Do Your Homework When Choosing an RV

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.

Our 2012 Newmar Dutch Star at Two Rivers Landing RV Resort in Sevierville, Tennessee © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Our 2012 Newmar Dutch Star at Two Rivers Landing RV Resort in Sevierville, Tennessee © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

RV Shows

RV shows are a great place to begin exploring what’s out there. These events allow you to explore different RV manufacturers and models while providing you with an opportunity to speak with dealer and manufacturer representatives, as well as other owners and shoppers in an ideal setting where your questions can be answered.

You’ll also be able to compare floor plans and features side-by-side.

Aside from dealers and manufacturers, individuals representing virtually every aspect of the RV lifestyle are present at most events, so you can discover a wealth of knowledge that goes beyond your purchase decision.

A variety of RVs at Bellingham RV Park in Bellingham, Washington. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

A variety of RVs at Bellingham RV Park in Bellingham, Washington. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

RV Manufacturers

Even if you are not leaning toward a particular manufacturer, information provided by the companies that build recreational vehicles can be helpful in familiarizing yourself with the latest and greatest models being offered by each brand, as well as the principles and values that guide each organization.

If possible, visit the manufacturers you are considering, as many offer tours of their facilities. Manufacturer websites and brochures are also helpful in knowing the big players in the RV industry. Just as it is essential to find a reputable dealer, it is equally important to make sure a manufacturer you are considering stands behind its products.

A Diesel Pusher Class A motorhome at Hacienda RV Park in Las Cruces, New Mexico © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

A Country Coach Diesel Pusher Class A motorhome at Hacienda RV Park in Las Cruces, New Mexico © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Internet

Of course, there are plenty of ways to do your homework online using sites like vogeltalksrving.com. Sites like these provide news on the latest and greatest in RVs and the RV lifestyle along with reviews on many of the newest trends and models available.

Internet forums are a good way to obtain honest feedback from current owners and learn from their experiences.

Publications

Print publications are still a great place to find reviews and other helpful insights when searching for a new RV. Magazines such as MotorHome, Trailer Life, Family RVing (formerly FMCA magazine), and RV Gazette can shed additional light on a model you’re considering.

A travel trailer at Las Quintas Oasis RV Resort in Yuma, Arizona. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

A Keystone Outback travel trailer at Las Quintas Oasis RV Resort in Yuma, Arizona. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Tips For Choosing Your RV

Take notes on each coach you see, focusing on your likes and dislikes.

Do not accept that what you want is not available, because it probably is.

Do not underestimate the importance of selecting the right floor plan for your needs.

Remember that what is important to someone else may not be important to you. For example, an outdoor entertainment center or kitchen may or may not be on your radar.

When exploring a coach that interests you, interact with the unit as much as you can—sit in the seats, test several features, adjust the mirrors, extend the slides, and walk around the interior as if you were already living inside, making sure there is enough room for you and your travel companions.

A travel trailer with rear patio at The Springs at Borrego RV Resort and Gold Course in Borrego Springs, California © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

A travel trailer with rear patio at The Springs at Borrego RV Resort and Gold Course in Borrego Springs, California © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Examine the overall fit and finish of every RV you view, paying special attention to the quality of the materials used and the workmanship.

Choosing the right options is important. You may think you can get by with less, but foregoing useful components can leave you without the items you really need to enjoy life’s highway.

If a certain level of privacy is important to you, keep that in mind while touring a particular model.

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.

A travel trailer Whispering Hills RV Park in Georgetowm, Kentucky © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

A travel trailer Whispering Hills RV Park in Georgetowm, Kentucky © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Worth Pondering…

The road to success is always under construction.

—Lily Tomlin

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