With so many beautiful sights to see and enjoy in Western Australia, it would be a shame to stay in the one place after retirement. That’s why so many ‘Grey Nomads’ take to the road in their own caravans and camper trailers after they decide to leave the 9-5 life behind.
With international travel suspended for the foreseeable future, it’s not a bad idea to travel domestically and take on an open-road adventure for the time being. If you’re ready to explore Australia’s treasures on four wheels, we’ve got some great tips for you.
How to choose your van and vehicle
If this is your first purchase, take the time to look at all the different types of caravans and camper trailers available. As this is a big investment, you’ll want to get it right. We recommend choosing a smaller vehicle, especially if you’re not experienced with it. This is also a great option as there might be some locations in WA where big caravans might be a little confined in the caravan park. After all, it’s always easier to park a smaller vehicle than a much larger one.
Plan your trip
Just like any vacation, you want to research the places you’ll be visiting. It’s a good idea to get familiar with the route you’ll be travelling along, as well as alternative routes should there be a roadblock along the way. List landmarks and places, you’ll want to visit so you don’t miss them as you travel through. Map out resting stops and caravan parks on the route so you’ll know where to stay should you get tired of driving the long distances. Also, if possible, try not to travel during school holidays – the roads will be packed. In a similar vein, research any local events that are occurring on your trip. There’s nothing worse than hearing about an event the day after you’ve arrived.
Do a maintenance check
Some tiny towns don’t have petrol or diesel, so map out the petrol stations before you set out. And obviously, start out with a full tank. Fill your water tanks with fresh water and clean your solar panel. Check your brakes and lights, as well as tyres.
Pack everything – yes, including the proverbial kitchen sink
Where you’re going, it will most likely be remote and chemists may be far and few between. So, you’ll need to bring along your medication, as well as Panadol and mosquito repellent. Buy a small toolkit from Bunnings that contains shifters, pliers, a hacksaw, and other useful gear. However, one thing to keep in mind is that if you don’t normally use it while at home, you won’t use it when you go away.
Don’t forget to relax
It’s a well-deserved holiday; a trip of a lifetime! Enjoy it.
Speak to PMX Campers today
If you’ve retired and it’s been your lifelong dream to explore the Great Outdoors, there’s no better time than now to make it happen. Buying a caravan is one of the best investments you’ll ever make, and PMX Campers will be proud to help you find the right caravan to meet your needs and budget. Our friendly and passionate caravan dealers will offer unbiased recommendations on the best products, based on your lifestyle. So why not visit your local dealer and view our complete caravan range today?