Camping holidays bring families together, but as our needs change so can our desires for the comforts of a van or camper. But before dropping serious coin into your clan’s adventures, let’s consider the options available, to see what works best for you.
Softfloor Camper Trailers
Space and stuff matter when you have young kids, even at camp, especially when the skies open up, drawing the curtains on nature’s great playgrounds. A large softfloor camper trailer tent provides the space to keep your little ones entertained, with the trailer offering storage galore for wet weather friendly games and gear. If your little ones are climbers, though, you’ll need to factor in the height of that bed.
Wind-up Campers With Fold-out Sides
Young families will just love the flexibility of a camper with a raising roof and fold-out beds; they take up little space at camp and are straightforward to set up, so It’s easy to involve the kids. Few offer bathroom facilities, though, save a porta-potti and perhaps a shower outlet outdoors.
The two queen-size sleeping quarters independent to the dining area are innate to the design, which means there’s little need to adjust the inside once you’re established at camp. They’re lightweight, too, for a hardtop option, keeping down the costs of an associated tow-tug.
Forward Fold Campers
Families will appreciate the internal lounge/dining offered in these style of campers, although the kids’ berth needs to be made up each night if you plan to entertain. That said, more forward folds provide additional sleeping quarters that fold- or slide-out, which remain fixed for the duration of your stay.
Available in a variety of configurations, family-friendly options usually include a fold-out bed that remains fixed once you’re camped, similar to what you’d see in a wind-up camper and some forward fold designs. Food capacity, particularly cold storage, is often greater too in a hybrid van compared to smaller camper-style options, so they’re great options on tour.
Caravans With Bunk Beds
Vans with bunks are great for long-term touring families, as in most instances, the kids’ sleeping quarters are sectioned off for privacy. In fact, many now provide screens and access to power at each bed. Kitchen size and fridge capacity are usually greater, too, than what you’d find in other recreational vehicles, making it easier to save on food costs out on the road.
While many models are strictly for two (or three) due to seating limitations, motorhomes are still able family commuters, with some seating four travellers or even more.
Wet weather protection, storage and bedding capacity are real strengths that will appeal to families out on the road, but internal living space can be limited in the dining and kitchen areas, unless you splurge out on a slide-out design.