You don’t have to bank on the unpredictable British weather and expect a Summer that is as dry, warm and sunny as the last.

If you buy a motorhome, you’ll always have somewhere dry and cosy to see out the worst our climate may bring – or drive it over to the Continent, save on rising hotel costs, and have your own home away from home wherever you are.

But buying a motorhome involves no small initial investment, so here are some tips and suggestions for going about it:

New or pre-loved?

  • there’s nothing quite like knowing that you’re the first person to have taken your motorhome on its first outing, nothing like being the first person to have slept in it – so buying a new motorhome let’s you in on all of that, together with the reassurance of a lengthy warranty;
  • the greatest obstacle, of course, is likely to be the cost of buying a new motorhome;
  • used motorhomes hold their value pretty well, but they do still depreciate, so one that is, say, three years old might offer a significant saving on the new price, even though it still has a relatively low mileage;
  • to help you decide whether to splash out on a new motorhome or get a good deal on a pre-loved vehicle, here at Derby Motorhomes we have a permanent exhibition of both new and used models from which to choose – after you’ve had your own up close and personal inspection of as many motorhomes you’d like to try out for size;


  • that question of size, of course, is likely to be decided by how you are planning to use your motorhome;
  • is it principally a tourer, for instance, where you’re looking forward to venturing off the beaten track to explore winding country lanes in a suitably manoeuvrable vehicle, or one you’ll be using as your main base for a holiday, when more spaciousness and comfort is the order of the day;
  • is your motorhome likely to be used mainly just by you and your partner or do you need the extra berths for a child or two;
  • are your outings and holidays planned mainly in the UK, or will you be taking your motorhome further afield in continental Europe;
  • the balance between practical manoeuvrability, weighed against all the space and comfort a larger motorhome may offer, is likely to swing your judgment;
  • however you choose, Motorhome Planet suggests that you keep a note in the cab of the height and width (metric and imperial) of your vehicle, if you encounter any road width or bridge height restrictions;


  • closely related to the question of how you plan to use your motorhome – and, in turn, its size – is the critical matter of its weight;
  • it’s a critical factor since the weight – in technical terms, the Maximum Allowable Mass (MAM) of the vehicle – determines the category of driving licence you need;
  • the Camping and Caravanning Club explains that you currently need a Category C1 driving licence to drive a larger motorhome with an MAM between 3,500kg and 7,500kg;
  • if you passed your driving test before the 1st of January 1997, you are automatically entitled to this Category C1 licence, but if you took it since that date, you must take a separate driving test to gain the additional entitlement;
  • in either case, your current driving licence entitles you to drive motorhomes up to 3,500kg MAM – and the majority of motorhomes built in this country therefore comply with this weight restriction.

There are a number of factors to take into account when buying a motorhome – and here at Derby Motorhomes you may find all the help you need, and examples of the motorhomes to choose from.