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Our Top Tips for Deciding on Your Dream Motorhome

Buying your next motorhome has never been easier with our top tips of things to consider.

Purchasing a motorhome is a huge decision, and for some a big investment. Nevertheless it’s one that brings adventure directly to your doorstep and allows all the weekend holidays you can dream of. Whether you’re a motorhome pro, or new to the experience, finding your perfect motorhome requires a good amount of research. At Southdowns, we’re here to help you make an informed choice, and give you some top tips of things to consider pre-purchase. 

Decide on your basic needs:

Before you dive into all the options available, take a minute to agree on some basics. How many people are travelling, where are you going to be travelling to, and have you got any restrictions with your driving licence. It’s important to note that any motorhome over 3.5 tonne does require a C1 licence, luckily if you passed your test before 1997, you’ll have this automatically. Some other basic things to consider is how you’re going to use the vehicle, if you’re planning to tour around europe for 6 weeks you’ll likely want a motorhome with a bit more space. Whether you are seeking a compact motorhome for last minute weekend breaks or a more luxurious model for long excursions, knowing your  basic requirements will help narrow down your search. 

Set a realistic budget:

Another key part of the process is establishing a realistic budget. Once you’ve decided on your basic requirements, start having a look at what you can afford to spend. Motorhomes come in a variety of price ranges depending on build quality, specification and manufacturer. Remember many dealerships offer finance solutions, here at Southdowns we’re partnered with Evolution Funding to help make that motorhome dream a reality. Apart from the initial cost of buying the vehicle, remember to consider any running costs such as fuel and any maintenance or insurance expenses. Here at Southdowns, we’ll happily help you find the best motorhome to suit your budget. Our range of pre-loved stock is constantly changing, so be sure to keep an eye on our website for our updated stock list.

New or Used:

This comes hand in hand with establishing your budget. As you would expect new vehicles are priced differently to a pre-loved vehicles. With a new motorhome, you’ll often be able to fully customise it choosing from a list of options available on that model. New motorhomes come straight from the factory, making you the first owner; it will also be covered by a manufacture warranty. On the other hand, buying a used motorhome also has its benefits. Andy on our sales team says…

Buying a used motorhome has it’s advantages because you can see it, touch it, and buy it.

This is because of lead times on new motorhomes varying, particularly if you choose a European manufacturer. With a used vehicle you can physically see the vehicle in person before purchase.

View some in person:

Although we have an extensive photo library online, nothing beats seeing the vehicle model in person. Until you’re standing inside, it can be hard to picture how each layout is going to work for you personally. Buying a motorhome is similar to buying a house, consider how the space works for each travelling member, and what they need. For example, if you’ll often be travelling with friends, have you got enough privacy between each bed? These are all important things to consider.

Owning a motorhome unlocks unlimited holidays and travel experiences. By defining your basic needs, setting a budget and doing some research, you’ll be better equipped to find the best fit. At Southdowns, our sales team are experts in assisting you to find your ideal motorhome, we offer a great variety of stock to suit your preference. Take a look at our stock list online or visit our showroom to see what we currently have available.

To discus finance for your motorhome or any of our services contact us.

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Call us on 02392 674820 or send us an enquiry.

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