Let’s Take a Look at Why So Many Caravan Owners Choose a Compact Lightweight Option.


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Lightweight Caravans

Towing a lightweight caravan has lots of advantages, especially if you're new to caravanning.

Simple to Drive

Regardless of whether you're a novice or have some experience, towing a caravan requires some skill. Even for seasoned caravanners, reversing and turning can be more difficult if the caravan or trailer you’re pulling is large.

Towing a lightweight or smaller caravan is much easier for some people! Compact caravans are not only shorter but also narrower and lighter, making hooking up and getting to your destination a lot less hassle. 

You Don’t Need a Large Car


One of the most appealing aspects of purchasing a smaller caravan is the ability to hitch it to a standard-sized car. Buying a large caravan frequently necessitates upgrading your vehicle to one with a greater towing capacity.

Lightweight caravans, like some of the compact teardrop-shaped designs, have a Maximum Technically Permissable Laden Mass (MTPLM) weight of around 1,000kg, which means they can be towed by most smaller vehicles 

MTPLM is simply the total mass of the trailer when carrying the maximum manufacturer-recommended load. Because you don’t tow your caravan everywhere you go, having a lightweight model means you can drive around in a normal family car most of the time rather than a gas guzzler.

They're Easier to Tow


It can be intimidating to tow a caravan if you've never done it before, especially while driving on motorways, down narrow country lanes, and, of course, reversing!

All of these activities will be considerably easier if you tow a smaller lightweight caravan.  What’s more, towing a compact caravan uses a lot less fuel than towing a larger, heavier model.

They Are More Manoeuvrable

Manoeuvring a caravan, unless it's equipped with a motor mover, can be challenging, especially on long, damp grass. Buying a lightweight caravan will make hooking it up to your vehicle much easier, and manoeuvring into the plot will be a breeze once you've arrived at the caravan site!

They’re Less Costly to Store

When you are not using your caravan for caravan holidays, it will have to be stored somewhere. Because most small lightweight caravans can be parked on your drive, owning a smaller caravan makes it far easier to store. 

If you don't have enough space at home for your caravan, you can keep it at a caravan storage facility. Because single-axle caravans are less expensive compared to twin axles, having a smaller caravan will save you money.

Greater Choice of Caravan Sites

When touring around and experiencing the countryside with a smaller caravan, you’ll find you can stay at some beautiful sites that you wouldn't be able to get to with a larger caravan.

With a narrower, lightweight caravan, there’s nothing to stop you from negotiating those narrow farm tracks to get to some stunning locations.

Buying a Lightweight Caravan

There are lots of compact and lightweight caravans for sale, both new and used. With a marvellous range of options to choose from, you’re bound to find a caravan that suits your needs and budget perfectly. 

Advantages of Compact Caravans

Fuel Efficiency

When you're on the road, the lighter the caravan, the less fuel you'll consume. Smaller, lighter caravans are much easier on the gas tank, lowering the cost of travel significantly.

Buying Costs Are Lower

The cost of buying a smaller or lightweight caravan is another major benefit. Small, compact caravans can cost as little as £15,000 new, making them a viable option for many people.

They Look Great

When you decide to purchase a tiny or smaller caravan, there is no need to sacrifice style. Some of the lighter caravans look fantastic! Lots of them come with a slew of extras too, like solar panels, heaters, air conditioning, water storage, cooking facilities, refrigerators, and TV.

The Tardis Effect

Smaller caravans are brilliantly designed for storage and space. The style you choose will depend on lots of factors, but why not consider a sporty teardrop style or a lightweight caravan with bunks? Compact caravans also often have the ‘Tardis effect’ because they include an annexe or awning, which can increase the amount of living space they give you significantly.

Maintenance and Servicing

Regardless of the size of your caravan, it will need to be serviced regularly. Servicing, maintenance, and repairs cost less for a smaller caravan, so it might be something you want to take into consideration

For the best selection of touring caravans.

Check out the fantastic our fantastic range of used touring caravans and new touring caravans at Salop Leisure in Shrewsbury. We are the largest caravan dealer in the Midlands.