Caravan Tips for Beginners 

Caravanning is an amazing way of travelling across the UK as it provides you with the freedom and flexibility of exploring whenever you want. There are many considerations that should be taken into account before purchasing a caravan. Keep on reading to learn caravanning tips for beginners and what to consider before purchasing your first caravan. 

Your Tow Car

Before you purchase your caravan, you should have a suitable tow car. A reliable and stable tow car will allow you to travel to desired destinations safely. A good tow car will have a powerful, torquey engine with a good grip. The maximum weight of the caravan shouldn’t exceed 85% of the car’s kerbside weight, which is the closest weight to the actual weight of the vehicle with no passengers. Speak with your local caravan dealers like Bailey Wales for more advice on tow cars. 

Buying a Caravan 

With so many different types, sizes, manufacturers and models of caravans on the market, choosing the correct caravan can be difficult. The first thing to consider is your budget. If you’re looking for a more affordable and cost-effective caravan, then you may want to consider pre-owned caravans. On the contrary, if you have a larger budget then you may want a new caravan

For beginners, a pre-owned caravan might be more suitable as you may decide caravanning isn’t for you. You can always upgrade your caravan to something higher-end in the future. Selling your caravan is simple with Bailey Wales, making upgrading your caravan hassle-free. 

The next thing to consider is how many berths (beds) your caravan will need. If there are 5 of you travelling, you’ll need a 5 berth caravan. Bailey Wales offers 2 berth, 3 & 4 berth, and 5 & 6 berth caravans. You can also purchase a caravan awning to provide extra space for someone to stay in. Poor weather conditions should be taken into consideration if you plan on using an awning as an extra bedroom. Arriving at a campsite late with pouring down rain wouldn’t be an ideal situation to have to set up your awning. 

If you are unsure of what type of caravan you require, you should visit your nearest caravan dealership. They will be able to make suggestions and advice on the best caravan for you, tailored to your needs and budget. Bailey Wales is the leading caravan dealership in South Wales, visit us in Swansea to view our range of pre-owned and new caravans

Caravan Accessories 

When purchasing a caravan, you’ll likely need to acquire some essential caravan accessories to ensure you are fully set for your adventures. At Bailey Wales, we have a caravan accessories store in Swansea to supply all of your caravanning needs. We supply a range of accessories from electrical accessories to caravan security systems, fire and safety equipment, cleaning and maintenance supplies and everything in between. 

Some of the following caravan accessories should be considered for beginners but you should also consult with your local caravan experts for more information and advice on caravan accessories:

  • Awnings for extra space, shelter and comfort 
  • Caravan step for easy accessibility 
  • Towing mirrors suitable for your caravan 
  • Number plate to be attached to the back of your caravan 
  • 12V leisure battery to keep all accessories powered up 
  • Spare caravan wheel
  • Fire extinguisher 
  • Fresh water container 
  • Water pump or pipe 
  • Cooking utensils, cutlery, pots, pans and crockery 
  • Cleaning supplies for bedrooms, living space and toilet 
  • Bike racks if you’re into cycling 

Learn more about what to pack for your first caravan adventure by reading our ultimate packing list for caravan holidays

Planning Your First Holiday 

Once you have purchased your new caravan and are ready for the adventure, it’s a wise idea to familiarise yourself with towing your caravan before your holiday. If you have never towed a caravan before, don’t let the first time be when you are planning your first trip, potentially hours away from home. 

Before you go away, you should spend an hour or so driving around while towing your caravan to ensure you learn how it feels and how to safely drive whilst doing so. If you’re unsure where to go for your first journey, you can explore our best caravan spots in Wales blog post for some inspiration. 

Final Thoughts 

This is a brief introduction and tips for beginner caravans and there’s much more to learn than what’s in this short article. For more advice, fellow caravanners are usually friendly people who like helping each other out so don’t be afraid to ask! Your local caravan distributor will also help answer any questions for beginner caravanners.

Bailey Wales is a caravan dealer in South Wales that has been supplying caravans in Swansea, Cardiff and surrounding areas in South Wales for over 60 years. We supply and stock many new caravan models including Discovery, Phoenix GT75, Pegasus Grande GT75, Unicorn Series V and Alicanto Grande. We also provide affordable, used caravans which are perfect for beginners. We supply used caravans with fixed beds, and twin axle caravans with a range of different berths including 2 berth caravans, 3 & 4 berth, and 5 & 6 berth caravans

Contact us at 01792 89 28 84 to speak with us at our Sunnyhaven branch, or call us at 01792 64 33 26 to speak with Blazers. You can also visit us at either of our showrooms in Swansea speak with us directly and browse our caravans range.