There are many advantages for choosing an off road caravan and these include: having the freedom of going to places
that a road based caravan couldn’t go, having independent equipment for extended stays away from civilisation and having a caravan that’s durable and tough for off road conditions
The main reason that folks would consider buying an off road caravan, is the freedom of going just about most places
the 4WD can go. Instead of being limited to caravan parks and gravel tracks – you can take that off the beat ‘n’ track and head towards your favourite fishing spot
or maybe search for a gold lead on a prospecting expedition. The choices are great and varied and it’s nice to know that you have added a few stars to your accommodation in the process.
There is an unfortunate dilemma that people can face when it comes to road based caravans and caravan parks in the peak season. Depending on the popularity of the tourist area, supporting caravan parks may need to be booked in advance because of overcrowding. Freedoms can be eroded due to this scheduling so having the choice of staying at a caravan park or going off the bitumen where permitting is a bonus.
Manufacturers realise that people will most likely take their off road caravan away from towns and shopping centres, so they usually incorporate extra amenities and upgraded equipment. These may include:
- Bigger fresh water tanks
- Upgraded communications
- Bigger and/or spare batteries
- Bigger and/or spare solar panels
- Bigger and/or spare gas cylinders
- Bigger grey and black water tanks
- Upgraded recovery gear and servicing equipment
- More storage areas
|Some manufacturers can deign custom layouts and add optional extras based on your specific requirements.|
Built Tough for Tough Conditions
Off road caravans are designed and built tough for the bumps and knocks that it may be subjected to on or off the tracks. They are designed to work well with the tow vehicle and have a great deal more articulation – meaning it can be positioned or navigated at a sharper angle than a road based caravan. The chassis is built much stronger and sits higher off the ground to provide better ground clearance. This design plus a strong departure angle at the rear provides confidence for towing the caravan through deep ruts and over river banks without bottoming out. Many off road caravans are designed with waterproof doors, windows and compartments to prevent water from seeping in during flood or creek crossing
. This design also helps reduce bull dust from entering the interior.