This was the year we admitted to being middle aged and bought ourselves a caravan, consequently this year represents a transitional period in our holidaying patterns.
It is the first year we have made multiple excursions as a result of our alleged new found freedom, but also one of the last park holidays that we have taken, although more recent years have seen a small resurgence of this type of break in the low season.
The selection of which caravan was broadly constrained by permissible towing weights. Naively I had assumed that the manufacturers of caravans would have their finger on the pulse of automotive development, as the two markets are inextricably inter-twined. Imagine my surprise to learn that the maximum tow weight of my 2.0l diesel family car (1100kg) was insufficient to tow a family caravan!
We ended up purchasing a lightweight 2 berth Lunar Arriva, a model that is still in production essentially in an unchanged format which either indicates that the design is perfect and requires no improvement, something I do not consider to be the case, or reflects the complete lack of imagination or understanding of the true needs, as opposed to designers perceived needs, of the market place.
There was some negotiation as to what would be included in the package price, but we ended up with a ready to roll two berth caravan with a traditional awning including a bedroom annex for Ken to sleep in. Tom is relegated to a two man tent to give him a certain amount of freedom and to ensure he didn’t clutter the place up and make everywhere look untidy when he slept in.
So this year we have to see just how to holiday in a caravan and what is required in terms of equipment. On a positive note ensuring that the total load of the caravan was within the tow weight of the car ensured that our combination on the road drove well with no signs of instability.