What You Need to Know About Buying Your First RV

You may have been wanting to purchase a recreational vehicle for awhile, but now have decided that it's time to go shopping for one.

As a newbie, you're going to find that buying an RV is much more complicated than buying a car because doing so takes a lot of time, effort and research.

                                    Fold out campers can be good choices for newbies.

Why Buying an RV Is Complicated

What is important for first time buyers is that they need to make sure that what they buy is a coach that will meet their needs while at the same time being durable enough to last a long time.

There is always a big temptation to buy a "cheapie", but the truth is that a coach people pay so much less for up front often is the same one that nickel and dimes you to death.

I can attest to this because the first motor home my husband and I purchased looked great on the outside, but needed some interior refurbishing.  However, the price was right, so we made the deal.

After months of updating, we finally were able to take it on its first trip.  

As soon as we entered the interstate, the engine died!  It's a long story, but at the end we wound up paying $6000 to replace it.  The engine failure was the end of our vacation, too!

Lesson learned!

If we had purchased the book I show below, I'm sure we could have avoided all of these problems.  It's worth every penny!  Any beginner who blindly buys a travel unit without a guide like this one is really asking for problems.

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Buy an RV That Works for You

If money is a big issue (which I'm sure it is for most people), your best bet is to buy a travel unit that is 
  • previously owned,
  • is not motorized and
  • has few fancy amenities.
Buying the right RV is a learning process, so it is better to keep it simple.  

People who start at the top with big luxury motor homes often run into problems that can be very costly and sometimes even dangerous!

Inspect Carefully

No matter what you buy, you should always inspect it very carefully to make sure that there are no problems with
  • water damage,
  • slide rooms that don't work,
  • appliances that are broken,
  • sewer tank odors,
  • damaged roofing,
  • body and paint flaws or damage,
  • tires that are less than 5 years old and are in good condition
  • and other similar issues.
You should also bear in mind that if you purchase a non-motorized RV, you'll need to have a vehicle that is weight rated for towing it.  

Always get this information before you make a purchase so that you don't end up having to buy a new car as well as a new RV!

Check for Comfort

Finally, make sure that what you buy will be comfortable by asking yourself questions such as these:
  • Are the cooking and dining areas big enough?
  • Can all members of your family fit comfortably in the shower?
  • Does the seating have good back support?
Things that may not seem important when you're shopping can become very important when you're traveling!

Do Your Homework Before Buying

Buying an RV is a big financial and personal commitment. It's also a lot of work.

First-timers can become overwhelmed by the process, which is why it's very important for people to take their time and take care with making a purchase.

However, it can also be a lot of fun and can provide you with relatively inexpensive ways to vacation.

If you take your time and do your homework, you'll be able to find a unit that will meet your needs, be affordable and will give you many years of happy traveling.