Data Sheet

Choosing a used caravan

#6 Choosing a used caravan
A range of caravans on sale at a caravan dealer

A range of caravans on sale at a caravan dealer


Buying a used caravan
 

Most of us would like to be able to buy something brand new, but often our budget for a major purchase such as a caravan will not stretch that far. Sometimes it makes good sense to buy a used unit – you avoid the large depreciation in the early years and if you’re new to caravanning it makes sense to try it out first at a reasonably low a cost. But don’t buy too cheap a caravan if you can avoid it as an unreliable out-of-date one could give a poor experience and put you off caravanning for good.

Do your homework
Before you even start looking at used caravans you need to have a good idea of what you what you’re looking for. If you are new to caravanning the Club’s Data Sheet 1 – Choosing a Caravan is a good place to start. This will help you assess the size and layout of caravan best suited to your camping style.

Look for the caravan weight plate when matching to a towcar

Look for the caravan weight plate when matching to a towcar

The capability of your towcar is often the major factor in restricting your choice of caravan by weight and therefore size, so it is essential to obtain good advice. Again the Club has a Data Sheet, 20 – Matching Car and Caravan, to help, and if you are still uncertain the Club’s Technical helpline is available whose staff can talk you through the details. Once you have an idea of what style and weight of caravan you require, you can start looking around to see what caravans are on offer and what sort of prices you can expect to pay.