3 Things To Consider When Buying An RV

Here we go, 3 things to consider when buying an RV

If you’ve begun your journey into the RV lifestyle let me be the first to say congratulations! There is no substitute for the freedom and unlimited possibilities an RV offers. Not to mention how far the features and amities have advanced from the dawn of RVing almost a century ago. These are definitely not Grandpa’s camper anymore! But as you start shopping you’ll find there is many brands, styles, and models. With so many options, deciding where to start or even when to stop, it can become overwhelming. The truth is there is no such thing as a “bad” RV, however picking out one that doesn’t suit your needs can be a bad decision. This article will discuss quickly the big three areas to cover when you shop around. 

Type

From massive fifth wheels that can store your favorite toys like motorcycles or four wheelers to compact trailers that pop up and expand, you need to decide how you’ll use your new camper. A few questions to answer would be:

  • Will we use it a few times or most weekends throughout the year?
  • Will these trips be short term or extended stays?
  • Are the terrains more flat at the coast or rocky in the mountains?
  • Do we need something more designed for hot, cold, or both?
  • What can we tow now or will we buy another tow vehicle?

Of course there are many more questions to answer but you get the idea. It is best to understand fully what your needs will be because your requirements will begin your shopping in the right direction.

Function

Once you have a better idea on the type you want you’ll need to uncover what kind of function you will need. Some questions you might ask are:

  • How many people will travel with us on average?
  • Would we need many sleeping places like in a bunkhouse model?
  • What kind of layout would be best for us? 
  • How about counter space, storage compartments, bathroom and shower sizes?
  • What about amenities like an outdoor kitchen, bike rack, or a second half bath?

Too many times have I’ve seen a salesman put customers into a unit without either party understanding what the needs are and end up with an RV that doesn’t work. And sometimes it is because the buyer gets distracted by price and settles. There is no such thing as a good deal on the wrong unit so make sure your new RV matches what you need first, then shop the price. Now for the last thing in the 3 things to consider when buying an RV.

Construction 

Now that you determined the type and function’s it’s time to narrow down on a unit built for the long haul. I’m talking about how it is constructed. 

At first glance most RV’s look identical with similar floor plans, exterior styles, and common features. But when you get down to the nuts and bolts it is a whole other ballpark and depending on how you plan to use it and for how long will determine which brand will be the right fit for you. Typically your “entry level” type models are built fairly cheap which might steer you away but if you just need something for a few trips here and there then it is your best bet price wise. But if you want something that can withstand colder weather or hotter summers maybe you need an RV with better insulation and designed with 3 seasons in mind. Some owners might live in their unit full time and need a more residential feel. You get what you pay for in the RV business so keep a reasonable budget that mirrors your needs then look around for the best deal. Just don’t buy on price alone because I’ve learned “all that glitter ain’t gold”.

There you have it, the 3 things to consider when buying an RV. I wrote this is to help educate those looking into the RV lifestyle and I wish your first purchase to be your best decision. I have worked as a consultant in the RV business and very passionate in helping others. Also if you would like more in-depth information or ideas check out www.gonewiththewynns.com and here if you want to see the 3 myths to buying used RV’s. Good luck and happy camping!

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