For many people owning a motorhome is a romantic dream – the freedom, the open road, the ability to set up home anywhere you wish! With instant images of exciting road trips or surf days at the beach, motorhomes, campervans and RVs (whatever you want to call them) are a great investment.
But buying a motorhome can be expensive and stressful if you don’t know what you are looking for. In this post we will take you through some simple hints and tips to help you pick the right motorhome, avoid any of the usual mistakes and make sure what you buy is both safe and legal.
There is a lot to consider when buying a motorhome – how you want to travel, how long you will be taking trips for, how many people need to travel and what you want to do at each destination. Depending on the answers to these questions you may see costs rising to get the perfect vehicle. It could be easier to simply lease or hire a motorhome instead of going for a full purchase.
For this guide we are going to focus specifically on motorhomes, read on to learn what you need to look for to get your dream vehicle:
Choosing the right motorhome
Motorhomes come in a large range of shapes and sizes from fairly basic homes to vehicles that are more luxurious than many houses. Choosing based on these elements is down to budget and personal preference. How you will use the motorhome is a key factor – if you intend to park up in off-road locations a huge vehicle will not be practical, but if you intend to simply drive up and set up base in a holiday park it will.
Aside from these value judgements, we will now take you through some of the more practical considerations for buying a motorhome.
- Motorhome size and weight
- Motorhome layouts
Funding your motorhome
No matter what type of motorhome you go for it is a serious investment and you may need to seek finance support to afford the purchase.
Many dealerships offer in house finance options, and with a quick Google search, you will be able to find many specialist motorhome financing companies.
To cover you purchase you should also look at specialist motorhome insurance.
It is worth speaking to a broker that specialises in motorhome finance to see what your options are and find the right route for you.
Essential checks before buying a motorhome
Before signing off on your motorhome purchase you should go through this list of checks, especially if buying second hand/used from a private vendor.
- Look at standard wear and tear
- Check the sale is legal – it is unlikely but there is a chance the vehicle could be stolen. Check the ownership documents and purchase documents that the seller has for validity. Check the vehicles history and registration deals before buying.
- Check for damp – leaking is the curse of many coachbuilt motorhomes and fixing the problem can be expensive. Exposed to the elements motorhomes warp in shape as they travel, so keeping the bodywork watertight is a challenge at times. Take a damp meter and get the vehicle properly serviced/checked.
- Check the tyres – although motorhomes tend to do fewer miles than other vehicles, a few years of exposure to sun and rain and heavy loads could have lead to wear that is not apparent at first glance. Tyres need changing every four to five years as a standard so make sure they have been.
- When was it last serviced? Motorhomes should be serviced annually, check when it last had one and, if it hasn’t been for a while, demand that one is done before purchase.