Motorhomes Drive Holiday Dreams of Many Americans!

Motorhomes for use in America in 2010, come in all shapes and sizes, from small to huge but most in-between. Many motorhomes are household names, and tens of thousands of these vehicles are manufactured each year. Some high end motorhome dealers may only make a handful each year, but the starting price for these luxury motorhomes is around half-million dollars.

Before making the commitment to buy a motorhome it is a really good idea to rent one first to see that you do indeed like the idea of owning a motorhome, and secondly to see if it is the type you would like to purchase. It is important when you buy your motorhome that it displays the oval RVIA sticker which means that it has met the high standards of the industry.

Most manufacturers of motorhomes in the US in 2010 will publish catalogues that will show all models, sizes and amenities. This allows you plenty of scope to personalize your motor home to your needs. If you have to order your motorhome ahead then you will be able to have a say on carpet style and color, and upholstery. Of course if you are ordering one of the luxury motorhomes where price tags are around $200,000 upwards, you will be given many choices of not only interior but also the exterior. More details are available at my website motorhomes-guide.com In fact these custom built motor homes can be designed almost from scratch by the buyer.

One of the first decisions you will need to make when considering purchasing a motorhome is what type of vehicle you are going to purchase. The first is Class A, which generally is the largest and most comfortable, but also the most expensive types of motorhomes. They have large storage tanks and lots of space, the best ride, but against these are some drawbacks. This motorhome is harder to handle and maneuver in traffic, some roads will be inaccessible, and some parks will also not be able to accommodate the large size of the motorhome. You may not even be able to keep your motorhome at your residential home if you don’t have enough driveways. The Class B motorhome is a converted van, and although it is obviously going to have space limitations, its smaller size is going to have plenty of advantages.

In fact these motorhomes can park anywhere a full sized sedan can, they are the least expensive to run, but they have quite cramped bath facilities. The Class C category of motorhome offers the best variety of motorhomes, varying in all sizes and competing with both the A and B motorhomes. These motorhomes are built on a truck or van chassis so they can be serviced easily and they are probably the safest of all the vehicles as they have been crash tested to meet truck safety standards.

A Guide To Buying Used Motorhomes – Taking The Risk Out of Motorhomes For Sale

With predictions that we’re going to have one of the best summers in the recent years, people are snapping up the fantastic range of used motorhomes for sale. The motorhomes market is more buoyant than ever before, and there are more and more new models coming onto the market, resulting in more and more used motorhomes to choose from than ever before.

And what a choice there is, but it’s not just as easy as knowing your budget, the size of used motorhome you require, or even the make or model you like. So, let’s say you’ve gone through the hardship of waking up in the morning and screaming ‘buy my motorhome’ and ‘sell my motorhome’. You have the cash in your pocket, and you think you know which used motorhome model you’re interested in.

Well, before you even decide upon a make and model, you should look a little deeper into whether or not it’s going to be suitable for the purpose intended. You should ask yourself about its safe and legal weight restrictions. How many passengers will be travelling with you. and will you be adding additional weight, such as a bike stand, roof rack and more? And then there’s the MTPLM, being the manufacturer weight, plus the furniture, the camping equipment and the occupants. In other words, this is the complete weight of the loaded motorhome. There’s also the Mass in Running Order (MIRO) to consider too; i.e. the weight of the motorhome as it left the factory, including the furniture, the fuel and the essential equipment needed in order to function properly. This doesn’t include the weight of any additional baggage and occupants. So research your needs and base your model decisions on this.

When you’ve found the motorhome you’re interested in, whilst you do have to act fast when it comes to snapping-up the best motorhomes for sale, you do need to ensure that some thorough checks have been carried out on the vehicle first. First of all, a thorough inspection of the interior should be undertaken to check for dampness. Holes, bad smells, damp mattress sets, springy floors, discolouration and mats around the doors can all be indications of damp.

