Shopping for a new RV at an RV dealership should be an enjoyable experience. You’re picking your new home away from home! However, you still need to be ready to shop smart and not let your emotions and excitement get away from you.
Here are 10 things you need to think about while at the RV dealership. By taking the time to think about these 10 things, you’ll be able to get the right RV for you and your family’s needs.
1. Your Budget
Always start with what you can afford. If you get an RV that you can barely pay for, you’ll not spend much time traveling in it. Get an affordable option. What’s affordable differs from person-to-person, so come up with a number that’s right for you before you head to the dealer.
Once there, you can make a point not to even look at options outside of your price range. This will help keep you from making a bad decision.
2. Wants and Needs
These are two very different things and that’s something a lot of people don’t get. Think about what you actually need in your RV and make sure the units you’re looking at fit that.
Once you’ve identified RVs that have your needs, then you can start thinking about things you’d want to have in your RV. This can be something like a washer and dryer, a larger oven, etc. These things can be great to have, but you often don’t really need them for your trips.
3. Your Fellow Travelers
Who will be traveling with you? What are the wants and needs of those travelers? For example, do you have kids? Would it be smart to find an RV with two bathrooms? What about beds and sleeping arrangements? Don’t just think about what you want or what you and your spouse want. Think about everyone who will be traveling with you.
4. The Gear You’ll Take Along
Are you a mountain biker? A snowshoe enthusiast? What about paddleboarding? If you like to do things outside that requires any amount of gear at all, you need to make sure that your RV can accommodate those things.
5. New or Used
Everybody loves a new RV, but the fact of the matter is that a used one is usually way more economical and you’ll get a lot more for your money.
With that in mind, a used RV might be the way to go. However, this comes with the need to really check a unit out to ensure that everything works as designed and everything is in good condition. Think about what you want and why.
6. Motorhome or Towable
This is a personal choice. Many people love their fifth-wheels and travel trailers, but many others wouldn’t give up their Class C or Class A motorhomes for anything. It all depends on what you want and how you plan to travel and camp in your RV.
7. Length and Weight
Longer RVs offer more space, but they’re also more difficult to maneuver and won’t be permitted in some campgrounds. Shorter RVs are easy to get into just about any campsite and are much easier to maneuver out on the road, but they simply don’t offer as much space.
Think about what’s more important to you. Are you confident you can handle towing a large RV? What about driving a huge motorhome? Do you have the right tow vehicle for a super-heavy towable RV?
8. Insurance and Other Costs
This one should really be factored into your budget, but you need to think about Insurance and other costs, like maintenance when you’re thinking of the cost to own an RV.
Insurance and other costs can be very affordable, but they still need to be accounted for and thought about ahead of time. Don’t make any assumptions. Get insurance quotes and make sure to have some money ready and on-hand for RV repairs and maintenance.
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