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Want to get into motorcaravanning but don't have a massive budget? Don't worry!
There's plenty out there on the used motorhomes for sale pages – and keeping your budget modest doesn't mean missing out. We've found a trio of super secondhand ’vans to prove this point!
Indeed, you shouldn't expect anything less in terms of aftersales service from the dealers you buy from, whatever price you pay.
All three motorhomes we're featuring here were, at the time of writing, on sale for less than £20,000, which is a typical starting price for many considering their first ventures into motorhome ownership.
Buying from the right dealer can make all the difference in terms of support – from general advice to knowing how to source spares and fix little glitches, as well as backing it up with a suitable warranty.
It’s at lower price levels that dealers’ own warranties are more effective – there’s potentially far less quibbling over minor details.
There’s also the peace of mind of knowing that your purchase will have been fully serviced prior to purchase – both the base vehicle and the habitation aspect – and is fully ready for the next stage of its life, with you.
So, let's get stuck in!
As good as new – 2003 (03-plate) Benimar Aereo 6000 CC
This low-mile, French-bedded Benimar is packed full with all the extras you could need.
The Benimar features a generous specification and a very keen price.
This Aereo is based on the Maxi version of Fiat’s Ducato, as evidenced by the 16in wheels, with the beefy 2.8-litre turbodiesel engine. It’s had five owners, but they’ve kept the mileage down and looked after it well.
It’s also packed with kit, such as rear automotive heating, an electric sunroof, and a solar panel. It’s best used as a two-berth.
There’s a front lounge with swivelled cab seats and two short settees around a rectangular table.
The kitchen's spec includes a Smev cooker (four gas rings, a separate oven and grill), a circular sink, and an automatic energy selection fridge/freezer with an added microwave above.
The washroom is in the nearside corner. Features include a clear window, a swivelling toilet, a small corner sink and a fully lined shower cubicle.
It also has a full-size bed with minimal cut-away, and a large side window.
This motorhome has a lot of owner add-ons, including various hooks, a clock in the lounge, and a kitchen roll holder. The TV fitting in the overcab area has a DIY look to it, too.
Also, remember that the satellite dish pushes the ’van's overall height quite a way over 3m.
- Price now: £18,995
- Price new: £38,760
- Base: Fiat Ducato Maxi
- Engine: 2.8-litre turbodiesel, 127bhp
- First registered: 2003
- Mileage: 24,000
- Berths/travel seats: 4/2
- Length/width/height: 6.76/2.21/2.95m
- MTPLM: 3500kg
- Payload: 600kg
- Extras: Awning, bike rack, towbar, stereo, TV, microwave, satellite system, Fiamma door lock, habitation air-con
- Plus points: Superbly equipped, low mileage
- Minus point: Several DIY modifications
Value for money – 2004 (54-plate) Bessacarr E425
A brilliant Bessie for two, with extra-cosy sleeping quarters, for less than £20k.
A Gaslow system and a Beeny Box exterior storage locker are among the extras here, but some of the other changes are of more interest.
There’s a reinforced section of floor in the habitation doorway, for instance. Doorways are subject to more use than other areas, so this could be a handy update.
Check out the overcab bed, too, and you’ll see it has a custom-made, thicker, one-piece mattress. This causes it to lose its ability to hinge up to allow easier access from the cab to the living zone. Still, the original, much thinner two mattress pieces are still here.
There are no additional travel seats, but you can sleep two more at the back by extending the seating.
The washroom behind the driver’s seat has an owner-added duck-themed shower curtain, which gives it a lift.
The kitchen along the nearside has a Smev cooker with four gas rings and separate oven and grill, while a Dometic fridge sits under the sink, which also features a plastic cover-cum-chopping board.
- Price now: £19,995
- Price new: £30,742
- Base: Fiat Ducato
- Engine: 2.3-litre turbodiesel, 108bhp
- First registered: November 2004
- Mileage: 38,499
- Berths/travel seats: 4/2
- Length/width/height: 6.16/2.22/3m
- MTPLM: 3400kg
- Payload: 507kg
- Extras: Beeny Box, Gaslow system, awning, bike rack, Pioneer stereo system
- Plus points: Keenly priced, popular two-person layout
- Minus point: No airbag for passenger
Super saver – 2001 (X-reg) Hymer B-Class 584
Here’s your chance to buy into legendary Hymer build quality at a knock-down price – so where’s the catch?
A Hymer for less than £18,000? What’s the catch?
Well, it is left-hand drive. This needn’t be a deal-breaker, though, particularly if you subscribe to the theory that the larger the motorhome, the less important it is which side the steering wheel is on.
Moreover, left-hand drive could make sense if you plan to use your motorhome abroad.
The B 584 is one of Hymer’s most popular models in the UK. It is an initially curious two-berth/three-seater format, with a third captain’s-style travel seat in the lounge.
There’s Hymer’s A-class pull-down double bed over the cab, and other signature features include the wind-up sunroof.
This example is a vehicle that has been well used, although it remains solid. It’s had a chassis upgrade, but could be re-plated to its original 3500kg if required.
The payload on 3500kg would have started at 445kg, but the extras here will have eaten into this. That engine will have been an upgrade, too.
This Hymer B 584 has had five keepers, picking up quite a few DIY modifications along the way. If anything offends you, though, you could ask for it to be removed.
The other good news is that parts – although pricey – can be sourced from Hymer.
- Price now: £17,495
- Price new: £39,441
- Base: Fiat Ducato/Al-Ko
- Engine: 2.8-litre turbodiesel, 127bhp
- First registered: 2001
- Mileage: 106,870km
- Berths/travel seats: 2/3
- Length/width/height: 6/2.3/3m
- MTPLM: 3850kg
- Payload: From 450kg
- Extras: Side awning, awnings to lounge windows, SOG toilet fitting, triple bike rack, external TV socket
- Plus points: Build quality, plenty of handy extras
- Minus point: It’s LHD
The small print
- Vehicles are viewed and reported on as seen. Bear in mind that this is usually before any base-vehicle and habitation servicing, including any rectification work, before they go on to their next owners.
- Dimension and payload figures refer to official measurements before the addition of any extras, unless stated otherwise.
- Call ahead before making any visit to see a featured vehicle. Stock shifts fast!