Investing in a motorhome is a big commitment and so it is advised to not rush into picking one but to look at a variety of different options. After all, this will be like a second home and you should put as much thought into buying it as you would a property. If you are looking to buy a motorhome, here are some of the main things you should take into consideration when picking your new home on 4 wheels.
First and foremost you need to make sure that your motorhome is going to accommodate you and your family. You may step inside one you like and think it has ample space, but wait until it is filled with a whole family, the space may soon run out!
One way to get around this is to see if you can test a new motorhome for a weekend before purchasing it. You don’t need to plan a holiday or get all kitted out, you could simply stay in the motorhome on your driveway and see if you can all comfortably fit it. If not, you may need to look for a bigger model.
Old vs. New
When looking to buy a motorhome you may be tempted into getting a cheaper one second hand, rather than purchasing a new one straight out of the showroom. However, although this may save you a few pounds upfront, you may pay for it in other ways in the long term.
For one thing, the interior of a used motorhome will likely be worn and may be in need of repair. Not only that, but if it is an older model it may be less fuel efficient and also lack more modern security devices, which will mean a larger motorhome insurance premium. If you can afford the initial outlay, you may be safer purchasing a motorhome from new.
The other thing to think about before purchasing a motorhome is where you are going to take it. If you are thinking of travelling all around Europe in it and going away multiple times a year, you need to make sure that it is comfortable for the driver and in good enough condition to handle the heavy mileage.
Most motorhomes, old and new, will easily be able to amble around the UK once a year but some will not be able to handle long journeys across Europe ever couple of months. It is worth checking the mileage of any second home motorhomes and the service mileage of any new vehicles before purchase.
Buying a motorhome is a very big commitment, but if you shop around, do some research and go prepared you are sure to find the vehicle of your dreams!