Many people want to buy recreational vehicles. Some want to take an extended road trip and explore the beauty of the United States while others see van life as the perfect way to retire. Regardless of why you’re interested in getting an RV, you should know some of the things to look for.
The Type of RV
If you haven’t yet started looking for a vehicle, you may not realize just how many options there are. At the top of the line are Class A RVs – big buses which usually tow a smaller vehicle. These are the luxury RVs. Then come the more affordable Class B vans, some of which have slide-outs. If you don’t want many conveniences, a Class C van may be enough. These are built on the frame of a pick-up truck. There are also really big fifth wheel travel trailers and smaller travel trailers.
The Purpose of the RV
The RV you choose depends on several factors including whether the RV will be your only home or if you will just use it for camping trips. It also matters whether you’re traveling solo, as a couple, or with a family. You will likely need a fifth wheel if you’ll be living in the van for a few months at a time. These have king-sized beds and lots of room. However, if you just plan to use the van for a couple weeks, you don’t need as much space. If you want to save on your RV, avoid buying one which is much larger than what you need.
How Comfortable the RV is
Many people associate living in a van with camping and roughing it. However, you can live in an RV and still be comfortable. If you just want to relax during your retirement, comfort is of the utmost importance. Before you agree to purchase an RV, sit in the seats and see if you like them. Check to see if you like the layout of the bathrooms, whether you can open doors comfortably and if you like the placement of the TV and other appliances.
The Reputation of the Dealer
You probably wouldn’t buy a brick and mortar home from just anyone. The same should apply to an RV. The salesman’s aim is to get you to buy the vehicle, but his duty is to his employer. Before you hand over the check, do some research into the dealer to see if they get rave reviews or lots of complaints. Find out if the dealer sets everything up and walks through the trailer with you to show you how everything works or if you will be left to your own devices.
Buying an RV leads to all kinds of exciting possibilities. Many people enjoy not having lots of clutter and possessions around them while having the freedom to move from place to place. If you’re ready to take the plunge, you need to make sure you do your due diligence so you don’t regret your purchase. Use the tips in this article when you go looking for your RV.