What to Look for When Hiring a Caravan

There is not a better way for exploring a region or a whole country than travelling around with a caravan and stopping wherever you want for as long as you want. There are a number of things which you have to provide for in advance to make sure that your trip will go smoothly and enjoyably. As a start, you have to make sure that that the caravan for hire meets all of your needs and requirements plus all safety and hygiene standards.

Driving Requirements

Pick the transmission of the caravan so that it matches your experience and abilities as a driver. Most new vehicles come with automatic transmission which is easier to use. If you go for a vehicle with a manual transmission, you should be perfectly comfortable with this feature.

You can select from recreational vehicles with diesel and petrol engines. The former are generally more fuel efficient while diesel is generally cheaper than petrol. Hence, you may want to look for a vehicle with a diesel engine.

Beds and Facilities

You decide on the number of beds to look for. Most caravans can accommodate between two and six people. There are some recreational vehicles with special configurations for two adults and two children.

Basic kitchen facilities should be present in any caravan. You should be able to use a stove, fridge and a sink. It is best to look for a fully equipped kitchen especially if you will make a trip which does not start from somewhere near your home. Items such as a kettle, coffee maker, toaster, crockery, cutlery and cooking utensils are always necessary.

Look for toilet and shower facilities with the former being particularly important. There are caravans with portable toilets and outside showers as well as ones with built-in toilet and showering facilities. You have to decide which option to go for. Take into account the number of stops you plan to have and where they are.

Caravan Condition

The recreational vehicle has to be in an excellent condition. It is best if the vehicle is fairly new. Look for one with low mileage. You may not be able to inspect the vehicle at the time of booking, but you should certainly do so at the time of collection. Test the transmission and breaks and inspect both the exterior and interior for flaws and damage. Pay special attention to the tires and the engine and carburettor.

The caravan must come with a fully charged battery for powering the appliances, a full gas bottle, if natural gas is used for some appliances, a clean toilet, an empty wastewater reservoir and a full clean water reservoir. The fuel tank should be full as well.


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