Should I buy or rent a motorhome?

Life on the open road can be a thrill, and there's no better way to explore than in the comfort of a motorhome.

However, a question that often arises at Salop Leisure when considering this lifestyle is, "Should I buy or rent a motorhome?"

As one of the leading caravan dealers in the UK with a reputation for unbiased advice, we're here to provide some insight.

Why Should I Rent a Motorhome?

Renting a motorhome lets you travel freely around the UK, or abroad, without making a long-term investment or spending a fortune on accommodation and eating out.

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What Are the Advantages of Hiring a Motorhome? 

If you’re new to motorhoming, it makes sense to try renting first just to see how you get on. We’re speaking from experience when we say you’ll love it, but you don’t want to make a major investment until you’re sure it’s the right thing for you.

True, some people do buy motorhomes without trying a motorhome adventure first, but most of them probably have experience with camping holidays or caravanning so they know they love the great outdoors.

The main advantages of renting a motorhome are:

  • It’s cheaper than buying
  • If it breaks down, you’re not responsible for fixing it
  • It gives you the chance to enjoy motorhome life without making a major investment
  • It’s a fantastic way to get away for a few days
  • It lets you hire a top-of-the-range model that would cost a lot to buy

What Are the Disadvantages of Hiring a Motorhome? 

  • You need to plan well in advance
  • It offers less flexibility as rental periods limit how long you can stay and where you can go
  • You can’t make changes as you don't own the vehicle
  • If you hire a motorhome regularly, the cost will mount up
  • You might be restricted by a minimum hire period
  • No matter how much you love life on the road, you’ll have to give the motorhome back at the end of the rental

Is it worth buying a motorhome?

Motorhomes are not just a mode of transport, but a lifestyle choice, an investment in memory-making. Buying a motorhome gives you the freedom to travel whenever and wherever you like.

A spontaneous weekend getaway? Sorted. An extended summer holiday? No problem.

If the travel bug bites often, then yes, it's absolutely worth it.
If you already know that you love life on the road, you might feel ready to buy an RV.

Here are some of the advantages of owning your own motorhome:

  • Freedom to go where you want, whenever you like
  • Stay as long as you want
  • You don’t have to give the RV back after a few days
  • You can arrange everything to suit your unique needs and preferences
  • Discover lots of places here and abroad that you might not otherwise visit
  • Spend time with family and friends making wonderful memories that last a lifetime

What are the disadvantages of buying a motorhome?

Like everything, owning a motorhome comes with its downsides. The initial cost can be steep, and they can be expensive to run and maintain.

There's also the issue of storage; if you don't have enough space at home, you may need to pay for a storage facility. Plus, depreciation can be a concern, but more on that later.

There are a few other disadvantages to consider: 

  • The value of your vehicle will depreciate over time
  • The cost of buying a motorhome can be high
  • There are ongoing costs to consider like insurance and maintenance
  • You’ll need to think about fuel costs and efficiency
  • Storage for your motorhome

Is it a good idea to buy a motorhome and rent it out?

The short answer is, yes. If you're not using your motorhome, it could be making money for you.

The 'sharing economy' has reached the motorhome market, and now it's easier than ever to rent out your vehicle when you're not using it.

So, when contemplating buying a motorhome, consider the potential rental income you could earn.

Do motorhomes hold their value?

Generally speaking, motorhomes tend to hold their value relatively well, especially when compared to cars.

Of course, the rate of depreciation can vary depending on the make, model, age, and condition of the motorhome.

Will motorhome prices drop in 2024?

While no one can predict with certainty, we can look at market trends. With the rise in 'staycations' and flexible work arrangements, demand for motorhomes has increased, pushing prices up.

However, remember that a motorhome is an investment not just in a vehicle, but in a lifestyle and the freedom to explore at your own pace.

Are motorhomes overpriced at the moment?

It's important to remember that the price of a motorhome reflects more than just the vehicle; it's also about the quality, features, and reliability.

At Salop Leisure, we offer a wide range of motorhomes to suit different budgets. Check out our New Motorhomes and Used Motorhomes for sale.

Should I buy a motorhome?

The decision to buy or rent a motorhome will depend on various factors, such as how often you'll use it, your budget, and your lifestyle preferences.

If you plan on taking several trips a year, buying may make financial sense. If you're still unsure, why not start by renting a motorhome to get a feel for the motorhome lifestyle?

If you're a first-time motorhomer, it might make sense to rent before you buy.

Renting gives you the chance to try out different types of motorhomes and find what suits you best. And remember, renting doesn't have to be a long-term commitment.

You can rent a motorhome for a weekend or a fortnight, experience the lifestyle, and then make your decision about purchasing.

As we've mentioned earlier, renting your motorhome when you're not using it can also bring in some additional income, a nice bonus to offset the costs.

Additionally, owning a motorhome offers the chance for spontaneous adventures - you're always ready to hit the road.

What type of motorhome should I buy ?

Choosing the right motorhome for you depends on your specific needs and desires.  

For the luxury-seekers, check out our range of Joa Motorhomes for sale. For those after top-notch build quality, luxury, and a reputable and reliable choice, explore our Swift Motorhomes.

We even have specific models like the Swift Monza Campervans in our for sale section.

Renting or Buying a Motorhome

As you can see, there are pros and cons to both buying and renting a motorhome.
If you’re not sure how you’re going to feel about motorhoming, or how often you’ll want to get away, it makes sense to rent for a little while—at least until you’ve decided.
On the other hand, if you can see yourself enjoying the freedom a motorhome gives, and you want to make the most of travelling wherever you like whenever you like, buying could be your best option.

Always Try Before You Buy

If you’ve never done a road trip in a motorhome before, we always recommend that you try before you buy. We don’t want you investing time and money in something you won’t enjoy.

In conclusion, whether you choose to buy or rent a motorhome will ultimately depend on your personal circumstances and how you envisage your motorhome lifestyle.

Both options have their merits. Renting allows for flexibility and less financial commitment, making it a great choice for beginners.

On the other hand, buying a motorhome is a significant investment, but it allows for spontaneous travel and can be a source of income when not in use.

Whichever route you choose, the adventures, experiences and the freedom of the open road are waiting for you.

So why wait? Start planning your motorhome journey today.