RV Buying Tips

How to choose the right RV for you
Before you buy, you need to ask yourself some basic questions to ascertain the information that will help your dealer to recommend the right RV for you.

Do you plan to use your RV all year round?
Will you be making long trips?
How many beds do you need?
How much storage room will you need?
Where will you camp most of the time?
How much cooking do you plan to do?
What activities will you pursue?
Do you need a good entertainment center?
What is the towing capacity of your vehicle?
How much do you want to spend on an RV?

Towing or Driving: It’s much easier than you think!

Most first-time RVers trade up to a larger unit once they discover how easy it is. Your choice of RV will depend a lot on the amount of driving you plan to do, and whether you might need to drive off the highway on rough and uneven roads and trails.

If towing, you will have to consider the towing capacity of your present vehicle. If you decide on one of the larger motorhomes, how will you get around once you arrive at your destination?

Did you know that towing your family car behind a motorhome is an option? Do you need to tow additional equipment, boats, trailers or other vehicles?

If you are concerned about towing or driving a really large unit: remember you can always select a model that is smaller in size, with the additional slide-out options (there is often a choice of 1, 2 or sometimes 3 slide-out units).

Do you want the basics or real luxury?

Many first time RVers will start with a model that provides just the basics. But sometimes there are options or accessories that you cannot do without. Review our list of some of the options that you might want to consider to make your RV feel like home.

  • Choice of beds: twin, double, queen or king-size beds
  • Full bath with shower
  • Refrigerator plus freezer, and ice-maker
  • Microwave/convection oven
  • Dishwasher
  • Trash compactor
  • Washer and dryer
  • Whirlpool bath
  • Air-conditioning and furnace
  • Upgraded insulation for hot summers, or cold winters
  • Higher BTU furnace and heated tanks
  • Full entertainment center, indoor and outdoor speakers
  • Internet-ready computer station
  • Satellite dish
  • Closed circuit rear view camera for backing up
  • Hydraulic leveling system
  • Global positioning system
  • Security system
  • Driver’s seat with built-in heat and massage
  • Patio awning
  • Basement storage
  • Carrying racks for bicycles, kayaks, canoes, etc.
  • Slide-out options to give you extra living space
  • Extra large windows for panoramic views
  • Fireplace
  • Rooftop skydeck

Visit your local dealers and an RV show

Go and see all the different classes of RVs available. Discuss your budget and needs with the dealers, and find out about leasing options and the availability of new and used RVs, so that you can get the right RV to meet the needs of your family. Do your homework on the Internet and make use of our links to their websites, to see examples of what they offer in their basic units, and what options can be added to customize a unit to suit your requirements.