I was keen to move over to a twin-axle caravan for the added space, which is extremely important for a family of five. We started to look around at what was on the market in our price range and we knew that we wanted a pre-loved caravan, but was still covered by a manufacturer based warranty. This is something that you must be careful of when looking for a new van as if it’s not been serviced correctly then it may have lost its warranty.
Initially we were looking for a fixed bed caravan but after some careful consideration we decided this layout might not work for us at this time due to the ages of our children. So the search started for a twin-axle caravan with plenty of space and bunk beds. After a long search it came down to a handful of caravans, three of which had been built by Bailey of Bristol; the Unicorn Segovia, the Phoenix 760 or a Pegasus Palermo. We decided that an 8ft caravan might be a step too far but is something we will look at in the future.
We wanted a newer van without breaking the bank too much and this is one of the main reasons for us buying a pre-owned caravan over a brand new one.
We looked on a range of different online sites, this included dealers and private sales. The market had dramatically changed over the course of the pandemic, as had prices, so this limited our search somewhat. We found a few caravans and contacted the dealers and private owners about the caravans and what we would get with them. If we were honest, we were a little cheeky with our offers to dealers on the pre-loved caravans… it was worth a try.