Perhaps you are a newly retired couple who wants to experience life out on the road instead of staying around your small town? Maybe you have just graduated from university and want to stretch your proverbial wings, or you may even simply enjoy a solo vacation driving interstate.
No matter what your personal motivations, there can be no more amazing, exciting, and genuinely wonderful investment than a beautiful new RV. Here’s a few things you need to consider before getting an RV of your own.
1. Do Your Research!
First things first.
You need to ask yourself some serious questions before you even visit the local RV store and accidentally fall in love with the first one you see, namely to do with your requirements, your budget, and the amount of usage you intend to get from the vehicle.
- How many people will usually be traveling with you?
- Do you intend on bringing your prized pet pooch along for the ride?
- Do you need any equipment or daily aids to get around easily?
- What kind of budget are you working with?
- Have you got time to buy second-hand and then spend months working on improvements?
2. Don’t Discount Second-Hand RVs
Suppose you have the luxury of time to engage in thorough research, including scheduling numerous appointments to view different RVs without committing to buy. In that case, a second-hand vehicle could well be the best way forward.
There is a wide plethora of advantages to buying a used RV, including but not limited to the following:
- A greater variety of color and size and choice
- A possible increase in resale value
- Instantly saving a great deal of money instead of buying brand new
- Substantially increased number of inventory options
- Little to no depreciation, especially if you take good care of your RV
- Fascinating customizations already bought, paid for, and installed
If you do decide to buy second-hand, be sure to inspect the vehicle thoroughly, including ensuring the awnings operate correctly, checking the roof surface for bubbles and cracks, inspecting any built-in appliances for mold, and checking the faucets and drains for any odors. Additionally, remember to source and arrange safe and secure RV storage locations for when you intend not to use your new vehicle.
3. Inspect The RV Thoroughly Prior To Purchase
Once you have found a few RVs that have made it onto your shortlist, you must arrange a viewing. The sooner, the better as if it is in as good condition as it appears, there may well be several other people interested in buying it.
Ideally, the vehicle’s current owner should not be present during the inspection as you conduct a thorough walkthrough both inside the RV and right around the exterior as well.
However, this is not to say that if there are any slight defects or even little things that need attention or mending, as long as you are aware of them, this should not entirely put you off the purchase.