Apart from damp, used motorhomes have in some cases been modified and personalised, and this is generally to cover something up. Perhaps something nasty, like a fire or damp damage. So look a little deeper. And whilst examining the interior, don’t forget that, as well as all the fitted equipment, it is imperative to make sure that the gas and electric are in tip-top condition. Failure to do so can result in a real risk to those staying in the motorhome.

The exterior inspection should be looking for dents, scratches and broken surfaces. Seals and sealants should be high on your used motorhome checklist, and you should also inspect all the handles, windows, aerials, lights, doors, wheels, and the hitch and its electronics too.

Mechanical leaks should be identified; so you should focus around automatic transitions, leaking brake components and radiators. If any of these are leaking at all, these could be signs of an expensive repair job to make the motorhome safe.

The chassis and running gear should be inspected thoroughly, as hitch and suspension repairs can be expensive. Look for corrosion, signs of new paint or sealant, split rubber gaiters; all of these can be signs of disrepair, neglect or previous problems, and check that the handbrake is effective and moves freely.

So you’re satisfied with the state of your used motorhome. Well, now it’s time to check the history. With a number of very dodgy used motorhomes for sale, you want to check that the mileage matches the dashboard. An Experian check will reveal the history of the motorhome i.e. whether its been stolen, written off, still has outstanding finance, mileage discrepancies and more. And a good indicator of a quality used motorhome is a well filled-out logbook.

HPI checks are also very much worth carrying-out too! Since 2001, motorhomes have been sold carrying a unique Motorhome Identification Number (MIN), a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and of course, a Vehicle Registration Mark (VRM). An HPI check references these and will tell you if a motorhome has been stolen and if it has any outstanding finance on it. They don’t cost much either.

Truck Parts Are in the Eye of the Beholder

In the performance parts industry, people tend to use the words parts and accessories interchangeably, while others see a difference. So what’s the difference, for example, between truck parts and truck accessories if many of them serve the same basic function? It depends on who you ask.

Because the words parts and accessories each encompass a large number of products that overlap and can therefore be categorized as either, people tend to the use the words interchangeably without any regard to the difference. In reality, when dealing with the performance parts industry, the word only overlaps in certain instances, and even then opinions will vary as to which factors apply. Truck parts and truck accessories each have their own list of included products, which ‘meet in the middle’ depending on their intended use, as well as their categorization as an OEM or aftermarket product.

A truck parts advisor for example, may tell you that a truck part has a more generic definition, and includes everything from repair, maintenance, and restoration, to interior and exterior enhancement. Such products may include oil filters, air filters, shocks, spoilers, or headlamps, as they in effect, are part of the truck. So long as they are the original part of the truck, or even a replacement or repair product, it can be described as a part whereas an aftermarket part created to enhance the vehicle after the initial purchase tends to fall into the accessory category.

In the meantime, the same parts advisor may tell you that the word accessory is synonymous with the word part when referring to a product in general, but the specific make and use of the product will determine which category it falls into.

Car covers, sun shields, make-specific paraphernalia and such products that serve mainly to enhance a car or truck (such as lift kits) would most likely be considered solely accessories. A sport utility rack could potentially fall into either.

Even oil filters, brake pads or rotors, or air filters could fall into either category. The standard, OEM version will typically be considered a truck part whereas a performance-based aftermarket version thereof will more likely be considered a Truck accessory (such as K&N oil filters, which take advantage of advanced filtration technology you won’t find in its standard OEM counterpart). A lift kit, which isn’t something that’s included with the truck but rather used as an enhancement will typically be classified as an accessory, though some will still call it a truck part.

The items that tend to be categorized specifically as accessories are aftermarket products made to enhance (whether it be performance or aesthetic). For example aftermarket air filters, high quality seat covers, and floor mats for trucks are typically considered truck accessories if they are not the original OEM part. The issue becomes even more clouded once you get into OEM-made accessories vs. aftermarket accessories or even aftermarket parts, but that’s a completely different article.

In the end, the difference between the two will always vary from person to person, even among truck enthusiasts and professionals within the repair or performance parts industry.