When you buy an RV, you make an investment for your future. Whether you plan on traveling in your retirement years or traveling with your children, it's a vehicle that you'll use for years. Before you buy an RV or motor home, you should be aware of some specific facts.
Motorized RVs are motor homes capable of independent travel, meaning that you don't need another vehicle to pull one. The disadvantage is that you'll need to invest in a trailer if you plan on taking a car with you. These fall into three classes: Class A, Class B and Class C. Class A motor homes weigh up to 30,000 pounds and are as long as 40 feet. Class B RVs are smaller at less than 20 feet and 8,000 pounds. There are also Class C motor homes weighing around 10,000 pounds and are around 30 feet long.
Towable RVs are a type of RV that requires another vehicle to pull it such as a truck or SUV. The advantage is that you only need to release the RV, set it up and you can take the car for shorter trips. Travel trailers and fifth wheel trailers are the most popular models because each are as long as 35 feet and come with luxury interiors and more space. You can also find smaller campers known as pop-up or foldable campers, which are also classified as RVs.
The biggest mistakes a person makes when buying an RV is spending too much money and not doing enough research, which tend to go hand in hand. You might find yourself buying a larger RV when you only need something small, or spending too much for a used RV. It's important to do some research before you start shopping. You can checkout online forums, read magazines devoted to RVs and talk with dealers before you start shopping.
RV dealers are out to make the most amount of money, even if that means selling an RV that isn't worth as much as the price tag. You'll find this problem especially if you encounter sellers at RV or camper shows. The only way to prevent yourself from spending too much and making sure you're getting a good value is to hire a professional inspector. The inspector will look for any signs of hidden damage, engine troubles and other problems such as dry rot. All of these products can be quite expensive to fix, on top of your purchase price.
Before you ever decide to purchase an RV or motor home, consider renting one for a week long trip. This gives you the chance to try out the larger size vehicle and make sure you're comfortable behind the wheel. You can also try renting a few different sizes, which ensures that when you do buy, you'll purchase the right size. It's especially important to rent one if you've never traveled in one before because you need to make sure that it's something that fits your lifestyle.
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