Shopping for an 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 the best of you.
Here are 8 things you need to think about while at the dealership to get the right RV for you and your family’s needs.
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 you from making a bad decision.
Wants and Needs.
Think about what you need in your RV and make sure the units you are looking at fit those needs. 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 or a larger oven. These things can be great to have, but you often don’t really need them for your trips.
Your Fellow Travelers.
Who will be traveling with you? What are the wants and needs of those travelers? 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.
The Gear You’ll Take Along.
Are you a mountain bike? A snowshoe enthusiast? What about paddle boarding? If you like to do things outside that requires any amount of gear, you need to make sure your RV can accommodate those things.
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.
Motorhome or Towable.
This is a personal choice. Many people love their 5th wheels and travel trailers, but many others wouldn’t give up their Class C or Class A motorhome for anything. It all depends on what you want and how you plan to travel and camp in your RV.
Length and Width.
Longer RVs offer more space, but they’re also more difficult to maneuver and won’t be permitted in some campgrounds. Think about what’s more important to you. Are you confident you can handle towing an RV? What about driving a huge motorhome? Do you have the right tow vehicle for your RV?
Insurance and Other Costs.
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. All of this should really be factored into your budget.
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