New to touring? Campervan and caravan – what’s the difference?

Campervan and Caravan | Campervans and Caravans at Sumners Ponds

Campervan and caravan: there is quite a big difference between them, the main difference is:

A caravan you tow behind your car as it doesn’t have an engine.

A campervan is something you can drive, and live in.

But which one is best for you? Below we go through the pros and cons of campervans and caravans.

Campervan and Caravan | two ladies sitting infront of their campervan

Why a campervan is a good choice

A campervan, in short, is a vehicle that provides transport and somewhere to sleep/stay.

These types of vans are great as they’re not much bigger than a family car, and they can hold everything you need for a weekend or week away with your loved ones.

Campervans are a great choice as:

  • They’re easier to maneuver – you don’t need to tow anything! 
  • They can fit in most parking spaces in car parks
  • They’re accepted at camping sites more than caravans
  • You can drive down country lanes and drive around tight bends easier
  • Less of an issue when parked at home when not in use
  • Perfect for spontaneous trips

One of the downsides, however, is the price. For a good quality, large enough campervan, you’re looking at upwards of £20k. 

You also have the option of campervan conversions. These are vehicles, such as the Mazda Bongo, that have been converted into a campervan. 

Campervan and caravan | caravans parked up at Sumners Ponds

Why a caravan is a good choice

Unlike campervans, once you have got to your caravan site of choice (check us out if you haven’t yet!), your caravan allows you to get comfy straight away. This is because everything is already set up as it should be – no swiveling chairs, or pulling out beds, like the campervan.

You also have more space, which means you’ll be able to store more, and also bring more people on holiday too! 

A lot of caravans also have a seating area without removing the sleeping quarters, and also the use of your own toilet.

Another great point about the caravan is if you like to go on day trips, you won’t need to worry about bringing or changing anything. You can simply unhitch the caravan and go on with your day trip.

Caravans are also a cheaper option, starting from around £5k.

One thing to point out is that towing a caravan does take some getting used to. So we definitely recommend trying it out a few times before your holiday.

For more information on caravan holidays, read our recent blog here:

We hope this blog has helped you understand the caravan and campervan differences.

Campervan and Caravan Holiday at Sumners Ponds

Sumners Ponds Fishery and Campsite in West Sussex is a unique and beautiful spot set in the tranquil countryside amongst 100 acres of lakes, woodland, and pasture.

Perfect for a family holiday, a couple’s retreat, or a short break to recoup. Sumners Ponds has many different types of accommodation, from camping sites to pods, from lodges with fishing to shepherd’s huts, from safari tents to family fields!

The campsite itself boasts high-quality campsite facilities, acres of woodland, a working farm, and fishing lakes. All this in a beautiful and secluded setting which is perfect for just relaxing, or for the more active, exploring the many footpaths and safe cycleways within and around the site.

We also have The Cafe by the Lake, which is our restaurant and bar that is open to both those staying on-site and the general public. We aim to provide the highest standard of food and service.

Book your stay today: 

Tel: 01403 732539 



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Disabled Friendly

Sumners Ponds is a accessible fishery for those with a disability. The best lakes to fish are either Farm Pond or Betty’s Lake.

Farm Pond has a purpose built accessible platform with a ramp from the ajoining car park. This spaceous decked area has three large swims which are all disabled priority. The car park for this lake is directly next to the closest fishing swims so there is not far to travel with your equipment.

Betty’s Lake has two disabled parking areas which are very close to the nearest wood-chipped swims.