What Makes An Off-Road Caravan?

For any red-blooded Australian taking to the wilderness in a new caravan, few phrases conjure as much excitement as the term “off-road”. Rugged go-anywhere rigs unlock a host of new possibilities for travellers, but many would-be wayfarers-on-wheels remain in the dark about what they actually entail. The team at Hinterland Caravans sheds some light on what to look for in an off-road caravan on the Gold Coast

Features that won’t falter

The off-roader moniker is often thrown around loosely in the caravanning culture, but there are some basic features common across this category. Typically, smaller than their tarmac-limited counterparts, due to the need for increased manoeuvrability, they boast increased ground clearance, bulkier tyres, a reinforced chassis, and coil suspension in lieu of leaf springs. Some even offer enhanced solar power and water-storage capabilities, encouraging drivers to venture off the beaten track and away from familiar tourist campsites. 

While these features no doubt facilitate freedom not found in your everyday caravan, it’s important to note that not all off-roaders are created equal. When choosing to tackle tough terrain for prolonged periods, it’s essential to opt for an even more focused set-up. Higher-end options sport heavy duty airbag suspension designed for dealing with the corrugation-riddled roads that cross Outback Australia. The rough and uneven topography of the Great Central Road in Australia’s west and north, for example, proves extremely challenging for all but the most robust suspension systems. So, it’s wise to take this into account when mapping any potential routes in an off-roader. 

The off-road compromise 

Despite the many advantages of even an entry-level off-road caravan, they’re not always the most fitting choice for the average nomad. With heightened rigidity and strength of construction often comes an increase in overall weight, and this must be measured against the towing capacity of the lead vehicle. 

Buyers should also consider the necessary compromise in storage space that accompanies purchasing a nimble navigator capable of reaching seldom-seen locales. Of course, pricing is another factor that looms large in this class, and any upgrade in performance will see buyers paying a premium over the standard caravan alternatives. 

Adventurous types needn’t break the bank to find themselves kicking back in an off-roader, as there are plenty of great deals when you know where to find them. With a history of supplying quality and affordable travel companions, Hinterland Caravans is your local go-to for off-road caravans on the Gold Coast. Give the friendly team a call today on (07) 5560 2472.


Travelling Around Australia in a Caravan? Read this first

Setting out on your first caravan trip around our great nation can be a thrilling yet daunting experience. There are immeasurable factors to consider before you hit the road, so it seems overwhelming trying to prepare for every eventuality. Thankfully, heeding the advice of seasoned travellers will help you avoid the pitfalls many green explorers find themselves falling into. The team at the leading suppliers of caravans on the Gold Coast, Hinterland Caravans, offers their tips for making your first foray into the world of caravanning. 

Save the Weight

What may come as a surprise to many a would-be caravanner is that to travel throughout Australia you can still pack light. In fact, doing away with unnecessary items is highly recommended as it can help save weight, and therefore money on fuel, as well as free up space for any sundries you may want to pick up on your adventures. Casual, warm clothing is often all that is needed for a life on the road, and minimising toys and electronic distractions means more time spent exploring the landscapes that inspired your trip, to begin with. 

Of course, there are some necessities that simply can’t be parted with, so identifying these is key to ensuring you’re not caught out. A wise move before you depart on a long trip is to first undertake a “test trip”. Camping somewhere nearby your permanent residence will not only sharpen your caravan towing and set-up skills, but it also highlights any camping equipment, cooking utensils, or other items you may be lacking. Make a list of the gear you need and be sure to check it twice before setting out into a less forgiving environment. 

Stick to Budget

It’s important to establish a feasible weekly budget before you leave. Remember to factor in ongoing fuel and maintenance costs among expenses like accommodation and recreational activities. Roadside fruit stands and local markets are a great way to save some cash while sampling fresh regional produce. 

When you’re travelling around Australia in a caravan with plans of discovering both mainstream and off-the-beaten-track attractions, it pays to speak to the experts at Hinterland Caravans. Gold Coast and Brisbane residents can visit their Burleigh Heads location or phone (07) 5560 2472 for help with caravan sales, maintenance, servicing, and advice. 


What size caravan is right for you?

With a dizzying array of pop-tops, tourers, and off-roaders hitting the market each year, there are almost as many caravans to choose from as there are caravanners. Choosing the right size and equipment level for your first outing is indeed tricky, but with years of experience in caravan sales, the industry experts at Hinterland Caravans can match even the most selective travellers to the mobile dwelling of their dreams. 

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Caravanning Tips for Your First Trip

Heading out on your maiden caravanning trip is an experience that is sure to spark thrills and a sense of adventure, as well as a healthy dose of trepidation. While you may be itching to hit the road to start enjoying all the great outdoors has to offer, a little preparation and know-how goes a long way to ensure you’re able to make the most of your vehicular voyage. The following top caravanning tips will help bring you (and your home away from home) up to speed while steering clear of the pitfalls prone to newbie travellers.

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What’s the Best Second Hand Caravan Brand to Buy?

Buying a second hand caravan is not something to take lightly.

There are so many things to look out for that could mean the difference between buying a lifelong companion and a big disappointment.

Here at Hinterland, we have a truly awesome range of new and second hand caravans in QLD, and the expertise to help you make the right choice.

We only stock the best brands, whether new or used, and guarantee you will head off with a great quality caravan.

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should I buy a secondhand or new caravan

Should I Buy a Secondhand or New Caravan ?


One of the questions we are regularly asked by customers is should I buy a secondhand or new caravan?
When people think of secondhand caravans (or even used cars), they sometimes believe quality must be compromised or that a cheaper, inferior model is the only option.
At Hinterland Caravans, that is not the case. Our Burleigh and Morriset caravan dealerships have hundreds of excellent quality used caravans for sale as well as a great range of new caravans for sale.

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