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How much does it cost to buy a caravan?

It’s important that your budget and dream lifestyle are in sync so before settling on a fixed number, consider what you want to do in/with your caravan. For example, if you want to live full time on a permanent site you’ll need a big spec caravan with big water, big solar and big batteries to ensure you can do this with ease.

Another thing to consider is the total cost of ownership; that is, the price of the caravan less what you sell it for and what your expenses were during its life. This can vary so much that opting for a low price upfront isn’t always the better deal long term and may end up costing much more in the long run. This isn’t as relevant with caravans think we should find something else to put here

Here’s an estimate of what you could get for your money:

Under $20,000

  • Renovated older caravan
  • Might not be road worthy or towable but could be good for a permanent site
  • Unlikely to have self-containment specification
  • Likely late 1990s
  • Imported

$20,000 - $40,000

  • A good quality second hand import
  • Good condition older New Zealand built caravan
  • Later model mid 2000s
  • Some would have self-containment certification

$40,000 - $60,000

  • Large range of new options from UK based brands
  • Greater variety of length and condition
  • Good quality second hand

$60,000 - $80,000

  • Larger UK based brand caravans
  • Twin axle
  • Premium upgrades

Over $80,000

  • Outback quality
  • New Zealand or Australian made
  • Self-containment capacity and inclusion

Basic costs of owning a caravan:

  • WOF
  • Registration renewal
  • NZMCA membership
  • Servicing
  • Insurance
  • Nightly site costs
  • Resale value

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