The default philosophy of UK consumers when it comes to buying white goods and other appliances is ‘buy the best you can afford’. Generally, it makes sense to pick something that isn’t going to break the bank, but is going to serve you well for a few years. However, that’s not always the case for motorhomes. Here’s a quick guide to choosing the right appliances for your motorhome:
Fridges and Freezers
It might be tempting to go for the biggest model you can fit in your motorhome, but it might not be the most efficient. Big fridges, and in particular fridge-freezer combos, are one of the most environmentally unfriendly appliances you can buy and they can use huge amounts of power. Don’t buy anything bigger than what you’ll absolutely need – you can always bring a cool-box or freeze ice-packs if you need a bit of emergency storage.
It’s great to be able to wash your own clothes while travelling, but so many campers have washing machines they rarely use. If you’re travelling for a week or more, it’s probably worth splashing out on something economical and compact, but if your usual holiday only lasts a few days then use the space to pack more clothes! Most campsites these days have good facilities, too, so if you’re in desperate need then the option is always there.
Motorhomes come with all sorts of kitchen gizmos and they’re great time savers. A good microwave is perfect for camp-fire hot chocolates and reheating snacks and a coffee maker can be a nice luxury to have. Make sure whatever you buy still leaves you enough room to cook and remember that expensive gadgets can get targeted by thieves: make sure you have a good motorhome insurance policy and that you keep everything locked up.
When it comes to motorhome appliances it’s worth thinking practically, but be honest about what you’ll use. Gadgets that only get used every so often add weight and take away valuable space, so think about what is realistic before you buy!