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.
Where you park your RV will play a heavy role into what type of RV you go for. For example, if you’re going to parks that were built in a time before super RVs, getting a huge one is probably a bad idea unless you’re willing to go with more modern campgrounds that have been modified to accommodate the bigger rigs. A bigger RV gives you more space, but a smaller RV gives you flexibility in choosing where you park.
If you’re planning on more short trips than long trips, then going with a towed trailer-RV is better than a full out motorhome. But if you go to a long term plan, then the motorhome can be better when it comes time to set up and break down.
Some showrooms try to pressure you into picking out more RV than what you actually need. Make sure that you go with what’s going to be most enjoyable for you. If you live in an area where there aren’t many hills, going with “extra power” is silly. On the flip side, if you travel to many hilly areas, the extra power could make all the difference.
The last area that you need to consider before you even step into the showroom would be to think about maintenance. Most people aren’t very good at fixing their vehicles, let alone something like an RV. A used RV will require some TLC, but they’re worth it in terms of the money you’ll save. But if you don’t know how to take care of your stuff, perhaps a newer RV is more your speed.
Make sure that any RV you buy has some type of warranty. An extended warranty plan has plenty of restrictions, but it can save you money if something covered breaks down.
Again, we hate to give you specific recommendations on which RV to pick up. But if you follow the tips here in this guide, you’re bound to find something that you’ll enjoy for the long haul!