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What Should I Consider When Buying a Motorhome?

By Shannon Kietzman
Updated May 23, 2024
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When buying a motorhome, the most important consideration is making sure it suits its purpose and the lifestyle and needs of the user. Price is the most important consideration for most people. While it is possible to save some money buying a used vehicle, the money saved should be weighed carefully against the benefits of buying new, such as the warranty that comes with purchasing a new one from an authorized dealer.

When getting a price quote for a motorhome, it is also important to be sure all of the desired options are included. Furthermore, there are laws regarding weight restrictions in motorhomes, so it is imperative to be sure it is of legal weight. In addition, the vehicle should only be purchased from a reputable manufacturer with a reliable service department, in case mechanical problems should arise.

Size is another thing to consider when purchasing a motorhome. If it will be used for a large family or traveling group, it will be necessary to purchase one that is quite large. In addition to the number of people using the vehicle at a given time, the length spent in the motorhome at any given time also has an impact on determining the appropriate size.

A larger motorhome is more practical for longer stays, while smaller ones make more sense for frequent, short drives. A smaller version can be made to feel more spacious by using awnings and lawn furniture to take advantage of the surrounding outdoor space. Regardless of the size, the motorhome should have enough seats and seatbelts for everyone traveling inside.

Although a motorhome may advertise sleeping space for four, the beds included are generally not standard sizes, so make sure there is really room for the entire family or group before making a purchase. Try getting in and out of the beds, and sitting around the table and in any couches or chairs available in the living space. Explore the kitchen and see if the storage space and cooking facilities are appropriate. Stand in the shower and sit on the toilet to make sure they can be used comfortably.

Finally, take the vehicle for a test drive. See how it handles on the road, as well as when parking, driving up and downhill, and going around curves. If it is not comfortable to drive and does not handle well, consider exploring other options.

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Discussion Comments
By anon172758 — On May 04, 2011

A motor home that cost $100,000 will cost you an extra $1000 per month just to own it for 10 years.

By randy01 — On Dec 28, 2009

This is a nice informative site,here we can get a chance to improve our knowledge. I liked it.

By SunnyG — On Mar 18, 2008

Where can I find a discussion of motor homes/trailers/campers that focuses on fuel efficiency and easy of handling?

I'm thinking a camper would be too tight for my purposes (dog shows), and motorhome would be easier to handle than a trailer, and wondering how Class A vs. Class C motorhomes compare in fuel mileage/handling.

Also, does anyone have any advice on converting to biofuel or vegetable oil? How about solar panels?



By anon174 — On Apr 17, 2007

Looking at the purchase of a Winnebago, Vista. Any information on these models

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