Is Now the Time To Trade Up To a New RV?

The RV lifestyle is a wonderful thing.

2012 Newmar Dutch Star Diesel Pusher at Leaf Verde RV Resort, Buckeye, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

2012 Newmar Dutch Star Diesel Pusher at Leaf Verde RV Resort, Buckeye, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Nothing else allows you to travel North America and beyond while enjoying all of the comforts of home like RV ownership. No long airport layovers, cramped car rides, and perhaps best of all, no more overpriced hotel rooms.

Whether you own a teardrop camper trailer or a luxurious diesel-powered motor coach, RVing grants you the freedom to roam when and where you want before planting your stakes at a rustic campground or scenic RV resort.

Every year, thousands of RVers trade up to a new recreational vehicle with more room and newer, more advanced amenities. There comes a time when every RV owner, whether they’ve had their coach for two years or 20, decides it’s time to upgrade.

For you, that time may be now. Or perhaps you’re not quite sure. You’ve entertained the thought. Heck, you may even like the idea, but you’re not 100 percent convinced you would benefit from moving up.

Either way, it’s tough to know where to begin—and how to go about—the RV trade in process.

A diesel pusher and fifth wheel trailer at RV Park at Rolling Hills Casino, Corning, California. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

A diesel pusher and fifth wheel trailer at RV Park at Rolling Hills Casino, Corning, California. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

This series of articles will discuss:

  • The five major signs it could be time to trade up to a new RV
  • How to evaluate the condition of your RV inside and out
  • How to prepare your RV for maximum return
  • How to determine what your RV is worth

5 Signs It Could Be Time To Trade Up To a New RV

This article will help you decide if now is the right time to trade up, before taking you through the four major stages of the RV trade in process.

1. You Need More Space

Children, grandchildren, cousins, friends, family, pets—they all represent loved ones with whom you cherish spending time. Unfortunately, your current setup may not have the room, sleeping options, or storage to accommodate all, or even some, of your guests. A new, smarter, and more spacious floor plan with could be just what you need.

2. You Need More Power

Traveling the country can feel like a chore when you don’t have enough horsepower at your disposal, especially if your motorhome is packed to the brim or towing a vehicle. If you find yourself climbing hilly terrain and it’s obvious your coach’s engine isn’t having it, it may be time for something with a more capable powerplant.

A variety of RVs at A+ Motel & RV Park, Sulphur (near Lake Charles), Louisiana © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

A variety of RVs at A+ Motel & RV Park, Sulphur (near Lake Charles), Louisiana © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

3. You Desire a More Advanced Chariot

Thanks to recent innovations, RVs have become much more user-friendly and advanced than they used to be. Residential-quality kitchen appliances, assisted steering, LED TVs, ultra-maneuverable chassis, and automatic generators all represent available technology that might be missing from your current motorhome, travel trailer, or fifth-wheel.

4. You’re Ready To Become a Snowbird or Go Full-Time

Should you find yourself on the cusp of becoming a “half-timer” or “full-timer,” you may discover that your weekender RV isn’t up to the task of acting as your primary residence. Features and comforts you never thought about become necessary to living a comfortably on a half-time or full-time basis. In this sounds like your situation, a larger, more residential arrangement is the answer.

5. Your Current RV Is Ready To Bite the Dust

An aging recreational vehicle increases your chances of experiencing one of several financial and safety-related pitfalls. Nothing is worse than ending up stranded on the side of the road. If your RV has been a less-than-reliable travel companion lately, it may be time to cut your losses.

What’s more, not many folks want to spend time in an RV that’s clearly seen better days. If you consider your coach or trailer to be your second (or only) home, you may find moving up to a safe, dependable, and all-around eye-pleasing new travel vehicle to be the right call.

Boler travel trailer at White Tank Mountains Regional Park Campground, a Maricopa County Park. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Boler travel trailer at White Tank Mountains Regional Park Campground, a Maricopa County Park. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Whatever your reasoning for trading up, this series of articles can assist you in navigating the most important aspects of trading in your current unit.

Please Note: In future articles we’ll discuss how to evaluate the condition of your current RV, some easy ways to prepare your RV for maximum return, ways to accurately determine your current rig’s actual value, and why it’s probably a better idea to trade your RV in rather than selling it yourself.

Worth Pondering…

RVing puts the world at your doorstep. Wherever your doorstep happens to be.

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