Caravan layouts

Caravan World staff — 10 April 2017

When buying a new caravan you always want to find the best one that will work for all your needs, accommodate your family and friends. Depending on what kind of travel you usually do, you need to decide what shape and what kind of layout would be utilised the best. Bigger vans are usually better for long term travel; small ones would benefit those who has lighter and smaller towing vehicle.

Bigger caravans always have risk of instability and the requirement for a bigger tow vehicle, which ends up being more expensive. Small caravans are way more convenient with getting around, however you can’t fit many things, as there is little storage. There are quite a few things to consider when buying a caravan, so read on to find out what kind of layouts would work the best for you.

Here are the three most common types of caravans:



Average price: $20-45k

Average weight: Tare 1200-1800kg; ATM 2200-2500kg

Likely to come standard: Single battery, probably a pop-top, combo bathroom or no bathroom, café-style dinette, awning, single spare wheel, single water tank, small kitchen or external kichen/barbecue, ball coupling, half-size fridge, ability to towed by lighter/smaller tow vehicle, double bed.

Likely to be available as options: Extra battery, water tank and spare wheel, alternate dinette, larger cooktop, caravan-queen-size bed, solar panels.




Average price: $45-80k

Average weight: Tare 1800-2500kg; ATM 2500-3000kg

Likely to come standard: Full-size fridge, caravan-queen-size bed, combo or full-size bathroom, washing machine, four-burner cooktop, oven and grill, dual AGM batteries, dual 9kg gas cylinders, dual water tank, internal and external storage, external shower, seating for four, solar panels, air-conditioning.

Likely to be available as options: Convertible dinette (extra sleeping berths), lithium batteries, larger fridge, external kitchen or barbecue, heating, slide out, extra power capacity, more storage.




Average price: $80-150k

Average weight: Tare 2000-2800kg; ATM 3000-3500kg

Likely to come standard: Lithium batteries, grey water tank, leather upholstery, full-size bathroom, washing machine, large solar capacity, new innovations, internal and external cooking facilities, large storage capacity, full-size fridge, external fridge slide, air-conditioning, ducted space heating, 12V vans, dual 9kg gas cylinders.

Likely to be available as options: Whatever you wish for! ATM upgrade for extra storage capacity, high-tech power capacity and management system, slide-out, everything customisable.

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