There are a number of factors to be considered when tossing up between a caravan, camper trailer or motorhome as your recreational vehicle. The different vehicles offer varying benefits depending on your lifestyle and individual needs. In this article, we're looking at motorhomes - what they offer to travellers and holidaymakers, the pros and cons, the cheap finance available for motorhomes and check out some of the latest models.
While you consider the options and weigh up whether or not you should get a motorhome or a traditional caravan, keep in mind that Jade Caravan Finance offers the same cheap interest rates for motorhome loans as we do for caravans. So no problems on that front.
Features, Benefits, Considerations
Campervan v motorhome – the difference is essentially in size and the level of facilities included. A campervan is more a vehicle with accommodation while a motorhome is more like a caravan with vehicle incorporated. (Our simple take on the difference!)
Compared to a caravan, with a motorhome you don’t need a vehicle large enough to tow a caravan with comparable accommodation. With some motorhomes, only a standard driver licence is required, while some larger models will require a higher class of licence.
Having the all-in-one does allow for greater freedom, ease of handling and possibly more flexibility on where you can travel and where you can stay. But once at a location, you don’t have a separate vehicle for sightseeing and trips to the shops. Though many motorhomes can be fitted with bike racks so you can take a cycle with you for that purpose.
Some caravan manufacturers also manufacture motorhomes but most tend specialise in one or the other. Winnebago is probably the most well-known name in motorhomes and has become somewhat synonymous with the vehicle and the generic name.
While many associated Winnebago with the US, the brand is manufactured in Australia from a facility in Brisbane. So the locally built vehicles are manufactured to meet local regulations and to handle local conditions. The current range, powered by either IVECO or Mercedes-Benz depending on the model, includes 8 models with accommodation from 2 to 6 people.
The Winnebago Byron is one of the largest in the range, sleeping 6 and with the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2.2 litre 4 cylinder upfront. The layout is cleverly designed to optimise the space in this 25’3” overall length vehicle. According to the manufacture, a C standard car driving licence is required. The interior is light and contemporary and includes ensuite with a separate shower and toilet, dinette which converts to a bed and an extremely well-equipped kitchen.
Avida is a very well-respected RV manufacturer and presents 7 models in their current motorhome selection, 5 of which only require a standard driver licence, one requires standard and LR and one requires a medium rigid licence. There are a number of different configurations available including bed over cabin, storage over cabin and slide-outs. There are both on road and multi terrain models and Avida also use either Fiat, IVECO or Mercedes-Benz chassis/power.
The smallest in the Avida range is the Leura which offers large lounge/dining space and an electric roll down bed to maximise the space for daytime use. The Leura has the Fiat Ducato chassis/power and all the kitchen and bathroom requirements to make for easy, compact living on the road.
Sunliner is another great Australian RV manufacturer which offers 8 motorhome models in their range. Compacts, drop-down bed models, multi-terrain versions, premium and luxury models and a top of the range Monte Carlo. This is a very large and well-equipped vehicle with zoned spaces and includes an Isuzu diesel engine chassis which requires a medium rigid licence. This is truly for the very discerning traveller who intends to be on the road for sometime.
Financing Your Motorhome
Motorhomes definitely give you the freedom that you might be crazing, especially after the extended lockdowns and restrictions due to coronavirus. But that free-wheeling, free-spirited feeling will not be nearly as enjoyable or long-lasting if you constrict yourself with an expensive motorhome loan.
Jade Caravan Finance ensures that all our motorhome customers get to maximise their enjoyment by structuring their loans to specifically meet their individual requirements. And, all our loans are based on our cheap interest rates. Your Jade consultant will be sourcing you the best caravan loan that meets your profile, from our large lender panel. So you can be assured, we’ve covered all the bases to get you the cheapest loan.
For the purchase of a motorhome, the most popular loan that we provide is the Secured Motorhome Loan. This is a personal finance loan with a simple format:-
- The lender uses the motorhome as security against the loan.
- Your Jade consultant sources the cheapest interest rate which is fixed for the loan term.
- The loan term and the monthly repayments are fixed and negotiated to best suit your budget.
Whichever motorhome you choose, your Jade Caravan Finance consultant will source you the loan offer that offers you the flexibility to enjoy your travels.
To discuss a cheap loan on a motorhome, speak with a Jade Caravan Finance consultant at 1300 000 003
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