We started camping with a large “Luxury” caravan, a double axle Sprite Sunway with two doors. A caravan of this size and weight required a powerful towing vehicle and for this we used a Land Rover Discovery with a V8 engine.
The caravan was equipped with almost everything that you can think of. It could sleep six people and had a fixed double bed in the back, 2 single beds in the front with two hammocks over the beds. During the day this could be converted into a place to sit with a table between the seats.
The kitchen area had a four-plate gas hob and a gas oven, a wash basin for cutlery and crockery and a small fridge. On the opposite side it had a cupboard to hang clothes and a toilet/shower cubicle. Under the double bed was a gas/electric geyser that supplied warm water for the shower and the kitchen basin.
The caravan was equipped with all the bedding, cutlery and crockery to cater for six persons.
There was ample storage space under the double bed, the bench beds and overhead lockers and cupboards in the kitchen area.
For outside living it had a full tent and an awning that could attach to the caravan without the tent or if you want to use the tent you could attach it to the front of the tent.
For outside living there was a charcoal braai, a gas braai, tables and chairs. The lights inside and outside of the caravan were powered from a battery which was charged when connected to electricity.
However, after our 2004 trip to the Ndumo Game Reserve in KZN we decided to sell the caravan.
Why did we decided to sell the caravan and changed to something else?
- The caravan limited us as to places that we could visit. The areas that we favour don’t have good access roads and the caravan sustained damaged from towing it over badly corrugated roads and tracks. It was simply not built for it.
- We did not use the caravan to its full potential. We only slept in it and spent our days outside under the awing when we were in the camp.
- It was equipped for six persons and we always camped on our own – two persons. If we had visitors at the campsite they had to supply their own glasses and chairs.
- Some campsites were too small to accommodate the large caravan with the tent and awning erected.
- The size also limited us when we wanted to go off our route to explore a place or area of interest.
In short, the caravan did not support our lifestyle when camping.
With what did we replaced the caravan? Wait for our next blog posting!