It’s very important to consider where you require the most space e.g. lounge area, kitchen, bedroom or washroom and also, which areas you are prepared to compromise on. Caravans have a finite amount of interior space within the length of the design so if an inch is used in one place, it will be lost in another. There is no touring caravan on the market which will tick every single box. Choosing a caravan is an exercise in ticking the most important boxes!
With layouts, the decision needs to be based on practical factors and personal choice. Standard layouts are based around both the number of berths and the distinguishing feature in the caravan e.g. fixed bed, large end washroom, side dinette, twin single beds etc and this dictates the use of space elsewhere. For example, a layout with twin single beds and a rear end washroom will result in a caravan will a long centre aisle, which feels open and spacious, but the lounge seating area will be smaller to compensate. Look at as many layouts as possible before deciding on what you need. You may think “I need a large end washroom with a separate shower” but if you are staying on fully serviced campsites with first class facilities, will you actually use it? That large end bathroom will take up space which you might have preferred in the living area.
Below are some of the most common and interesting layouts and a guide to who they are most suitable for.
4 berth fixed bed end washroom. Suitable for families with smaller children or couples who do not want to make up beds. Kitchen area is smaller to compensate.
4 berth twin beds and end washroom Suitable for families with older children, or couples wanting separate fixed beds. Note how the large end washroom sacrifices space in the lounge.
4 berth fixed island bed, side washroom.Suitable for a family with smaller children or a couple who don’t want to make up a bed every night and want to be able to easily get out of bed. Note that washroom is located opposite the kitchen to make space at the end of the caravan.
6 berth, twin lounge, side washroom. This is a large twin axle caravan. Suitable for larger families (up to 4 children) or 2 sets of adults.
4 berth, double lounge, side washroom, Suitable for couples wanting large living area or families with up to 2 children.
4 berth with side dinette and large end washroom. Side dinette converts to two bunk beds. Most suitable for families with 2 children or couples wanting a second lounge or dining area.
2 berth with end kitchen and side wet-room. Suitable for couples wanting a larger kitchen area. Washroom is smaller to compensate.
4 berth side dinette, large end washroom. Side dinette converts to two bunks, one above the other. Suitable for families with children or couples wanting 2 dining/living areas.
6 berth, fixed bed, side dinette. Suitable for families. Note smaller washroom.
4 berth fixed bed, corner wet-room. Suitable for couples who don’t want to make up a bed, or families with 2 children. No separate shower and wet room is smaller to make space.
4 berth, modern fixed transverse bed with large end bathroom. Suitable for families or couples wanting a spacious bedroom and washroom. Lounge seating is slightly shorter to compensate.
Popular older 5 berth layout with L shaped lounge and end lounge area with converts to double bed or bunks. Suitable for families or couples.
Spacious 2 berth with large kitchen area, and large end washroom. Suitable for couples needing a large washroom.