Living in a Motorhome; Pros and Cons

 

Have you ever thought about living in a motorhome? Not just using it for the odd holiday, or a road trip across the country – but actually calling it your home?

It’s not a way of living many choose.You have to really love being in your motorhome, for most of the time.

But if it’ssomething you’re considering, and are wondering whether it’s right for you, then we’ve come up with a brief guide on the pros and cons of living in a motorhome.

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One of the obvious differences between living in a motorhome, and living in an actual house, is the limited space available.

Why that’s good

It’s a lot easier and quicker to clean. You could be do the entire vehicle in an hour, giving you more time for fun activities and relaxing.

Also, you’ll find it creates plenty of opportunities to spend time with your friends and family.

Why that’s bad

Some people like their space.

And if there are a few people who will be living in your motorhome, there won’t be a lot going spare.

Everyone will probably have to share one bathroom, and the beds are likely to be close together.

Mess and untidiness could also become a problem, as people get in each other’s way, and become frustrated at a lack of space to store their things.

Simply put, if you want time and space by yourself, the permanent motorhome life probably isn’t for you.

Mobility

Living in a motorhome means you can go wherever you want, whenever you like. You never have to stay in one spot for longer than necessary.

Why that’s good

Enjoy complete freedom. Travel practically anywhere in the country, knowing that you have a bed to sleep in at night wherever you are.

Stay in one place for as long as you like (as long as you have somewhere suitable to park up), and then leave for the next leg of your adventure.

Why that’s bad

Motorhomes can be difficult to drive around, especially if you’re not particularly experienced in this area.

And being permanently on-the-move is not ideal if this is the case.

Also, you will have to make sure that you do have somewhere to park – and this itself may incur some monetary costs.

Finally, you could find that you get sick of driving around after a while. And might prefer a more permanent place of residence.

Cost

Whether you live in a house, flat or a motorhome – there are different costs you need to be aware of. A motorhome brings some very unique expenses.

Why that’s good

Living in a motorhome is less expensive than living in a house, in terms of how much money it costs to run on a day-to-day basis.

Park fees – or money you spend to park up somewhere for a few days – are quite affordable too.

And if you stay in one place for a long time, you won’t have to worry too much about petrol costs.

Why that’s bad

Aside from the above, there are additional costs that come with living in a motorhome.

The most obvious is the price of a motorhome itself. They can be quite expensive, especially if you want a newer model.

And the insurance will be higher if you’re living in it full-time, as opposed to just using it for a holiday every now and again.

In addition, it can be difficult to create a budget when costs are so varied in different places. You could find yourself spending more than usual in a certain location.

And if you are travelling about, those fuel costs can really eat into your finances.

Travelling

You don’t normally stay in one place if you’re living in a motorhome. Typically, you will visit lots of different parts of the country.

Why that’s good

If you have a sense of adventure, then the motorhome life is wonderful.

You get to see new places, meet new people and experience different ways of living.

No two weeks will be the same – you won’t get bored of doing the same thing over and over.

And you won’t be restricted by what you can do, and where you can go.

Why that’s bad

Some people prefer to stay in one place – mainly because they might have friends and family nearby, and always being on-the-move means they see them less.

Also, not having a fixed address can be complicated when it comes to getting post, paying off bills and filling out forms.

You might also find it difficult to not have a local doctor or dentist that you know and trust.

Other Things to Consider

Post

Obviously you will still need to receive your post but it is not possible to get it sent to your motorhome as you are likely to never be in one place for long. As a result there are some alternatives such as getting t delivered to a relative. If you are going to get it sent to someone who lives alone and therefore pays a reduced single occupancy test, you will be giving up the right to vote. This is because you can’t register on the electoral role. It is important to have a postal address because the company that provides your motorhome insurance will need somewhere to send the documents. Make sure you get the right cover because if you are living full time in your motorhome your insurer will need to know this.

The Cold

Keeping warm in winter can be a struggle in some houses let alone a motorhome. This is when the choice of vehicle is important. More are well insulated and have double glazing but you will be using more gas during the winter. This is why it is a good idea to book some campsites for this season so you can hook up to the electric supply rather than spending excessive money on gas. Also consider your water and waste tanks. If they aren’t protected and are located under the vehicle then they can be prone to freezing.

Which is better?

It’s really down to personal preference.

Hopefully we’ve given you enough of an idea on what life on-the-road is like, so you can decide if it’s right for you.

If you choose to give it a go, then we’d love to hear about your experiences!

And, as always, ensure you have suitable insurance for your travels.