Ready to buy the RV of your dreams? If your answer is yes, then you should know that there are some things you need to consider before giving in to your wanderlust feelings and actually making the purchase.
Factors such as where and when to buy, price, floor plans, warranties and so on can turn your dream RV into a horrible nightmare. To make sure you prevent the buyer’s remorse and enjoy life and traveling in an RV to the fullest, here are some important aspects to take into consideration before buying such a vehicle.
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Do your research first
One of the golden rules of purchasing major items (and less important ones, for that matter) is to always do your research. If you’re thinking of buying an RV for you and your family, Bob Hamilton, founder of RV Dream, suggests starting with online resources. “There are many RV forums online, and seasoned RVers are more than happy to share opinions on their coaches,” he says.
Be practical about it
Apart from online sources of information, it’s important to experience life in an RV for yourself. “Rent an RV and do a weekend or longer with it to decide if you like the lifestyle. There are many different sizes and kinds of RVs — classes A, B, and C, travel trailers, fifth wheels, toy haulers, and more. Your perfect RV depends on the size of your family, how often and where you are going to travel to, and how comfortable you are with driving. The big class As are wonderful but for many, they are very scary to drive,” recommends Hamilton.
Something else that could be of use to you in making up your mind is to go to an RV park, and find out more about “other people’s rigs and get their personal critiques on the good and the bad,” Hamilton says. “RVers are almost always friendly and willing to share their stories.”