My husband and I are new to caravanning as adults. I spent many years caravanning with my parents down to the WC in our Sprite and have fond memories, and we’d like to recreate that for our young daughter. However, we need advice please.
We have a Nissan X-Trail 2.5L petrol auto with a towbar. I’m sure it can tow a caravan but we’re not sure how to determine exactly what kind/size would be best. We would like something that is off-road capable but not a fully 4×4 caravan, and is a 3 berth that can accommodate us and our 5 year old. I would like to have something that is a bit more ‘homey’ and comfortable (i.e. have a toilet/shower indoors plus a little kitchenette) but it must be able to go to places like Dinokeng or Pilansberg with ease. Our budget at the moment is max R200,000. I’ve attached a photo of a very similar setup my folks had when I was growing up (we had a 1994 Sprite with tent just like this) so this is what I’m thinking of when I say comfortable.
What should we be looking for and anything in particular to be aware of when looking at caravans?