If you are looking into buying a new golf cart for camping, you may be stuck on which type to choose. Gas powered or electric?
Gas vs electric golf cart for camping?
There are many pros and cons to both types of carts. Let’s look at some of the things that you should consider when buying a gas or electric golf cart.
The cost will depend on the top speed, range, availability, number of seats, etcetera. Electric golf carts are more often than not cheaper than their gas counterparts while having similar features. In most cases, gas carts cost more than golf carts.
Electric carts are lighter and smaller which makes them easier to take on longer trips or used as a 4-wheeler.
Gas-powered golf carts are much heavier and larger making them hard to maneuver in tight spaces especially if you have to carry something along with your carts such as fishing rods or other equipment that you might need while hiking through the woods.
Gas powered carts are impressive when loading and unloading. The weight of the gas-powered carts is much easier to handle than electric ones.
Gas-powered carts can go longer distances than electric batteries. Also, gas tanks tend to be larger in size allowing you to drive for longer periods of time without having to stop or recharge the batteries.
Electric carts are much safer to drive. Most electric carts are equipped with safety features that help protect passengers in the event of an accident.
Gas powered carts require more maintenance than electric ones. Gas-powered golf carts need to have their oil changed, filtration systems checked or replaced, etcetera on a somewhat regular basis while electric carts would only have to have its battery charged every so often.
Do Most Campgrounds Allow Golf Carts?
Electric carts are banned at many campgrounds due to the fact that they are typically too large for most campsites. They would have to be parked by the entrance instead of being able to be parked right next to your tent.
Most campgrounds do not allow gas powered carts even though they are lighter and smaller. Some however do allow gas-powered carts but you will have to call ahead before making reservations just in case their policy has changed.
What To Look For In A Golf Cart For Camping?
If you are looking into buying a golf cart for camping, there are some things that you need to look for. You don’t want to end up with a sub-standard electric golf cart that will leave you stranded during your trip.
1. Speed Limit
You don’t want to own a golf cart that has a speed limit of 5 mph or less.
Most campsites have posted speed limits of at least 10 mph so if your cart is too slow, you may get in trouble with the authorities. Make sure that your cart is high enough quality to travel the speed limit at the campground.
2. Weight Limit
Make sure that your golf cart can hold your weight plus an extra person or two. Most people don’t think about this but if you plan on taking children with you to the campground, you need to make sure that the golf cart can handle it.
3. Battery Life
The longer the battery lasts, the better off you will be during your camping trip. It’s better to go with a golf cart that has a bigger battery or one that uses a group of batteries instead of a single one.
If your golf cart has a long battery life, you won’t have to worry about waiting for it to recharge for camping. Also, if your golf cart has enough of a range, you will never have to worry about running out of power while on your trip.
The faster your golf cart goes, the better. It’s much better to travel much faster than to not be able to get there. You don’t want to end up getting stuck in the middle of nowhere because your golf cart can’t go fast enough.
5. Seat Capacity
You don’t want to pack everybody on board and run out of seats if someone else joins you on your trips such as a friend or family member.
The choice is yours and you should choose which will work best in your situation. Many people enjoy the flexibility that comes with an electric cart and its performance in off-road situations and in and around campgrounds, while others prefer the convenience of a gas powered cart because it doesn’t require charging.
In the end, it is your decision to make depending on what you are looking for in a golf cart, but at least you’ll have plenty of information to make an intelligent choice.