Buying a caravan for your family is a unique purchase; one that if you choose wisely will bring you years of fantastic touring and great memories. There’s a lot to think about – is your family likely to grow in number, what sort of layout do yo require and where will you be taking your new purchase? Whatever your needs our team of expert reviewers has given each of the models listed below a detailed assessment so you can be sure your are buying one of the best caravans for families.
Best caravans for families
Elddis Avante/Compass Casita 586
- Price: £21,194
- Berths 6
- MTPLM 1460kg
- Overall length 7.35m
- Width 2.26m
The 586 is a popular choice for families, providing bunks at the back and a dinette in the middle of the caravan, opposite the kitchen. The dinette makes æ…up into a single bed with a bunk above. It’s a very flexible set up, which would suit a family of four, five or six. This year the van is equipped with Whale’s new ‘CompleteHeat’ system that claims to provide you with hot water in just five minutes. The corner washroom is a good size with a shower cubicle and dressing area. Kit includes a dual-fuel hob, a separate oven and grill, a microwave and ATC. Space is tight for six people, but has been used to the best advantage.
Buy if … you’re looking for a flexible family layout
New heating system
Space is a bit tight for six
Exterior locker access is an option rather than standard
Adria Altea 622DK Avon
- Price £19,995
- Berths 6
- MTPLM 1650kg
- Overall length 8.28m
- Width 2.29
This innovative six-berth has the option of a triple bunk at the rear offside. We say ‘option’ because the lower bunk has external access and can be used as storage space instead. Opposite, on the nearside, is a side dinette that turns into a single bed 1.89 x 0.84m (6ft 2in x 2ft 9”) and up front the U-shaped seating converts into a large double bed 2.12 x 1.89 (6ft 11in x 6ft 2in or two singles.
Instead of a central chest at the front you get a flap that serves as an occasional table when it’s up and a backrest when it’s down. The kitchen kit comprises an in-line three-burner gas hob with large integrated steel sink, a combination oven and grill, microwave oven and a tall fridge/freezer (140 litres). The washroom has a good sized shower with hanging rail, and a swivel cassette toilet.
Storage is pretty good with two wardrobes, one between the bunks and the single bed, and one next to the washroom. External access to storage is on the nearside, under the front sofa, and on the offside to the lower bunk.
At £20,000 this is keenly priced and comes with an AKS stabiliser. their long A-frames (designed to take a cycle rack)
Buy if… you’re looking for a well-priced family van
Up front sofas can convert to double or single beds.
Good storage in the main
Could do with extra USB points
Kitchen storage just about adequate
Read our review of the Adria Altea range
Adria Adora 623DT Sava
- Price £25,495
- Berths 5
- MTPLM 1800kg
- Overall length 8294
- Width 2.45m 8ft
Adria’s mid-market twin-axle van is keenly priced. It comes with Al-Ko’s delta axle and stabiliser so will be stable on the road although you will need a hefty car (something with a kerbweight in the region of 2100kg) to tow it. Keeping the van firmly planted while on pitch are four heavy-duty stabilisers.
This layout has a rear washroom and forward of that two good-sized bunks (1.96m x 0.77m / 6’5” x 2’6”) on the nearside and a single bed (1.89 x 0.77 / 6’2” x 2’6”) made up from the dinette. All big enough to take adults, although you should probably check for weight limitation on the upper bunk.
Alde central heating keeps the van warm. In the lounge the U-shaped seating converts into a very large double bed unimpeded by a central chest. Instead a sturdy flap makes an occasional table for your cuppa and book.
A sideboard to the right of the door has storage for the lightweight table and a tower of switches and sockets above it. This includes one mains socket, two USB sockets and a TV socket.
Kitchen kit includes a Thetford oven with separate grill, microwave, an inline three-burner gas hob with integrated sink, plus a tall 140-litre fridge.
The washroom has a very large shower cubicle.
Buy if… you’re looking for a van to accommodate a family of young adults
Well-appointed washroom with huge shower cubicle
Very comfortable front lounge
No Al-Ko ATC fitted as standard
Read our full review of the Adria Adora 623DT Sava
Sprite Super Quattro DB
- Price £22,440
- Berths 6
- MTPLM 1700kg
- Overalll length 7.98m (26ft 2in)
- Width 2.46m (8ft)
The DB is one of three Super Quattros on twin axles in Swift Group’s Sprite range. The FB and DB are six berths, while the EB is a four-berth.
It’s one of the cheapest eight-foot wide vans on the UK market – that is before you add the front panoramic window (£365), AL-KO ATC trailer stability control (£349) and the Diamond Pack (£610), and you will want this because it includes an AKS3004 hitch stabiliser, a microwave, door flyscreen, alloys and a stereo. You might also want to buy a motor mover for fine tuning placement on site, on your drive or in storage.
You will get the Swift Command system, and you have the option to subscribe to a pre-installed Thatcham Category S7 approved pro-active tracker.
Both six-berths have a U-shaped dinette at the centre of the van, which should seat four for dining, and gives you the option of leaving the front lounge made up as a double bed should you want to. The DB also has a small seating area at the rear, between the bunk beds and the good-sized offside corner washroom.
