The festive season is fast approaching, and you probably have a line up of fun activities to engage in this year.
Caravanning and camping are among the most popular activities during the festive season as people escape from the cities to the wilderness and away from civilisation.
Camping is an activity that requires proper planning if you are to enjoy it and one key aspect of this is finding the right gear for the expedition.
The main thing you need is a caravan that will shelter you during the trip and offer you a safe place to rest and keep your items secure.
Over the years, we have been accustomed to the traditional off-road caravans. However, there are semi off-road caravans that are not all that rugged but still offer the features of the off-road ones.
They are more like cross overs, and for some reason, people have found it hard to understand what they are all about.
In this piece, we will explore semi off-road caravans and compare them to off-road ones in a bid to shed more light on the differences and help you to choose the most suitable one for your trip.
Semi Off-Road Caravans
These types of caravans have become popular in recent years as more people want to explore parts of our country that are away from the cities but are not very rugged.
They are simply standard off-road caravans but fitted with semi off-road suspension. Their wheels are bigger, and the tires have a higher ground clearance with the chassis raised enough to enable them to handle rough terrain.
One of the advantages of semi off-road caravans is that their larger tires and improved suspension allow you to traverse off-road trails.
However, there is a limitation to how rough the trails are that you can tackle as you cannot go fully off-road. Despite this, the main advantage is that they are lighter in weight and can be comfortably towed by smaller cars.
The drawback of these caravans is that they are not built for extremely rough conditions. Therefore, they are not suitable for serious off-road expeditions with no roads and extremely rough tracks.
These caravans are built to stand the test of time and rigours of off-road touring. Their chassis is robust, with a unique suspension. Their shock absorbers are enhanced and their brakes as well.
The frame is often raised by four or five inches to offer enough ground clearance. These caravans are suitable for adventurous campers who are willing to get away from the road and off-road tracks for a long time.
They are built for those who want a real outdoor experience far away from civilisation. The enhanced chassis means that they are very heavy and you will need a bigger vehicle to tow them.
The advantage of off-road caravans is that they are built for rough conditions and will survive most of your outdoor adventures.
They are fitted with an off-road articulated coupling hitch that makes it improbable for the trailer to be unhitched when traversing rough terrain. They are also equipped with dust protection for harsh dusty conditions.
The disadvantage of these off-road caravans is that they are heavy and need a powerful car to tow them. They will cost you more when buying them and over time as you maintain them.
Some of the differences between the off-road and semi off-road caravans have been mentioned above and the choice which one os best for you is ultimately up to you.
If you are looking to go for a little excursion not far away from cities, semi off-road caravans will do the trick. However, if you want to go deep into the wilderness, choosing an off-road caravan is your best bet.
If you are planning on going on a road trip with your family, then there is no better way to experience our great country than with your very own caravan.
We have over 40 years of experience in the caravan industry ranging from sales and custom vehicle building through to service and repairs.
Please call our super-friendly customer service team today on (08) 9535 5507 or contact us through our website for all your caravanning requirements.