What Is a Low-Profile Caravan?
Camping is a pleasant and cheap way to go on holiday. Many families choose a caravan for more comfort rather than a tent, while the motorhome requires a much higher budget.
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As the name suggests, this type of caravan has a unique feature that makes it a “hybrid” of caravanning: its roof can be folded and unfolded as desired.
While the width and length of a low-profile caravan follow the same rules as those of its more traditional counterparts, its height is variable:
– folded height: from 1.95 m to 2 m;
– interior height: from 1.90 m to 1.95 m;
Once you arrive at your destination, the installation of the small caravan is identical to that of the others. It only takes a few extra minutes to unfold the roof and carry out the associated installations:
– Set up the extensions: if it is a rigid system, the walls are raised – after the roof has been lifted – to create an addition of insulated polyester partitions;
– or deploy the fabric: in the case of fabric walls, waterproof fabric is used to link the interior to the polyester roof.
Good to know: you can opt for an electric automatic roof lifting system (optional) which will add slightly to the total weight (about 15 kg more).
– The interior doors are truncated and require a clever system of extensions (hinge-lock-clip) to be operational, as do certain shelves and the tops of partitions.
Advantages, disadvantages and price of the low-profile caravan
Depending on your needs, you will choose a smalls caravan if its advantages are worthwhile.
For example, a low-profile caravan is not necessarily the best compromise if you stay at the same campsite for a month (you would only see the disadvantages of this type of model!).
Advantages of the small caravan:
– An “all-purpose” size: with its height not exceeding 2 m, your caravan will pass:
◦ under the gantries of most car parks;
◦ in the frame of your garage: for optimal winter storage.
– A significant source of savings:
◦ it goes under the tolls = no surcharge;
◦ it is more aerodynamic: less wind resistance, both lateral and frontal = fuel savings.
– Easier to drive: by less bulk and less wind grip.
– Longer installation time.
– Smaller door: the entrance door is lower than on conventional models (watch your head!).
– Ventilation and insulation can be limited: some older models do not have top or cross ventilation (because a roof light is not always possible). Similarly, the fabric used in entry-level models cannot compete with a wall containing up to 3 cm of insulation.
– Low chassis: the ground clearance is very low. Although changing the wheel is no more of a problem than with a conventional model, the risk of getting stuck (speed bumps, ledges, etc.) is higher.
Conditions for towing a caravan
Type of car
There is no ideal car for towing a caravan. However, a profile can be defined:
– a rear-wheel-drive car with a powerful diesel or petrol engine;
– large saloon and family cars, such as minivans, offer good road holding, which is essential.
Good to know: if you opt for a folding caravan, you can tow it with a smaller vehicle!
Should you be looking for a small caravan, Roma RV offers a wide range of luxury and high-quality caravans that provide your family with the performance, elegance, personalised features, and high standards that they deserve.
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