 pounds)! There are even smaller teardrop travel trailers from the USA designed for a Mini car.
That is truely amazing but I guess you are wondering if they are really strong enough. The answer is ‘Yes’, because they are manufactured to industry standards that safeguard the consumer.
The secret to a light weight small caravan is in the technology used. The latest advances in light weight, but strong materials are used at every opportunity from the ground up, including the chassis, internal panelling and cupboards, and durable external cladding.
The popularity of caravanning has skyrocketed in recent years as more and more families and retirees take to the road to enjoy the freedom and adventure of this wonderful lifestyle.