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Time and advice are vital in making Motorhome Choi 8 Years, 5 Months ago  
Choosing a motorhome, or even deciding if the motorhome lifestyle is really for you, is a topic that needs careful advice.

And for the best advice, motorhome users with many years’ of experience are often the best source, especially if they also happen to work for a motorhome dealership where they have access to information about all the latest products.

Some dealers – among them Freeborn Motorhomes - also offer a “try before you buy” scheme to test whether this major lifestyle change is for you.

“I regard our information services as probably the most important that we offer to potential motorhome owners,” says James Saint, director of Freeborn Motorhomes in Godalming, Surrey, and its associated Romahome Centre at Freeborn Motor Village in Southampton.

“Well-informed future owners have real potential to become happy owners once they have discussed what they think they need from their motorhome and how matching their aspirations can best be achieved.

“Because my sales team is made up of enthusiastic motorhome users we have a real fund of knowledge for customers to access. And giving customers access to our trial scheme reassures them that they are making the correct lifestyle choice before they make what, for many, is regarded as a major investment.

“Motorhome magazines are a great help as they give lots of ideas. It’s a bit like researching where you want to live and the house you want to live in – it’s just that this house will have wheels attached and will go where you want it to!”

Freeborn holds franchises for Auto-Trail, Elddis, Excel, Trigano, and the Romahome range, made by another Freeborn Group company at Cowes on the Isle of Wight and offered through around a dozen dealerships nationally.

But not everyone wants a new vehicle, so outlets like Freeborn with a choice of 40 to 50 used vehicles mean it’s possible to survey a wide range of possibilities in one place.

“Time is an important factor,” adds James. “You want to set aside uninterrupted time so you can browse a dealership’s stock and see what different combinations of size, layout and interior fittings will suit your needs.

“It may be that you see different things, like an end kitchen or end lounge in one design and a large bathroom or fixed double bed in another, that appeal. Take the right advice and your motorhome sales adviser will find a vehicle that has the right combination.

“If you want it, there’s little doubt that a design team has beaten you to it and created your dream home already. All you need is someone with the expertise and contacts to find it for you and outlets like mine can search the UK to source the correct vehicle. Rarely do you need to compromise.”

James’s advice is to:

• read up about motorhomes before you set out to buy one

• go to an outlet such as ours that will advise you, at no cost, on what choices you have and let you try before you buy, as Freeborn will

• think about where you will take your vehicle as size really does matter – will you be able to park it easily, store it at home, or use it as an everyday vehicle, as many owners do?

• think about finance – dealers such as Freeborn have access to lenders offering favourable rates over longer periods because motorhomes are assets that hold value better than cars

• many motorhomes now have diesel engines as standard and automatic gearboxes among their options but with used vehicles a petrol engine may save you a significant amount on purchase but not add greatly to running costs on the typical low annual mileages covered

• there’s a vast range of after-market accessories like bike racks and roof boxes but remember that everything you add reduces payload, restricting what else you can take

• set aside sufficient time to make your choice.

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