Sleeping wise you have an enormous double at the front, or it can be used as two single beds at 5ft 11in x 2ft 4in, the dinette in the middle can be converted into a decent sized bed at 6ft 3in x 4ft 5in, while the bunk beds at the back are 6ft x 2ft 4in.
Buy if… you are looking for a spacious family van for a reasonable price
Fantastic sense of space
Flexible interior layout
Two USB ports
Key kit is on the options list rather than standard
Read our full review of the Sprite Super Quattro DB
Buccaneer Aruba 2020
- Price £34,994
- Berths 6
- MTPLM 1983 kg
- Overall length 8.16m
- Width 2.44 m
This is definitely one to leave on a seasonal pitch, but you’ll want to visit all year round, it has Alde underfloor heating, central heating and water heating – all programmable. It’s a six-berth, but would just as easily suit a couple keen to live in the lap of caravan luxury and who might occasionally invite along family and friends to share in their home from home. It could accommodate three couples: there’s a nearside fixed bed (6’3” long) at the back, a midships dinette (6’1”x4’2”) that will transform into a small double at night, and a large lounge at the front that will convert into a a good-sized double 6’11” x 4’8”.
It’s the little things, such as cast iron pan stands on the hob, and a pull-out line in the shower, that give this twin-axle, eight-foot wide van a touch of glamour, and for the practical minded it has a self-levelling system.
Expect to find a dual-fuel four-burner hob, separate oven and grill, microwave and a large fridge in the kitchen. The offside rear corner washroom has all the pretensions of a large end washroom.
There’s plenty of storage, too, with a huge cavity under the fixed bed, accessed via gas struts, 14 overhead lockers in addition to a half-length wardrobe and a selection of seat boxes. Two of these, the nearside lounge seat box and the French bed, can be accessed from the outside.
Buy if … you’re looking for a little luxury in a big van
Alde programmable heating
You will need a large tow car to pull it
Read our full review of the Buccaneer Aruba
Bailey Phoenix 760
- Berths 6
- MTPLM 1600kg
- Overall length 7.86m (25’10”)
- Width 2.21m (7’3”)
This 6-berth would suit a family of four, five or six. The layout has the children’s space at the back of the van separated from grown-up space by the spacious central washroom.
The van sits on a twin axle and comes with an Al-Ko AKS 3004 stabiliser and wheel lock receiver. If you want the ATC trailer control system that’s an option and it’s pre-wired for a motor mover.
External highlights include access to a locker on the rear offside and on the front nearside. The gas locker is located midway, just in front of the twin axle, and there’s Bailey’s signature vertical window.
A stable door gives access to a well-equipped kitchen where kit includes a four-burner gas hob, separate oven and grill, microwave and a Dometic 134-litre tower fridge/freezer. Storage is good here, too, with shelves and a tall cupboard, next to the cooker, where the freestanding table is kept, and a dresser on the nearside, which houses the microwave. Over the hob is a worktop cover, extending food preparation space.
The comfy front sofas, with knee rolls and square back rests, are transformed at night into a double bed (6’2”x4’9”) or two singles (6’1”x 2’1”). A domestic-style door separates the kitchen from the central washroom, which has a shower and wardrobe on the nearside and loo and basin on the offside, this is separated from the bedroom area by a sliding door.
At the back are two fixed bunks (6’1”x2’2”) on the offside and a side dinette that make up into two bunks (5’11”x2’4’ lower and 5’8”x2’0” upper). This is a great space for the children giving them somewhere to play, eat, watch TV, sleep and call their own.
This well-planned van has a Truma heating and hot water system, with the control panel above the kitchen worktop.
Buy this… if you want a well-priced van where the kids have their own space
Well thought out layout
USB points in spotlights
Two TV points
No positive latches on overhead lockers
Al-Ko ATC Trailer control system is a £425 option
Elddis Affinity 574
- Price £23,794
- Berths 4
- MTPLM 1467kgs
- Overall length 7.2m (23’7”)
- Width 2.26m (7’5”)
The twin single beds layout is incredibly versatile and this one, which has a central washroom, is a good version of it. It can be used by families of four, couples, friends and grandparents taking the grandchildren away. It has longevity, too, when the children grow up and stop holidaying with you the van reverts to being ideal for couples. That central washroom, which can be shut off from the bedroom by a sliding door and the living space by a domestic-style door is especially useful. Children need not be disturbed when the adults want to use the washroom.
The lounge converted into a double bed may be a tad cosy at just 3’8” wide but at 6’6” it’s plenty long enough and the children can luxuriate in twin singles at 6’1”x2’4” . If the children are small and it’s early nights all round, you can of course have the children sleeping on the single sofas, but they are not long enough for adults.
Other attributes include a stargazer rooflight, Alde central heating, a dual-fuel hob and separate oven and grill, plus a microwave and fridge. Storage is good all round with two of the seat and bed boxes accessible from the outside.
Buy if… you want a van that will do as a family van and a couple’s van
Central washroom separates two sleeping areas
Lounge is a bit short
Those looking for a family ’van might also like to check out best 6 berth caravans.
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Whatever your needs our team of expert reviewers has given each of the models listed a detailed assessment