What to buy for first van.

Submitted: Sunday, Mar 31, 2013 at 16:09
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Well it looks like we may have sold the camper trailer,so now we are in the market to purchase our first caravan. Nothing too flash or fancy. We were thinking on the lines of a 17' Jayco or an AVan.
Question is, are there other vans out there similar that would be suitable, or is it the same as Nissan owners and Toyota owners,when it comes to choice.
We are after something easy to tow,double bed and annex, maybe about 10+ years of age.

Purchase price about $20K.

Thanks in advance for your reply's.

Laurie.
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Reply By: Motherhen - Sunday, Mar 31, 2013 at 23:43

Sunday, Mar 31, 2013 at 23:43
Hi Laurie

So long as it is sound, choose on the layout you want rather than getting hung up on brand. If it has survived ten years or so, chassis unbroken, cupboards intact and no leaks, you should be OK for black top travel.

You can download a checklist from Caravan Council

One aspect which is discussed on the caravaners forum is to ensure that the fridge will fit through the door in case it ever needs to be replaced. Apparently many do not :O. We have replaced fridges in two caravans and in both cases the fridges fitting out and in through the door.

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Reply By: Member - John and Lynne - Monday, Apr 01, 2013 at 17:52

Monday, Apr 01, 2013 at 17:52
There are plenty of such vans around. Don't start with a brand in mind and do a lot of looking. Begin by visiting a few reputable dealers and do some comparisons and train your eye to notice faults like leaks or wobbly furniture. Don't forget to look underneath the van for evidence of rust, stone damage etc.
Think about where you want to travel - if dirt roads are likely to feature in your travels you will need to find out about the various sturdier suspensions and you will need a decent clearance. Think about the layout you will find convenient and don't forget to check the comfort of any seating, especially if you are planning any long trips! Also think about whether you will want a toilet and shower. There seem to be very good buys around without bathrooms as many people are upgrading to vans with bathrooms. Bench space was high on our list and some layouts give more than others. Enjoy your search and don't rush! Lynne
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