Is a Caravan Right for You?

Ella Stephen September 17, 2015 0

Whether you’re planning how you want to spend your holidays or you’re planning how to spend your retirement, a motorhome is a wonderful option. These vehicles combine all of the convenience of having a reliable vehicle with the amenities of home. That means you can pack up and take off for as long or as short as you’d like. If you just have one free weekend, you can travel from Perth to catch a rugby match in Victoria, stay the night, and then drive back in the morning, and the whole time, you won’t have to worry about hotel fees at all. Many people, once they’ve retired, decide they want to follow their favourite football club as it travels around the country. That’s a great way to spend your time in a motorhome.

Whatever you decide, you need to consider a few things before you decide which motorhome is right for you.

Budget

Obviously, the amount of money needed is going to be a major concern. Smaller motorhomes such as campers or fifth-wheels attach to the trailer hitch of your pickup truck. They are essentially tiny rooms that contain just a bed or sofa. They’re not ideal for following a football club week after week.

Campervans are another option. These, unlike fifth-wheels, are self-propelled vehicles. However, they are smaller than traditional RVs, so they are less expensive. Campervans and caravans for sale from private sellers might be cheaper than those you’d find from a retailer, but you should be careful; with a private seller, you might not know the actual quality of the vehicle. You should buy your caravan from a licensed retailer who inspects the vehicles and insures them against damage for which you are not at fault.

You might pay slightly more at the outset, but you will ultimately save money since you will not have to repair it as often. Also, problems that you might not even detect can end up costing you money. For example, dirty fuel injectors can severely decrease your vehicle’s fuel efficiency. It does not take long for poor gas mileage to counteract any savings you might have made by buying from an individual.

Needs

Once you’ve figured out what your budget can bear, it is time to figure out what you might need. If you are only traveling once in a while to a destination, you might opt for a fifth-wheel. They are small and not very well suited for long-term stays, but they should suffice for a night or two. If you are not interested in pulling your camper behind your car, then you need to invest in something self-propelled, like a campervan or caravan. These will offer you the amenities of staying in a home while also giving you the freedom of a vehicle, but if there are many people, these might become crowded as well. Or maybe, you just have a decent amount of money in your budget and want more space. If that’s the case, you should go with a full motorhome.

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