You may have seen the term ‘hybrid caravan’ around. In this article we’ll help you learn more about hybrid caravans and whether they are right for you!
A Hybrid Caravan is a term used to combine the concepts of a luxury caravan with those of a smaller camper trailer. Traditionally, hybrid camper trailers consisted of a pop-top roof or slide-out kitchens in order to preserve as much inside space as possible for internal seating or dining space. Nowadays, you can find a variety of hybrids that are essentially small caravans with an ensuite.
If you’re shopping for new caravans, here’s what you need to know about hybrid caravans.
Benefits of a Hybrid Caravan
Hybrid caravans have soared in popularity. Here are some reasons why you may want to consider a hybrid caravan.
Hybrid caravans contain all the luxuries you need
Love camping but need the basic necessities? With a hybrid caravan, you can adopt the minimalist lifestyle without having to skip out on all the luxuries you need to make your adventure comfortable. Despite their compact size, most hybrid caravans contain a built-in ensuite and kitchen.
You can find off road hybrid caravans
The small compact size of a hybrid camper makes them ideal for narrow bush tracks and rugged terrain. If you’re looking to take your adventure off road, many hybrids are built tough with off road caravan capabilities and include the warranty to cover you for it.
Hybrid caravans are durable
Most hybrids are ideal for those who have an adventurous lifestyle. If you’re looking for a caravan that can stand the test of time, a hybrid caravan is a good option. Crusader’s CRV range is built with industry-leading composite material to ensure it is weatherproof, strong and built to withstand any adventure.
Hybrid caravans can be easier to tow
Hybrid caravans are a popular choice amongst those who are new to caravan travel. Their smaller size makes hybrids ideal for beginners or those with smaller tow vehicles. If you are using a small tow vehicle or if you’re new to caravanning, then you may prefer the lighter weight of hybrid caravans which reduces their impact on your tow vehicle when in transit.
Cons of a Hybrid Caravan
Whilst hybrid caravans have so many great benefits, they’re not for everyone. Here are some cons that you might want to consider.
Hybrid caravans lack space
For some travellers the small size is a dream, for others, the small size may lack the storage space required. The built-in ensuite and kitchen also take up a large amount of space which means hybrids don’t have a proper sitting or dining area.
Hybrid caravans aren’t suitable for families
If you’re looking to take the entire family out on a caravan adventure, this might not be the right choice for you. Hybrid caravans are known for their small size and most only come configured with the option for either one queen size bed or two single beds. They simply do not provide the same amount of space as a larger family caravan.
Hybrid caravans lack the luxury comforts of a full-sized van
Whilst hybrids generally contain a fridge, stove and kitchen sink, they may not be the perfect choice for people who like cooking up a storm. Those who are looking for a more luxury experience may prefer larger lifestyle caravans that have the benefits of added space.
Low caravan weights
For those who prefer to live a more minimalist lifestyle, this feature is a positive. However, if you’re someone who doesn’t like to travel light, a hybrid’s low caravan weights could be a problem for you. Driving an overweight caravan is extremely dangerous, so when shopping for a new caravan ensure you check the maximum weight allowance of your chosen caravan before you buy.
Best Hybrid Caravans Australia
Once you’ve decided a hybrid caravan is for you, it’s time to go shopping! Looking for Australia’s best hybrid caravans? At Lewis RV, you’ll find a variety of caravan models to suit your individual needs. Some of the most popular hybrid ranges include:
The new Crusader CRV range is a compact, durable and jammed pack with all the features you need to embark on your next caravan adventure. The CRV range includes three models, the Esperance, Gladiator and Hurricane. There’s a CRV van to suit all sorts of travellers.
The Crusader Chameleon range is small but mighty! The range is lightweight but doesn’t skip out on all the essentials. You’ll find a Chameleon available to suit a wide variety of lifestyles regardless of whether you are after a peaceful getaway or an action-packed adventure.
Looking for more caravans?
Whether you’re searching for used caravans for sale, larger luxury caravans or small caravans, the team at Lewis RV will be able to help you find your dream caravan ready to take on your next adventure.