Australia is a massive country and as you would expect, the infrastructure is such that you can travel all over the country on reasonable roads. Motorhomes and campervans are very popular and there are many good reasons for this; travelling in a motorhome brings with it a level of freedom and independence.
Why not own your holiday?
We own our home because it makes financial success, rather than paying a landlord, we repay the loan which will eventually lead to 100% ownership. You can do the same with a holiday home, so why not a motorhome? This is how many Australians see it and who are we to disagree?
Crunch the numbers
Calculate the total cost of the annual family holiday, which is a considerable amount of money, then do a breakdown of the cost of a mobile vacation in a motorhome and you’ll see quite a difference. Over the years, holidaying in your motorhome is going the be much cheaper than taking regular package holidays.
Long term investment
When you look at it like that, it does make sense to have some ownership regarding your holidays; rather than buying a brick-and-mortar holiday home, acquiring a motorhome is a smart way to one your holidays. If you kept accurate records for the next 10 years about holiday costs with a motorhome, you would see the financial sense in RV ownership; the asset holds its value if well-maintained and upgraded. A new motorhome would certainly be good for a decade of heavy use and even if you got nothing at the end of its life, it would still be much cheaper than package holidays.
The joy of making improvements
No motorhome owner ever thinks their rig is complete, rather it is a work in progress and with developing tech, add-ons improve comfort and convenience. We’ve reached the point where a motorhome gets all its power from solar tech; solar panels fitted to the roof with lithium batteries to store the energy. The control panel in the vehicle allows you to monitor usage and you can either use the batteries or direct from the panels. The range of caravan battery chargers from Australia’s leading RV parts supplier ensures that you have all the power you need for the duration of the adventure.
The list of hi-tech gadgets is long; you can add a wireless router to give you Internet via satellite and some rigs have smart solutions whereby everything is controlled by a small onboard computer. There are some cool websites with articles and reviews about the latest inventions and gadgets, which keeps your finger on the pulse regarding new tech. Google Maps can be integrated into the system, making it easy to track your journey and plot your route. You can install a state-of-the-art security system that locks out power if someone tries to steal your RV. Click here for driving tips for beginners.
Designed around your lifestyle
Those who are serious about making their mobile accommodation perfect would acquire the unit pre-fitted, with just a chassis, power unit, gearbox, running gear and the rest is handled by an RV fit-out specialist. The fit-out people would have a number of templates, each offering a different layout; choose one and look at fixtures and fittings. You might want additional water storage tanks and this would be the time to factor them in, while the solar energy system would be designed at this early stage of the fit-out project. From start to finish, such a project would cost 6 figures but you end up with a dream RV kitted out with the latest tech gadgets.
If you have the motorhome addiction, start with a used model and turn that into your dream ride, with all the mod cons available from the RV components and accessories store. For many motorhome owners, upgrades are always on their mind and by adding components, you are boosting the value of your investment. Enjoy the luxury that comes with a top motorhome and get to see some amazing nature around Australia.