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Hi 1 week 4 days ago #474055

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Hi, just joined and looking for advice for a first caravan.
Been camping for a few years with the kids but enough is enough and it’s time for some comfort, we love the experience but I’m getting too old for air beds!
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Hi 1 week 4 days ago #474057

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There's a lotta choice out there , all depends on what you want layout wise bunk beds single beds fixed beds single axle twin axle how big is your family regarding space !?

What towcar do you have to pull a / the caravan you seek , and when did you pass your test ; - before or after 97 will make a difference ,

You need to go round some caravan yards and test out some caravans take the family along , lie on the beds , stand in the space as if your way in the caravan to see what you think of it for space , it's not a 2 minute job so take your time and ask away for questions .


P.s , welcome to the forum Moor and there is a lot of help on here for you getting started , lots of knowledgeable people !! :ohmy:

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Hi 1 week 4 days ago #474064

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Thanks. I’m looking at a 6 berth single axle for a family of 4 with fixed bunks, twin axle might be tricky to manoeuvre onto the driveway unless I get 4 motor movers. I have had a look online and the 2 that appeal the most are the Swift challenger sport 586 and the Bailey Ancona GT65.
I passed in 96 so I’m good to tow anything, not that I’ve ever towed before! I have a BMW 530D touring which apparently will pull most things.
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Hi 1 week 4 days ago #474067

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Hi Moor. Welcome to the forum. Look on the caravan finder website and you can search by layout. It will give you an idea what is out there. If you do decide on bunks, then take the children with you to browse the vans at your local sales place. Get the kids to lie down and sit up in the bunks as some bunks are rather small and bigger kids object to this. If your children are at a size where they still do fit in bunks, factor in how soon they might outgrow them.
Good luck with your search.
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Thanks. I did have a look on there, that’s where I narrowed my search down to what I’m looking at at the moment, I need to physically look at both models, (and others) though.
My kids are 9 and nearly 7, both pretty small and as my wife and I are far from giants they are likely to stay pretty small but they will be lying down on whatever we look at to see if they are suitable. Bunks are preferred though as we would like a table that’s a table all the time and doesn’t need to be converted from a bed before the kids can have breakfast, if they outgrown the bunks I can address that then.
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Welcome to the forum Moor, & good luck in your search for a van.
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Hi 1 week 4 days ago #474076

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Yes Welcome, don't worry about asking question that you might think are daft, good folk here to help.
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Moor wrote:
Thanks. I’m looking at a 6 berth single axle for a family of 4 with fixed bunks, twin axle might be tricky to manoeuvre onto the driveway unless I get 4 motor movers. I have had a look online and the 2 that appeal the most are the Swift challenger sport 586 and the Bailey Ancona GT65.
I passed in 96 so I’m good to tow anything, not that I’ve ever towed before! I have a BMW 530D touring which apparently will pull most things.

The challenger is a similar layout to what we have , got the two bunks at the rear and table for the kids when they get up and our pull out bed at the front with the centre shower room , my kids 9 and 12 and manage no problems when sleeping in the bunks .
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Welcome to the forum Moor. I would not say one or other is the better as it all comes down to personal preference on things like the colour scheme and other details although the one that looks in the best condition might be the better buy.
With all used caravans it is essential to make sure that there is a recent clear damp check and that everything fitted works. A dealer should be able to do this and give some guarantee if the makers has run out. If there is any guarantee left make sure you know how to transfer this and that the servicing records are there as without them the guarantee is worthless.
If buying privately make sure you get clear reports from HPI and CRIS to make sure that it is not on HP or stolen.
Good luck.
Ray
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Hi 1 week 3 days ago #474108

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I will be buying from a dealer, ideally my local dealer, I want some comeback and they have a very good reputation.
I’m not in any hurry to buy, hopefully before the spring, so I will have a good look around to find the right one for me. The Pegasus Ancona and the swift challenger sport both seem good, are there any others that are recommended?
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