4 Steps to Buying a Motorhome
Plenty of people dream about owning a motorhome and increasing numbers are making that dream a reality every year. Motorhome owners enjoy the freedom, flexibility and comfort that a new or used motorhome provides every time they take it on a trip. You can wake up in the morning, decide to go on holiday, and by lunchtime you can be well on your way! You don’t need to worry about booking an expensive hotel or finding a self-catering place. All you need to do is pack a bag and start the engine.
So, how do you make your luxury motorhomes dream come true? Here are the steps:
- Decide Between a Motorhome and Campervan
The biggest difference is size. A campervan tends to be more compact with fewer sleeping berths, limited cooking facilities and usually no bathroom. A motorhome is typically larger, with a toilet and/or shower, bigger beds and more space in the kitchen. Decide if you want to stick to a smaller van (ideal when you are a couple) or if you will need to invest in a larger motorhome.
- Set Your Budget
That brings us to the next step, setting the budget. This is one of the main considerations that will affect your choice. You will probably have a limit on how much you can spend on this purchase, also considering the running costs of the vehicle. Used motorhomes normally hold their value, so if you invest in a new popular model and you decide you want to upgrade or sell later, you will get most of your investment back.
- Do Your Research
This is the fun part. Look at the various makes and models available and check out the different layouts of interiors. Look online for reviews of your favoured models and decide on a shortlist of vans that suit your requirements. It’s a good idea to make a list of all the features you cannot do without in a motorhome. But remember to keep your budget in mind and be realistic. You may need to compromise somewhere so you can keep the cost within your limits. If you are more flexible, you are more likely to quickly find a vehicle that interests you.
- Take a Test Drive
When you have narrowed down your search, book a few test drives to see how you like being behind the wheel. It takes a bit of getting used to driving a motorhome. They are generally larger and bulkier and you’ll need practice to get your manoeuvrability under control. You could also hire a motorhome for a few days to see how the layout suits you. Many dealers offer a refund on hire cost when the customer goes on to buy the vehicle.
Don’t forget to ask lots of questions when you are at the dealership. Visit forums and specialist websites online to post your queries. Find out as much as possible about your motorhome purchase so you can be sure you are making the best choice.