Reader Travel: Our First Caravan

Words & Images Dene & Patty Coetzee

I started purchasing this magazine about eight months ago, and was fascinated by the caravan way of life. I started leaving a copy in the loo each month, and it wasn’t long before my wife, Patty, told me that she thought this caravanning thing sounded great and maybe, just maybe, we should buy a caravan. Battle won!

In the Reader’s Classified in the August 2015 issue, under the heading ‘Caravans and Trailers’, a 2005 Sprite Swing was advertised by Roger from KwaZulu-Natal. We spoke, and what he offered was a fully-equipped caravan, large tent, and two Rally tents.

An old school-friend’s son-in-law lived in the adjoining suburb to Roger, and as he was very knowledgeable about caravanning, he offered to take a look. A few days later, he ’phoned back to
report that the caravan and accessories were in perfect condition, and recommended that we buy the Swing.

Armed with this recommendation, we negotiated a deal with Roger and Candy Day of Hillcrest. What a pleasure it was doing business with them, as they were warm and friendly. We settled on a price and drew up a contract covering all the extras, the method of payment and the collection date.

Discovering that our Ford Kuga 1.6 Ambiente wasn’t a suitable towing vehicle, we traded this in for a Ford Ranger 2.2-litre double-cab which has six gears, 110 kW, and 348 Nm. This proved a wise move, as the Ranger is a magnificent towing vehicle and handles the caravan with ease.

At the end of September, we travelled to Durban to collect our caravan. Roger and Candy were very helpful, patient when answering all our queries. They are good people, and although this magazine warns buyers against scams and to be vigilant, we had no such problem with the Days, who supplied us with all the registration papers to effect transfer into our name. It was a win-win situation.

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