Buying a motorhome is certainly not like the average day-to-day purchase and there are a whole host of issues that should be explored first. This blog post has been put together to highlight exactly what should be considered as you venture to the dealership and mull over what’s on offer.
Take a look at the prices of different kinds of motorhomes and draw up a budget that is realistic for you. With this type of vehicle, the sky really is the limit in relation to the price. If you visit a dealership without a set budget they will try to make your mind up for you and it won’t be the cheapest or best value model, that’s for sure. Equally, when shopping for a previously owned motorhome, you want to get a good idea ahead of time what different modes are worth depending on age, wear and tear, etc.
Also, consider the additional financial burdens such as insurance, cost of servicing, refurbishment if the interior is worn or not to your liking, and the cost of petrol or diesel for the size of the engine in the motorhome.
What Size Do You Want?
With motorhomes, you have to decide how much space you expect to get. The larger the home, the more costly it can be to transport and pay for a parking bay in a motorhome camp – not to mention that it will cost more to buy initially as well.
When considering your living space, you may have a preference for a larger kitchen area, a larger bathroom or a spacious bedroom area. If you prefer a sizeable bedroom and care less about the living space, then you can pick out brands and models that offer this combination that is best for you.
There will be a maximum weight limit for each vehicle and this relates to how many people can be transported at the same time. Any extras added like bicycles or other equipment adds to the total weight being carried, so you do have to think outside the box for this issue.
Do Your Homework
Do your research and due diligence on any van that you are interested in. Look through the ownership records and the warranty information, and details about regular servicing including receipts or invoices supplied by garages. Look over the log book to confirm previous owners, tax disc and MOT certification, and VRM documents too. You want to see an owner who not only has taken good care of the interior and exterior but has also been thorough about keeping records. Conversely, someone who is haphazard about keeping service records may not have been the best steward of the motorhome.
Check Awning Conditions
Most avid motorhome users will want to take advantage of an awning, which increases the usable space of the vehicle without adding any excess weight. To check to see if everything is in good working order, pull down the awning to see whether it can be extended outwards to the correct position and see whether or not there are any holes or other damage that was previously unseen. If an awning isn’t included, it might be advisable to check out Jacksons, where you can find motorhome awnings and all of the necessary fixings to install the system.
Just like with any other second-hand vehicle, there is a long list of safety checks that should be carried out before purchasing a second-hand motorhome. We recommend looking over this excellent safety check guide to run through the list of things to verify and it’s probably a good idea to print the list out and take it with you on inspections.