For thousands of people across the globe the lifting of the restrictions governing interaction with others on a face-to-face basis – and the regulations governing being confined to home has come with a tremendous sigh of relief.
The forced confinement was especially hard on those who were looking forward to some time off, exploring the world around them, to travel to destinations that would allow them to destress from life in the 21st century. However, once these restrictions were lifted consumers had to face a world of ever-increasing household costs and spiking interest rates. For some that put paid to their overseas travel plans.
However, Australians were lucky enough to have some of the most scenic and interesting destinations on their doorstep. For many a vacation exploring the wonders of Australia was just what the doctor ordered. But, after being confined to home for so long and subject to rules and regulations they wanted to explore on their own terms – and many turned to off-road caravans as the ideal solution. They are in good company, according to one of the largest off-roading organizations in Australia around 800,000 people own off-road vehicles – including caravans, and that number is growing.
However, before purchasing your off-road caravans it is useful to know what you should be looking out for so that your money is well-spent.
1. The Chassis
The chassis is the backbone of the caravan. It is essential that it be firm, strong, and able to shrug off conditions that would cause damage to run-of-the-mill caravans. Keep a lookout for a chassis that features steel rails and aluminum crosses. this reduces weight and ensures that the chassis is able to handle the toughest of conditions.
2. The Frame
Inspecting a frame can be problematic due to the fact that it’s hidden from plain sight by the external structures of the caravan. However, don’t be afraid to ask questions. A reputable manufacturer will have years of experience in producing lightweight, tough frames for off-road caravans. Aluminum frames have become extremely popular over the last decade due to their light weight, toughness, and resistance to water damage. Remember, the frame of your off-road caravan is the first line of defense against damage caused by challenging conditions.
3. The Suspension
A heavy-duty suspension is absolutely essential. It will have to put up with jarring and swaying – and will also need to be highly fatigue resistant. It should also not be prone to sagging when the caravan is under full load. Components such as bearings and seals should be of the highest quality – as should the lubricants used in the suspension system.
4. The Essential Equipment
Pay attention to factors such as battery output (should be in the 200Ah and 300W capacity range). Ideally, battery power should be supplemented by roof-mounted solar panels. This is extremely important if you are going to be venturing into potentially dangerous territory where gas can be in short supply (such as the Outback). The off-road caravan should have generous water storage capacity for those potentially dry destinations or places where potable water is not easily available. 190 L is a minimum requirement if these are the sorts of trips you are planning
Do your research and deal with a manufacturer like Retreat Caravans who have the off-road caravan that will suit your particular needs. Then take aim at the sunrise and enjoy the road less traveled.