Written by Caitlyn Smalley
So, you’re buying an RV? You are about to embark on exciting journeys, new roads, and so much more! We’re thrilled to be a part of your experience. Whether you’re a solo adventurer or a family wanting to embrace all that nature has to offer, we’ve got out top tips and tricks to make your RV purchase a smooth one.
What is The Allure of RVing?
There are so many things to love when it comes to RVing; being out in nature, away from the hustle and bustle of daily tasks, connecting with loved ones, the list goes on and on. Not only that but having on RV allows you to explore nature at the drop of a hat. No more planning trips weeks or months in advance. With an RV, you can hop on the road with your camper in tow and escape on a new adventure.
Understanding Your Needs
When it comes to adventure, knowing the type of camping you plan to do is crucial. A few factors to consider are your family size, travel frequency, destination, amenities, etc. From there, you can narrow down the types of campers you’ll want to look at. Plus, this will help your salesperson shop with you, ensuring you get the perfect camper for your lifestyle.
Next, look at the RV types; what will you be most comfortable in (class A, B, C, travel trailer, truck camper, fifth wheel, etc.)? This decision can also be narrowed down by the type of camping you plan on doing as mentioned above. If the plan is off grid camping, a class A motorhome might not be best for you. These two decisions will go hand in hand when shopping for your new rig.
Setting a Budget:
Once you’ve nailed down your RV, it’s time to look at costs associated with it. Most dealerships will work with lenders who you’ll be able to finance your RV through. Keep in mind, unlike a vehicle, an RV is considered a luxury item. So, when you’re applying for a loan your interest rate might be higher or they may require a down payment.
Most importantly, make sure you can afford the monthly payment. Have a number in mind, high and low, and stay within your range.
Other costs to keep in mind will be insurance and gap coverage, maintenance, fuel and propane, campsite expenses, cable and internet expenses.
New Vs. Used RVs
Pros of Buying a New RV:
Warranty: New RVs typically come with manufacturer warranties, providing coverage for repairs and maintenance for a certain period.
Latest Features: New models often incorporate the latest technology, amenities, and design improvements.
Customization: You may have more options for customization or upgrades when buying new, tailoring the RV to your preferences.
Pros of Buying a Used RV:
Lower Cost: Used RVs are generally more affordable than new ones, allowing you to get more features for your budget.
Reduced Depreciation: The most significant depreciation often occurs in the first few years, so buying used can mean less loss in value.
Potential for Upgrades: If buying an older model, you may have the opportunity to upgrade certain components or features.
Ultimately, the decision depends on your budget, preferences, and priorities. Some find the value in buying new for peace of mind and the latest features, while others prefer the cost savings and wider selection available in the used market. It’s crucial to inspect any used RV thoroughly and consider factors like maintenance records and condition before making a purchase.
Our Final Thoughts
Owning an RV is all about embracing a lifestyle of freedom and exploration. Remember to research thoroughly, stick to your budget, and choose an RV that suits your needs.