Woman Looks At Motorhome With Salesman

MOTORHOME BUYING ADVICE

A motorhome is an investment that needs to be thought out properly. It’s not something that you decide on the fly. If you’re in the market for one, you need to take careful consideration of which motorhome to buy. It’s just like buying a new house. You need to figure out what you’re looking for, especially since there are a lot of types of motorhomes you can choose from today. Knowing what you need and want is essential in selecting a motorhome.

But how do you arrive at that conclusion? Here are some questions that you need to answer, so you can narrow down your choices and find the best motorhome for you and your family.

WHAT IS YOUR BUDGET?

You need to set aside a budget for your motorhome, so you can determine how much you’re willing to shell out when buying one. Motorhomes are just like cars. The more features it has, the more expensive it’ll be. Your budget will dictate which features of a motorhome will you prioritise more. So, set a budget first before looking for one.

HOW BIG DO YOU WANT YOUR MOTORHOME TO BE?

Once you’ve determined your budget, the next thing to consider is the size of the motorhome you want. This will mostly depend on the size of your family. You need to get a motorhome that will fit all the members of your family comfortably. Otherwise, it will be a waste of money. Make sure that there are enough seats and beds to accommodate everyone.

HOW MUCH LOUNGING AND SLEEPING SPACE DO YOU NEED?

After you’ve decided how big your motorhome should be, the next step is to determine if the motorhome has enough lounging and sleeping space to accommodate your whole family. There are motorhomes that have different types of sleeping arrangements. Some also use the lounging area as convertible sleeping beds. When you go to check the motorhome personally, try to test if the beds are also comfortable to sleep in and if you can, measure how long the beds are, so you can find the right size of sheets to use.

DO YOU NEED A BATHROOM?

Most motorhomes have bathrooms built inside for the owner to use. There are, however, other people who prefer to use that space for something else and have the bathroom removed. If you want a bathroom, figure out what size of bathroom you prefer. Do you want a bathroom with a water heater or other amenities in it? These are decisions you need to make.

DO YOU WANT A KITCHEN?

This is another question you need to ask yourself. Do you like preparing meals when you’re out on a trip using your motorhome? If you do, then what kind of meals will you make? Do you need an oven or a stove? When you’re inspecting the motorhome, check and see if the kitchen space has enough cooking room for you to cook properly. Try to see if you can also retrofit other cooking appliances like microwave ovens or perhaps a grill. Storage is also another thing to consider. Does the motorhome have a storage space to store ingredients and food you’ve cooked?

DOES THE MOTORHOME HAVE A WARRANTY?

Lastly, just like any purchase, see if the motorhome has a warranty and make sure that the manufacturer of the motorhome is still in business. It can be a pain to look for parts like windows, water heaters, water pumps, etc… if the manufacturer already went out of business. So, always check with the local dealer for the terms of purchase and if there’s any warranty. If possible, see if there’s also a service centre near you, so you can easily have it repaired if something breaks down.

The best way to find the best motorhome for you is to go out and see as many types of motorhomes as you can before you arrive at a decision.


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John Steele
johnsteele@dinga.com.au

John loves cooking at home and outdoors, travelling, fishing and discovering a new life. He's got loads of experience he wants to share while he adventures through retirement.