It can be difficult to find the motorhome that perfectly suits your expectations, which is why CaraMaps gives you its best advice to help you find the motorhome of your dreams.
1. Choose the right model
Our very first advice is to choose the right motorhome model: integral, overcab, low profile, converted van… So many choices, but how to choose?
First, you need to determine the number of people you want to travel with so you can adapt the model to your needs in terms of space, storage and, above all, sleeping arrangements. Also consider the size of the vehicle and the horsepower so that it is in line with the types of vacation you are looking for.
You can then choose between:
- The profile: lightweight model that offers ideal comfort
- The integral: offering a panoramic view
- The nasturtium: with a bed above the cabin
- The van: light vehicle with fixed or removable furniture
We recommend you to hire several vehicles to test them out and find the perfect one before buying it.
2. Buy a new or second hand vehicle
This choice will depend on your budget but also on how often you want to use it. You can find new vehicles at attractive prices, especially those on end of series. You can also find used vehicles with very few kilometers on the clock and in very good running condition. The choice is yours, but don’t hesitate to go to dealerships, trade shows and contact owners via matchmaking platforms like Gumtree.
3. Compare prices
There are online ad comparators to help you compare available motorhomes based on your budget, your needs and your selection criteria. For example, you can use Rapido or any other motorhome comparator.
You can also go to trade fairs and seek advice from specialist sales staff.
4. Check the layout
The layout is of the utmost importance! You need to feel comfortable in your surroundings. Adapt the layout to your lifestyle and your mobility. The place and style of the bed, storage space or even bunkers are very important to ensure that space is optimized and that your trip goes stress-free.
5. Where to buy a motorhome
Individual, dealership or trade show, you can find what you are looking for everywhere, but be sure to inform yourself well. Generally the prices of individuals are lower and you may also be able to negotiate it while meeting the owner. On the other hand, in a trade show or a dealership you can benefit from professional advice and a guarantee. Trade shows are a good alternative to compare models, manufacturers and prices. You can find exceptional offers that defy the competition, but beware there is no right of withdrawal on “special trade show offers”! You will find new and second-hand vehicles in dealerships with sometimes interesting financing offers that include maintenance and warranty.
We hope that our advice will help you find your future motorhome. You can also read our other articles on the blog such as: “10 tips for a successful motorhome trip” and “Pros and cons of traveling by motorhome“.
Don’t forget: enjoy your travel in a motorhome, caravan and van with CaraMaps!