Buying your first RV is much more than a simple financial transaction. It’s learning how to drive or tow it, how to do your maintenance and adjusting to new gas mileage. Buying an RV is a long-term investment in adventure that isn’t right for everyone. If you’re considering buying an RV, you need to go into it carefully.
Buying Your First RV
Overwhelmed by everything there is to consider before heading out to buy an RV? There’s a lot to consider, from floor plans to amenities. Don’t let that stop you from finding the perfect RV. Follow these tips and you’ll be on your way:
- Do Your Research
- Make a List of Desired Features
- Ask an RV Owner
- Visit an RV Showroom
- Hit The Road
1) Do Your Research
It helps to do a little research before you start shopping in earnest. Get to know the verbiage, various types of models and a baseline for prices. Look at your own budget and let that guide the research process.
2) Make a List of Desired Features
Traveling with an RV, like most forms of travel, involves compromises and trade-offs. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer number of features in a single RV. So start comparing models and create a solid list of what features you absolutely need, want, or can live without. This will help you avoid falling for an RV that may not work well for your needs, or ending up with a luxury travel trailer when a basic pop-up camper would have done just fine.
3) Ask an RV Owner
The best sources of information on how an RV work in the real world are owners themselves. RV specs can tell you that the water heater is six gallons, but only an actual owner can tell you if you can take several showers with that. Think about what you really want to know. What do they love about their RV? What do they wish they could change? These kinds of insights are invaluable.
4) Visit an RV Showroom
This is the part that most people dread. If you’ve ever been to a car dealership then you’ve encountered more than your share of pushy salespeople. This kind of selling can take the fun out of the process, making you feel pressured and overwhelmed. Be sure to choose a reputable, local RV dealership. That way, when a sales member asks if they can help, you can be honest and tell them what you’re looking for, rather than having to lie and say “We’re just looking” so they’ll leave you alone.
Pro Tip: Be honest at the RV dealership. The more your sales rep knows about you and what you want to use your RV for, the better they can assist you.
5) Hit The Road
The best part of the process is hitting the road in your new RV! There are so many memories to be made, and so many adventures waiting for you. When you put in the time and trust in professionals to help guide you, you’re sure to find the perfect RV for you and your family.
A Community of RV Travelers
There is so much camaraderie among RV and trailer campers. When you pull into a national park or campground, you’ll probably get help backing-in, leveling your rig, or finding your way around. It’s a great feeling knowing there are lots of folks that were once first time RV owners, now experienced pros happy to help out and share their knowledge.
Contact Us to learn more about buying your first RV without the usual pressure.