The interior caravan layout and fixtures is important. There are a number of things to consider. One is the size of the bed. Double beds in caravans are often smaller than the normal one at home. Sometimes caravan beds are shaped with rounded corners, which means it is extremely difficult to use a fitted sheet. Similar problems can occur with beds in motorhomes. In campervans, beds can be even bigger than king-size so, again, sheets may be a problem. The choice of single beds versus double beds is personal and is entirely depended on what sleeping arrangements you prefer. Think also about whether you want a fold-up bed, so you can enjoy extra space during the day, and where you want the bed positioned: some travellers prefer an island bed, others are happy for it to be flush against the caravan side.
Make sure the caravan layout you choose has good usable storage space both inside and outside. The wardrobe should have sufficient hanging capacity. Most caravans have side door entry just some also have rear door entry. If you go for a rear door, make sure the dust sealing and scupper vent in the roof to pressurise the van is in excellent working order for minimising dust.
Many caravan layouts have built in showers, toilets and hot-water services, but if you are planning on spending most of your nights in caravan parks, you may be paying for unnecessary caravan fixtures. Showers and toilets obviously require regular cleaning and take up valuable space. They usually come as a unit, with the toilet built into the shower cubicle. Larger motorhomes may have separate toilets.
A microwave oven is probably an essential feature and if your caravan is not fitted with one, seriously consider adding one – you will use it all the time. Air-conditioning is more a matter of personal choice but it can get extremely hot in the north of Australia and if you intend heading north you will need one. Air-conditioning units are readily available.
Many new caravans are built to order, which means you have the option of customising your caravan layout and fixtures to suit your own taste.
TIP Take a tape measure with you when you go looking at caravans and motorhomes. Then you can work out what fits where. Even if you are of average height you will want to check the headroom as well. If you are taller, this may take on even more significance – you do not want to be hitting your head all the time just because you forget to check this basic caravan layout initially.
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Ian Molloy is the owner of Crikey Adventure Tours.
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