08 Dec 2016 @ 12:57:30 pm
Welcome to the forum Melanie.
Firstly, I am not an expert in anything, but will attempt to help you in any way that I can, as will most members on this specific forum and many other forums. There are however exceptions to every rule.
There are caravan clubs all over the country.
They are listed, but I am not computer literate enough to find them.
Many people do not like to belong to Caravan Clubs as there is alledgedly "Clicks" in some or all of these Clubs.
People often claim to be friendly and easy going as a caravan community, but we are all people, so do have our differences.
There are language barriers, social inequalities, brand specifics, belief differences, different church denominations, sport support, opinions on drink, smoking, mannerisms and plenty more which are barriers to friendships.
Most people have been there and done that, so are not prepared to spoil an occasion by having to put up with someone who does not meet up to their expectations.
They will rather go to a place and discreetly mingle with other campers and if they get along, with any specific family, then friendships will develop.
My advice to you is to get to your own campsite and if you are the sociable kind, then go around and chat to the campers that are welcomming. Most people are lonely, but do not want to commit to friendships before getting to know the other family first.
Most campers are proud of their set-up/towing combination and will be proud to show you and give you the information that you will require to get yourself started.
Go and see as many different caravans as you can and find out what your vehicle will be able to tow. You will know which one suites your needs and your pocket.
Before you start buying, start asking questions about your likes and dislikes. Make lists of your requirements, likes and dislikes of everything you can think of. When you look at caravans, do the same lists for each caravan you look at.
Go and look at the same caravans in camping sites. The owners will show you their improvements and advise you on their likes and dislikes.
Read as much as you can on different forums.
Go into the "Hilux Forum",
Look at Useful Articles"
"Tips on Camping/Overlanding"
This gives basic information from starting up when you are not sure if the lifestyle will suit you or not, to how you need to kit yourself out.
Although this does not apply to different types of caravan you should be looking at, it gives the basics on how you should be looking at setting yourself up for camping and will tell you that the most important things to take into consideration when setting yourself up for camping is,
Weight of everything you plan to be taking with you on camping expeditions, and,
Ease of your combination to set up and take down,
As, ultimately, this will be the deciding factor on wether you will want to go camping as often as you can, or,
Will it be too much of a schlepp to go camping?
Hope you come right,
Like I say, just ask and the many experienced campers on this forum will give you the best advice known to the camping community.