Best Caravans

A caravan can help you feel right at home wherever you travel. Among caravans for sale today you can find everything from your run of the mill trailers to off-road caravans with the brawn to tackle tough trails - either way, knowing what to look for will help you find a van that's right for you. Continue reading...

451 listings
Jurgens Jindabyne

Jurgens Jindabyne

 · includes 5 listings
3.8 from 13 reviews

Latest review: what we love : — the layout (big kitchen, lots of seating) — the quality of the internal finish — light and so easy to tow the less good : — roof not particularly easy to raise

  • Value for Money
    3.5 (2)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.0 (3)
  • Mileage 2,500 km
  • Interior Build Quality
    3.5 (2)
  • Off-roading Performance
    3.0 (1)
  • Exterior Build Quality
    3.5 (2)
  • Comfort
    3.5 (2)
  • Tare Weight1,325 kg to 1,430 kg
  • Bathroom / Laundry InclusionsToilet, Shower and Vanity
Supreme Territory

Supreme Territory

 · includes 6 listings
3.1 from 21 reviews

Latest review: I collected my Supreme Territory on Friday the 11th Jan 2019 and immediately drove it about 400km on sealed roads to home. Faults / problems so far are: 1) During the drive one of the LED reading

  • Off-Road CapableYes
  • Main Bed SizeQueen
  • Bathroom / Laundry InclusionsToilet, Shower, Sink, Vanity and Washing Machine
Concept Innovation

Concept Innovation

 · includes 4 listings
3.8 from 10 reviews

Latest review: Easy tow great in weather very happy 2018 600r. Besides noisy water pump a common fault with this ban all Good . Highly recommend attention to detail on wire and management system

  • Value for Money
    4.7 (3)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.7 (3)
  • Mileage 23,333.333 km
  • Interior Build Quality
    3.3 (3)
  • Off-roading Performance
    4.3 (3)
  • Exterior Build Quality
    3.8 (4)
  • Comfort
    3.8 (4)
Coromal Princeton

Coromal Princeton

 · includes 3 listings
3.3 from 14 reviews

Latest review: Bought from All Boat and Caravan Wanneroo WA Now closed down No wonder with such very ,very poor service Caravan Layout fantastic Slide out hit the floor on fridge side when brought in .only

New Age Big Red

New Age Big Red

 · includes 4 listings
3.1 from 15 reviews

Latest review: I would tell you the whole story, but it's to unbelievable and they are not even worth my time to write. Wish I brought a jayco or one of the bigger brand caravan names. 2 stars because I sold it,

Related Articles

Previous
The right to repair: which brands are making it easier for you to fix their products?

The right to repair movement in Australia is calling for companies to make it easier for their products to be repaired. Here are some electronics and appliance manufacturers who are starting to listen and make it more feasible for consumers to repair, rather than replace, their items.

Clara V.
Clara V.
the-right-to-repair-which-brands-are-making-it-easier-for-you-to-fix-their-products
Camping essentials for your next road trip and where you can buy them

Camping gear has unsurprisingly been at the top of a lot of shopping lists this summer. Whether you’re hiking, car camping, or caravanning, you’ll need supplies for your getaway. Here are some highly rated camping products you can buy, and some of the best stores to buy them at.

Clara V.
Clara V.
camping-essentials-for-your-next-road-trip-and-where-you-can-buy-them
Make staying at home more enjoyable with these products and tips

Staying at home doesn’t have to be a drag, even if you’re isolating. With the right products, you can still eat, drink, and relax as if you’re on holiday, so that your summer staycation is something special.

Clara V.
Clara V.
make-staying-at-home-more-enjoyable-with-these-products-and-tips
Next
Roma Elegance

Roma Elegance

 · includes 2 listings
3.1 from 10 reviews

Latest review: This is my 2nd Roma Caravan. After upgrading to a 4.5t tow vehicle I decided on the Roma Slide out caravan for our holidays and also to have available on our farm for onsite additional living.

