Lots of families this year are swapping their holidays abroad for staycations and they’re planning on exploring some of the amazing holiday destinations here in the UK. Instead of booking to stay at lots of different static caravans or holiday homes, many are contemplating purchasing a second hand touring caravan too and there is no denying that there are so many advantages to having your own caravan to use whenever you want to get away with your family.
Whilst getting a second hand touring caravan is incredibly exciting and it can be really easy to get carried away and purchase the first caravan that you come across without actually going to see it first, this really isn’t recommended. All caravan experts will suggest that you always go and look at a few different touring caravans for sale before you hand over any money and below are some of the main reasons why;
Look at the different layouts available
You can’t get a feel for what it would be like to use a caravan without actually standing inside it and when you go and see some second hand touring caravans, you will have a much better idea of what layout will be best for your family. The right layout is crucial and you may find that what you like when looking at photos isn’t what’s best when you’re actually inside a caravan.
Checking that the living spaces, the sleeping areas and the bathroom are all suitable for your individual needs is so important and going to see second hand touring caravans is the best way to do this. Viewing caravans can prevent any regrets in relation to the layout and it will also help to ensure you get a lot of use out of your caravan too.
Directly compare makes and models
From Elddis, Swift and Buccaneer to Coachman, Basecamp and many many more, there are lots of brilliant caravan manufacturers on the market. As you may expect, each of these manufacturers has multiple different models of caravan too and each caravan offers families something different, so it is always worthwhile exploring all of your options.
By going to look at second hand touring caravans, you can view lots of different makes and models, and directly compare them to establish what’s most suitable for you. Being able to see all of the different facilities inside the caravan is really helpful in this regard.
Check the condition of the caravans
Even though you will be able to get a good feel for the condition of second hand touring caravans in photos, nothing compares to actually seeing the caravans yourself. You will have the opportunity to thoroughly inspect both the inside and outside of a caravan to check that everything is as it should be and there aren’t any hidden problems you need to know about.
Going through the motions and opening the windows, roof lights, external lockers and cupboards, sitting on the seats, lying on the beds, using the kitchen appliances and generally checking that everything operates properly is so useful too. You can then have complete peace of mind when purchasing the caravan.
Read through the service history
All second hand touring caravans will come with a range of important documents and it is always worthwhile looking at these. You can learn so much from the service history of a caravan and the invoices for any repair work, and these will give you the best possible insight into how it has been cared for by the previous owner.
Opting for a second hand touring caravan that has been well looked after is recommended and scanning through these documents will enable you to raise any concerns that you may have before it is too late. Ultimately, it can prevent you from making a costly mistake.
Purchasing a second hand touring caravan
All in all, it is fair to say that you will always thank yourself for going to view some second hand touring caravans before you purchase one for your family. Seeing a few different caravans in person can be incredibly beneficial and there is no denying that doing so will help you to ensure that you’re investing in the best possible caravan for your upcoming staycations.
When searching for a caravan dealer that has a range of different second hand touring caravans for sale, be sure to take a look at the Bicester Caravan & Leisure website. We have numerous different berth touring caravans for sale from well-known manufacturers and no matter what your budget is, it is likely that we will have something for you. As caravanners ourselves, we know first-hand what it is like to buy a caravan and we will gladly guide you through the process, ensuring that you end up with the perfect caravan for your family to enjoy.