The Best RV for Newbies to Buy

If you have never had or traveled in your own recreational vehicle before, but now are thinking of doing so, my best advice, speaking as someone who has been an RV enthusiast for more than 50 years, it to make your decisions very carefully.

The coach that will be best for someone else, may not work for you, so you need to forget about what others do and take your own situation into consideration.

What you don't want is to end up owning a unit that is
  • the wrong size,
  • too expensive or
  • will not meet your needs
because any one of these issues can make you regret your purchase.


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Small travel units like this one work well for first time RV travelers.

The Big Decision


There are many types of RVs on the market, which makes deciding difficult.  For this reason, I'm going to give you some advice that can help.

  1. Before you buy anything, rent an RV and take a short vacation in it so that you can see whether you even like traveling this way. In fact, you may want to try renting several different types so that you can compare them.
  2. When you get serious about buying, think long and hard about how you plan to use your new RV.  Will it just be for short, random vacations or do you want to take longer, more exotic trips with it?  How many people will you be traveling with? What types of amenities and floor plans will work best for you?
  3. You also need to consider affordability.  Cost goes far beyond purchase price because there will always be repairs and other expenses.
  4. Make your first purchase something simple and relatively inexpensive so that you will have fewer problems to deal with and can give yourself a chance to learn the basics before taking on too much responsibility.

My Best Advice

Before you do anything, buy a copy of the RV buying guide shown here.  You need this information in order to be able to make a good decision. There are many other guides on the market, but I have found this one to be the most complete and the one that will help you the most.

In days gone by, most people started with a tent, moved up to a camper of some sort, then went into a pull trailer and eventually ended up in a motor home.

Today, many make the mistake of wanting to start with a motor home, but soon find they are more difficult to drive, need more repairs and are generally much more costly to buy.

I don't espouse tent camping, but do think that  buying a small fold out camper that is in good condition or a smaller pull trailer is a good place to start your RV travels.

Since such units do not have engines, generators and are easy to tow, using them for vacations is easier than driving big, heavy coaches.

The smaller campers are perfect for younger people, but if you want more comforts, a well designed pull trailer can offer them.


Learn As You Go and Prosper

People new to RV traveling will find that following this advice will save them money, many headaches and will give them the time they need for learning about recreational vehicles so that when it comes time to buy something more luxurious, they'll be ready for it!

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