Why own a caravan?
If you intend to head for a site and stay there for several days and/or have kids, then a caravan can offer the space, freedom and home comforts you need. You’ll still have your car to get out and about, allowing you to go where you want, when you want, and you’ll stay warm, dry and entertained whatever the weather.
And why a Swift caravan? All of our tourer ranges offer a superb level of specification, from fully-equipped kitchens to private washing areas and indulgently comfy beds, just like a luxury hotel room on wheels! We include convenient features like charging points for your mobile device, impeccably styled interiors and ingenious storage solutions - it’s these touches that set Swift caravans apart and make your getaways as fun as they are relaxing.
- Two wheels on one axle
- Lighter than a twin axle so can be towed by smaller cars
- Easier to manoeuvre onsite, which is especially beneficial whilst learning to tow
- Four wheels on two axles
- Tend to be heavier requiring a larger tow vehicle
- On road have benefit of extra grip and stability
- Offer more space
- Can be harder to manoeuvre
- More expensive
Find 'the One'
Now you know whether you want a single or twin axle caravan, and when you’re up to speed with what’s suitable for your tow car and driving license (see below), get browsing our superb ranges and find the perfect model for you.
What do I need to know?
When you start out in caravan ownership, there’s a bit of a learning curve, but nothing you can’t handle and one that will enable precious holidays while keeping you and your family safe. We’ll walk you through what you need to know now.
In order to be able to tow a caravan a driver must hold at least a Category B on your driving licence. If you passed your car test before 1 January 1997 you are generally entitled to drive a vehicle and trailer combination up to 8.25 tonnes maximum authorised mass (MAM).
If you passed your driving test after 1 January 1997 and have an ordinary category B licence, you can:
- Drive a vehicle up to 3.5 tonnes or 3,500kg MAM towing a trailer of up to 750kg MAM
- Tow a trailer over 750kg MAM as long as it is no more than the unladen weight of the towing vehicle (with a combined weight of up to 3,500kg in total)
Note: If you want to tow a trailer weighing more than 750kg, when the combined weight of the towing vehicle and trailer is more than 3,500kg, you will need to pass a further test to obtain a B+E category licence.
Where should I buy from?
We would strongly recommend that you buy from a local dealer. There are hundreds of caravan dealers across the UK, some just selling used models and others offering both new and used. It’s well worth visiting several to see for yourself the different types and layouts, helping you narrow down what best suits your needs. The dealer should also give you advice and guidance about how to choose the right caravan for you.
Buying from a dealer will also give you some reassurances:
- Most will offer a warranty
- Dealers will carry out a health check to confirm the caravan is watertight and everything is in working order
- The dealer should already have researched the history of the caravan, so there’s less leg-work for you to do
For more tips on buying a leisure vehicle from real-world owners, check out the video below: