Things to Consider Before Buying an RV

Whether you are brand-new to the RVing scene or know the ropes like the back of your hand, it is always smart to research what goes into buying an RV before making the purchase. How many people will you be accommodating regularly? How often will you use the vehicle? Are you buying new or pre-owned? Don’t worry, several people are asking the same questions and we are here to help you find the answers!

Where To Start?

As you begin the RV purchasing process, you should be thinking specifically about the amenities and features that will fit your camping style. How will you be utilizing your RV? If you plan to live full-time in your RV or camp seasonally, you might find a Destination Trailer more suitable as they are taller, heavier, and more homelike than other models. Think about where you desire to travel and what types of adventures you want to take. Before visiting the dealership, make a checklist of the necessities you are looking for in an RV. For instance, you might want a unit with a full stove, air conditioning for camping in those warmer months, or perhaps extra storage space for your adventure gear. Having an estimate of how many people you will be traveling with on a regular basis is also key.
You will also need to determine if you are wanting a motorized vehicle or a towable trailer. Motorhomes, Class A, Class B, and Class C variations, are equipped with their own engines allowing for the best drivability and comfortable travel but do come at a higher price point. When purchasing a towable RV, you will need to identify if you have the necessary vehicle to tow your purchase. Travel trailers are able to be towed by most midsize cars, vans, and SUVs. A fifth wheel, which is often amongst the largest towable RVs, requires a pickup truck as they connect to the bed of the truck for maximum stability. Pop-up campers are an affordable, easy-to-tow option that gives campers modern amenities and a unique experience.

New or Pre-Owned?

After identifying the RV type that is right for you, you will also want to consider if you are buying a new or used unit. The condition of the recreational vehicle you purchase could be heavily dependent on your price range as pre-owned inventory typically comes at a lower price tag. However, a new RV will have the most up-to-date features available on the market today and no mileage or previous service history to worry about.
Prices for brand new RVs vary from region to region and change with consumer-chosen amenities and dealer-related fees. Most manufacturers will provide an MSRP sheet. MSRP stands for, “manufacturer’s suggested retail price,” which is often also referred to as the factory window sticker. These sheets include each standard and optional item included in that particular unit allowing you to compare apples to apples. Shopping for used RVs can potentially lower the price tag a considerable amount. Before shopping, check out NADA Guides to verify the current market value of the options you are exploring.

Added and Unforeseen Costs?

RVs require annual maintenance to keep things running smoothly, just like a car. RVs require annual maintenance to keep running smoothly and there may be additional unforeseen service and repair expenses. You also have to consider where you will park it during the off-season, such as a storage facility to keep your investment protected, and how much it costs to park at RV parks and campgrounds while you are traveling. We would also encourage you to purchase RV insurance for your recreational vehicle to protect you in the circumstance that your RV is damaged or is at a total loss. These are just a few of the additional costs that you should consider before purchasing a new or used RV for your adventures.

Is Financing an Option?

Purchasing an RV is a large investment. If you are purchasing your first RV, the number of loan options and additional requirements might seem daunting and overwhelming. Luckily when you purchase with a ROUTE 66 RV Network Dealer, experienced and knowledgeable professionals can make the process easier for you. Our network has connections with top RV lenders allowing you as the purchaser to be confident you are getting the most competitive interest rates. Before purchasing an RV, make sure you ask about financing options to maximize your purchase!

Your local ROUTE 66 RV Network Dealer can help you find the perfect RV for your camping needs and lifestyle. Visit an independently-owned RV dealership near you today to begin the RV purchasing process.

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