August 21, 2017 at 5:26 PM
It makes a lot of sense to own a motorhome. It will allow you the flexibility of moving to different locations without leaving behind what’s familiar. You will also save lots of money that could have been used to pay hotel bills when travelling.
If the concept sounds appealing to you, you might want to purchase a secondhand motorhome. A used motorhome is significantly cheaper than a new one and will offer you a similar service that a new model would. To get something that will serve you well, consider the following tips:
Decide how much you want to spend
Just like with any other large purchase, set a budget that you are willing to spend on a motorhome. Having a rough figure of what you are willing to spend will help you narrow down on the kind of mobile home that you want to purchase. When developing the budget, make sure that you factor in related expenses such as costs that will be involved in maintaining the new asset. These include motorhome insurance, servicing, fuel and storage costs.
Before buying a motorhome, do your homework. Scroll classified adverts on local dailies and the internet to get a rough idea of what models are available and their pricing. Then shortlist motorhomes that appeal to you. This will make it easier to make a purchase when the time comes.
Consider the layout of your vehicle
If you have a large family, it would be wise to get a larger model with a layout that will accommodate everyone’s needs. Make a list of what you absolutely need and what you want. You should, nevertheless, be willing to compromise because you are getting a second-hand motorhome.
Pick the right base vehicle
The most common base vehicle used for mobile homes is the Fiat Ducato. Others are Peugeot Boxer, Ford Transit, Volkswagen and Iveco Daily. What you ultimately settle on will depend on your preference. It is, however, important to note that less popular models are significantly cheaper. Also, consider the availability of spare parts and if your local mechanic can service and repair the vehicle.
Take the motorhome for a test drive
Schedule a test drive to check whether the motorhome is in good condition before buying it. Ensure that the engine starts without any problems and that you can comfortably drive over steep hills, motorways and on a dual carriageway. The idea behind this is to make sure that you are paying for what you want. The last thing you need is to purchase an expensive motorhome then spend more money on repairs to get in good working condition.
Owning a motorhome is a good idea, especially if you purchase one that reminds you of home. Before committing to anything, sit on the driver’s seat to find out if if you can see yourself and family in it. If you can picture your loved ones enjoying vacations together and creating new memories, then that’s the motorhome you should get. Simply make a purchase and begin having fun.
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