Recreational vehicles or motor homes are very much ‘in’ today. They are not just functional, they can be very luxurious if you decide that that’s the way you want it. So they can be fitted with ceramic tile floors, granite countertops, washers and dryers and maybe even plasma TVs!
Let’s look at the types of motor homes that are available today. The roomiest one is the Type A which is also the most expensive. It’s got all the mod cons and the luxuries and some of them even have garden or tub showers and stained glass windows. They cost somewhere in the region of $400,000 for a new one and $85,000 for a used one. They usually tend to guzzle gas – they give you anything between 5 to 8 miles a gallon. So if you don’t like that kind of gas consumption, look for something else.
Van campers and trailers are called Type B motor homes. These can house four quite comfortably and have a pretty neat convenient set-up that comprises couches, beds, kitchen, toilet and shower. There isn’t much privacy and some people might find it a bit cramped. There isn’t much head room either and not too much of storage space. The van campers are priced between $43,000 and $70,000. They measure anything between 18 to 22 feet.
The travel trailers cost around $45,000 for a new one but you could pick up a used one for $6000 if you’re lucky! They come in sizes of 16 feet to 38 feet in length. Of course it goes without saying that the larger options have more sleeping space and more privacy.
The great thing about motor homes is that you can just up and travel whenever you want. You have trailer parks where you can park them and though it does take a bit of practice to maneuver the vehicle, you’ll soon get the hang of it and take to the road with enthusiasm.
Before you buy a motor home, do a bit of research. Try and get a fix on prices so dealers don’t see you as a greenhorn and take advantage of you. A little bit of reading up can make all the difference between what they perceive as a sucker and an informed client. Ask for the manufacturer’s price so you get a fix of how much you should be paying. Some dealers take a huge mark-up as commissions. And don’t buy the first vehicle you fall in love with. Make sure you go to a number of dealers and checkout the prices and the deals you can get before buying. It would be good to buy one who offers good after sales service. If someone you know has a motor home, ask if his service is good. Check too with the Better Business Bureau about the dealer.
Most dealers you’ll find are so friendly when they are selling you a vehicle and will hardly look at you once they’ve made the sale. A motor home will need the benefit of after sales service if you are an avid traveler. So choose your dealer well.