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Is there more thrilling and personal way to travel the countryside than going in style with a caravan or motor-home? You get the excitement of the open road while enjoying all the comforts of home. Some people enjoy a nice hotel room but you have to admit they lack a personal touch and you can’t take it with your at your next holiday lodges destination. The only complaint I’ve heard from people about caravans is the stereotypical 70’s décor image we all have. Thankfully, it is something which can be fixed.
Redesigning the interior of your caravan couldn’t be easier. The small amount of space means a minimal, clutter free style is probably the way to go. I prefer simple darks yet stylishly colors, especially in a carpet. Go for contemporary looks and colors that don’t need constant cleaning. Some people found vinyl flooring works great at some of the muddier holiday parks since it can be wiped clean in seconds.
When it comes to the kind of furniture, I would spend some extra money on items with multiple uses. This saves money in the long run and also gives you more room within the caravan. Recently, I just purchased a couch-bed which also contains storage space in the body so I can keep the bedding in during the daytime. It saves a great deal of room.
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When people hear about caravans, the image that immediately comes to mind is that of a convoy of camels and donkeys in some tribal land. This is true. Caravans first began appearing in the Middle Eastern parts and even parts of Arabia and North Africa where numerous nomadic tribes still cross the vast expanses of the desert in search of goods and services to buy and sell.
In the past, these tribes crossed the desert with a convoy full of items to sell. This constituted their barter trade and they sort other nomadic tribes to sell their products. Today, these convoys still cross vast expanses of land but not like they used to. People now use motor vehicles more and the age-old caravans have become almost obsolete.
In the United States, when people talk of caravans, we are actually referring to mobile homes, recreational vehicles, trailers and motor homes. These are considered temporary homes and are usually used by families that are taking a road trip or dwelling in temporary shelter. Nowadays, these homes have become more common that they were before. This is mostly in the southern parts of the US. The reason for this increase in mobile homes is because of the recent spike in major hurricanes and tornado which have become commonplace. The hurricane season has left in its wake, a trail of destroyed homes and the organization that deals with emergency management, FEMA, has given thousands of caravan homes to families.
Then there are other accessories such as gloves, boots, tents, flash lights, water resistant clothing and the rest. These are mostly items that can come handy at a road trip. The best place to purchase caravan accessories is at the outdoor spots store. These are also the same stores that sell outdoors equipment. This can be fishing hooks, baits, hats, binoculars and rope. If you are taking a road trip, there are also websites that are dedicated to these kinds of accessories. It is recommended that you shop for caravan accessories online because you can do a price comparison and also read reviews from others like yourself.
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Caravans and motorhomes essentially let you go to many of the same places and do many of the same things, so a week's holiday to the Lake District or other UK destination will be fundamentally the same if you are looking at driving there, parking up and enjoying a week or so relaxing.
The big difference comes when you want to move around a bit more or simply 'park up and camp' in a more remote location, as this is where caravans and motorhomes really begin to act completely different. A motorhome gives you a greater amount of freedom to move from place to place and stay at a number of different locations within a relatively short space of time, whereas a caravan is better suited to being left in one location and used effectively as a holiday home for the duration of your stay.
Of course, don't forget that you can still explore the immediate area with the car you used to tow the caravan! In fact for many people this is the big advantage of caravans over motorhomes, the fact that you can unhitch the caravan and drive around in a more compact 'normal' car, rather than exploring in a larger motorhome. Some motorhomers do tow small cars such as 'smart cars' but generally this is only possible on larger, more expensive 'vans.
In summary, the decision boils down to how you intend to use the vehicle. If you simply want an affordable way to spend holidays in the UK and Europe then a caravan is a fantastic choice, and one which still gives you a huge choice of destinations to choose from. If however you want the freedom to be able to move campsite at short notice and spend time at a number of different locations during your holiday, or want to do a little more 'wild camping' whilst away, then a motorhome may be the better option for you.