6 Things to Know Before Buying an RV
Dreaming of hitting the open road with your family in tow? There’s no better way to experience everything Mother Nature has to offer without sacrificing the convenience of home than by traveling via RV. But before you take the plunge, it’s important to do some research so you’re confident while you make your purchase.
Read these 6 tips to help get you started on your RV-buying journey:
Make sure the RV lifestyle is for you. There’s nothing worse than making a purchase and regretting it — especially when it’s a big purchase. Combat buyer’s remorse by thinking long and hard about whether or not an RV would fit your lifestyle — and whether or not you have the time to use it.
Assess the hidden costs. Just like owning a car, an RV requires periodic maintenance to keep things running smoothly. And depending on where you park it, both in season and in the off-season, there will be costs for campgrounds, RV parks, and off-site storage location. There’s also the costs of fuel and insurance, plus a vehicle if you’re towing your RV. Lastly, you’ll have to keep in mind costs on the road — meals, travel, plus perks like internet, satellite TV and streaming services.
Choose smart. There are a handful of different types of RV’s — from campers that fit in the bed of a truck to fully-equipped motorhomes. Take stock of your budget, the amount of space you’ll need, and the type of usability you prefer before taking the plunge.
New vs. used. Whether you buy a brand new RV or a used RV is totally up to the buyer. While buying a new RV typically means less initial maintenance issues and a warranty from the manufacturer, the downside is that the value tends to depreciate quicker than cars. On the flip side, buying used can save you a ton of money, but they also can bring higher maintenance costs.
Buy from the pros. RV dealers and RV shows are some of the best places to buy an RV, since they are run by people who know the business and are fully equipped to answer your questions. If you know the brand you’d like, you can also contact manufacturers. Lastly, there are also some great resources online like Ebay, Camping World, and RV-selling websites to help you find your perfect rig.
What to look for. Before buying an RV, it’s best to know what you’re looking for. Take a close look at each RV’s fuel economy, floorplan, and livability, and make sure it fits both in your budget and lifestyle. It’s also smart to make a list of all the amenities you’ll need — storage, beds, and appliances, etc. — that way you’ll know all your needs are covered.
Now that you know what to look for, you can start the exciting process of finding the perfect RV for you and your family. And when you’re ready to discuss insurance for your RV, your agent is ready to help walk you through the ins and outs of RV coverage.