Guide to buying a new motorhome
Thinking of taking the plunge and buying a brand new motorhome? Read on, because the following might not only save you thousands of pounds, it could give you a whole lot more peace of mind. Here is our key advice on how you go about buying a brand new motorhome.
Spoilt for choice of motorhome
Unlike caravans, there is a massive choice of motorhome out there, so you need to be extra aware of the make and model you want and what exactly you are getting for your money. Information is king, at every point of your purchase journey. So, why not enjoy some reading first? Key specialist motorhome publications are: Motorcaravan Motorhome Monthly (better known as MMM, or even “triple M”); Practical Motorhome; Which Motorhome and Motorhome Monthly.
A visit to your local dealer(s) early on is a good idea, too. Here, you’ll soon get a feel for the kind of service you can expect, and it’s ideal to have the opportunity for “just browsing”. Be prepared to ask questions, though.
Shield top tip: Regular reading of the key specialist motorhome magazines will not only keep you up to date with news, but also give you a general feel for the market as a whole.
Do your motorhome research
We’ve already mentioned magazines and, to a lesser extent, there are websites, but do take in some of the specialist shows. These are great places to see a variety of motorhomes. The one key event for seeing the very latest motorhomes is organised by the industry’s trade body, the National Caravan Council, and takes place every October at Birmingham’s NEC.
Meeting owners themselves is another great way to find out more. If you’re visiting a campsite, e.g. you’ll find most owners are only too willing to talk about their pride and joy!
If you’re not already a member, consider joining either of the UK’s two main national caravan club, membership organisations – the Caravan Club and/or the Camping and Caravanning Club. Among the many services they offer are advice on buying a motorhome.
Shield top tip: Draw up a list of items you’d like in the motorhome of your dreams – then divide it into essentials and desirables. This is a perfect way of sorting what you really need and what you might just like