5 Things to Consider When Choosing an RV
If you want to spend more time on the open road, you probably know that there are many kinds of recreational vehicles out there, and numerous factors to consider before shopping around in your preferred categories. Here are five key points to consider when choosing the RV of your dreams.
How many people will be traveling? On the plus side, more travelers can mean shorter driving shifts and a general rotation in responsibility. If you’re bringing along family and friends, you can save your sanity by selecting an RV that has enough space for everyone.
A Class A RV is perfect for group travel. It’s essentially a small tour bus. Many Class A RVs have expandable living spaces, so when you park the vehicle basically becomes a small house. The upkeep isn’t cheap, but if you’re committed, a good Class A can take you all over the nation and through retirement.
The storage and appliances that come with a Class A RV are pretty appealing. But if you aren’t as hung up on luxury, and are possibly just traveling as a pair, a Class B can easily do the job. Class B’s are camper vans that are a step down from A’s, but they can still feature miniature kitchens and things like extendable porch awnings.
There’s less storage space, but fewer people means less stuff. Class B and even Class C RVs are good picks for long-haul travelers who plan to intermittently acquire quality amenities elsewhere, like the odd night in a hotel or with friends.
What do you plan to do while you’re away? If you’re just sightseeing, a Class A is great. Traditional campers and outdoorsy folk can easily get along with Class B, Class C, and towable campers.
Those who want off-road excursions would do well with toy haulers. These are large, tough trailers that can haul four-wheelers as well as provide living space.
Budget may be the most important consideration. RVs are a true investment because they require different levels of maintenance, so be sure to weigh that into your initial investment.
You may find that all you can afford right now is a travel trailer or tent trailer. This is still a big step up from a regular canvas tent, and will be great for annual family camping trips.
Frequency of use
If you are only going out on a camping trip once a year, you certainly shouldn’t buy a Class A RV. These are great full-time alternative living spaces or retirement vehicles. If you’re off-roading two or three seasons per year, a toy hauler is a wise investment. Figure out how many days in the average year you’d be using your RV, as this can impact how much you’re willing to spend.
If your RV trips are even more infrequent, you might want to consider RV hire rather than buying one. This will help you save money, as well as removing the guilt associated with buying an expensive vehicle and using it infrequently.
It’s easy to get carried away with your dreams of living on the road. But buying an RV is really like buying a vehicle and home in one, so do your homework.