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Caravans

The Bailey's caravan range are affordable, stylish and available from TrailLite.

Buying Tools

Various tools and resources to assist with the TrailLite buying process.

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Tips for buying a caravan

Tips for buying a new caravan

Ready to buy? How exciting. Here’s what to expect when you go through the process, including some questions to ask to help you know you’re making the right decision.

You must have a needs assessment consultation

You don’t know what you don’t know and this results in many people buying the wrong caravan for their intended purpose. Wherever you buy from, sit down with a product consultant and share what you’re hoping to achieve so they can talk you through your options and make recommendations.

Develop a list of non-negotiables

What MUST your caravan have and what is just a nice-to-have; in this way, buying a caravan is no different to buying a house, you’re going to have some things that are deal breakers.

Get testimonials

Speak with customers of the company you are dealing with so they can share their experience and advice.

Visit the after sales service centre

It's very unwise to buy from a company without one. Where will you go if you have warranty issues? Who will look after you and your investment? You need to know you'll be supported after you drive away.

Ask the same questions of each dealer:

  • How long have you been in the industry?
  • How long have you been importing or making this product?
  • What is this caravan designed for? Full-time living or holidaying?
  • What does your after sales care include?

Speak to the experts about towing – add something in here about a tow assessment and ensuring your car is kitted out properly to tow the caravan you are buying with the right tow bar, tow ball and braking system.

Download our FREE buyers guide for everything you need to know before deciding.

Buying a used caravan

The right caravan depends on what kind of lifestyle you’re after. A new caravan might not be what you need. There could be plenty of second-hand options with all the specifications you need to support how you plan on using it so don’t get too bogged down in needing to buy new or preowned because of your budget.

When considering a used caravan, while a bargain buy might seem like a good idea you don’t want to end up with a lemon with no back up and support. Here’s what you need to consider:

  • Where and when was it manufactured?
  • Is there any water ingress?
  • How will you access parts?
  • Does anyone service them or look after them in New Zealand or is it the only caravan of its type in the country
  • Do you feel more comfortable buying from a private sale or a reputable dealer?
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New or pre-owned what are the benefits of each?

Many people are often set on the decision to go new or used above anything else. They will compromise on everything else because of a set of beliefs about what going new means without truly understanding the benefits of both.

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