Pros and Cons of using a Campervan, Caravan or Tent
Everyone goes camping for different reasons but it got us wondering about the pros and cons of using a campervan, caravan or tent. So we thought we’d explore the three options and ask for a few opinions from friends of Inspired Camping.
Using a tent is a great way of really feeling truly outside but being able to keep well sheltered. You can really hear the rain, feel the heat of the sun and the power of the wind. The acoustic sound of nature really permeates the canvas too giving everyone a great camping alarm clock.
Tents come in all shapes and sizes and there will definitely be the right one available depending on your needs and your budget. If you like to go backpacking then the weight of the tent is your priority. However, if you have a large family then it’s important to have a tent with all the right living areas and bedrooms.
Security can be a bit of an issue depending on where you decide to pitch your tent. Canvas and zips aren’t exactly the best protection against petty thieves so it’s wise not to leave anything of value in your tent while you are away, especially as you may find your insurance won’t replace anything if it was taken from an unsecured space.
It’s always wise to check the weather report before you go camping with a tent. Some are not very robust in howling gales and you don’t want to end up sleeping in the car because your tent collapsed in the middle of the night… as we found out!
Using a campervan is a great way of cutting down the hassle of regular camping trips, but without having to do without anything. Everything stays in the van ready for your next trip and as long as you keep everything clean there’s very little to do before you set off on your trip.
It’s also great if you have a family as you can all sleep in the same vehicle and have cooking and storage facilities easily available without having to pack or re-pack anything. It’s also much more secure as doors and windows can be locked, and as long as you maintain the vehicle properly it rarely lets you down.
However, unless you are going to use the campervan regularly it can be an expensive and underused asset that just sits outside the house waiting for the next trip. However, with a bit of creative thinking they can be used as a kids playroom, extra guest bed or home office if you are willing to risk your gorgeous campervan getting a bit messy.
However, if something goes wrong then remedial work can be expensive. Also, unless you have quite a bit of money burning a hole in your pocket you will have to settle for older vehicles which have higher maintenance bills and a slower engine so you will definitely have to get used to allowing more time to get to your destination, while pulling over regularly to let the queue of vehicles behind you go by.
One other problem with the campervan can be that after pitching up at your destination you soon have to pack everything up to be able to move off to another location to get supplies, go fishing or anything else the family might want to get involved in. Also, unless you leave an awning at your campsite or have a trailer you will find the van to be crammed with camping paraphernalia in-between stops.
Caravans have in the past probably been both the most popular and the most unpopular mode of camping. Many people love them and hate them in equal measure. However, we feel they are getting a new lease of life within the camping world. With classic Airstream, retro and vintage models being reintroduced by their proud owners. We are now beginning to see some glorious examples of caravan history being re-loved and re-introduced into the campsite.
They come with the benefits of the camper van that they can be left packed and ready for the next camping trip, however, they can also be stored nearer to your regular holiday destination and, depending on your towing vehicle of choice, can often be faster than a similar aged campervan.
There are many ideal places in Queensland, Karumba for a family to enjoy their holiday with Camping, Campervan and Caravanning however, Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park is number one choice of families, newly wed couples and individuals to spend the most memorable and pleasant holidays with out loosing a spirit of holidays as there are lots of activities that keep visitors engage from dawn to dusk such as Fishing, Tour, Animal Viewing. Bird watching, Crabbing, Farm/Station activity, Fishing – Beach, Fishing – Game Fishing, Fishing – Estuary, Flora, Marine Animal watching, Photography, Sc Flights, Sightseeing, Outback Trail Walking and much more.
- Karumba has a walking track from Karumba Point to Karumba township and is great for walking, jogging and cycling.
- The Karumba Community Anglers Classic TBA
- The annual Karumba Cancer Cuppa in on the TBA
- Karumba Golf Open is on, in it’s all it’s glory, on our newly irrigated golf course, on the TBA
- Karumba State School Fete happening on the TBA
- Karumba now has its very own local swimming pool and water park catering for all ages and abilities.
Eating in Karumba
- Ash’s at the Point – dine in or take away a meal and sit on the beach for dinner. 07 4745 9132
- Seabreeze at The Point – enjoy a fresh cooked meal in or even take away to relax at home or on the beach. 07 4745 9006
- Karumba Seafood Market – book a table and dine in with 2-20 people these guys can cater for you with good home cooked food or great tasting fish and chips and various other cooked seafoods and are available for dine in or take away. For orders or bookings call Pam Otto on 07 4745 9501.
However, one of the bonuses of a caravan is that they can be used for other purposes when they are not on the campsite. They can be a play room for the kids, an office, an extra bed for guests and a small business if you are willing to hire them out to those without the comfort of a caravan. As they are easily moved, you could even pitch them up in a sunny corner of the garden as a summer house.
Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park is just 6km down the road from the main highway. Karumba Point has the only stretch of beach with a boat ramp in the central Savannah Coast that can be accessed by road. After driving through the dry surrounding country arriving at the Sunset Caravan Park is like coming to an oasis, beautiful blue waters, magnificent sunsets and a modern atmosphere make our Park a fantastic holiday destination.
This park is perfect for overnight stays and travellers of all ages. We hope you enjoy your holiday whether it be a short stay or a getaway Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park is the ideal place for you to visit. Stop and take the time out to absorb the surroundings and great atmosphere.
Come stay relax and enjoy!
BOOK NOW! for June, July and August. You may also do advanced booking for September, October and November.
Postal Address: Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park, PO Box 61 Karumba Queensland 4891
Tel: (07) 4745 9277
Fax (07) 4745 9480