There are around 30 million self-described “RV enthusiasts” in the US that either own or are frequent renters of camper vans. 

With a camper van, you can go road-tripping whenever you want and sleep wherever you choose. There’s a sense of freedom with camper vans that you cannot get with other vehicles or modes of transportation.

Buying a camper van rather than renting offers you increased flexibility, choice, and it can be cheaper long-term. But they’re still an expensive commitment, so choosing the right one can feel like an impossible task.

To help lighten your burden, these are the only essential considerations to keep in mind when buying a camper van.

1. Budget and Ongoing Costs

Though camper vans are often seen as the vehicle of hippies, beatniks, and those on the fringes of society, you still need $$$ to buy them. 

Take the following upfront and ongoing costs of buying a camper van into consideration:

  • Bost
  • Sales tax
  • Insurance
  • Servicing
  • Fuel
  • Interior design
  • Maintenance (tires, etc.)
  • Campsites

You don’t want to go into debt buying a camper van, so save your pennies before you buy!

But there are always cheaper alternatives. You could buy a used camper van, though be mindful that they often have more mechanical faults. Or, if you’re handy with DIY, you might consider a camper conversion instead. 

2. Types of Camper Vans

There are many different types of camper vans and which one you choose will depend on your specific needs. Most camper vans fall into two groups: motorized and non-motorized.

Motorized:

  • Class A – Motorhomes between 25 – 40ft in length
  • Class B – Vans between 17 – 23ft in length
  • Class C – Motorhomes less than 25ft in length

So, it’s a confusing system. Class A and Class C vehicles are motorhomes with every amenity (kitchen, bathroom, etc.). But only Class B vehicles are camper vans that look like actual vans and their amenities vary.

Non-Motorized:

  • Travel trailers
  • Hybrid campers
  • Fifth-wheelers
  • Toy haulers
  • Park trailers

These are camper vans that you can tow. Remember that your primary vehicle needs to have the capabilities to tow the camper van that you buy.

The best way to know which type of camper is for you is to scout them out. Check out some motorhomes, trailers, haulers, and hybrid campers for sale in your area before you commit.

3. Space and Features

As well as the size and whether you want a motorized camper van or not, you also need to think about the features you want. Some camper vans only have sleeping or storage space while some have a kitchen, dining, bathroom, and sleeping space. 

Also, consider the exterior of your ideal camper van. Some have bike racks, roof racks, solar panels, and even an extending tent. 

Many of these features you can customize later, but you need to make sure your camper van has the space for them.

Buying a Camper Van Offers Endless Adventures

Buying a camper van might seem scary, but as long as you take these considerations into account, you won’t go too far wrong. And once you bite the bullet, you’ll be able to start venturing on all those camping and road trips you’ve been dreaming about!

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