Why You Need to Know How You'll Use an RV Before Buying One

If you are planning to purchase a recreational vehicle, it is more important than you may realize to take the time to consider what you plan to do with it before you buy one.

This is not an easy thing to do because nobody can foresee the future, but if you ignore this step, like so many people do, you could end up wasting a lot of money.

These tips will help you not only to save but also to have more enjoyable RV vacations.

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Consider Your Situation

The first thing you need to think about is that as time goes one, your needs will change. Therefore, you want to think about the type of life you expect to live and the type of vacations you think you would enjoy.

Your goal should be to buy a coach that meets your current needs but that also can take care of those that might change.

For example, if you are married, you may want to buy a small motor home, but if you are planning on starting a family, you might be better off buying a pull trailer because they are the safest type of RV to use when traveling with children.

If you choose the trailer over the motor home, you'll save money because you won't have to "trade up" for many years.

Questions to Ask Yourself

In order to make a good decision, you should ask yourself questions such as these before you actually make an RV purchase:

  1. If you are single, do you plan to marry?
  2. If you do marry, would you like to have children?
  3. Are you married?
  4. Do you have children?
  5. Do you work or are you retired?
  6. How much vacation time do you have each year?
  7. What is your financial situation?
  8. Are you healthy or do you have problems that might make RV travel difficult?
  9. What type of vacations do you think you'd like to take?
  10. Can you afford to take long trips, or will you have to stick with shorter ones?
  11. Are you a large, small or average sized person?  How about your fellow travelers

It's Important to Be Realistic

If you are still working, it is likely that you will only have time to travel a few weeks each year.  Therefore the big trips you dream of taking may have to wait until you retire.  

This being the case, a trailer or camper is a much better choice because trailers need much less care than motor homes, provide plenty of room for couples and/or families and are perfect to use for shorter vacations

Also, if you are a large person, you need to make sure that you will be comfortable using the shower, toilet and seating in any coach you buy.

All of the questions above are ones worth your consideration because the last thing you want to do is spend too much money or own a unit that does not fit your lifestyle or needs.

The Bottom Line

If you run out and buy just to have something to use for vacations, you'll soon find yourself trading for another unit.  Doing so will cost you plenty, and if you don't carefully consider your needs, you could end up with a similar situation.

This is why you need to know how you plan to use an RV before actually buying one.

  • The right coach makes travel wonderful.
  • The wrong one will make your vacations miserable.

Good Luck!

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