Find out if a campervan or caravan is the right vehicle for your travelling style by taking our multiple choice quiz.
1. Circle one answer per question.
2. Mostly A’s mean you are best suited to Caravan Travel, more B’s = Campervan Travel.
Will you be going on a trip for an extended period of time ie 6 months or more?
How much time do you plan on spending inside your caravan or campervan?
A. A lot, I would rather be inside at night watching TV etc than outside.
B. Not much, I prefer to spend as much time outside as possible.
Do you plan on staying for extended periods of time in colder weather?
Do you plan on doing a lot of cooking inside you van or do you prefer to cook outside?
A. Prefer to cook inside.
B. Love cooking outside.
Do you have the storage space at home for a caravan?
Do you have or can you afford to buy the correct vehicle with tow bar to tow a caravan?
Are you a confident and skilled driver that will easily tow a large trailer while driving to places you’ve never been before?
Do you plan on visiting/spending time in cities or bypassing them?
A. Hate cities.
B. Love visiting cities.
Do you plan on spending more time in national parks/off the beaten track or in paid caravan parks?
A. Paid caravan parks on popular routes.
B. Want to travel off the beaten track/stay in national parks.
Have you checked the difference in cost to stay in a caravan park with a caravan as opposed to a campervan and calculated this cost for the duration of your trip?
A. Yes and I can afford the additional overnight fees.
B. Yes and I want to save $ by paying less to sleep in caravan parks and national parks or nothing by free camping.
Have you calculated the fuel cost of taking a caravan as opposed to a campervan on your trip?
A. Yes and it doesn’t bother me.
B. Yes and it works out too expensive for us with a caravan.
Why would I buy a caravan?
Campervans have ample storage space if you are 2 people and planning on travelling for up to a couple of months or even longer if you are only going to be staying where it’s warm or are a minimalist at heart! If you are taking 6 months off or longer and will be living in your van in different climates then you may decide you’d like more storage space and comfort plus the ability to do more complex cooking in your ‘kitchen’. In this case you may decide a caravan will better suit your needs.
Why would I buy a campervan?
You can sell your everyday car and replace it with a campervan, meaning a minimal expense initially. It is extremely economical to travel in, if you have a diesel campervan petrol costs are kept to a minimum and you are able to stay in free camping spots and National Parks so can keep accommodation costs down too. You may struggle towing a caravan and don’t want to be restricted to missing interesting travel spots and cities by the size of your trailer.
- A campervan is by far the more economical option, initially and ongoing.
- A caravan might be a better option if you are a family or two people who plan on ‘living’ in your van for an extended amount of time (grey nomads we’re talking to you!)
- Consider your skill and confidence level when driving before you purchase a caravan and whether you want to travel ‘off the beaten track’ or stay in National Parks as this will be more difficult with a large trailer.
And as a last thought…