Atlantic Caravans New Generation

Atlantic Caravans New Generation

 · includes 6 listings
3.3 from 10 reviews

Latest review: Tv antenna is no good... Fridge was a real problem as it blew out at every puff of wind...... Tows great with 200 series landcruiser Nothing moves inside of van on extremely corragated

Atlantic Caravans Endeavour

Atlantic Caravans Endeavour

 · includes 6 listings
2.8 from 10 reviews

Latest review: Major issues, Water comming out off the frame, LED strip lights, Cupburd door warping, Edge stripping on cupboard cumming off, Spring on trailer, causing it ot sway, Roof cladding not fixed corectley

Auto-Trail FB
5.0 from 4 reviews

Latest review: The 2013 Delaware we purchased in September 2018 from Elite RV in Queensland, once cleaned, is beautiful inside and out. It has everything you need and desire and drives like a dream, however the

Kedron Topender TE'5

Kedron Topender TE'5

 · includes 3 listings
5.0 from 4 reviews

Latest review: I purchased a new Kedron Top Ender in 2009. Since then I have towed it over 175,000 km all over Oz. Had the odd minor niggles as one must expect. The support from Galls who own Kedron is superb.

Retreat Daydream
5.0 from 3 reviews

Latest review: This just some general information for everyone. If you have a problem with any component within your warranty period, in this case your RV, you go to the dealer you purchased your RV from. They are

Halen Vans Bathurst

Halen Vans Bathurst

 · includes 2 listings
5.0 from 3 reviews

Latest review: Could not be more please with the quality and service we received from Halen Vans. Jason and Bec went beyond our expectations to make make sure we were happy with our layout and accessories. Their

Crusader Caravans Musketeer

Crusader Caravans Musketeer

 · includes 8 listings
5.0 from 2 reviews

Latest review: Our 19’6” (road version) van is comfortable and practical. We selected Crusader based on the company’s history and success but also because of the design. The front kitchen, entry away from the bed an

Jurgens Sungazer
5.0 from 2 reviews

Latest review: Bought our Sungazer in 2017 and it has served us well with no issues. We absolutely love it. It is beautifully warm in the winter months and sits well on the road and being so light fuel

Wonderland RV Adventus
5.0 from 2 reviews

Latest review: Highly recommend!!! We had big expectations, and the guys at wonderland went above and beyond to ensure they were met. They have great family designs and their attention to detail outweighs the

Related Articles

Previous
The best travel gifts for every budget

With more people making travel plans, what better gift is there to give than something that your loved one can use on their holiday? We’ve rounded up a list of practical gifts that all kinds of travellers - from camping enthusiasts to long haul flyers - will enjoy.

Clara V.
Clara V.
the-best-travel-gifts-for-every-budget
How to be more eco-friendly when you're gifting this Christmas

Christmas seems to go hand in hand with consumption, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be eco-friendly with your gift giving. We’ve got tips for everything from shopping sustainably to zero-waste packaging, so that you can have a greener holiday season.

Clara V.
Clara V.
how-to-be-more-eco-friendly-when-youre-gifting-this-christmas
Christmas Gift Ideas for Mum

Since many mothers tend to spout selfless phrases like ‘please don’t spend any money on me,’ Christmas is a great opportunity to spoil your Mum. However, this can be a tricky feat if your mum hasn’t told you what kind of gift she’d be happy with.

Avleen M.
Avleen M.
christmas-gift-ideas-for-mum
Next
Sunland Longreach
5.0 from 2 reviews

Latest review: best van I have owned! tows great Sunland were really easy to deal with nothing was an issue, they built the van to what I wanted, they listened! What I like aboout the Sunland Longreach is the fit

Millard MFlow 19' 6
5.0 from 1 review

Latest review: We owned a 1975 Millard for 15 years and decided to upgrade. Went to the caravan show and ended up ordering another Millard from RV Connection. They delivered it to us at Port Maq, Pre-sales and post

MDC Expedition Series XT12 Hybrid Offroad

Latest review: Talk about value for money and a well thought out van. Design is superb and quick easy set up van that you can tow anywhere and have your own powerstation ready to go. Solar panels on the roof,

