Owning a motorhome or campervan is increasing in popularity. People love the freedom this affords them, imagine being able to wake up one day, decide you want to go and explore somewhere new and you’re able to just jump in your vehicle and hit the road. You’ve got everything you need on board, you don’t have to worry about bookings or hotel costs, all you have to do is start the engine and hit the road.
Buying a motorhome isn’t like buying a car so it is worthwhile to do a bit of homework beforehand to ensure you make the right decision as buying a motorhome is so personal.
Motorhome vs Campervan
The main difference between motorhome and campervans is the size. Generally, motorhomes tend to be larger with more features; better equipped kitchens, larger sleeping accommodation or more mod cons.
The campervan may be smaller, but this doesn’t mean you should dismiss them. If you are a couple, then the campervan offers more than enough space at a more affordable price than the bigger motorhomes.
One of the major considerations when buying a motorhome or campervan is of course the cost. There is the initial outlay price, but it’s important to remember the ongoing running costs of owning a motorhome including insurance, servicing, parking, fuel costs and even storage.
The good news is that used campervans and motorhomes tend to hold their value. Chances are if you have picked a popular one, if you do decide to trade in or sell it in the future then you won’t suffer much deprecation.
Now it’s time to do some research, there are so many different options out there. Look into the different brands and models available at your price point. Leading brands such as HymerCar, Carado or Westfalia are likely to have options at all budget levels. The internet is great place to look for information, you’re likely to be able to find reviews from current owners.
Something else worth noting is if you hold a UK driving licence on or before 1st January 1997 and you haven’t taken any additional testing then you can only legally drive a vehicle with a maximum weight of 3,500kg, so you need to consider this in your search criteria.
Layout, Space & Features
Your budget will dictate the space and features that you can expect. Make a list of the essential features that you must have – be realistic and pragmatic. There are features that are ‘nice to haves’ but the more deal breakers you have on your list, the longer it will take to find that campervan or motorhome that ticks all the boxes.
If you are planning on parking your motorhome at home, make sure there are no space or height restrictions that may be problematic.
Take it for test drive
It may seem obvious but make sure you take any potential vehicle for spin. Driving a motorhome isn’t like driving a car, it’s much bigger, heavier and you need to get used to the manoeuvrability.
Another option would be to hire a motorhome and see what you think. We have an offer for customers who hire with us who then go on to buy we’ll refund the hire cost. This gives you a little more time to try out your motorhome.
On the Road
You’ve found your perfect campervan or motorhome, you’re now ready to hit the road. There are plenty of camp sites that you can park up in, but if you are more into “wild camping” it’s important that you ensure you don’t damage the area or leave any mess or debris around once you leave.
If you have any questions or would like more help deciding what is best for you, please contact us