Buying a new motorhome is a big investment. Aside from your car and your house, it is probably going to be the biggest purchase you make in your life. So, you need to know you are making the right choice. The variety of motorhomes and differences in price and specifications make it difficult to decide on the perfect vehicle.
But you can make the process less stressful and more enjoyable, whether you are looking for a hymer for sale or another motorhome model. Here are the key considerations to keep in mind when shopping for your perfect motorhome.
Fix Your Budget
Of course, it would be ideal if you had unlimited money to spend on a motorhome. But for the majority, this isn’t the case and it’s wise to fix a budget limit before you start looking around. There’s a lot of temptation when shopping for motorhomes and it is easy to get carried away. However, you may decide that you have some flexibility in your budget. There may be an option to spend a little more if you can reduce spending on something else. You could also consider buying a used model, to make your money go further. While buying new is the dream for most people, a used vehicle represents good value and could be a great purchase if in good condition.
Decide Who the Motorhome is For
Consider who will use the vehicle regularly. The answer to this question will determine the best layout for your needs. For two people in a motorhome, a fixed bed could be ideal. Or choose a pull-down bed if you have children, or if grandchildren will regularly use the van with you. If you only have occasional visitors, would they be able to camp in an awning? Think about how many people you will regularly need to fit round a dining table. Do you need chairs for everyone in a lounge? One vital point to consider is the number of seatbelts you need, since you cannot travel in a motorhome without wearing one.
Consider Where You Will Park It
You probably won’t have any trouble manoeuvring any size of motorhome when you’re at a campsite or on the open road, but it may be difficult to store a large van in a small space at home. Check the limits of your parking area, considering turning circles and the width of your gate, for example. It is surprisingly common for people to buy a motorhome only to find out it does not fit on their drive.
Think About How Far You Will Go
If you think you will drive your motorhome over long distances, for long breaks, your comfort and pleasure should be upmost in your mind. It is worth spending a little extra on the most comfortable seats and the best beds. Also consider the type of gearbox – many people prefer automatic for long journeys. Air conditioning should be included if you are planning travel in Europe. Another factor affected by the time you spend in your vehicle is storage space. Do you need plenty of room for sports equipment or provisions? All these factors affect your overall choice of vehicle.