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How to Planning A Trip With A Caravan?

Are you considering planning a trip with a caravan? Understandable, because the mobile small home is becoming more and more popular. However, the purchase of a mobile home or caravan is very expensive on the one hand, which is why you should not make the decision lightly. On the other hand, a purchase also brings some advantages. If you are unsure whether you should rent or buy a mobile home, then this article is for you. We list the most important advantages and disadvantages for you here, so that in the end you can decide which choice is right for you.

How to Planning A Trip With A Caravan?

Benefits of Renting

But first we want to clarify the advantages of renting a mobile home.

No running costs

Probably the biggest advantage of renting a mobile home is the price. There are no running costs because you only pay the rental price once. You do not have to pay attention to the high insurance or repair costs. So overall you can save money here while enjoying the same luxury of a motorhome. Renting is particularly worthwhile for people who are not yet very familiar with mobile homes or who only want to travel with them once.

With a new mobile home, you must certainly reckon with around 35,000 to 40,000 euros. Not everyone has that kind of money on hand. Even if you pay off this price in installments, it is still a very expensive investment. When renting, the price can be between 75 and 150 euros per day, depending on the provider. So if you only want to travel for a short time, a rented vehicle will be much cheaper.

No standing room

Another important point with a rented mobile home is that you do not need standing space at home. Rented models can be returned easily and comfortably after the trip. So you don't have to worry about anything.

However, if you buy a mobile home, you must either have a garage or a suitable place in front of your house. In a small apartment in the city, this is rather difficult. In an emergency, you have to get a parking space for your mobile home, which of course entails additional costs. This problem is quickly forgotten.

Better conditions in case of problems

If you only rent your motorhome, you have better chances in case of problems or accidents. Imagine something happening during your journey. It will then not be so easy to have your motorhome repaired and at the same time be able to enjoy your trip.

In contrast, renting gives you the option of getting a replacement vehicle while your original vehicle is in the shop. So you are a little more carefree on the road and therefore do not have to interrupt your trip immediately. So if a workshop visit is necessary, your landlord will help you with this. In case of doubt, this is not possible with your own mobile home.

No one-sided vacation

We have already mentioned it: If you do not want to travel often with your own motorhome, then such an investment is not worthwhile. When you rent a mobile home, you don't have the pressure of having to travel with it every year, but you can also decide to travel to the hotel once in a while. Otherwise, you might find yourself mourning the amount of money you spent on your RV. So if you get such an expensive vehicle, you should also be sure that it is your preferred travel choice.

Less work

With a rented mobile home you don't have that much work either. Of course, you should clean it regularly and keep it tidy - not only for your own well-being, but also for the renters who decide to rent the motorhome after you. You can carry out such cleanings yourself, but they will take up a lot of your energy and time. If you have it professionally cleaned - and you should definitely do that once a year - your vehicle will be sparkling clean, but your wallet will be even emptier.

You can also buy a rented vehicle

If you've rented an RV and you're impressed, you can still choose to buy it. Many landlords offer this option. In conclusion, this means that renting an RV does not automatically mean that you will never buy your own. At the beginning you have the opportunity to explore everything for yourself at your own pace. After that, you can still purchase your favourite. 

Important questions

Now that you've rented an RV and are excited about it, you should ask yourself the following questions. This is how you can find out whether it would be a good decision to buy a model or continue to rent a motorhome.

How do I want to travel? If you can imagine staying in a hotel or vacation home more often, then you might be better off renting an RV. This way you can always organize your trip flexibly.

How long do I want to travel? If you are only on the road for two weeks once a year, then buying a mobile home is not worth it in terms of price.

Where do I want to travel? You cannot visit some regions with a mobile home. City tours can also be a bit difficult due to space restrictions. So make sure that a motorhome also suits your travel destinations.

How much storage space do I need? If you decide to buy an RV, don't go for the big one. Because just because it has a lot of space doesn't mean it's the best! Conversely, the smallest is not always the worst. Just make a list and weigh the pros and cons. When buying, also pay attention to the quality, because your caravan should at least get you safely from A to B.

Benefits of Buying

So why should you buy an RV? Of course, owning your own mobile home also has a number of advantages. We have summarized some of the most important ones for you here.

flexibility

You are much more flexible and free in your travel planning. A spontaneous weekend trip? Didn't you get another week off? Do you want to surprise a friend and have not found suitable accommodation at such short notice? No problem. You are the boss and you can decide when and where your next trip goes.

More control and overview

When renting, you don't know everything about the product. Of course you will have looked at the model beforehand and perhaps taken a test drive. However, unpleasant surprises can always occur. Or the previous tenants did not hand over the mobile home properly and your landlord did not check this. So there are some situations that can spoil your mood when renting someone else's vehicle.

Individual setup

Unfortunately, with a rental model you don't have the opportunity to decorate everything individually. You can add some of your jewelry, but of course permanent changes are not possible. That means you have to get used to the color of the interiors and the brightly colored patterns of the covers. It's completely different when you buy something. In this case, you can be creative and set up your empire the way you like it. This can make you feel more comfortable and allow you to enjoy your trip even more.

The model is not available

Another problem that cannot happen to you when you buy it: Your beloved motorhome has just been rented to someone else. It's possible that you'll have to wait a long time for your dream motorhome when you buy it, but at least you know what to expect. When renting, on the other hand, you are either very lucky or very unlucky.

No foreign use

The last point is the most important for many mobile home enthusiasts. No one used your RV just before you did, and no one will be using it anytime soon after you. For some renters, using existing RV accessories is unthinkable, knowing that strangers have used them before them and may not have cleaned them properly.

You can use your own cutlery when purchasing. So you know exactly who used it and don't have to worry about bacteria or dirt. The same goes for the entire facility. Plus, you'll likely feel more comfortable in your own RV and form an emotional connection with this mode of transportation.

Conclusion

What are you supposed to do now? Buying a motorhome or renting one? The decision is not exactly easy, as both variants have many advantages and disadvantages. In any case, you should be sure in advance and have answered the questions we have mentioned for you.

If a purchase is worthwhile for you, then a motorhome is a great investment that will certainly bring you lots of joy on future trips. Otherwise, renting an RV is also a great way to get a feel for this mode of transport or to plan some trips. We hope that after reading this article, your decision will be a little easier and you will not regret it! In any case, we wish you a lot of fun on your motorhome trip!

Rudolfus Kikkert
Rudolfus Kikkert Interest In City Tourism

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