There are many different factors that need to be considered when you’re considering buying your first motorhome, and truth be told this can be an intimidating time for buyers. What should you ask about? How do you know what to look for in a new motorhome? Do you really want to follow a 100 point checklist on some random blog? These show just a brief glimpse into the frustrations and doubts first time buyers wrestle with. However by following a few basic pieces of advice, caravan sales become much less frightening.
The Cost Issue
Before agreeing on anything you will need to do some research about cost. This isn’t only looking at the average cost of various used or new models or types of motorhomes, but also looking at licensing, accessories, or other common costs that can add up. You also need to look at your budget and know what your limits are. Ideally you don’t want to press to close to the top of that number since more room means more space in case you have unexpected expenses. Figure out this number and go from there.
The type of caravan is generally split by size. Are you looking for something relatively small and cosy or are you wanting something much larger like a home away from home? While this might seem like a simple question, also consider how comfortable you are driving a much larger vehicle. If that isn’t appealing at all then it might be time to settle for something small and basic. This is why an early test drive is crucial to make sure you’re comfortable with what you’re looking at. Don’t assume you’ll just get used to it later.
What Rooms Matter Most?
Do you want a larger kitchen, or is a small counter with a glorified mini-fridge and microwave combination enough? Do you prefer having a small bathroom to give more space to the rest of the caravan, or a larger bathroom for a little bit more space and comfort when in use? These are important questions and just two of the main rooms that all caravans have. This makes it all the more important to make sure you know exactly what you want and are looking at models that provide it.
You can always change colours to change the aesthetic, but you can’t just shorten or elongate a space, so make sure to prioritize your specific needs before buying.
Never Buy without a Test Drive
This should be obvious. You need to make sure you’re comfortable driving the coach, you want to make sure it handles the way it should and there isn’t any obvious steering or mechanical issues of concern, and you need to take it on the type of roads that you will most often be driving on so you can have an idea of what to expect when you use it.
Plenty of models have done well on smooth interstate only to become nightmares in handling and suspension the moment you hit a country road. Knowing this ahead of time can save you a lot of headaches and the cost of a poor purchase. Always, always, always take it out for a proper test drive before you buy, and don’t forget to check that warranty!