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The Top 10 Best Affordable Family Caravans in 2017 (All Under $65K)

Monday 29th May 2017
By Cam Donovan
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By Cam Donovan
Most Aussies will agree that camping and caravanning offers one of the best ways to spend time with the family. Camping memories are the kind of memories that last a lifetime. 

The team at Camplify spent a few days at Sydney’s Caravan and Camping Super Show back in April and, while we were there chatting with people about our peer-to-peer caravan sharing platform, we couldn't help but notice the amazing new range of family caravans entering the market.

The latest innovations and improvements that manufacturers have added to their family caravan range is really exciting to see. 

What's even more exciting for those in the market for a family caravan is that, thanks to the Camplify system, van owners now possess the opportunity to recoup a chunk of the cost by renting out their asset to other holidaymakers while it isn't in use.

This recent empowerment is becoming a common factor in the modern RV purchasing process, which we're obviously very proud of here at Camplify.

Following all the excitement we experienced at the expo, we decided to create our very own top 10 list of affordable family caravans you can buy in 2017. Firstly, you might be asking: what is a family caravan? In our perspective, a family caravan is classed as one that can berth 4 or more persons comfortably. Pretty basic, right? 

Although we haven’t road tested each and every one of these caravans, our simplistic, yet valuable, snapshots include a number family friendly relevant specifications, including: number of berths, air-conditioning, toilet/shower setup, ATM weight, kitchen setup, bunks, setup speed, body type and approximate price.

In an effort to make the list relevant to the majority of young Australian families, we've only included vans that are available to purchase for less than $65,000 brand new.

We hope that this brief, straight-to-the-point analysis offers some useful insight towards your quest to find the best new family caravan on the market.

Without further adieu, here's the list!

 

#10 - Kokoda Battalion (22ft)






Specifications:

Berths: 5

Air-conditioning: Yes

Shower/toilet: Yes (separate)

ATM Weight: 2643kg

Kitchen: Internal

Bunks: Yes (3)

Setup speed: Fast

Body type: Full-bodied

Price (approx): $56,990


Family-friendly features:

- Modern internal kitchen

- 180L fridge

- Lots of storage

- Island queen bed

- 3 bunks

- Separate shower / toilet

- Fast setup

More information available here

 

#9 – Kokoda Cadet Platinum (20’ 6’ft)






Specifications:

Berths: 5

Air-conditioning: Yes 

Shower/toilet: Yes (separate)

ATM Weight (kg): 3060kg

Kitchen: Internal

Bunks: Yes (3)

Setup speed: Fast

Body type: Full-bodied semi-offroad

Price (approx): $64,990


Family-friendly features

- Solar panels

- Large Fridge

- Bunk beds

- Good ground clearance

- Free-camping capability

- Eye-catching colour

- Separate shower / toilet

More information available here


#8 – Kokoda Squadron (22ft)








Specifications:

Berths: 5

Air-conditioning: Yes

Shower/toilet: Yes (separate)

ATM Weight: 2800kg

Kitchen: Internal

Bunks: Yes (3)

Setup speed: Fast

Body type: Full-bodied, semi-offroad

Price (approx): $60,990

 
Family-friendly features

- Gas and electric hot water

- Large water tanks

- Large solar panels

- Free-camping capability

- Fast setup

- Bunk beds

- Separate shower toilet

More information available here
 

#7 – Golf 501-3 Poptop Maxxi (19ft)








Specifications:

Berths: 6 

Air-conditioning: Yes

Shower/toilet: No

ATM Weight:1850kg

Kitchen: Internal

Bunks: Yes (2)

Setup Time: Average

Type: Hybrid Pop-top

Price (approx): $43, 950


Family-friendly features

- 6 berths

- Bunk beds

- Very lightweight

- Very affordable

- Under 2500kg

More information here

 
#6 – Newlands Tourister 675 (22ft)








Specifications:

Berths: 4

Air-conditioning: Yes

Shower/toilet: Yes (separate)

