The pandemic forced many Brits to consider alternative options to international travel, and over the last few years, the ongoing restrictions have inspired many to embrace the concept of a “staycation”. Some have been happy to take advantage of what Airbnb have to offer, while others have been inspired to invest in motorhomes and campervans.
While trading in sunny summers in Spain for a 7-hour drive across the country may not sound that appealing, these more rustic holidays have quickly gained traction. Van renovations have become a hot trend in the past year, with comedian Johnny Vegas even launching his own “glamping” site in North Yorkshire.
Considering hopping on the campervan trend? Here are a few things you need to know before you take the plunge.
Hiring vs buying a campervan
There are a range of options for getting a caravan for your next trip away, so you can choose the one which suits your budget and lifestyle best. If you don’t go away regularly, you may prefer to hire a caravan, rather than buy your own.
This is always a more economical option in the short-term. However, if you enjoy venturing out into the outdoor life often, it may be more cost-effective and convenient to invest in your own motorhome.
Consider a van renovation
While you could buy a new caravan, if you’re proficient with DIY you may enjoy buying an old bus or van and converting it yourself. This is also a much more economical way to go about getting a motorhome, as buying a brand new one will put you at risk of depreciation later down the line. Additionally, as with most things, buying second-hand will generally cost a significant amount less than buying brand new.
Take precautions before making a purchase
If you’re buying a ready-made caravan, ensure you take it for a test drive and check its service history (if applicable). You’ll also need to check the safety equipment is present and in good, working order. This includes things like fire blankets, extinguishers, and seatbelts.
Before you agree to buy a campervan, it’s essential to check the electrical appliances work correctly and are safe for use. Poor wiring isn’t just an inconvenience when you’re on the road, but it can also lead to a fire. Get a trusted, qualified professional to check everything out before you sign on the dotted line.
Get adequate motorhome insurance
You never know what’s going to happen while you’re cruising down the motorway, or even when your caravan is parked in your driveway at home. Protect yourself from the financial stress of unexpected events by ensuring that your new motorhome is covered. Opt. for the basic third-party fire and theft cover or take out a fully comprehensive package for maximum protection.