Selecting the right motorhome for you

There's a lot to consider when choosing a motorhome

By Emma Dodd

It has been widely reported that the caravan and motorhome market is booming in the UK, as we all look towards staycations as a way to escape post-lockdown. This means many people who’ve never owned a leisure vehicle before will be looking to make an investment in a motorhome to secure future family holidays and romantic getaways.

With this in mind, there are a few things to consider before making a purchase to ensure you get the right motorhome for your needs:

Secondhand or brand new?

The decision to buy a brand new motorhome or go secondhand is likely to be a matter of budget. The newest models have the most up-to-date technology, offering everything from large charging capacities and music systems to solar panels, but secondhand can offer great value for money.

Many people like the idea of escaping the trappings of modern life in their motorhome and embracing the simple pleasures. An added benefit of purchasing a used model is that it’s likely to have had any teething problems sorted out, making it perfect for hitting the road straight away.

The main things to consider in a secondhand motorhome are the type, size, layout, price and number of miles completed. Ask yourself whether you’ll be comfortable driving a motorhome of this size and whether the layout will work well for your needs.

Different types of motorhome

Quite soon into your search for the perfect motorhome, you’ll likely start to narrow down exactly what it is you’re after. Instead of confining yourself to just one type, keep an open mind and be prepared to have preconceived ideas redefined once you’ve seen a few models in person.

So, what are the options?

Class A motorhome – a behemoth built on a large chassis, the class A motorhome is the ultimate in luxury and comfort. Typically sleeping up to eight, these vehicles are ideal for large families. A good choice if you like to stay on one site for a long period of time, but you may need a secondary vehicle for day trips in the local area.

Class B motorhome – commonly referred to as campervans, class B motorhomes tend to be little nippy numbers that are great for those looking to travel and get out and explore. They usually sleep two and have a small kitchen and space-saving multiple purpose furniture. If you like to travel light and don’t need too many creature comforts, this is the van for you.

Class C motorhome – sitting between class A and class B motorhomes, class C versions offer a good solution for anyone looking to enjoy self-contained holidays. Featuring a washroom and toilet, as well as kitchen facilities, you’ll be able to travel in relative comfort and easily sleep four people.