If you’re a first-time motorhome buyer it can be really tough to determine exactly what you need. It’s hard to get the feel for what size is about right if you’ve never driven or lived in a motorhome before but, of course, you want to get the best value for your money and you don’t want to be upgrading in two years time. So, to help you make the right decision, here is our quick guide to choosing the right kind of motorhome:
Campervans and Van Conversions
Usually the smallest run arounds are campervans or personal van conversions. These don’t tend to be much bigger than your ordinary white van, although they’re built slightly more economically. A campervan is perfect for a weekend, great for festivals and much easier to drive than a larger motorhome. Usually campervans come in at the lowest price bracket, too, so it can be a good way of getting into camping. These are sometimes called ‘Class B’ vehicles.
Class A and Coach-built Motorhomes
One step up the scale is the coach-built motorhome, which uses a traditional van chassis and fits a large cabin on top of it. These are much more comfortable and offer a lot more space than campervans, but you will find yourself considerably upping the money you will spend. At this point you’ll need start thinking about road tax, insurance and licensing costs as well; you’ll need motorhome insurance rather than campervan insurance.
RVs and Tag Axels
At the very top end of the market is the fabled RV and the ‘tag axel’ motorhome. Both tend to be a lot longer than Class A motorhomes (hence the additional axel) and offer another degree of luxury. You won’t find many true RVs for under £50,000 and many of them will be American imports with left-hand drive. The beauty of the RV, though, is it really can work as a substitute for a house over a short period of time and they do tend to hold their value well.
The decision you make needs to be based on cost, but also on use. You’ll get the hang of driving whatever size you choose pretty quickly, but having a £100,000 RV sat on your driveway for fifty weeks of the year doesn’t make sense cost wise. Assess your usage and find a size that fits!