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RE: Thoughts needed please

Size? not an issue for me. 

I am also looking at the New Jayco Optimum. If i go that way, i will towing an 8x5 trailer to house the toys.



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Peter_n_Margaret wrote:

You can park a 6m motorhome in a shopping centre or anywhere in the street, including angle parking, legally.
A 6m motorhome is 6m long. A 6m caravan is more than double that length so is harder to get into tight camp spots.
Motorhome insurance rates are lower than caravan insurance rates and there is one vehicle to insure, not two.
Fuel consumption for a 6m motorhome will be less than for a 6m caravan plus tug.
Registration is lower cost for 1 vehicle than 2 vehicles.
Maintenance costs for a motorhome will be lower than for a tug plus caravan.
A motorhome will be easier to reverse than a caravan, especially without help.
No hitching or unhitching with a motorhome. You pull up and are instantly ready for a cuppa or a beer.
With a walk through camper or motorhome you can drive away at any moment without unlocking a door or going outside. For a single person that may be an important security benefit.
It seems that motorhome/campervan ownership increases compared to caravan ownership as people get older, for these reasons.


I have been doing the sums on the two options i am considering.

I will be a single traveller. The holder of a H.C Australian driving licence, and plenty of experience driving large vehicles, so the length of the caravan and prime mover is not daunting at all.


1st choice is simple. A 25ft Jayco Optimum on the Isuzu Chassis. Cost is around $195k. As stated, only one lot of insurance, and rego costs each year. Plus a box trailer on the back to hold some bikes and tools.

Insurance cost is yet to be determined.

On the plus size. Easier to park or manouver. Easier to do the initial setup at my destination, everything under one roof.

On the negative side. If it fails to procede, i am stuck in one spot for a while, no big dealbreaker on a new vehicle.

If i want to head off for a few days, i have to take the whole vehicle, or just a bike.


My 2nd option is a 24ft caravan, i may downsize to a 21 ft, but i do like a bit of space to move around in, and an Isuzu van as a prime mover. Total cost is around $95k for the caravan, and aroung $85k for the Isuzu. Total of around $180K

Maintenance and insurance costs may well be around the same over ten years for either option, but i will be far more comfortable in my 24ft caravan, than the motorhome.

I will be able to head off in the Isuzu van with my motorbikes, and some camping gear. when i want explore some more harder to get to areas. The van will also be used as a mobile workshop, and even used to earn income doing courier work along the way.


I am 18 months away from doing this, and my thinking is that by then there will be quiet a few vans and motorhomes hitting the market, as people loose intrest in caravaning, and get back to overseas travel. Of course all of the caravan dealers i speak to say just the opposite.

You need to order now, shortage of supplies, long build delays etc.

Yet even now, there are plenty of choices in the second hand market, and yes there is a big demand for new and second hand units, but i think the bubble will burst in this industry, and lifestyle when the Covid travel restrictions end.


These are just my thoughts, and i am sure plenty of people will have their own ideas on how things will play out in the next 18 months to 2 yrs, but either way, it is the lifestyle i will be living for at least the next 10 to 15 yrs.

-- Edited by gdayjr on Sunday 21st of March 2021 07:48:56 AM


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Regarding vehicles I've, usually, always bought second hand to minimise depreciation. The two times that I have bought new has reinforced my thoughts on this.

We bought a second hand Jayco 17' caravan and it had many modifications that we appreciated as we used it. There were a couple of problems that we had fixed upder new vehicle warranty and now we're ready to start travelling.

We also bought a second hand tow vehicle, had a couple of things fixed under the new car warranty and I'm very impressed with it.

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