It’s not the fault of the salesman to know the facts
It is difficult not to get excited when you see new RV models at a trade show or in a showroom full of them. Next comes the salesman. You are soon talking and asking questions, and the answer is always yes. It all sounds great, right? It’s not. Do your research before you make a purchase. Visit a trade show or dealer to gather information about the model you are interested in and then do your research at home. Don’t let the incredible financing or discounts that dealers offer you convince you to take your time. Don’t trust the salesman to give you details about the model and manufacture you are interested in. Let’s face it, we all have different interests. They are not lying or making up things, but there are many products on the marketplace and eventually, all of them will blur together. It is often unintentional. However, you will end up paying for the motorhome.
Is this motorhome well-built by a reputable company?
There are many manufacturers out there. Many manufacturers build with low quality materials and make as many units as possible to sell. This industry can have quality issues. It becomes a problem when you have to pay for it all. There are warranties, and additional warranties that you can purchase, but lemon is still a lemon. It is better to research before you buy and to ask questions.
Ask others about their experiences
Ask about the brand and models of we buy any motorhome that they own. Ask them about their experiences and what they enjoy most. Ask them about their favorite things about the motorhome or company. Find out how many years they’ve owned the motorhome. Ask them if they would purchase this brand again. Ask more than one person. Ask at least five to ten owners to get a good idea of how the company works and what their opinions are. No matter what dealer says, the way others are treated will determine how you will be treated.
Try it out before you buy
While I was at an RV trade show, I heard many conversations about people buying RVs without ever driving them or doing their research. It’s similar to buying a house without a home inspection, or a new car without testing it out to ensure it suits your lifestyle. Ask if you could drive the car home over night to test it out on different roads. This will allow you to determine if there are any issues or how it handles under different conditions. How does it feel? Is it solid? Is it able to perform as you expect? What about rough roads?
Not being impulsive can make it difficult to find the best deal, especially early in the process of searching for a motorhome. Sometimes, it’s best to listen to other opinions or play devil’s advocate in order to ensure that you make the right purchase. You will almost always find the best deals again. You may miss a great deal sometimes early in your search, but this is rarer than the majority. This industry is hot right now, but it does not mean that unexpected things could happen if you’re impulsive. You can put $1,000 down if you think this is a great deal and keep it for a few more days while you research.
Learn from others
Ask your friends and family what you should be looking out for. You will also get an insider’s view into owning a motorhome. Tell them that you want one and would like to ask questions. Sharing their stories is a great way to get information. These people are great to learn from. Ask them about the downs and the plus sides. How it feels to live in one, or travel across the country. All of this is part of creating history and sharing experiences with others.
Create a Checklist
Next, you will need to decide what features an RV needs. Then, list them in order. Sometimes you will have to compromise on what you need. The important thing is to ensure that your motorhome meets all of your needs. Are your needs realistic in relation to the amount you want to spend?
It is often driven to the dealerships or pulled along. It is possible for things to jolt loose or make a squeak if the RV has been to an RV show, or had potential buyers inspect it while it was on a lot. After a sale, dealers don’t make repairs. These aren’t cosmetic issues that could affect the vehicle’s performance. Check everything and make a list of everything you need to do before the dealer closes the deal. A small problem can turn out to be a major issue later. Make sure you check each outlet for electricity, ensure the slides slide in and out smoothly, and check the temperature of the refrigerator. You can check everything that is important to your satisfaction. It is a good idea to let your family know that you will be coming in to inspect the RV. If possible, go as a group with your family or an RV inspector. It never hurts to get a second opinion.
Financing and Depreciation
The RV financing options last between 15 and 20 years. If you purchase a new RV, the cost of financing would be more than $50,000.
Depreciation is another factor to be aware of. It is a fact that RVs will eventually depreciate quickly, regardless of how many upgrades have been made. No matter how many upgrades you make to your RV, it is not an investment. The RV’s value will decrease as you use it more and more. These two factors, financing and depreciation, are why some people choose to buy a used RV instead of a new one.
Used or New Motorhome
You will have fewer problems buying a new RV. This is a myth. It is possible for your RV to have an issue. This will require you to take it back to the factory. RVs are very popular right now, and motorhomes are among the most mass-produced. They are being manufactured by manufacturers and you need to consider the potential problems. After all, RVs can be complex homes on wheels. The problem is compounded by the fact that RVs can be a dangerous way to transport your home.
