What you need to know About Owning a Motorhome
Motorhomes are a great way to explore the UK and enjoy the freedom of the open road. However, it's important to be aware of the costs involved in running a motorhome, so that you can budget accordingly and avoid any surprises along the way.
Taxes & Tolls
In the UK, you'll need to pay Vehicle Excise Duty (road tax) based on your motorhome's emissions and motorhomes are also taxed differently to cars. The amount of road tax you pay depends on the weight and engine size of your motorhome. For example, a motorhome that weighs under 3.5 tonnes could cost up to £325 per year in road tax, whereas heavier vehicles could cost more. Additionally, tolls on certain roads and bridges may apply, so be sure to check routes and costs ahead of time.
Don’t forget the length of a motorhome can determine the cost of a ferry journey too. Having said all of the above don’t forget to balance out these smaller ongoing costs against the purpose of your motorhome, there is no point having a 6 metre, 2 berth motorhome for a family of 6 who go on 2 week trips just to save a few pounds on a ferry crossing.
One of the biggest costs of running a motorhome is fuel. Depending on the size of your motorhome and the distance you plan to travel, fuel costs can quickly add up. It's important to factor in the cost of fuel when planning your trip, and to consider ways to reduce fuel consumption, such as driving at a steady speed and avoiding heavy acceleration. Modern motorhomes generally have an efficient diesel engine which when combined with a 6 speed manual (or even a 9 speed auto) which might surprise you in its performance considering its size vs your family car.
Maintenance and repairs
Like any vehicle, motorhomes require regular maintenance and occasional repairs. This can include things like oil changes, tyre replacements, and repairs to the electrical or plumbing systems. It's important to factor in these costs when budgeting for your trip, and to make sure you have a contingency fund in case of unexpected repairs. Costs associated with repairs will likely be higher with older vehicles, so consider this when weighing up whether to buy new or used.
The cost of insurance can vary depending on factors such as the age and value of the motorhome, the driver's age and experience, and the level of coverage required. It's important to shop around and make sure you have adequate coverage for your needs. It can also help to have an alarm and or vehicle tracker fitted to your motorhome to help reduce the cost of insurance. Don’t forget to forecast your expected mileage as accurately as possible. It’s very unlikely to be the same as your family car and it costs more to travel more so this can help keep those costs lower.
Another cost to consider is campsite fees. While there are many free places to park a motorhome in the UK, such as laybys and car parks, many people prefer the convenience and facilities of a campsite. Campsite fees can vary widely depending on the location and facilities, so it's important to do your research and budget accordingly.
Owning a motorhome in the UK can be a wonderful and rewarding experience, but it's important to be aware of the costs involved. With careful planning and budgeting, you can enjoy the freedom and adventure of the open road without breaking the bank. Remember, like any vehicle, motorhomes depreciate over time. While this is not an immediate out-of-pocket cost, it's essential to understand that your motorhome's value will decrease over the years.
Buying a motorhome is a big decision, but it can be the beginning of life-changing and unforgettable adventures. Do your research and planning and speak to the experts at RVSC to make sure you're getting the right motorhome for your needs and budget.