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Caravan Trips in Northern Ireland

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This caravan season in Northern Ireland, you want the perfect get-away, right? Of course, you do, and whilst you can’t control the weather, there are three ingredients that should always go into that recipe for a happy holiday. There’s towing your caravan safely, choosing the perfect location and selecting the best vehicle for the job.

Towing your caravan safely

It’s easy to go wrong when it comes to towing a caravan. You don’t need a special license unless you’re going over a certain weight category, but even if you’re only towing something small, don’t underestimate the difference between towing and driving.

Everything is affected, from your braking to your visibility on the motorway and, of course, your parking and manoeuvring. Keep all this in mind and remember to think about little details you don’t ordinarily bother with when driving, such as the height of your vehicle for clearing low bridges and the difference in speed limits. It’s well worth getting yourself on a caravan manoeuvring course if you haven’t towed a caravan before, or even if you’re just a little rusty. You’ll have more confidence on the roads and less stress on your holiday.

Great caravanning locations

What really gives caravanning the edge over hotels, B&B’s and all the other typical options, is when you find that perfect location. Northern Ireland has some absolute beauties to choose from. Deighans Caravans, in Limavady, County Londonderry, is a prime example with incredible, coastal views and excellent facilities to make sure you have a comfortable stay. Round Lake Caravan Park, in Fivemiletown, County Tyrone, offers something a little different. This is a more remote choice and feels more adventurous. It’s particularly handy if you’re partial to a little mountain biking because you’re close to some top routes here. Do your research well in advance to find the location that’s just right for you—everyone is different and what really matters isn’t someone else’s top rating, but how well a site matches your personal requirements.

Top vehicle choices for towing your caravan

Of course, your vehicle choice when towing is crucial. It’s no good trying to tow with any old run-around and it’s worth investing in a reliable used car that you know won’t let you down—nobody wants their holiday ruined by a break-down on the motorway. Apart from that, it’s nice to be able to take a bit of pride in your wheels when you’re on the campsite or caravan park; better than everyone walking by and admiring the dents and rust patches!

This season there are two vehicles that really stand out as good choices for caravan towing—the Mitsubishi L200 and the SsangYong Korando. The Mitsubishi has recently benefitted from some tweaks to the design. Last year this stylish pick-up truck gained extra towing ability taking its capacity up to 3.5 tonnes. With the strengthened chassis and tow bar on the outside, and the high-tech SDA system (Smartphone Link Display Audio) for all your “infotainment” on long journeys on the inside, this is one heck of a caravan-towing vehicle.

The other hugely attractive choice is the SsangYong Korando. (The name SsangYong actually means “double dragons” in Korean—an inspiring name if ever there was one!) Ever since this vehicle won Tow Car of the Year 2018, its reputation has been on the up. Particularly impressive is the Korando’s performance at high speed—it has exceptional stability and handling—perfect for overtaking on the motorway. Throw in its pleasing Italian design by Giorgetto Giugiaro (the man behind the DMC DeLorean, the Volkswagen Golf Mk1 and a long and impressive list of supercars) and you start to realise that this Korando is really quite something.
So, there you have it, the recipe for the perfect caravan get-away in Northern Ireland this season. Now get out there and let the adventures begin!

This is a collaborative article.