rv - Make your own caravan with these simple DIY steps

Make your own caravan with these simple DIY steps

Having spoken a lot about caravans and the benefits of caravanning in earlier posts such as www.springcaravanandcampingshow.co.uk/caravan/3-wwys-caravans-can-be-fun-for-family, we want to focus now on how you can design your own caravans and set off on your adventures.

Designing a caravan is no rocket science. It is time consuming if you want a lot of facilities, however a basic caravan suitable for weekend trips can be designed in under two hours. Naturally, there are designers and consultants who you can engage, but why spend unnecessarily.

Now, the first thing to focus on is the exterior of the vehicle. If you’re going to be spending a lot of time in the caravan and intend to park it in public places during nighttime, you want to have a hint of camouflage so that you don’t get hassled by authorities. A plain color is recommended and it is perhaps better not to place windows in the back as it can flag off the fact that the vehicle is a caravan. OF course, if you intend only to park in less visible areas, this is not a concern.

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Once you have the exterior sorted out, the next thing to decide is power source. You can opt for batteries, solar power or diesel. Naturally, as environment advocates, we recommend solar power. We know of caravanners and travelers who have travelled for long distances using a solar power source. The lighting setting inside can be your regular LED bulbs. Energy efficiency is key especially for long distance travelers.

Before you get into decoration, there are a few things to sort out, such as plumbing. While it is always better to do it old-school and avoid toilets in caravans, it may not work out for everyone. IF you are camping in forest areas, you don’t really need toilet within caravans. If you do need, get a plumber to set it up for you.

 Once that is done, you are now faced with the easier affairs. Decide how you want to set up your closet space. Standard facilities include a sofa couch, table, chairs and a small rack to store your essentials. If you are a group of friends or a family who need more facilities, you may want to install a television, mini-fridge or even Wi-Fi.

In short, it is quite possible to do DIY caravans. Talk to fellow caravanners or have a consult with us if you require advice on designing or decorating your own caravan. And of course, always remember to get insurance on the vehicle.

group - Read these inspiring travel stories of caravanners and campers

Read these inspiring travel stories of caravanners and campers

Like us, there are many who have set about travelling to different parts of the country and the world in caravans. They drive, eat, camp and repeat. We have scoured the internet for some of the best stories and blog writers that will serve to inspire you to take up this kind of adventure once in a while.

We focus primarily on Africa and Australia, two other parts of the world where caravanning an camping has proved especially popular. These are also countries with immense land area, thus facilitating the possibility of long road journeys.

Full time caravanners is a blog written and maintained by two South Africans, Lynn and Ken Finlay, who retired from work in 2012 and decided to buy a caravan and tour around the nation. They call themselves gypsies, as they associate their lifestyle to the nomadic nature of gypsies. They have an interesting story, as they decided to become full-time campers and spend their retirement years in camps instead of retirement homes.

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While they spent their nights inside the caravan, they set up camps to cook food. In their own words, they probably added a year or two to their lifespan due to a variety in diet and lots of exercise. They meet new people almost every day and have no lack of social relationships, something which may not have been the case in retirement homes.

Australia by caravanis a blog started off by travelers John and Margaret Cullen, who set off with an extremely ambitious goal of touring the entire continent on caravan. Imagine the size of Australia and the miles they have to cover! They started this journey in 2004. They got a Roadstar voyager 4000 caravan, that looks like your typical trailer house in the US, and amazingly set up solar panels to power all the electricity they would use inside the caravan.

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They began their journey in Queensland, covering areas such as the Brisbane tourist park, Gold coast, Byron bay, Warwick and crossed the Great divide twice! They managed to cover Australia in 42 days and headed to New Zealand after, where they camped at different picturesque locations such as Hervey bay, Tin can bay and rainbow beach.

We were really inspired after reading these stories and amazed by the challenges the travelers took, such as retirement camping for Lynn and Ken Finlay, and a solar energy- powered continent trip for John and Margaret Cullen. It tells us that if we set our minds onto something, we will find a way to execute it!

motorhome - 4 top digital marketplaces for buying new and used caravans

4 top digital marketplaces for buying new and used caravans

This post focuses on people who prefer to buy caravans. It is a great investment that will definitely yield dividends for your future. It also can prove to be a cost-effective purchase for those that frequently engage in caravanning. In a way, it also forces you to do caravanning trips instead of the easier and less-adventurous solution of a road trip in your car.

While we at Spring caravan and camping shows do not sell caravans, we do know of a few reliable and quality providers of caravans. We would like to recommend some of these providers, all of whom have digital offerings, to our readers.

AutoTrader caravans

AutoTrader is not limited just to caravans. They are Britain’s largest digital automotive marketplace. They list more than 450,000 vehicles each day and offer services for buying, selling or even advertising vehicles. They offer new and used caravans for listing and sale. In addition, the company also provides financing and insurance services for prospective buyers.


Caravanfinderr - 4 top digital marketplaces for buying new and used caravans

Caravanfinder appears to be your typical advert portal. They offer new and used caravans, filtered by number of berths and by layout. They also offer motorhomes in their portfolio. Caravanfinder is a one-stop-shop for both the product identification and purchase processes. They have tons of videos of different models of vehicles that you may check out. They also have an online magazine that can assist in your research.


Caravansforsale.co.uk is yet another digital advert portal. They offer even more filters such as pop-up, mobility and trailer tents, for the well-researched buyer. While their portfolio of vehicles may not be the largest, we find this to be the most user-friendly website. The company also provides their own recommendation on choice of the week.


Preloved is a marketplace solely for used caravans. The website has free and promotional items such as caravan carpets that are quite appealing. They also have an informative blog that is well structured and maintained. The blogs are categorized and we really enjoy most of their content.

If you are in the process of buying, do your research well. Used caravans in the marketplaces listed above are usually in tip-top conditions and you may save yourself an expensive purchase by opting for such caravans.

family camping - 3 ways how caravans and caravanning can be fun for families!

3 ways how caravans and caravanning can be fun for families!

Ever seen those circus movies where the clowns and performers travel around a country in caravans? They appear to have a lot of fun in the process. Well, it isn’t really limited to fiction. Caravanning is perhaps one of the most enjoyable activities around.

To begin with, it is an inexpensive activity. And all of us enjoy something that is fun yet inexpensive. It doesn’t involve expensive bookings or add-on charges, which are common in most other means of transport and entertainment. Let us look at some of the fun aspects of caravanning.

A house that constantly moves

We all love our homes. It offers warmth, comfort and relaxation. Well, you will definitely love a moving home then! A caravan includes all aspects of your home such as a sofa, bed, television, mini-bars, refrigerators and what not! And the best part is, it is constantly mobile. If you get bored, drive the caravan for a bit and get out to a completely new and different surrounding.

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Family-time can be fun??

Family time can be sometimes dull and drab. If you have a very young family, you probably are used to coming home from work to the sound of screaming kids. Kids need a distraction once in a while, and your home doesn’t offer that. What better than a caravan where you get to spend time with your family and have a good time simultaneously! With the facilities of a caravan and the fact that you are constantly moving, you have an immediate answer to the lack of distraction that your kids faced.

You camp

Well, no one wants to keep moving around all the time! The best part about caravanning is that you get to camp in new, strange and random locations. While you camp, you do new things such as hunting, hiking, cooking and what not. At the end of a tiresome day, you get to cozy up inside a fluffy, comfortable camp and get your beauty sleep.

These are some awesome perks of caravanning. If this has convinced you, hit us up for you next family adventure!