For many, the idea of travelling around Australia in a motorhome, is a pie-in-the-sky dream that cannot come true. Some people think that you need to be independently wealthy or win the lotto to be able to afford to buy a motorhome and travel around Australia.
But that’s not actually the case.
Here are some tips that will help you in the pursuit of your dream motorhome journey!
Hiring a Motorhome to Begin With
As a first step, consider hiring a motorhome for your first trip. If you’ve never travelled in a motorhome, you may have an idealistic view of what it’s going to be like.
Before investing any money in a motorhome, you should hire one to make sure that the reality of travelling in a motorhome is as wonderful as you dreamt it would be.
You’ll learn a lot (about yourself) really quickly.
You’ll start to figure out things like:
- If you like being in a motorhome and having everything with you all the time, or whether you would rather leave the ‘house’ (a caravan) at a camp site and explore in a vehicle.
- Whether you would like to have a large motorhome (but possibly more difficult to drive and park) or would rather give up some extra space and have a smaller rig that is easier to maneuver.
- Whether or not you can cope with a wet bath (shower and toilet in one) or a separate toilet and shower is a necessity.
- Whether planning your travel route, camping options and daily activities are as much fun as you thought they would be.
- Whether or not it’s really as glamorous as some Intagrammers make it look
Trying it out in a hired (or borrowed) motorhome, will tell you very quickly if it’s something you would like to pursue further.
Purchase Second Hand is Risky
If, after hiring a motorhome, you are still pursuing the dream of motorhome travel, then your next step may be to look for a suitable second hand motorhome.
It will still be a large financial investment, but I have heard too many stories of travellers who have bought an RV brand new, only to realise after a couple of months, that it wasn’t really suitable for their needs. So they’ve traded it in for another motorhome, losing a large chunk of money in the process.
There are lots of near new, but second hand motorhomes available (from people who didn’t take my advice and bought brand new without really knowing what they need/want) and you can still get many years of enjoyment out of it.
If you find that you need to upgrade, you haven’t sunk all your money into a brand new model.
Buying Brand New is Safer
I would only recommend buying a brand new motorhome, to people who have a lot of money to spend on one, or to those who have been travelling in a motorhome for a while, and are sure of what they want and need in a motorhome.
Here at Explorer Motorhomes, we have a growing range of 4WD motorhomes that are perfect for singles or couples who are after a compact rig, and who want the comforts of home in a tough vehicle that will allow them to get to the remote places of Australia.
You can view our range of motorhomes here.