Active spending of free time away from hotels, guesthouses and travel agencies is associated with many dilemmas. Avid amateurs of caravanning in the first years of their adventure consider renting or buying their own motorhome or caravan. In the following years, when the passion develops and the budget enables the purchase of new equipment, new dilemmas emerge: a luxurious caravan or a campervan?
The answer to this question is at least as many as caravanners. Each of us has different preferences, requirements and disposition . The qualifications you have - driving license categories are also very important. Undoubtedly, both a motorhome and caravan have a huge number of advantages and disadvantages that are typical of them.
What are the advantages of a caravan?
Let's start with the trailer, which is a much more popular form of a mobile home. Already at the start, the caravan seems to be winning with the motorhome in terms of price. When trying to buy a well-equipped trailer with lots of accessories and amenities, we need to prepare much smaller funds . What's more - going on vacation a few hundred kilometers from home, we are not condemned to collective transport , a bicycle or a scooter from the rental company . After setting up the trailer and the vestibule on the campsite, we have a car at our disposal. In addition, the design of the trailer allows you to allocate almost all available space for users - the manufacturer did not have to worry about the location of the drive unit and the like. The last of the major advantages of trailers are low maintenance costs , mostly coming down to cleaning and servicing on-board systems .
On the other hand, by choosing a motorhome, we gain greater mobility during the trip. Many of us experienced hard and stressful moments driving through crowded cities or holiday resorts in a car with a powerful trailer. In the case of a motorhome, we do not have to worry so much about the length of the set or cornering . An advantage repeated by users is the ease of movement between locations. It is enough for the driver from the residential part to go to the cab and start driving (if the awning is folded). The number of stowage spaces, the capacity of water tanks and energy independence also win the campers with caravans. If we do not have an external power source , we can use the drive unit.
The lower purchase price and subsequent operation of the trailer is not all. Owners of large, luxurious models struggle with their considerable curb weight , which therefore requires a powerful tug - category B + E required. Another significant obstacle will be the restrictive speed limits and high tolls for motorways, especially in Poland .
Undoubtedly, the disadvantages of the motorhome include the high cost of purchase and use . In addition to servicing on-board systems, the owner has to pay for keeping the mechanics in perfect condition. In many motorhome models, leveling the living space causes many problems.
in fact, the dispute between the motorhome and the caravan cannot be resolved unequivocally. It all depends on the criteria we have, our requirements and the places we plan to visit.
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