Top 5 Tips When Buying A Motorhome
Buying a motorhome or campervan is a big financial decision, and one you won’t make lightly. Here are our top 10 tips to help make the process a little less overwhelming.
Buying a motorhome or campervan is a big financial decision, and one you won’t make lightly. It’s hard to know what size you should get, what make or model, what internal layout will suit and whether you really do need all the tech gadgets in the world. Here are our top 10 tips to help make the process a little less overwhelming.
1. Create a wish list
All the bells and whistles would be wonderful, but do you need them? Start a wish list of the features that you would like to have, and put them in the order of importance. You might not be able to live on the road without aircon, a satellite TV, an outdoor barbecue or ensuite, but you could probably be OK with cloth seats instead of leather, or forgo the washing machine and high-gloss cabinetry. Narrowing down your wish list will help to fine-tune the types of motorhomes that will suit you.
2. Make sure it has enough room
You’ll need a motorhome that can cater for all those who will travel in it regularly. If you’re a family of four, a campervan will be a pretty tight squeeze, but that size will suit a couple. If you like to spread out so that each person can be in their own ‘space’, you will need a more roomy RV. For taller travellers, check the internal heights and the length and width of the beds, too (a mini ‘sleep test’ should do the tick here!).
3. Get the layout right
Motorhomes come in all shapes and sizes and internal layouts, and the choice really comes down to personal preference. The location, size and style of beds as well as the size and position of the lounge or dinette table as well as the placement of the kitchen will be different for everyone’s needs. If you dislike having to re-make your bed every night, then a campervan with a lounge that converts to a dinette and lounge might get ‘old’ pretty quickly. Handy tip: Imagine yourself in the unit on holidays - if it feels right, you could have a winner.
4. Triple check your cupboard space
One thing often overlooked but sorely needed in a motorhome is storage capacity. Most designs are super clever in making the most of all available space, but buyers can underestimate how much room they will need for their clothes, shoes, fishing gear, camping chairs, board games and bottles of shiraz. Look closely at the storage capacity of each unit you inspect, both internal and external, and weight it up against the items you would want to take with you.
5. Don’t forget insurance
You need to make sure that your motorhome is covered when you are travelling. It is a vehicle so it will need to have automobile insurance. You should also consider comprehensive breakdown insurance and roadside assistance. This is particularly important when travelling to more remote regions - no one wants to be stranded on the side of the road with no help on the horizon. Shop around to make sure you get the best deals and also make sure you read the fine print.