Gadgets and Gizmos
Features that have become more commonplace for 2010 are microwaves being fitted in 90% of caravans, while the exterior gas BBQ point has made a comeback too. One time most caravans came with two mains power sockets and this was the case for many years, but now more power points are being fitted with as many as four to five.
Also the Alde wet heating system has become standard on single axle models too as opposed to just twin-axled caravans. Construction is another area where manufacturers have decided to construct caravans differently from most conventional built tourers available on the market. Bailey have invented their own system named Alu-Tech which is claimed to be stronger and more durable than the industry standard of bonded sides with traditional timber frame construction.
How to Choose a Tourer
But how do you go about choosing your ideal caravan? If you can attend one of the two major shows held each year at the NEC in February and October, these shows will usually be displaying just about every caravan available on the UK market. It’s also a good place to buy too, should you want to be able to shop around for a deal that suits you best.
However as a rule of thumb, it’s best to keep to a dealership near to where you live. Any problems will have you driving miles out of your way otherwise. Local dealers will make sure they look after you and they will always try their best to keep your custom too. Don’t believe those that say their mobile service unit will travel 150 miles to look after you!
However if your driven by a price and don’t mind taking the risk, then the shows can be a great spot to do a deal, but again don’t rush. Try and get to the show at the very beginning, then take a notepad/camera and make jottings of the caravans that interest you.