Your Go-To Guide To Buying An RV

When you buy your first car, it gives you a sense of freedom, letting you go anywhere, anytime. When you buy your first house, it gives you a sense of responsibility and makes you feel like an adult. When you buy an RV, you are essentially getting a home and a vehicle in a single purchase, thus getting you the best of both worlds.

An RV gives you the comfort and privacy of your home, and the freedom to go wherever you want in your car, at the same time. It is an excellent choice for people who have an appetite for wanderlust and road trips, as an RV holiday costs 20-60% less than a traditional holiday. Some people aim for a lifestyle change when they buy an RV, as they become full-time RV-dwellers and call it their permanent home on wheels.

Like cars and homes, RVs also come in different shapes, sizes, categories, and prices. There is an RV for every budget, with their prices ranging from $6,000 up to $500,000. The RV market is a rapidly growing one, with more than 1 million Americans live full-time in an RV, and over 40 million Americans go RVing regularly.  This article takes at tall the essential aspects of an RV that you should know:

Types of RV

  • Motorhomes:  As the most popular kind of RV, and one of the most expensive, this RV is a home on wheels, and most often, they carry everything you need to have in a house. Motorhomes are divided into different classes (A, B, B+, and C), which have various features and options.
  • Toterhomes: Toterhomes is a high-end and luxurious version of motorhomes, and are the most expensive type of RVs in the market, with prices going above half a million dollars.
  • Travel Trailers: These are entry-level RVs, ideal for people who are first-time users. They come in varying sizes and amenities and have to be towed behind another vehicle. Travel trailers are one of the most popular RVs in the market.
  • Campers: Campers are another type of RV ideal for beginners, and are an excellent choice to enjoy the fun of RVing without the hefty price tag of heavy-duty RVs. Campers also need to be towed behind another vehicle.

Apart from the basic categorization of RVs discussed above, there are many other types and variations. There are various options you can explore according to your choice and budget. Like regular cars and homes, RVs can also be bought brand new or used, and each choice has its pros and cons.

Brand new RV Vs Used RV

Whether you should buy a new or a used RV is probably the biggest decision that needs to be made regarding RVs. People tend to associate new with the best quality and vice versa but that’s not often the case. It seems opinions are quite divided when it comes to this question so that’s why we’ve slumped up the two alternatives for you. If you read carefully through our analysis of pros and cons then without a doubt you’ll have all the information needed to make a choice.

A brand new RV vehicle

A new one comes with no prior damage and a manufacturer’s warranty that will cover any faults in the vehicle for a certain period or mileage. You’ll also have the opportunity to customize your vehicle according to your taste, such as room layout and color choice. The latest technology and gadgetry will be included as well so no worries about that either.  On the negative side, it may be out of your budget especially if you decide to customize it. Insurance premiums may be high also so it’s important to really be certain that a new RV is something you can afford. 

A Used RV

A used RVwill save you considerable money for the vehicle itself and for the insurance. You can customize it to your liking as well by rebuilding it, restoring it, and redecorating it. If you’re a fan of retro style then it will definitely be perfect for you. With a few touch-ups, it will absolutely look just as you imagined it and as good as new. You should only pay attention to any hidden damage that might be expensive to repair. A thorough inspection before purchasing it is a must if you want to avoid being ripped off.  With a ran out warranty you’ll have to pay for any repairs or damages yourself so that’s a cost you should prepare for. 

Buying an RV is a long term investment, and as discussed, brand new and used RVs have pros and cons. Thus, the right choice depends on your preferences. You should also consider depreciation, resale value, and intended usage of the RV before making a decision.

Important RV accessories

An RV can have many accessories depending on the type and price, but not all vehicles will have all these accessories. The list below describes some must-have accessories that you should have in your RV to function correctly and safely, and for you to have a good and carefree time.

Water hose

A drinking water hose is an essential item that you need in your RV. You may need it for multiple things, such as connecting it to the city while the RV is at a campground or filling the freshwater holding tank. The water hose is available in different lengths, but having a water hose of 25’ should be enough.

Water pressure regulator

If the water pressure at the park gets too high, it can burst a line in the RV, and cause flooding. This can be prevented by adding a water pressure regulator.

RV water filter

It is essential to have a high-quality RV water filter installed as water quality is not high everywhere, and during longer trips, the water can become unhealthy in the RV tank, and algae can form in the holding tanks and pipes. Not only will the RV water filter keep you healthy, but it will also maintain the health of the pipes and the tank as it will prevent sediment and particles from coming in.

Sewer hose

What comes in must go out, and that is the purpose of the sewer hose – to ensure everything that goes inside your toilet passes onto the sewer. It might not be the most fun part of the RV experience, but it is an important and a necessary evil.

Chocks

Chocks are responsible for preventing the RV from rolling away when it is parked. These are especially important for a travel trailer that does not have an automatic brake.

Conclusion

From a simple sleeping place to a full-out alternative to a house with luxury kitchens, living rooms, and bathrooms, RVs come in all shapes and sizes. Some can be driven on their own, and some need another vehicle to tow them. So, if you are also thinking about getting an RV and living the dream, this article describes everything you need to know about an RV so you can make a more informed and effective purchase. 

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