Do you dream of quitting your job and traveling around the country in style? An RV may be a great purchase for you, even if you only plan to use it to go on a few trips. Some people like the idea of spending half the year in a motorhome, while others like home a little too much for this. The “house on wheels” concept is appealing to a lot of people, and RVs enjoy a well loved position in the driving world.
There are a lot of options out there, and it would be silly to even try to recommend a specific model or even a specific type. But there are some questions that you need to think about before you plunk down the money for a motorhome.
First and foremost, you need to figure out a budget. Even though you can’t pin down exactly what you want, you automatically know how much you’re willing to spend on the purchase. Just like shopping for a car, you know how much is “too much”, because you don’t have an unlimited supply of money. So before you even go into the showroom, you need to think about how much cash you want to spend. While it’s true that you can get a loan to purchase an RV, it’s better if you can find one that fits a cash price you had in mind. Why add another loan to pay every month?
Next, you want to look at different types of RV models. You have everything from fifth wheels that attach to a truck, to full scale motorhomes. Talking to multiple people that have owned different types of RVs is ideal when you’re trying to figure out which direction that you want to go.
On the fence about RVing for a long time? You may want to get an RV that is designed to last a few years of full time use, and then trade it in for a higher quality RV later.
Do you want something that will let you test out a full RV lifestyle? Going cheap is a great way to do that. If you find that this lifestyle isn’t for you, you’re not on the hook for a really pricey RV that isn’t going to suit your needs. Some people even get a pop up trailer just to see if they like the idea of camping to that extreme. Continue reading