The Question: Motorhome or Caravan?

Do you love travelling? Do you love exploring your backyard and beyond? Have you ever wondered about the dividing topic – Caravan vs motorhome? We certainly have come across it in our personal life and because we sell used motorhomes in Sydney. That is why we thought to provide you with some information around this topic.

To make the right decision as to what is best for you:

  • Take a step back and have a look at the basics.
  • Have a think about how you want to use your motorhome or caravan.
  • Who will be travelling:
    • Single traveller
    • Multiple adults
    • Kids/Grandchildren (all the time/occasionally)

Keeping this in mind check out our motorhome vs caravan Australia pro and cons!


  • Easy to drive.
  • Sit up high and enjoy the views.
  • Easy to park.
  • Easy to set up.
  • Easy Peasy.
  • Get your chairs out and enjoy a drink.

….. However, if you stay in one location for a longer:

  • Exploring can become a challenge.
  • Every time you want/need to go for a drive: pack it all up.
  • Storage: Consider the hight of MH and exposure to elements.


  • Towing can be a challenge: The view from the car added with extra-long length to deal with and knowing how much room you need to manoeuvre around tight roads can take a lot of getting used to.
  • Make sure you have the right car for the right caravan. Do not underestimate the weight of a caravan.
  • Parking can be a challenge.
  • Reverse multiple times to get it into the right spot.
  • Uncouple the Caravan and potentially park the car in a different spot and then 
  • Hook up essentials.

….. However, if you stay in one location for a longer:

  • All you need to do is take your car and explore, leave the caravan parked.
  • No unpacking the whole campsite every time you leave.
  • It feels more like a home.
  • Usually easier to store as they are not as high as motorhomes.


  • Usually more expensive than a caravan.
  • To find out if a motorhome is the right thing for you either rent one or buy a second-hand one first. This won’t break the bank.
  • Reselling your motorhome at a higher price than a caravan.
  • Last for a longer time without having to upgrade/exchange for a new one. 
  • Registration.
  • Insurance.


While a caravan might be cheaper, do not forget 

  • To factor in the cost of the car. Having the right car to tow your caravan is critical when it comes to the safety or you and anyone travelling with you, not even mentioning the rules around road safety etc. 
  • The size and weight of the caravan will add to the fuel consumption
  • Additional items such as a weight-distribution hitch, friction coupling and others might be required. 
  • Caravans depreciate at a higher/faster rate than the big brother. 
  • Upgrading/exchanging your caravan might happen faster than you think, depending of course on how much you use it.
  • Registration.
  • Insurance.

So what are the top 5 reasons for second-hand motorhomes?

  1. Safety. 
  2. To be able to quickly slip behind the wheel and drive off whenever you want or need to.
  3. Length of stay. When you only stay a maximum of three nights packing up a motorhome is a lot easier than packing up a caravan.
  4. Layout – front seats swivel round to form part of a living area.
  5. Ongoing costs – only one vehicle to insure and fuel consumption is lower than if towing.

Will you join Team Caravan or  Motorhome?

Take your time to check out all the details you can before buying one or the other. Make sure you talk to reputable businesses, go for a testdrive and consider to buy second-hand first.

We are sure you will have lots of fun checking everything out and of course, we’d love to help you find your perfect matching second-hand Motorhome!

Would you like to add anything to our basic list? Please feel free to comment or send us an email.

SCC Team

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