Price (RRP) $43,990.00

Titanium Southern Star SS18 Hardcore Off-Road Caravan

Latest review: Purchased a Titanium Southern Star Hardcore caravan. This Australian made van is built by Titanium in Victoria and sold exclusively through Caravans Coffs Coast. The build quality is awesome. Pure

Price (RRP) $78,500.00

Victory Maestro
5.0 from 1 review

Latest review: Maestro is the master of Victory Caravans' off-road caravan range. I really like its luxurious interior equipment for a luxurious caravan, what I love most is the leatherette seats with their

Page 2 of 7

Types of caravans

An elderly couple relaxing by a river next to their caravan

While there are plenty of types of caravans to choose from, conventional caravans and pop-top caravans are the two most popular choices.

Conventional caravans

These have a solid roof and solid walls, neither of which can be adjusted. They’re also the most common type of caravan on the market.

Pros

Has more cupboard space than pop-tops.
Easier to set up.
Less vulnerable to leaks.
Can stay warmer in colder weather.
Cheaper than pop-tops.

Cons

Weigh more than pop-tops, so they're more difficult and expensive to tow.
Higher height may make them difficult to store in some carports and garages, and more difficult to manoeuvre along trails with low-hanging debris.

Pop-top caravans

Pop-top (or pop-up) caravans have a roof that can be lifted up or lowered. When the roof is raised, vinyl or canvas walls protect the interior of the van.

Pros

Reduced height makes them easier to store in garages, and may make it easier to take them along roads or tracks with a low clearance.
Provide more ventilation, making it great for hot or humid weather.
Often weigh less, so use less fuel to tow.

Cons

Often more expensive.
More vulnerable to water and dust leaks.
Often have less structural integrity than conventional caravans.
Offer less cupboard storage.
Mechanisms to pop and pull top back down are often highly mounted and aren’t ergonomic.

Other types of caravans

  • Pop-out caravans: These have a slide-out section that usually has sleeping berths or seating, allowing them to stay compact while being a great family caravan.
  • Fifth wheeler caravans: Fifth wheelers are the largest type of caravan you can find, and you’ll find these have the space to house luxurious interior features. Because of their size, you’ll need a sturdy vehicle to tow them, and you may find that not all caravan parks accept these vans.
  • Teardrop caravans: These are small caravans that are used by those who have a smaller towing vehicle or don’t need to carry all that much. They’ll usually have enough space for 2 people to sleep in as well as a kitchenette.
An image of a conventional caravan next to an image of a pop-top caravan
On the left: a conventional caravan. Image credit: New Age. On the right: a pop-top caravan. Image credit: A'van.

Should I get an off-road caravan?

If you’re itching to get off the bitumen, then you might find an off-road caravan is more suitable for you.

Off-roaders have more ground clearance, larger wheels, a more durable chassis, and suspension that can absorb road shock and tackle rough terrain. They also sometimes have larger water tanks, solar panels, and a more powerful battery system to allow for greater self-reliance when you’re off the grid.

Think about the type of adventures you plan on setting off for. Will you mainly be on paved roads, or will you need something that can tackle a dust road, rougher trails and even the odd river crossing?

Off-road campers are pricier, heavier, and more difficult to tow, so don’t overestimate your bravery - only opt for one if you really think you’ll need it.

What to consider when choosing a caravan

Weight and towing capacity

First-time caravan buyers will likely be confused at all the weights they need to consider when buying one. All of these weights are to ensure you can legally and safely tow your caravan.

These are the measurements you’ll need to check:

  • Your vehicle’s maximum towing capacity.
  • The tare weight of your caravan. This is the weight of an empty trailer (but including 10L of fuel).
  • The Aggregate Trailer Mass (ATM) of your caravan. This is the legal maximum weight of your caravan with a load, and is the combination of the tare weight and its payload (the maximum weight of cargo that can be loaded onto the trailer).
  • Your vehicle’s Gross Combination Mass (GCM). This is the maximum combined weight of the car and the caravan.
  • The ball weight, which is the maximum amount of pressure you can put on your vehicle’s towball.

Check with both your vehicle and caravan manufacturer about weights. You can also weigh both at a public weighbridge.