ATM Weight: 2750kg

Kitchen: Internal

Bunks: Yes (2)

Setup Time: Fast

Type: Full-bodied

Price (approx): $64,000


Family-friendly features

- Large fridge

- Gas and electric hot water

- Large water tanks

- Lots of storage

- Very roomy

- Spacious bunks

- Island Queen bed

- Separate shower / toilet

- Washing machine

- Solar power

- Fast setup

More information available here


#5 – Bailey Unicorn Barcelona (22ft)








Specifications:

Berths: 4

Air-conditioning: Yes

Shower/toilet: Yes (separate)

ATM Weight: 2140kg

Kitchen: Internal

Bunks: Yes (2)

Setup speed: Average

Body type: Full-bodied

Price (approx): $62,000


Family-friendly features

- Central heating

- Solar panels

- Very spacious

- Lightweight

- Washing machine

- Separate shower / toilet

- Under 2500kg

- Signature Bailey skylight

- Bunk beds

More information here
 

#4 – Bailey Rangefinder Gemini (26ft)




Specifications:

Berths: 5

Air-conditioning: Yes

Shower/toilet: Yes (separate)

ATM Weight: 2450kg

Kitchen: Internal

Bunks: Yes (2)

Setup speed: Fast

Body type:  Full-bodied

Price (approx): $63,000


Family-friendly features:

- Under 2500kg

- Separate shower and toilet

- High quality cabinet and fittings

- Washing machine

- Air-conditioning

- 4 burner cooktop

- Large fridge

- Signature Bailey skylight

More information here

 

#3 - Jayco Expanda OB 18.58-2 PT








Specifications:

Berths: 8

Air-conditioning: Yes

Shower/toilet: Yes (separate)

ATM Weight: 2210kg

Kitchen: Internal

Bunks: Yes (3)

Setup Time: Average

Type: Hybrid pop-top, semi-offroad

Price (approx): $57,000



Family-friendly features:

- Sleeps 8

- Under 2500kg

- Great value

- Bunk beds

- Large fridge

- Separate shower / toilet

- Good ground clearance

Learn more about the Jayco Expanda here



#2 - Franklin Core 220 CLW3BS (22ft)










Specifications:

Berths: 5 

Air-conditioning: Yes

Shower/toilet: Yes (separate)

ATM Weight: 2731kg

Kitchen: Internal

Bunks: Yes (3)

Setup Time: Fast

Type: Full bodied

Price (approx): $58,000

 


Family-friendly features

- Washing machine

- Island Queen bed

- Modern features

- Triple bunks

- Very spacious

- 190L Fridge

- Bike rack

- Solar power

- Good ground clearance

- Outstanding value

More information available here


#1 - Adria Altea 552 PK Sport










Specifications:

Berths: 6

Air-conditioning: Yes

Shower/toilet: Yes (combined)

ATM Weight: 1800kg

Kitchen: Internal

Bunks: Yes (2)

Setup Time: Fast

Type: Full-bodied

Price (approx): $49,000

 
Family-friendly features:

- Bunk beds

- Very fast setup

- Extremely lightweight

- Outstanding value

- Under 2500kg

Buying the right caravan for your family is an important and often lengthy decision. Naturally, there are a number of important questions to ask yourself during the purchase process. Can your vehicle tow the van easily? Is there enough of space for your growing family? How much money can you recoup by renting it out while it's not in use? The list goes on... 

We hope this list has helped to narrow your options. If it's made you scratch your head even more, that's no surprise. There really are so many amazing family vans on the market!

Considering the high standard of caravans these days, we think you're 99.9% sure to find and buy one that you and your family will love.

Oh, and remember, whichever family van you decide to buy, you're always welcome to join the Camplify community by listing it for hire on our system. There's a HUGE demand among our hiring members ;)


Do you own an RV? Interested in learning how Camplify can help you turn your caravan, camper or motorhome into $5000 - $35,000 per year? Learn more about how Camplify works for owners
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