Trying to decide between a motorhome and a caravan is not such a bad problem to have. Both these recreational vehicles give you freedom and fun, and the opportunity to set your own schedule and agenda on holidays and trips away. But that doesn’t make it easier to choose between the two. Are you stuck between a caravan and a motorhome? Here are some of the pros and cons of both.
Look at the Price
Cost doesn’t really make a huge difference to your overall decision as there are caravans and motorhomes available in a wide range of prices. The price of a vehicle is generally affected by the make, model, size, and interior layout, as well as whether the vehicle is new or used, rather than whether it is a caravan or a motorhome. You can often find second-hand caravans at much lower prices than motorhomes but you need to consider the condition of the caravan and the life it still has left. Some caravans have been sitting in gardens for years. They may be cheap but they’re not very useful.
Do factor in the cost associated with towing a caravan. You may be able to use your family car but it will cause wear and tear and may prevent you from selling the car at a good price in the future.
A caravan loses its value more quickly and more significantly than a motorhome. You can get many years – up to a decade or more – of use out of a motorhome and it is still likely to be worth several thousand pounds even then. A caravan of a similar age will not be half as valuable. You will also find it easier to sell a second-hand motorhome.
Think About Winter
You may be actively using your vehicle during the summer, but what about when the weather turns colder? Do you have a place to store your caravan or motorhome? Motorhomes are best kept undercover, but you can get full covers for these vehicles which will protect them outside. Consider where you will park your vehicle over the coder months. Compact motorhomes may be better than caravans and you also have the advantage that you can more easily take them out for a spin to keep the systems running well.
How Easy Are They To Drive?
Driving a car with a caravan attached is tricky even for the most experienced driver. Driving a motorhome or a Hymer campervan is much easier. Reversing a caravan is hard. Manoeuvring a motorhome is not that different from a regular large car. And when you drive a motorhome you benefit from an enhanced view as the cab is raised. With a caravan, you have the standard car aspect but you are pulling more than double your length.
Parking and Setting Up
When you own a motorhome, you don’t need to do much in order to be comfortable and safe when you arrive at your campsite. You don’t need to go out in the rain and wind and uncouple, then hook up and fill up water tanks etc., as you do with a caravan. Parking is also generally easier with a motorhome or a campervan. Caravans are fine once you have set up but getting there takes longer. Although, you can leave a caravan at the site while you go and explore with your smaller, regular car and won’t need to carry everything with you when you go to the beach, for example, or a museum.