Layouts - what's the best to go for?
The answer here is simply – what works well for you as a couple or family. Sure there are some great layouts that we would choose, but it really is down to personal choice. Fixed bed layouts have been very much in vogue since 2002. For those who look upon making a bed as a chore and like the idea of flopping into bed of an evening as you do at home then the fixed bed layout works well. But most of these layouts work better with couples than families, plus the fixed bed does take up much of the floor area and this can limit the general feeling of space.
Two berths with end washrooms are still a popular choice and the end kitchen two berths also command a look, especially if you are restricted to the size of caravan you can tow or store. Multi-berths also sell well, the most popular layout has been the double dinette layout, with central kitchen and wardrobe/washroom opposite. This layout still attracts families and couples too who also find the end dinette can be left up as a bed and returned to seating when required. Six berth models are always in demand, with fixed bunks – a great way of the kids getting to bed early and leaving mum and dad to have their own space.
But with a general good array of layouts available you will soon get the feel as to what suits you best. Don’t be afraid to try the beds, ask the seller to demonstrate how they are made up and try them for size and comfort. Is the washroom large enough? Some caravanners still like a large end washroom especially if they are touring off the beaten track where small sites offer limited facilities.
Twin axles - are they better to tow?
Twin axles came into the caravan world many years ago, but were not really considered as a touring caravan. Not till the early 80’s when more 4x4 cars hit the road. Twin axles were also seen by some as a bit of a status symbol and a ‘must have’. Also manufacturers were making 4.5m length models on twin axles too, such was the popularity of the idea. Yes, twins can be more stable, that’s why caravans with a body length of over 5.6m generally run on twin axles.
But remember when it comes to having to manoeuvre the caravan it’s not as easy as a single axle variant. Twins can be a job to move onto difficult pitches, however the motor-movers around now make this a task that’s far easier so it’s well worth budgeting for this useful extra on a twin and even a single axle tourer - especially for those solo caravanners.