Are you getting ready to buy a campervan? Do you want to enjoy retirement or simply spend time with family on the road and at the great outdoors? If you answer yes to both questions then read on. Buying a campervan or a motor home is a sizable investment. You would want to get your purchase right. There are a number of key considerations before buying your campervan. Taking your time to examine these before writing a check can prevent you from getting unpleasant surprises.
A campervan allows you to drive anywhere and still have the basic comforts of home. The good thing about travelling in one is flexibility because you can have hassle free camping just about anywhere where campervans are allowed to spend the night. You do not have to spend much on your accommodation and with a well planned itinerary you can be sure to have a blast minus the high cost of typical vacations.
Consider your needs
There is no single “best” campervan for everybody. This is the reason why you need to be very clear on your needs. How many of you will be travelling on the campervan? How long will be the vacation? How big a space will you need for storage? You need to ask these key questions first and answer them as accurately as possible.
You also need to consider your destination. If you plan to drive on paved roads or you need a more rugged vehicle to navigate rough roads along your planned itinerary you also need to take this into account in your campervan choices.
What are the features that you need? Most campervans are equipped with gas stoves, a fridge, a sink, a toilet (standalone, chemical toilets), cushions, and curtains. If you have other needs that is not included you might want to consider a bigger option like a motor home which is more expensive but also has bigger space and better lay out (these are built on a bus chassis).
The more specific your needs list is, the easier it will be for you to decide which campervan to buy.
Not all campervans are alike. Some are small and cramped while some can sleep a whole family comfortably in extended periods of time. Remember to consider your driver’s license because there are restrictions on bigger campervans. You also need to consider ease of parking and maneuverability.
1. Conversion campervans – these campervans are derived from cars and small vans. It can either be a fixed roof or a model that has an elevating roof. Fixed roof campervans are cramped and there is no standing room. This cannot sleep a lot of people. Elevating roof campervans have standing rooms and provide for more berths on the top for kids allowing an entire family to comfortably drive and sleep in one.
2. Coachbuilt campervans – these campervans are more expensive but boasts more space and features. It is built on a commercial vehicle chassis making it spacious than conversion campervans. Over cab campervans (lutons) are those that have bodies that extend out over the driver’s area. This space is often reserved for sleeping freeing much needed space. Low profile coachbuilt campervans are similar to lutons except the overhead space is only used for storage. This lower profile allows for better handling on the road.
Buying the best campervans means carefully marrying your needs to available vehicle options, and then giving up some preferences by considering what is more important to you. Of course you also have to make room for your budget considerations. One thing is for sure a vacation in a campervan allows you to bond better with the people you travel with. You also get a more out from the places you visit along the way.