Tips for Buying a motorhome

Tips for Buying a motorhome

by Scottish Tourer January 29, 2013

A good way to get into motorhomes is to snap up a bargain with a second hand vehicle. Motorhome sales and purchases tend to be pretty fluid and at any one time you ought to be able to find a good deal somewhere.


Where to buy?

Most people will start by researching their purchase online and there can definitely be some value in buying online: at the cheaper end of the market you might find some rarities and bargains. Some people will prefer to go to a dealer where you’ll have much more choice easily accessible, but if it’s something very specific you want then private adverts in newspapers or local trade publications can still be pretty good.


Enjoying a bbq in Spain with our motorhome

Enjoying a bbq in Spain with our motorhome


What to look for?

Quality is an important issue and you really don’t want something breaking down on you on your first trip. Warrantees from dealers or nearly-new manufacturer’s warrantees can be worth their weight in gold. Equally, don’t be sold by quirky modifications if you’re dubious about their longevity – often it’s only when you’ve spent some time getting to know a motorhome you really work out where its faults are.

Buying second-hand

You’ll need to make sure you get yourself covered with cheap motorhome insurance but always look for something that gives you a good level of cover. Some insurance policies might look good value but won’t protect you in the case of a claim. Equally, be sure to register your vehicle on the road and get your tax paid – this is something that dealers are very good at helping you sort out but there’s plenty of advice online if you’re unsure.

Second-hand motorhomes are a really neat way into the market and there’s often plenty of stock floating around you should certainly consider buy an ex rental motorhome. Search high and low, forecourts to little private ads, if you’re looking for something a little bit niche and always research what you want thoroughly before parting with your hard earned cash.


Choosing the right motorhom for you and your family

Choosing the right motorhom for you and your family

Picking the Right Motorhome

Investing in a motorhome is a big commitment and so it is advised to not rush into picking one but to look at a variety of different options. After all, this will be like a second home and you should put as much thought into buying it as you would a property. If you are looking to buy a motorhome, here are some of the main things you should take into consideration when picking your new home on 4 wheels.


First and foremost you need to make sure that your motorhome is going to accommodate you and your family. You may step inside one you like and think it has ample space, but wait until it is filled with a whole family, the space may soon run out!
One way to get around this is to see if you can test a new motorhome for a weekend before purchasing it. You don’t need to plan a holiday or get all kitted out, you could simply stay in the motorhome on your driveway and see if you can all comfortably fit it. If not, you may need to look for a bigger model.


Old vs. New

When looking to buy a motorhome you may be tempted into getting a cheaper one second hand, rather than purchasing a new one straight out of the showroom. However, although this may save you a few pounds upfront, you may pay for it in other ways in the long term.
For one thing, the interior of a used motorhome will likely be worn and may be in need of repair. Not only that, but if it is an older model it may be less fuel efficient and also lack more modern security devices, which will mean a larger motorhome insurance premium. If you can afford the initial outlay, you may be safer purchasing a motorhome from new.



The other thing to think about before purchasing a motorhome is where you are going to take it. Scotland has the most dramatic scenery in the UK, Especially up the west coast of Scotland If you are thinking of travelling all around Europe in it and going away multiple times a year, you need to make sure that it is comfortable for the driver and in good enough condition to handle the heavy mileage.

Most motorhomes, old and new, will easily be able to amble around the UK once a year but some will not be able to handle long journeys across Europe ever couple of months. It is worth checking the mileage of any second home motorhomes and the service mileage of any new vehicles before purchase.
Buying a motorhome is a very big commitment, but if you shop around, do some research and go prepared you are sure to find the vehicle of your dreams!, see our testimonials page where drom customers who have bought from us in the past -


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