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What to look for when buying a second-hand caravan

Date: 17/08/2017 13:40:52
Category: caravan
Author: Tom Light

Caravan Tyes There are few things more quintessentially British than a caravan holiday. More Brits than ever are opting to holiday at home this year, with caravan breaks set to rise once again in popularity.

And what’s not to love? A caravan holiday can be an inexpensive and effective way of getting away from it all, with all the modern conveniences you could need in a one place. If you’re a caravan fan and have decided that now is the time to buy one of your own, here are our top tips for what to look for when buying a second-hand caravan.

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Size matters

It’s important to get the size right when buying a caravan – too small and you’ll feel cramped for space, but too big and you’ll be paying for loads of room you don’t need. Consider who you are likely to holiday with and buy one with enough space for whoever might travel with you.

Give the caravan a good inspection

There a few key areas that you must make sure to look over when viewing a caravan with a view to buying it. Firstly, is there any damp? Check all the corners of the unit, the beds and in the cupboards as fixing damp in a caravan can be a very expensive job. Also look at the sealants on the doors and windows to check that there are not any gaps. If the windows have condensation on the inside it’s a sign there is a problem. Finally, take a really good look at the outside, particularly at the chassis, hitch and suspension. If the caravan has been used a lot these could be quite worn which is another expensive job to fix.

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Do the checks you would do when buying a car

Caravans, like cars, will have a vehicle history log book so ensure that you check this and it is complete from new. Like a car you can also complete an HPI check – which checks to verify the age of the vehicle and ensure that it is being legitimately sold.

Remember you can make changes

Don’t let an outdated interior put you off. Making changes to aspects like the sofa material or curtains can be a quick and easy task and allows you to update and adapt the caravan to your own taste.

Check to see if there is a tracking device

If the caravan you’re looking to buy already has a tracking device installed, this is a massive bonus. If it doesn’t, consider getting one fitted as soon as you have brought it.  It’s estimated that between 1,600 and 4,000 caravans are stolen each year. If they remain untethered and placed on your driveway or garden, it’s easy to see how thieves can make off with them.
To protect your investment a tracking device is essential. Not only is advertising that you have one a very powerful deterrent to would-be thieves but if the worst happens our TRACKER technology will also help to get your caravan back.
If you’ve decided that now is the time to purchase a second-hand caravan, we hope the tips above have helped you to make your final decision. Remember, protecting your investment is vital so get in touch with TRACKER today. 

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