The weather is warming up and caravanners across the UK are getting ready to set off on their adventures – making many magical memories along the way.
The beauty about owning a caravan is the exploring potential is almost limitless. And if you don’t like one destination, just simply pack up and move on.
Caravanning has witnessed a resurgence in recent years, with sleek and modern tourers coming on to the market.
And it is big business with more than £1.8bn spent on caravan holidays in Britain each year, and 51 million nights spent in different forms of caravans over the same period.
It is estimated there are 550,000 touring caravan owners in the UK, and in 2015, a total of 44,901 new caravans, motorhomes and caravan holiday homes were bought.
But what makes caravan holidays so appealing that the memories often last a lifetime?
“It’s the flexibility and freedom a leisure vehicle offers,” said John Lally Director General of the National Caravan Council.
He added: “Families and people of all ages enjoy caravanning and motor homing.
“We’re also seeing increasing numbers of younger people choosing to holiday in the UK.
“With caravans and motorhomes equipped with all the latest technology and comforts, the industry provides the perfect solution for holidaymakers to enjoy a ‘home from home’ experience any time of the year.”
But before you go rushing out to buy a caravan, ask yourself if you’re legal to tow it.
First of all, you need to check the date you passed your driving test.
If it’s before January 1, 1997, you are fine because the category B+E entitlement is automatically included on your licence.
But for those who tore up their L-plates after this date, only categories B and B1 are included, which limits the maximum weight of a vehicle you can drive to 3,500kg and trailer you can tow to 750kg.
To drive or tow anything larger, an additional driving test to add the B+E category to your licence is required.
Ben Shaw Training’s expert tuition can help drivers reach the standard required to pass the test. Or if you’re after a refresher course to brush up on your towing skills, we can help with that, too!
From one-to-one driving lessons and practical tuition by experienced instructors to advice on different licensing categories they can do it all.