Caravans: the pros and cons of mobile homes


Caravans are either loved or they are hated? To some people they are the best possible holiday that could ever be taken while to others they are pokey boxes on wheels that belong firmly in the 19th century. Regardless of your views, caravans and mobile homes are here to stay. So if you are toying with the idea of getting one, or of trying a trip that involves a caravan, here are a few things that you should consider first – a few points to ponder and myths to dispel.

What happens when it doesn’t go according to plan

This is a big concern for a lot of people. The idea of towing a miniature home behind a car evokes all sorts of bad scenarios it the nervous travellers mind. Punctures or equipment failure. A bent chassis or a bad piece of road that is not navigable with a caravan in tow. These are all legitimate concerns and it probably goes without saying that you need to plan accordingly. Don’t go off-roading if you haven’t got the equipment. But also know that you wouldn’t be the first person to have a problem while towing and that as a result there are companies that specialise in caravan towing. Again, as part of your research and to create peace-of-mind, make sure you have details and numbers available before you set off.


One of the alternatives to a caravan is a holiday house. Both come with advantages and disadvantages. The best thing about caravans is that they allow you to travel to lots of different places – you are not tied down by having to go repeatedly to the same place every time you want some time away. The downside is that caravans are smaller than holiday houses and you cannot fit nearly as much inside. But that is the price that you pay for freedom.

Sample things first

In the same way that you probably wouldn’t just go out and buy a holiday house without first spending time at the destination, so you shouldn’t be sold by the romance and charm of a caravan and just buy one. Rather rent one or borrow a friend’s and spend a bit of time getting into the routine of a caravan holiday. Once you have decided that the it works for you then, and only then, invest in one for yourself.

Spare room

One thing that is awesome about caravans, is that they can effectively act as an extra room at your house. Granted, that is not their main purpose, but if you have a nice driveway and a lot of people coming to stay, then being able to host guests in the caravan is much the same as putting them up in a spare bedroom. It is the perfect solution for large families at times like Christmas or reunions – you may even find people queuing to get the caravan as their accommodation. It offers privacy and an escape for the main house and no matter what you might think about towing a mobile auto home, they are great to stay in once there.


Erica Cormier

The author Erica Cormier