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Tips for buying a motorhome

Tips for buying a new motorhome

Ready to buy? How exciting. Here’s what to expect when you go through the process, including some questions to ask to help you know you’re making the right decision.

Get a needs assessment consultation

You don’t know what you don’t know and this results in many people buying the wrong motorhome for their intended purpose. Wherever you buy from, sit down with a product consultant and share what you’re hoping to achieve so they can they talk you through your options and make recommendations.

Develop a list of non-negotiables

What MUST your motorhome have and what is just a nice-to-have; in this way, buying a motorhome is no different to buying a regular home, you’re going to have some things that are deal breakers.

Get testimonials

Speak with customers of the company you are dealing with so they can share their experience and advice.

Visit the after sales service centre

It's very unwise to buy from a company without one. Where will you go if you have warranty issues? Who will look after you and your investment? You need to know you’ll be supported after you drive away.

Ask the same questions of each dealer

  • How long have you been in the industry?
  • How long have you been importing or making this product?
  • What is this motorhome designed for? Full-time living or weekend warrior?
  • What does your after sales care include?

Buying a used motorhome

The right motorhome depends on what kind of lifestyle you’re after. A new motorhome might not be what you need. There could be plenty of second-hand options with all the specifications you need to support how you plan on using it so don’t get too bogged down in needing to buy new or preowned because of your budget.

Interestingly, some of the new import ranges don’t offer as much in the way of specification as a second hand New Zealand built model does; depending on your dream and budget, it could be the way to go.

For example: For $145,000 you could get a brand new import with 120L fresh water (two days before needing to top up) OR a second hand TrailLite with 400L fresh water (8 day’s worth). As you can tell, these are two totally different motorhomes for different intended uses, but for the same price.

New or pre-owned what are the benefits of each?

Many people are often set on the decision to go new or used above anything else. They will compromise on everything else because of a set of beliefs about what going new means without truly understanding the benefits of both.

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