Buying an RV, whether it’s an RV, fifth wheel, travel trailer, pop-up or folding trailer, pickup truck, or any other type of RV, can be as much fun as you make it. Since the whole family will share in the joy of using the new RV, let them share in the fun of buying it. Buying an RV should not be an impulsive decision, take your time, make sure you get the one that best suits your family. The first decision you need to make is how much you can spend on the RV and how much you will have to spend to set it up for use. You want it stocked with everything you will need to go camping, there is nothing worse than forgetting something important.
Once you’ve determined how much you can afford, you’ll want to explore the different types of RVs and decide which one is best for your family’s needs. A motorhome is the most comfortable for travel, since everyone can move freely while driving on the road. While they may be the most comfortable, they are also one of the most expensive and can be difficult to navigate once you reach your destination, which is why most tow a vehicle. The newer and bigger coaches are truly like a house on wheels, while the older and smaller ones are more affordable, they are also less luxurious.
Travel trailers or fifth wheel trailers can be very comfortable to pass the time, once you reach your destination. The least comfortable part of traveling with a rear shooter is that the driving portion of the trip is spent in a vehicle. Depending on the number of people you’re traveling with, the length of the trip, and the rush you’re in to get there all play a role in determining how narrow the ride is. If you can make frequent stops and take breaks, riding in a vehicle can easily exceed the cost of an RV.
A folding or pop-up caravan or truck caravan is usually the least expensive and least luxurious way to travel. If you prefer a more primitive camping style, the pop-up may be more for you. While they’re lightweight to pull, easier to maneuver, and less expensive, they also leave out many of the comforts of home. Many have toilet facilities, but they are more like a portable urinal than the facilities in a travel trailer or motor home. The same goes for the kitchen and sleeping areas, if you like primitive camping this won’t be a problem, but if you enjoy the comforts of home you may want to check out a few before deciding to buy one.
Take your time, go to as many dealerships as you can and look at them all. RV shows can be a lot of fun and offer a great selection of types, brands, and allow you to meet different vendors and ask different questions. Once you have a good idea of what you want, I suggest you shop online before you buy. The selection is endless and you can save money if you take your time and are willing to travel to buy one. Since travel is the reason to buy an RV, why be afraid to travel to buy one?
In short, take your time, get the whole family involved, make the purchase part of the purchase of an RV the beginning of the fun. Camping is a great way to bring the family together, so start enjoying it as you explore which RV is best for your family. Be careful not to buy one that is above your budget as it can make using a lot of fun. You can have so much fun in an RV that costs half, the most important thing is that you can afford to use it, the more you go, the more fun you will have.