Before You Buy The RV Of Your Dreams

It’s all about buying the RV of your dreams!

Purchasing an RV can be an exciting experience, but it can also be overwhelming, especially to the novice. Whether you are considering the interior accommodations, features, and technology or the amount of available interior and basement storage, it all matters, but the process of deciding what’s right for you doesn’t have to be overwhelming.

Live it well! Enjoy today! Do your dream! © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Live it well!
Enjoy today!
Do your dream! © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

You have many decisions to make when buying an RV. If you are new to the RV lifestyle, you owe it to yourself to become well informed before jumping in. What you don’t know before you buy that RV could come back to haunt you. Uninformed RV consumers are likely to make unwise choices financially, emotionally, and regarding safety.

It’s an exciting and huge purchase that should be carefully pursued. Many people get lost in the excitement and overlook some key factors and steps in the process.

It’s easy to get caught up in the moment and start fantasizing about the good times you’ll have cruising down a scenic highway in the RV of your dreams—but do the research first.

When contemplating the purchase of an RV, take your time, do your homework, talk to owners of similar types and brands of campers, attend RV shows, and locate a good reputable dealer who stands behind his products and provides quality service.

The first thing to remember when RV shopping is to set goals and stick with them. Key goals include establishing an RV budget, deciding on the RV type and size, deciding on the RV floor plan, features, and amenities, and narrowing down the manufactures to several choices that meet your criteria.

2012 Newmar Dutch Star Class A Diesel motorhome camped at Sunny Acres RV Park in sunny Las Cruces, New Mexico. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

2012 Newmar Dutch Star Class A Diesel motorhome camped at Sunny Acres RV Park in sunny Las Cruces, New Mexico. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Define Intended Use of RV

How do you plan to use your RV? What type of camping will you be doing? Weekend warrior? Summer vacation? Dry camping? RV park with full hookups? SnowbirdFull timer RVer?

Towable or Motorized?

For many families, towable RVs offer great flexibility and if you already own a vehicle that can serve as your tow vehicle, you are already half-way there. Motorized RVs on the other hand offer greater passenger comfort while on the road and some people find them easier to maneuver into a camping site.

List RV Amenities

Create a list of amenities that you would like to have in an RV based on your selected lifestyle. Divide the list into “must have” and “optional” sections.

Create a Budget

Knowing what you are able to afford and willing to spend will save you time by narrowing down your choices. An RV lifestyle can be relatively inexpensive or it may require a small fortune. Where you end up depends on your financial abilities and careful planning.

Fifth wheels have a split-level floor plan and offer a home-like atmosphere. Pictured above two fifth wheel trailers at Eagle View RV Resort in Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Fifth wheels have a split-level floor plan and offer a home-like atmosphere. Pictured above two fifth wheel trailers at Eagle View RV Resort in Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Monthly Payment Amount

Know what your monthly payment amount will be before you sign on the dotted line.

Maintenance Costs

Knowing the average annual maintenance costs can help you determine your yearly expenses.

Insurance

Annual insurance premiums can easily run thousands per year on a new RV. You will also want to explore coverage options. Obtain a quote prior to purchase.

Storing Your RV

Where are you going to park your new RV? Do you have a parking pad? Is your driveway large enough? Check local ordinances to determine legality.

The Big Decision

You have many decisions to make when choosing the RV of your dreams. By reviewing all the possibilities and paying close attention to your family’s needs and desires, you can make an effective RV choice that will facilitate many happy adventures.

Camping at White Tank Mountains, a Maricopa County Regional Park, Arizona. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Camping at White Tank Mountains, a Maricopa County Regional Park, Arizona. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Buying an RV is a major decision. But if you have a sense of adventure, a desire to explore, and a willingness to find your own fun, RVing might be just what you need. Do it!

Worth Pondering…

Never forget your dreams.

—Corczak

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