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Top tips for first-time motorhome purchasers

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July 9, 2013
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Many people start off camping, graduate to caravanning and then decide to go for the big one – a motorhome. Motorhomes are not only popular for the ‘staycation’ type of holiday but also for those who want to venture further afield. They are a comfortable and convenient way of touring, although they can be a bit expensive on fuel.

Purchasing a motorhome is a big decision to make. They are very pricey beasts, costing anything from £11,000 to £250,000, and it’s easy to make a mistake if you’re new to the game. Adrian Flux motorhome insurance Services, has a division which can cover your insurance for motorhomes, suggests some key points for prospective motorhome owners to consider and some sites where they can look for advice before making a decision.

Firstly there are six key questions to keep in mind before you even hit the search button:

  • How big a vehicle are you comfortable driving?
  • How many of you are going to sleep in it?
  • How many of you are going to travel in it?
  • How far are you intending to travel and where?
  • How many nights will you be sleeping in it?
  • Where will you keep it when you are not travelling?

Once you have these questions clear in your mind it’s time to look for more detailed information.

Motorhome Chooser’s beginners’ guide has put together a useful, unbiased and comprehensive introduction to motorhomes. You need to put aside some time to study this site as it is crammed with useful information including the owner’s articles.

Dealers’ sites such as Brownhills are great places to see what’s around and just how much you are going to have to pay for your ideal motorhome.

As well as a huge selection of used motorhomes, Used Motorhome Sales has a page outlining the four main types of motorhomes: high top or van conversion motorhomes, elevating roof or pop top motorhomes, coach built motorhomes or ‘A’ class motorhomes so you can decide what type of vehicle will suit you.

If you want to really immerse yourself in the subject then take out a subscription to Practical Motorhome. It is the magazine to pour over to get a feel for what’s out there in the marketplace, what’s new and what’s on the horizon. Packed with advice from experts, it has produced a straightforward ten point beginner’s guide to choosing the right floorplan – always a good place to start.

If you have some time to spare and really want to get a look at the newest, shiniest and most ground-breaking vans around then get along to a trade show. Motorhome Facts keeps an up-dated list of the major UK shows.

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