Which motorhome brand is best

Ashlee Rose

Written by Ashlee Rose

Comparing motorhome brands can be quite challenging and its safe to say pretty confusing. Everyone has an opinion, friends will tell you one thing, dealers the next. So how does one really make sense of the confusion? 

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We help hundreds of customers every year who get quite overwhelmed by all this, at times contradicting information, and are anxious about making the wrong choice. Some of our top tips for them to help clear the cloud of confusion are: 

  1. Keep clear in your mind what you are hoping to achieve/ what lifestyle are you wanting on the road? 
  2. Buy a motorhome that suits that need not the other way around. 
  3. Don't try and mold or change the motorhome in order to achieve the vision mentioned in point 1. If the shoe doesn't fit the shoe doesn't fit. 
  4. Speak to a product consultant in depth and learn about not only the product but what your unique lifestyle is going to be, do your research- you don't know what you don't know
  5. Compare apples with apples - have a list of non-negotiable and when you narrow product down compare specification against specification e.g. water capacity, battery capacity but also consider things like build quality, experience, resale value and who you are choosing to do business with?

So what motorhome brands are best? Well that is up to you to decide based on the above points and of course how you intend on using the motorhome. One brand will be far better for full time living than others because of it's specification and suitability for that type of lifestyle for example. Others will be better for campgrounds and weekend warriors (those who are still working and keen to get away for the weekends and short breaks).

We've put together the following table to help you do your research and compare the most popular specification requirements across popular brands... we hope this helps you to make a wise ;-) TrailLite choice!  

This exercise has made it clear to me actually how difficult it is to research motorhome brands. Specification is one thing but there is so much more to it than that especially when things become a bit same same. I understand now more than ever before the importance of a needs assessment with our product consultants. Learning by researching products on the internet has the potential to become a costly mistake especially when nothing really makes it clear if these "brands" are right for me or my needs!  

Motorhome Brand Price Range  Number of Floorplans  Fresh Water  Grey Water  Solar  Base Vehicle Drive Made Where?
Auto-Sleeper from $145,000  11  71-130L  71L 80w Mercedes Benz or Fiat Ducato Rear Wheel Drive or Front Wheel Drive  UK 
Auto-Trail from $142,000* 30- various ranges within the brand including van style 70-140L 70-140L 100w Fiat Ducato Front Wheel Drive UK
Allisee Supremacy  POA 1 - slide-out  250L 230L  300w Mercedes Benz Sprinter 519 Rear Wheel Drive NZ
Avida From $144,206(Fiat Model) 124-250L 100-125L Up to 2 solar panels - some models don't come standard Fiat Ducato, Mercedes Benz or Iveco  Rear Wheel Drive or Front Wheel Drive  NZ 
Bailey Motorhomes  From $142,995 12 - 2 brands Autograph and Advance 93.5-95L- Upgrade to additional 50L 93.5 Upgrade to additional 50L 100w Peugeot  Front Wheel Drive UK
Benimar Mileo from $133,000 11  120L 105L 150w Fiat Ducato Front Wheel Drive Spain 
Benimar Tessoro from $132,000 120L  105L 150w  Ford Transit Front Wheel Drive Spain 
Coastal  POA 6 215L 215L 150w Mercedes Benz V6  Rear Wheel Drive NZ
Kea 2018 Kea Cascade $114,990 ? ? ? ? Mercedes Benz Rear Wheel Drive NZ 
TrailLite 300+  From $206,000 3 of the most popular floorplans 275L 220L 150w with 260 amp/hr battery Volswagon Crafter Rear Wheel Drive NZ
TrailLite 500 Series From $210,565 4 floorplans with interior color scheme customization options 275L 220L 150w with 260 amp/hr battery Mercedes Benz Rear Wheel Drive NZ
TrailLite 700 Series  From $239,697 7 floorplans with interior color scheme customization options 400L 220L  150w with 260 amp/hr battery Iveco Daily  Rear Wheel Drive NZ
TrailLite 900 Series  From $224,829  4 floorplans with interior color scheme customization options 400-600L 220-400L 150w with 260 amp/hr battery Isuzu or Fuso Canter Rear Wheel Drive NZ

 

There are so many variables to answer the question what is the best motorhome brand however the above should give you some guide around the variation that exists and the importance of finding the right brand for you. 

Right brand by lifestyle: 

  • TrailLite 900 Series is great for people looking to live full time in a motorhome 
  • TrailLite 700 Series is for people who don't want to compromise and are looking to enjoy exploring off the beaten track with more power under the engine
  • TrailLite 500 Series perfect for people who are looking for a bit of choice and uniqueness in the interior but like the car like drive of a Mercedes Benz 
  • TrailLite 300+ is great for people looking for good quality, rear wheel drive and good value- represents amazing value for money
  • Benimar is perfect for the budget conscious traveler looking for value, good specification for the price tag and looking to enjoy long weekends away. 

As you can see each brand is going to suit a different need and lifestyle! 

The information provided below is intended as a guide only and should not substitute for your own research. Prices were correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of righting and are subject to change. Please note these are also not updated. 

Happy researching!

Buyers Guide to Motorhomes and Caravans from TrailLite

 

Ashlee Rose

Written by Ashlee Rose

Ashlee is the Marketing Manager at TrailLite who loves traveling both New Zealand and abroad. She loves the ocean, the beach, the sun and all things outdoorsy and adventurous!