Tight budget, what can I get?
In many cases caravans can last for years, and you will also find that caravans in good order of 15 years vintage can still command a price of £3,500+ depending on layout and make. Buying a tourer of greater years reduces the cost but also heightens the risk of models that will need work such as re-sealing, new trim, broken windows etc. If you are competent at DIY then you can no doubt turn a weary looking caravan into a great first time unit.
But caravans do have problems such as damp, delaminating sides, floors and also broken trim. In most cases if these problems are ironed out to begin with then repaired well you will have a sound tourer.
So if you’re in the bargain basement area, look for the following:
- Soft to touch interior wall board
- Soft floor areas
- Black stains under window seals inside
Outside check for:
- Blisters on side panels (aluminium bulging out in places)
- Damaged trim
- Cracked windows
- Broken damper on hitch
- Brake adjustment