Recreational vehicles are for exploring

CHOOSING the wheels you want to "lap the map" will depend on budget and use, according to caravan industry expert Keelan Howard.

"Motorhomes and larger caravans are both popular with the 50 plus market," Keelan, marketing and communications manager of the Caravan Industry Association of Australia, said.

DO YOUR RESEARCH: Go to an industry caravan and camping show. These events provide access to free seminars in addition to having all types of caravan and RV products in one place. Photo: Shutterstock.

DO YOUR RESEARCH: Go to an industry caravan and camping show. These events provide access to free seminars in addition to having all types of caravan and RV products in one place. Photo: Shutterstock.

"Find a product that matches your intended use"

Keelan Howard, Caravan Industry Association

His number one tip for potential travellers wanting to buy a caravan or motorhome is to do your research.

"You need to find a product that matches your intended use, e.g., on-road or off-road, sleeping arrangements etc.," Keelan said.

"Consider whether you needa new tow vehicle, or is your current vehicle suitable to tow, ensuring it is legal and safe.

"Go to an industry caravan and camping show.

"These events provide access to free seminars in addition to having all types of caravan and RV products in one place.

"Also, go to a reputable dealer or manufacturer.

As with purchasing a car, visit a number of providers, ask the questions, explain your needs and then take the time to compare and explore what is best for you."

Both motorhomes and caravans are popular with travellers aged 50 plus.

For the older cohort of travellers with higher disposable income and the time to travel for extended periods on the road, owning your motorhome is prudent.

"Motorhomes provide fantastic basic and luxury features such as expandable walls to create larger living spaces, kitchen with a dining area, toilet, shower, large TV and double bed," Keelan said.

Also, a motorhome is driven and not towed, which for some offers attractive benefits.

Motorhomes are their own tow vehicle. They often feature captain's chairs so you can go from driving to resting without even getting out (which is handy in cold or wet weather). Motorhomes can often also tow something else like a trailer, or perhaps even a small SUV with the right coupling and modifications.

Caravans on the other hand can be unhitched and left in the caravan park to free up the tow vehicle for local exploring, and it is often bigger 4x4 vehicles that have an adequate tow rating for a large caravan. That tow vehicle can also haul something else when you're not touring, or just be used as a regular vehicle.

It really comes down to what you're comfortable with and how you like to travel.

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