Caravan Vs Campervan: Which Is The Best For You?

The past year has limited holiday travel for many families across the nation. If you’re considering a camping holiday, you’re probably wondering which is better, caravan or a campervan? There are pros and cons to both and it’s important that you do your research to find what is perfect for you. We’ve highlighted some pointers below to help you with your decision.


First things first, what is the difference?

A caravan is a separate living quarter and is towed behind your regular vehicle whilst a campervan is a vehicle that can be driven to the destination, and it doesn’t have to be towed. Regardless of which you pick, it’s important you have caravan or campervan insurance when travelling to protect the vehicle and your belongings.


Travelling with a caravan grants you with a lot more flexibility. You can set this up in the place you’re staying and use your standard vehicle to travel for amenities, food, and sightseeing. Caravans are usually cheaper to purchase and cheaper when it comes to running costs.

Caravans are often better insulated because they are self-contained which makes them the better choice for colder months. However, a caravan doesn’t have a motor of its own and can be hard to manoeuvre, especially if camping holidays isn’t something you frequently do. They can also be hard to control in adverse weather conditions, if it’s raining or windy it’s much easier to lose control of a trailer attached to your vehicle.


A campervan is essentially a mobile home, a single unit you use for driving and living. It provides you with all the luxuries you’ve left behind at home like a shower and toilet and is perfect if you’re on a family holiday and require the space.

The downside is that you have to drive this everywhere as your main mode of transport and campervans are not small vehicles. This can be tough, especially when it comes to finding parking and navigating through tight roads.

Questions to ask yourself

Before taking the plunge and buying or hiring either a campervan or caravan, ask yourself the below questions to ensure you’re picking something that is right for you and your family.

What’s my budget? Are you buying or hiring, and can you afford the insurance and running costs?

How many can sleep inside? If you’re travelling with a family, can the campervan or caravan fit the amount of people coming with you?

Can I handle driving it? Remember, you’ll be towing a caravan or driving a campervan. Can you handle either?

Hopefully the answer to these questions can help you decide which vehicle is the better choice for you and your camping holiday.

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