A motorhome can be a convenient place to live in all year and it gives you an opportunity to have multiple vacations and family visits in a year. However, living on the road will offer some disadvantages as well. Here is a guide of the pros and cons of living in a motorhome to help you decide if this is your best option.
The top advantage of living in a motorhome is the easy travel. Living in a motorhome, you do not have to worry about getting from one place to another. If you would like to go from one state to another, you travel and accommodation expenses are already covered. You also save time and energy packing and unpacking because you already have your belongings with you. However, since you are practically driving a house, finding a parking space would be a challenge. But, there are parks that offer reasonable rents which is a lot cheaper than renting a hotel. You can find parks that offer $550 to $600 for a month’s parking.
When visiting a city, you can opt to rent a smaller vehicle for your transport, like a bike. Or, you can use public transportation.
As mentioned above, most of the travel and living expenses will be covered by your motorhome. Having an RV means that you do not have to pay for bus or plane fares. There are also no hotel or motel costs. On top of that, you will also have the advantage of cooking your own meals instead of the costly room service that are offered in hotels. This means that having a motorhome is an investment. If you decide to resell it, you can also get some of your initial investment back.
An average motorhome ranges from $50,000 (Class C) to about $120,000 for a Class A motor. A Class C motor has smaller rooms and has a separate construction for the cab and the van. Meanwhile, Class A motor homes are bigger and is a compact structure. Class A motorhomes are like a big bus redesigned to fit home essentials.
Considering the accommodation costs spent while travelling, $50,000 is actually cheaper than spending $150 a night for a 30-day travel. Plus, there’s the domestic plane fare that costs around $400 per person. Overall, having an RV is just about half of what is normally spent during out-of-town or out-of-country vacations.
In terms of fuel expenses, this can be a con for the motorhome. Gas costs are high if you are travelling long distances. According to “Motorhomes: The Complete Guide”, a motorhome can have an average of about 5 to 15 miles per gallon of fuel. This is also relative to the condition of the motor. There are also added costs to keep your motor in top condition and other maintenance expenses.
All in all, it is also best to get motorhome insurance. Having motorhome insurance provides peace while travelling. If anything happens, you know you are covered by the insurance policy.