Things to consider when buying a campervan for the first time

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The use of campervans has significantly gained popularity over the years. Most people have embraced the camper van way of life as an alternative way of housing and living and also for travel purposes. Camper vans have given people the freedom to conveniently hit the road and tour different places of their preference. Fitted with basic utilities to enable you to cook and sleep, most people have converted campervans into” homes on wheels.”

Thinking of joining the campervan club? You can choose to go for a second-hand camper van or spend on a new one. 

This article provides you with important tips that will guide you to make the best choice for a first -time campervan owner.

  • Set a Budget

It is crucial to plan and come up with a budget that is inclusive of all the costs that would go into buying your dream campervan. It would be best if you considered the purchasing costs and the additional cost of maintaining the van. For instance, repair and renovation costs if you are settling for a second-hand van, road tax and fuel costs. 

  • Get the Right Insurance Cover

Another vital requirement for the lawful operation of a campervan is to learn about campervan insurance. Before taking that road-trip, ensure that the appropriate insurance policy covers your van. 

When picking an insurance cover, understand the package to know what’s covered and what’s not covered. Take time to research various campervan insurance websites and choose one with the best quotes that will eventually allow you to save big on money and time.

  • Decide on the Features you Need

Different types of campervans vary in the number of features available and the type of functionality they provide. Making a choice can be overwhelming since the options to choose from are vast. You are therefore kindly advised to enlist the features you would need for the efficiency of the campervan. 

There are various factors to consider depending on the purpose of the van, period of use and the number of people to be accommodated. The most common features you can look at include lighting, space, water storage, air conditioning, and basic kitchen items.

  • Schedule for A Professional Checkup and Test Drive

As a first-timer, you want to get value for money when going for a second -hand campervan or a brand-new one. Before purchasing it, ensure that it is in good condition. Getting an expert in mechanics to check the functionality of the van is a great way to get started. Essentially, accompanying them for a test drive is the best way to notice any unusual signs that could lead to complex problems in the long run.

  • Purchase at the Best Time

Various exhibitions take place all year round within the UK. For instance, The Birmingham NEC Motorhome and Caravan Show and Peterborough National Motorhome and Campervan Show. Through these exhibitions, potential campervan buyers are presented an array of options to choose from. On display, there are also caravans and motorhomes. During the autumn season, campervan dealership shops also have ex-demo pieces that come with high rating specifications. For convenience in the issuance of new registration number plates during springtime, you are advised to make purchases during April.


Owning a campervan is not only a great investment but also a way to let you get out of the normalcy and explore a different way of living and diversify your travel experience. By applying information from the guide provided above, you are assured of making the perfect decision towards owning your first campervan.

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