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Posted anonymously, 30th December 2015


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  • I’m planning to do a lot more caravanning when my husband retires.


  • Find somewhere quiet to stop for the night (eg bush camp location – easy with a tent but should be ok with caravan, just be careful of access since caravans can be really awkward). You’ll need good sleep and being next to a busy road or a hectic camp ground just wont help – you might want to go to bed early if your child wakes early and basically have a different schedule to other holiday makers. So aim for somewhere quiet and private where you know you can all rest.


  • Keeping your contents light is important. As much as we disliked them we used microwave safe “plastic” crockery, clean but old cutlery, (some people use disposable). Most caravans have a small stove top and a small refrigerator.
    If you use milk, try UHT milk (before you go in case you don’t like the taste of it) as you can store it elswhere until you open it and have to refrigerate it. Make sure you have a first aid kit. Unless the law has changed unless you are staying in a town you have to have to have a fire extinguisher in your caravan. Regardless they could save your life. Make sure you know how to use it. If you have a gas stove you also have to learn the safety methods of gas bottle operation and the appliances in respect to it too. If you are going to continue caravanning and go outback you need more than one source of power for your fridge or powered esky. Fridges can be kept cold while you are travelling using a battery. They can also be connected to gas. If you have to buy a fridge I strongly suggest you consult some experts to find out what type is best for your needs. You can get some than ony use ordinary electricity, or power via battery or/plus bottled gas as well. You may consider having 2 gas bottles instead of 1. The weight you put in your caravan has to be distributed in such a way as it doesn’t effect the balance and handling of your caravan while towing. If you aren’t sure whether you like caravaning, what you could do is hire one for a weekend and have a trial run. If you decide to buy one, look at a few and work out if the layout of one will suit you, as there normally isn’t much “moving”room in them. Some have the table and benches placed in a position that you can lower the table. move the backrests and seats to make another bed. If oyu are buying one privately make sure it has brakes as they didn’t used to be compulsory.
    Happy Caravaning Holidays!!!


  • We caravaned when our children were little. It was the most convenient thing to do. If the baby was due for a feed, we just pull over whereever, pop the top up and I can go in and breast feed in comfort. Plus we tend to make our own lunches fresh when we pull over. Hubby used to pull over when he was tired and have a snooze on the bed. It is like you have your home with you. The older children would sleep in the bunks whilst the baby would sleep on a baby mattress beside our bed. You will really enjoy the experience.


  • No but we will this year coming – it is a great way to get around and meet people!


  • Checking out caravan and camping stores for specials is a big help before a big trip and helps with being up to date too.


  • Travel in a caravan is a lot of fun and going at your own pace is relaxing too.


  • that sounds really exciting! i hope to do it one day but i haven’t done it other than a camping trip here or there.


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