If you find that most caravans don’t suit your current towing capabilities and you don’t want to upgrade your vehicle, you may want to consider opting for a more lightweight camper trailer.

Size

Most caravans in Australia are somewhere between 11 and 24ft (even here, we generally measure caravans by feet). An 11ft camper usually sleeps 1 one person, while couples can often be comfortable in one between 19 to 20ft. Longer caravans are usually recommended for larger groups, with some caravans accommodating up to 7 people.

Check how easy your caravan will be to store, particularly if it needs to be parked in a garage or another kind of enclosed space. However, you shouldn’t settle for too tight a fit, as you’ll need a bit of swing room when making a turn out of the garage.

How large you decide to go will generally depend on your vehicle’s towing capacity, the number of sleeping berths you need the van to have, and what kind of interior features and components you want in your van.

Design

Just because you’re planning to live in a box doesn’t mean that you need to sign away a life of comfort. Well thought-out layouts can make even the smallest caravans feel spacious, and caravan manufacturers often offer a variety of layouts within a single model or range.

Think about how many campers you need your van to sleep and what kind of activities you want to do in your van - some people like space, while others prefer a cosier home that forces them to relax outdoors more often.

Also consider the colour of your van - the majority are white because they're cooler and white wall sheeting is more widely prouced, making them cheaper to purchase if you need repairs done.

Features

While most caravans come with sleeping berths, a kitchenette, a toilet and shower, and a living area, there are some extra features that you might want to look for when you shop. Deciding what features you want or need largely depends on personal preference - here are a few common ones for you to consider.

Interior features

Exterior features

You should also consider the following:

  • Water tank capacity. It’s generally a good idea to have at least 100L of fresh water on your caravan, particularly if you plan on free camping or travelling through National Parks.
  • Battery. You should have at least one battery of 100A/H or higher.
  • Grey water tank. A grey water tank helps you leave no trace, and while not all caravans have them as a standard feature, they’re an environmentally responsible fitting to have.

The more bells and whistles you want your caravan to have, the larger and heavier you should expect your caravan to be.

Build quality

Whether you want a caravan for the odd trip away or plan on making it your permanent home, you should look for a sturdy, well constructed van. Most caravans are made from either aluminium or fibreglass - neither is inherently better than the other, but both materials have benefits and drawbacks.

Aluminium

Fibreglass

  • Lighter, making it easier and cheaper to tow.
  • Less expensive.
  • Easier to repair.
  • Stronger and more resistant to denting.
  • Less likely to sustain hail damage.
  • Offers a smoother look (as opposed to a ribbed aluminium surface).

You can also look out for the joints between panels - usually, the fewer there are, the less likely your van will leak.

Price

Buying a caravan can set you back anywhere from $40,000 to upwards of $120,000, while a second hand caravan can still cost you anywhere from $20,000.

Cheap caravans under $50,000 will generally be smaller in size and won’t sleep more than 4 people. Spending between $50,000 and $70,000 will usually get you a longer caravan with a larger dinette and bathroom, as well as more durable and stylish finishes.

Spending more than this can get you an off-road or luxury caravan, and these models will often include features like a full kitchen, top-grade suspension, and swanky upholstery.

Tips for when you shop

There are a few things to keep in mind when visiting caravan and camper trailer shops.

  • You can sometimes score a better deal for a caravan in the summer (ideally December or January) as campers are already off on holiday and RV sales are generally quite low.
  • Ask the caravan dealer what kind of ongoing customer service they provide, taking note of relevant warranties, whether they offer roadside assistance and where they source parts. This will give you a good indication of where you can get help, and how long you’d have to wait if you need repairs.
  • Inspect a caravan closely when you’re shopping around as well as during the handover after you’ve purchased one. Checking the finishes, how secure the furniture and appliances are, and how comfortable the caravan is can save you having to make a detour to a service centre in the middle of your holiday.

One way to try before you buy is to rent a caravan for your next weekend getaway - if you have a few trips planned, you can road test different models to see which style and layout suits your needs.

Whether you’re perusing through new or used caravans for sale, knowing what to look for will help you get on the road with a camper that’s just right for you.