Owning a campervan is fast becoming one of the most exciting and cost-efficient ways to broaden your horizons and travel, both as a family and as a solo traveller. It’s a great and quirky way to save money and with countless options, you can tailor a campervan to your budget. Campervans are vehicles that hold their value, so if you chose to invest in one and kept it in good condition, you’ll be able to easily make your money back, or even a profit if you’re lucky and you’ve carried out further work on the van. The whole experience of exploring and touring new places is one you can never forget, and the freedom of starting your grand tour is second to none. So how much can you save by getting a campervan? Below you’ll be able to find information on costs associated and what to expect when it comes to purchasing a campervan.
How much does a camper van cost?
So let’s get over the details of how much a campervan will actually cost. It all depends on what type of experience you’re looking for. If you purchase a brand-new camper with no need for conversion, you can spend up to £50,000. However, used campervans can be a cheaper alternative, especially if you get one on finance. But remember that the whole family can hop in and enjoy a staycation or travel by road through Europe.
Campervan vs. Traditional Package Holidays
Gone are the days of extortionate package holidays abroad being the only option when the holidays roll around. More and more people are wising up to the joys of staycations and making plans to hit the roads to explore closer to home. With Jet2holidays reporting that on average you’d be spending around £3,000 for a basic package holiday for 4 before you’ve spent anything else (making the overall cost closer to £4,000+), it’s easy to see how this yearly expense adds up. The beauty of a campervan is that you can enjoy it at weekends, during school holidays and, pretty much anytime that takes your fancy, for a number of years.
What Savings Can I Make?
Savings can come from all sorts of areas when you go down the campervan route. Take a look at the list below for a breakdown of costs that we think you can make savings on:
This can vary from anything from £500 to £50,000 – the choice really is yours here. If you buy a campervan that needs minimal work or conversion you will make savings in the following areas:
You don’t need to break the bank to spruce up your campervan. You can use so many cost-savvy ways to improve your van that won’t cost the earth. Installing kitchens, beds and living areas can be done yourself however this isn’t recommended unless you’re trained and qualified. Alternatively, vans that are already converted would save you quite a bit of time and DIY skills!
Keeping your camper in top condition is the best way to ensure longevity, and again, it doesn’t need to break the bank. Remember that you’ll be running it for a long time and regular care and maintenance
Insurance on your campervan is a must. You also need to be aware that keeping some money aside for emergencies will fare you well out on the road.
Holidaying in a van is a great way to keep costs down. Big savings can be made on accommodation as you’ll no longer need to waste money on overpriced hotels or airbnbs.
Campervans are evergreen, so if you do decide to sell your campervan on, there is a market out there for your camper, whatever stage of life it is at.