Hi folks. The caravan is getting on and we're thinking of replacing it with one that has a plastic frame. When one very well known manufacturer was asked how long parts for the interior would be available for replied that they came with a three year warranty!
That really makes me feel confident about parting with a sum of money that is not far off our first mortgage!
Ah we'll, I know a good manufacturer that does keep parts on the shelf for ten years.........and they are British and family owned.
Does everyone else here understand my question? Can I replace a handle or tap or sink if I accidentally break one in five years time? Answer, they come with a three warranty!!!!
I'm new to this site, and to caravaning, despite having owned one for nearly 3 years. I was given an old Lunar Dino vintage 1981, for free, but your question applies to both of us. Buying a new caravan, is just like buying a new car. The most expencive bit is the first yard you tow it, and from then on it's a slow decent to almost zero.
My father always said, let the other mug pay for the car, and you buy it between 3 to 5 years old. Doing that, you save a fortune, and get the best use from it, because all of the bugs are fixed. Of course as time goes by, it becomes a problem to get some parts, as it is not in the interest of the manufacturer to keep parts sitting on shelves for ever.
After a time, you'll need to turn to second hand parts, recovered from scrap vans. I've bought a lot of bits for my Dino, from Ebay, some new, some new replacement, and second hand. I guess if you buy a good quality second hand van, you should easily get 10 or more years out of it.
I've worked in Railway Preservation for more than 40 years, so to me nothing is really scrap. Everything can be repaired, if you have the mind to do the work. My work on our van, is, I hope going to give us several years of use, and by the time we sell it, it will be super rare!