What to Look for When 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 and that it takes a lot of research to help you make sure that what you buy is one that will meet your needs while at the same time being durable enough to last a long time.

You'll be tempted to buy a "cheapie", but the truth is that a coach you pay so much less for up front often is the same one that nickel and dimes you to death.


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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 
Owning an RV is a learning process, so you will do better to keep it simple until you learn what you need to know.

Inspect Carefully

However, no matter what you buy, you should always inspect it very carefully before doing so 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 find out before you buy so that you don't end up having to buy a new car as well as an RV!

Check for Comfort

Finally, make sure that what you buy will be comfortable by asking yourself questions such as these:
  1. Are the cooking and dining areas big enough?
  2. Can all members of your family fit comfortably in the shower?
  3. Does the seating have good back support?
If you want more in depth information about the pros and cons of buying RVs, you can check out my site hubpages.com/@timetraveler2 where you'll find numerous articles that deal with buying, traveling and living in recreational vehicles.

Do Your Homework Before Buying


Owning an RV is a commitment and can be a lot of work.  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.

Good Luck!

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