Motorhomes can be a life-changing investment, particularly for those who like to take their holidays via the road. You’ll have the freedom that comes with being able to travel everywhere, and the financial benefits that come with being able to do so cheaply.

There are options available to suit a range of budgets and requirements. Whether you’re a retired couple looking to take advantage of newfound freedom, or you’re a growing family looking to create memories, there’s a motorhome to suit you. But before you make a decision, it’s worth considering a few of the key factors that differentiate one motorhome from the next. The cost of things like specialised insurance should be factored in, as well as the physical attributes of the vehicle itself.


The heavier the camper van, generally speaking, the worse your fuel economy will be. That’s one consideration. But perhaps the more important one is that a standard driving licence imposes limits on the maximum weight of your vehicle — up to 3,500kg. If you’re looking for something bulkier, then you’ll have to take an additional test.


If you’re intent on travelling abroad, then it’s worth considering that many ferry companies will charge you by the length of the vehicle. After all, a long vehicle might exclude another paying customer from the ferry!


If you’re going to be spending a lot of time in this additional living, space, then you’ll want to make sure that the layout is appropriate for your needs. If you’re buying from a European brand, then you might find a few quirks. The entrance might be on the wrong side of the caravan for British roads.

The size and capability of your washing facilities will have a considerable impact on your quality of life on the road. Smaller motorhomes tend to offer only very cosy showers, which can be a problem for larger families. It might be that you’re planning on relying on campsite facilities — but then, this will limit your travel options.

If you’re worried about layout, then it’s worth renting a few different motorhomes in order to see what works for you and what doesn’t.


You’ll need enough room to transport all of the items you’ve packed. If you’re investing in a coach-built model, then you’ll likely have the luxury of extra storage space. If you’re going for something that’s been converted, you might find yourself forever tripping over the suitcase that you’ve dumped in the middle of a gangway.

It’s possible to get very creative when it comes to storage. Overhead cupboards, under-bed storage, and other secret nooks and crannies can all add up.


Think about what kind of holiday you’re going to be taking. Shorter trips, taken at the weekend, probably won’t justify the investment in something enormous. But if you’re planning on conquering the continent on a multi-week tour, you’re almost certain to be grateful for the extra space that a larger coach-built model will afford you.

Finally, it’s worth noting that if you’re going to be travelling with a large group, then you’ll need to ensure that everyone has a seat with a seatbelt.