29 Sep Beginner’s Guide to Motorhomes
Organising a trip can be a real challenge, especially when you travel with your family. You may never find a perfect option that would work for all your family members. However, there is a way to combine adventure and luxury. One word: motorhome.
During your motorhome travel, you can visit many places, make as many stops on the way as you want, rest properly, and spend quality time with your loved ones.
If it sounds like something you’d enjoy, learn more about an RV lifestyle. Some travellers love their houses on wheels so much that they refuse to leave the highway.
Below, you’ll find a guide to the world of motorhomes for beginners.
Types of Motorhomes
Before you hit the road, you should learn as much as possible about the motorhome, its construction, and maintenance.
Renting a motorhome can be more convenient than buying your own. You will not have to worry about its maintenance and parking during the winter season.
You can also rent different types of motorhomes, spend some time travelling, and see what works for you best. You can find three main types of motorhomes on the market – class A, class B, and class C.
Class A motorhome is the largest type; it can fit up to eight people without a problem. This motorhome type is like a small apartment with a bathroom, fully equipped kitchen, king-size beds, and storage space.
RV enthusiasts usually add some custom options during the initial build. No wonder class A motorhomes cost up to 200.000 dollars. The good news is that it’s considered a new alternative investment opportunity. If one day you decide to get a new or used class A RV, you will be able to resell it for a good price in the future, even after several years of use.
The only problem is that this motorhome type is only for experienced drivers; parking something so gigantic is not the task for novice drivers.
Class B motorhome is the smallest on the market, an ideal vehicle for one or a couple. The size is the main advantage since this motorhome is easy to park, fuel-efficient, thus affordable. A great option if you are on a tight budget or if you are a novice driver.
However, keep in mind that it might be difficult to travel long distances since there is no room for moving around or storing things. Also, this type of motorhome usually has a wet bath (shower combined with a toilet), which might not be convenient for all your passengers.
Class C is somewhere between Class B and Class A. This type of motorhome is not as fuel-efficient as Class B, but it has more storage space. Also, it definitely has a better price tag than Class A RV.
This type will be ideal for the family trip, but it would be challenging to live in a Class C motorhome year-round.
To read more on the motorhomes categories and their specifications, check the list of manufacturers.
How to Get a Motorhome?
If you really want to travel in a motorhome, you should consider buying or renting one. The second option is even more convenient, as a motorhome isn’t usually needed all year long, so it’s pointless to pay for its maintenance for a longer period.
Also, the prices – especially in categories B and C – tend to be elevated. For a category B motorhome, an average price would be around $50,000 to even a bit over $100,000. However, if you plan to use your vehicle more than just for holidays, it would be a good solution to buy one.
What about renting motorhomes? There are many companies specialising in RV
renting and maintenance, and they can help you find your perfect vehicle that will be adjusted to your needs. Renting motorhomes is a convenient option that lets you save up some money you need only for a short period.
Prices for RV renting start from $1000-1500 per week. It’s good to remember that the price remains the same, no matter how many people are travelling. To read more on how to rent a motorhome, visit this website.
Motorhome – Potential Problems
As in the case of every service or product, renting or buying a motorhome can generate potential problems. What are the most common issues that are likely to arise during an RV trip? These include:
- Issues with the internal water system (toilet, sink)
- roof or windows leakages
- ventilation and air conditioning problems
- tire and brake issues
Of course, the list could be even longer, as it is not possible to predict every potential problem with a motorhome. How to deal with them?
First of all, don’t panic! If you’ve rented your vehicle, simply call the company (they should have an emergency number or helpline) and describe the problematic issue. If you’ve bought your motorhome, try to call the assistance number (it should be given on your insurance card) and follow the steps.
Some of the repairs can be done on one’s own; others do require professional help or even exchanging the motorhome if you’ve rented it.
Travelling in a motorhome is not only fun, but it can also help you save a lot of money and time that you’d waste, for example, while looking for accommodation. Of course, there can always be some problems with your vehicle, but the majority of them can be resolved almost effortlessly.
Once you are familiar with the topic, you can start planning your first motorhome journey and enjoy the freedom and comfort of it!