Problems to Watch Out for With New RVs

Buying a new RV may seem to be a great idea, but the truth is that people who make such purchases find themselves facing many problems they thought they could avoid, along with new ones they never expected to have to deal with.

New RVs can have just as many problems as previously owned ones.

Price Doesn't Mean Quality

We have been brainwashed as consumers to think that because someone slaps a big price on a product, it is somehow better.

This has never been true, and it especially is not the case when it comes to buying new recreational vehicles.

Here is a brief overview of the issues you will likely be facing if you decide to buy new.

Financial Risks 

New RVs cost more to own than previously owned ones, not only because they are new, but also because they 
  • depreciate rapidly,
  • have higher sales and registration taxes and
  • often are more poorly constructed.
Furthermore, when you buy one, you are purchasing an untested product, which means that you'll have no guarantee that it will function properly and hold up well over time.

You may think that the warranty that comes with this type of unit will protect you financially, but the truth is that it may or may not.

In fact, if you don't take the time to read the small print on the contracts you sign, you may well give up many rights you were told you would have.

If you get stuck with a lemon, you basically will have little or no legal protection depending on how the laws of your state are written.

Long Waits for Repair Work

No matter what motor home, camper or travel trailer you purchase new, it's going to need repairs.

If you don't insist they be taken care of prior to closing your deal, you'll find that during your warranty period you can wait months before you can get them done.

You do that with any coach, but this is especially true with those under warranty because the work repair shops do costs them, not you, money.

Unexpected Expenses

It is perfectly normal for the owner of a new travel unit to expect it to be free of problems, but unfortunately, this rarely is the case.

Manufacturers often do shoddy work that results in issues that end up costing consumers more than they expected to pay for maintenance and upkeep.

I have met owners of new coaches who actually had to deal with
  • windows that literally fell off of their units ($17,000),
  • air bags that were the wrong size for their motor homes ($5,000)
  • and mismatched or incorrectly rated tires that caused blow outs on the highway ($6,000).
These were bills they had to pay out of their own pockets either because the manufacturers had gone out of business or warranties and insurance did not cover them.

No matter what any salesman tells you,
  • you're mileage is going to be less than expected,
  • camping is going to cost more than you thought
  • and breakage while traveling is will be never ending.
While this is true even of previously owned coaches, it is worse with a new one because you paid so much more for it and trusted that your salesman was being honest with you about such issues.

RVs Are Not Built for Long Term Full Time Living

Although new coaches are built to look like fancy apartments, in reality, they are nothing more than temporary living quarters on wheels.

Although people do use them for permanent full time living, they were never really meant to serve this purpose.

They are built for travel and, perhaps, for temporary housing only.

Because of this, people who choose to live in them need to understand that doing so puts them exactly one accident away from being homeless!

This is why it pays to take great care when buying new.  The potential financial and personal loss is much greater than with buying previously owned, especially if you don't shop carefully.

This book can help. It is one I suggest to all people wishing to purchase new coaches. If you read it and follow the directions, you could save thousands of dollars and also many headaches.  The publishers have produced updated versions for several years, but the basic information is the same in all of them.  There are other guides available, but I think this one offers better advice.

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Protect Yourself

Protect your financial interests by taking the time to read sales contracts and warranties , doing plenty of research and carefully examining any coach you may be interested in purchasing.

Many people buy RVs and have relatively few problems with them, but only you can make sure that you avoid problems when you buy a new recreational vehicle by researching and inspecting carefully before you make an RV purchase.