Buying a new car can often be a trying affair. One has to consider the myriad comparable features like pricing, MPG, physical features, brand, and much more. Now take that complexity and multiply it by 10; that would put you in the process of buying a new RV. While not quite as extensive as a home purchase, the RV nonetheless has many features to consider upon purchase. Below are some of the best elements to consider prior to purchasing your new home-on-wheels.
First off, one has to consider the type of RV they want to buy. Here’s a list of the RV classes you can purchase:
Class A: Also known as the Conventional motor home, this is the largest and most luxurious of the RV types. It is built for any and all trip lengths.
Class C: Also referred to as the mini-motor home, this is a scaled-down version of Class A with a smaller range in trip length and durability.
Van Conversion: Referred to as a Class B motor home, this is a van that has been customized to fit temporary living needs. Think of it as a motor home hybrid.
Truck Camper: A small recreational unit attachable to a truck. Think of this as a detachable version of the Van Conversion, with smaller amenities and space.
Travel Trailer: This trailer is designed to be towed, without its own navigation system.
Fifth Wheel: This is the most spacious of all the RV types, with a large front axel designed to be hitched to a large truck or pickup bed.
Upkeep, Amenities, and Other Costs:
Maintenance: RV’s require more maintenance than a car, so you should take into account the size of the RV and its potential maintenance cost. Unless you can repair things yourself, consider the cost of handyman work.
Insurance: RV insurance can be expensive and varies depending on where you live. Make sure to consider it in your purchasing decision.
Fuel: RV’s have relatively low a MPG rating, varying widely depending on the type of RV you choose, so the significance of this cost can add up over time.
Travel: What type of travel are you planning? Depending on your itinerary, you may need different storage capacities and RV functionality. Always consider your overarching plans during the purchase.
Parking and Living: There are regulations involving public parking for RV’s, as well as RV lots for your extended stays. Make sure to read up on regulations.
Internet: What will be the technological requirements of your RV? Will you include internet, satellite T.V., GPS, etc.?
This is a short list of elements to be aware of when purchasing your new RV, but it is by no means exhaustive. You should take it upon yourself to research further according to your own personal ideals and restrictions, taking into account your financial situation and family preferences. Overall, purchasing an RV is a big decision that comes with its own complexities. But, when you lie down in a soft bed as lush and magnificent landscapes rush past outside your window, it will all be worth it.