For many people, traveling in a motorhome is the only way to go! You are out on the open road and looking for what life has to offer, but you have the conveniences of home right there with you. For every person that likes to travel this way or is considering buying a mobile home, there are many layouts and models to choose from.
Selecting the right one for you, your family and your traveling plans will be the key to getting the maximum enjoyment for your ventures on the roadways. There are many things to consider when looking for the right vehicle that will be perfect for you.
Here are 8 tips to assist in shopping for your home away from home:
Are you looking for a 5th Wheel, Motorhome or Travel Trailer?
Which will you be most comfortable for you, driving or pulling? What else will you be pulling behind your vehicle? When choosing, keep in mind that you will be driving your chosen vehicle and perhaps towing a small car as well.This is a lot more to handle than just driving your car, truck or SUV. You don't want to buy something that you'll be afraid to handle.
Make sure you take many models for a test drive with an experienced motorhome driver. This will enable you to see if you are comfortable with the set-up and they will be able to give you advice on driving.
How many occupants are going to be travelling with you?
When you know the usual number of people who will be travelling with you, you can narrow down your search then take the kids, other passengers and any pets for a tour of the inside of the mobile home you are considering. With everyone on board at the same time, do all the passengers have comfort and maneuverability, or is everyone tripping over each other and bumping into things?
If your pets will be traveling with you in a crate, make sure it will fit. You may want to create a pattern from paper the size of the crate and lay it out to make sure that it will fit in the desired position we buy any motorhome.
What kind of storage does the vehicle contain and is it big enough?
Make certain that you have enough storage for all the clothing, food, shoes, toiletries and other supplies required for the maximum number of people who could possibly be traveling with you. It would pay you to also bear the weight limitations in mind that are recommended by the manufacturer. There is a reason why they have this weight limit; don't question it, just follow it.
Can everyone who will be traveling with you fit around the kitchen table comfortably?
You may be planning to eat outside most of the trip, but weather can be unpredictable. So be prepared that you may all sometimes have to dine within the confines of your home away from home.
Are the beds large enough and comfortable?
When you sleep on a king size bed at home, stepping down to a queen or full size bed in the motorhome won't be as comfortable, especially for tall people. Check all the beds, even the ones that are benches that fold out and convert. Make certain all the kids are going to be comfortable and there are enough sleeping quarters for everyone.
Are the bathroom facilities big enough for your family?
Make sure the shower stall is roomy enough for each person, height and width. Do you have enough elbow room at the sink and toilet?
What happens if you have extra people travelling and staying with you?
If you intend having family members spend a considerable amount of time inside, consider getting a model that has slide-outs to create more living space on the inside.
Where do you plan to park your mobile home while traveling?
Some motorhome parks or campgrounds offer very small set-up areas, the bigger your vehicle is the fewer choices of parks we buy any motorhome.