What to consider before buying an RV

What to Consider Before Buying an RV

Ingrid FeaginArticles

If you’re an RV newbie, the process of deciding what kind of RV you should buy can be overwhelming. Whether you’re traveling near or far it’s crucial to avoid making any huge decisions without taking into consideration the different features, price ranges, and finding an RV that meets all of your needs. 

What are some things you should think about before taking the plunge? We’ve compiled a list of some of the most important questions to ask yourself before you purchase an RV.

How do you plan on using it? 

When thinking about purchasing an RV you need to realistically understand how much you will use it. Work, school schedules, and other commitments may affect how often you can get away. There’s also a difference between an RV for weekend traveling and full-time living. 

How many people are you accommodating? 

Consider how many beds and how much room you’ll need to be comfortable. Don’t forget to account for everyone, including an extra passenger or 2 just in case, as well as room for pets if you have any. It’s all about the floorplan!

Where do you want to camp? 

If you’re wanting to stay off-grid more often than not, solar power options and large water tanks can help you stay off grid longer. If you’d rather feel like you’re staying in a 5-star hotel, RV resorts are definitely for you.  

Should you buy new or used? 

Newer RVs are going to have the most up-to-date features with no miles and pricing will range around $45,000 to $1 million while a used RV will come with a lower price but more wear and tear from the previous owner. 

Which RV is best for me? 

When figuring out what type of RV to buy it can feel like there are thousands of options.. The first question you should ask yourself is do you want to tow or drive your RV? A towable RV is pulled behind your vehicle. This includes travel trailers, pop-up campers, teardrop trailers, fifth wheels, and toy haulers. 

Motorhomes are drivable and the different types are Class A, Class B, and Class C RVs.

We hope this article answered some of your questions and will help you make an informed purchase! 

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