Motor homes are a popular means of travel in America. The recent rise of gas prices have done little to curb the public enthusiasm for these travel machines. When properly cared for, motor homes are a very efficient and cost effective way for a family to go on a trip. Which brings up the first step in finding a motor home. Assess your needs. Not so much your wants, but what you really need in a motor home to enjoy traveling. Too many new owners fall into the trap of getting one of the most tricked out motor homes they can find. Don’t be seduced by the bells as whistles.
How many people will be traveling with you most trips? Will you be taking special equipment and supplies to use at your destination? (i.e. Bikes, ski equipment, scuba gear, fishing outfits, etc.) How many days/weeks per year do you expect to be traveling in your motor home? Once you have a picture of what you need, you can begin to weed out the options. Once you have your basic model, you can pick and choose from among the motor homes the model with the options and features that will make traveling even more fun.
There are three basic classes of motor homes. Class A, the largest, resembles a charter bus. These motor homes offer the most space and most standard features. These motor homes can also be customized with a wide variety of luxuries that may be beyond what you are looking for as a new user. But if you have a large family traveling with you, or you will be on the road for more than a week at a time, class A motor homes are a good buy.
Class C motor homes are the camper style vehicles with the bunk over the cab design. These can pack many of the features of the class A but are significantly shorter (and cheaper.) The shorter body is due to the main sleeping quarters being placed in the normally wasted space over the driver’s head. Good for a large family on a budget.