4 Key Tips For Purchasing a New RV

Buying a new recreational vehicle is one of the biggest purchases you’ll ever make, so it should come as no surprise that choosing the right one is no small decision.

Maybe you’ll be joining the 1.3 million Americans who live in their RV fulltime, or perhaps you’re a snowbird escaping the frigid cold and snow of another northern winter, or you’re a millennial looking to use less space and collect experiences over material possessions. Regardless of the way you plan to use your recreational vehicle, electing to spend quality time with the ones you love while discovering our two great countries is an exciting step that will lead you on countless adventures, helping to create a lifetime of memories you’ll cherish forever.

Our 2012 Dutch Star at Capital City RV Park in Montgomery, Alabama. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Our 2012 Dutch Star at Capital City RV Park in Montgomery, Alabama. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Just like modern automobiles, today’s RVs are a long way from the campers of old. Many come designed and equipped to feel like home, because for many, this is home.

To hit the open road with minimal setbacks, you need information on the most important aspects of purchasing your new RV that will help you feel confident when it comes time to make your  selection.

Whether you are considering the interior features, high-tech amenities like Wi-Fi and charging stations, or the amount of available interior and basement storage—even the quality of the paint finish—it all matters, but the process of deciding what’s right for you doesn’t have to be overwhelming.

The MotorCoach Resort in Chandler, Arizona. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Tuscany Thor Motor Coach at The MotorCoach Resort in Chandler, Arizona. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

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

Best of all, there is an RV for just about every budget and every family. It just takes some time to find it.

Whether you are new to the RV lifestyle or a seasoned veteran, the following information can help you navigate the most important aspects of making your dream of owning an all-new recreational vehicle a reality.

Airstream trailer at River Run RV Park in Bakersfield, California. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Airstream trailer at River Run RV Park in Bakersfield, California. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Selecting an RV is a Big Decision—Do Your Research

When it comes to researching your new RV purchase, the last thing you want to be is hasty. It is important to take your time while considering your budget, wants and needs, future travel plans, and any other items you feel are important in making your decision, such as safety, quality, and reliability.

The Differences Between Gas, Diesel, and Luxury Diesel RVs

One of the primary aspects involved in selecting a new RV is making a decision on the type of RV you need.

Harvest Moon RV Park in Adairsville, Georgia. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Harvest Moon RV Park in Adairsville, Georgia. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

The debate between gas vs. diesel motorhome engines has fueled many hours of debate within the RV community. It can be difficult knowing which way to go. There is no right or wrong option, just advantages and disadvantages worth considering.

Not All RV Manufacturers Are Created Equal

Once you are able to determine much of what you want in an RV, you can begin to research the manufacturers and decide which company you will trust to build your new recreational vehicle.

Fifth-wheel trailer at Columbia Riverfront RV Park in Woodburn, Washington. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Solitude fifth-wheel trailer at Columbia Riverfront RV Park in Woodburn, Washington. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Take Your Time When Taking Delivery

Taking delivery of your just-built RV can be an incredibly exciting experience for you, your family—even a handful of your friends.

No matter if your brand-new RV was purchased off the lot or you special ordered it from the factory, it is essential that you plan to take considerable time examining your RV before you drive off on any road trips or adventures.

Conclusion

Take the time to ensure everything on your new RV is in working order and all of your questions have been answered. You’ll be glad you did.

Toy hauler fifth-wheel trailer at Gulf Coast RV Resort in Beaumont, Texas. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Road Warrior toy hauler fifth-wheel trailer at Gulf Coast RV Resort in Beaumont, Texas. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Whether you’re just beginning to consider the purchase of a new RV or are anxiously waiting to take delivery, remember to take your time and enjoy the opportunity to learn. An informed purchase is almost always a wise one. The more you know, the more confident you’ll be throughout the entire process.

In the interests of full disclosure, we currently own a 2012 Dutch Star diesel pusher. This is our fourth Newmar motorhome and Midtown RV in Penticton, British Columbia, is our trusted dealer.

Worth Pondering…

Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.

—Gloria Steinem

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