You can buy an RV that has been in use for one to two years and assume that the owners have taken care. However, used RVs can be a great choice. The wear and tear of an RV can lead to problems that you will need to repair. Buyer beware when buying a used RV. You never know what could go wrong with it or what you will have to do in the future. These repairs can quickly add up.
There are also vintage motorhomes. The depreciation starts to level out after about 15 to 20 years. Many vintage motorhomes were not driven or tended to over the years, and some have seen a lot of miles on their motor and chassis. Some motorhomes have seen better days, have more miles on their engine and chassis than others and are closer to the end of their lives than those with fewer miles and who have been well maintained over the years. This is the perfect spot for people who are willing to live in an older motorhome. It might look a little dated, but it still has plenty of life. You can make some changes to the RV by doing a Vintage RV Makeover.
Are You Looking for a Towable Vehicle or Trailer?
Towing a vehicle is an option if you own a Class A or C car and enjoy camping or long distance travel. A small vehicle makes it much easier to get around. You can also tow two motorbikes, which will allow you to get around once you’ve camped. Towing a trailer can be a great option, as you can tow all your toys like kayaks and paddleboards. Keep in mind that towing reduces the mileage per gallon. This is due to the weight of your vehicle or trailer. This is the general rule:
Gas Or Diesel Motorhome
While both diesel and gasoline RVs look very similar, they are quite different. A diesel-powered engine will be more efficient for towing. Although gas engines are capable of towing fine, diesel engines tend to get better gas mileage. Diesel engines tend to last longer than those of gas, but they have higher maintenance costs. It is usually easier to find someone who can repair gas motors than it is for diesel engines. Diesel motorhomes are less likely to appreciate than their gas counterparts.
People & Beds
The number of people who will use the RV is a major factor. You will need to track how many family members, such as parents, children and siblings, can fit into the RV. If the dinette is not big enough, or too long, will they be able to convert it into a bed? You may not be able to use all dinettes and couches as a bed. Advertisements that say a motorhome sleeps eight may not be accurate as the motorhome might not fit all. The overcab bunk beds have weight restrictions and some are shorter so that not everyone can use them. A motorhome with washer and dryer is a good option if you are traveling with many people.
Bring the kids along
As this is a major decision that affects the entire family, it is best to bring your children along to the visit to see the motorhome. After you’ve done your research and found the right model for you, the best time to buy is often near the end.
The most important factor in choosing the right motorhome is the weight. Every RV comes with a yellow sticker that shows you how heavy it can hold. Calculating how much propane and water you can carry is a good example of the importance of weight. Even though some motorhomes are equipped with large storage areas, the RV’s carrying weight limits the amount of stuff you can store in those spaces. Although large storage spaces should not be considered a deciding factor in buying a motorhome, the weight of the RV may. What is the maximum weight you can tow? The motorhome’s efficiency will be affected if it is too heavy. Be sure to consider your own weight as well as the weight of your companions, your dog, and your dog!
Are You Having Enough Storage?
There are many things we like to take on camping trips. This list could go on and on. So, what are you going to take with you on camping trips in your motorhome? Is there enough storage? Are there pull-outs in the basement storage? What weight can you transport? Before you open your checkbook, these are important questions.
Are There Enough Places for Everyone in Bad Weather?
Bad weather is inevitable when camping. Everyone stays inside and watches a movie, or plays games. If everyone is staying inside for a long time, and not sleeping, how much space do they have? Are there other activities you can do inside? What activities will you be doing inside? Are the sliders sufficiently large to allow for everyone?
Multiple fuel sources are used to heat water
Rvs used to have hot water tanks. But, instant hot water systems are becoming more popular. You don’t waste heat heating the hot water tank when it isn’t in use. Having hot water available at all times is possible thanks to multiple fuel sources. You don’t want hot water to take too long to heat up in your tank. You should focus on hot water systems that provide instant heat. If you can, pick both. Gas heats faster than electricity, which is why it takes longer to produce heat. However, if you run out of propane, you can always use electricity.
You can also install a tankless hot-water heater to ensure you have hot water all the time. This feature is available on newer RVs and makes it easier to transport your RV.
Storage between trips & off season
Do not overload the donkey or the motorhome. You don’t need a lot of heavy gear. As they say, you only need a rig, fuel, or readiness. It is easy to get overwhelmed by all the things you need. If you wait until you are ready, an RV won’t be yours.
Consider what you will bring on your journeys, and where it will go. You can’t afford to leave your food out! Make sure your motorhome has a pantry. Be sure to check the storage type, location and accessibility. Cabinets cannot hold more than what they are designed to store. It is nice to have somewhere to store your extra stuff. Install larger solar panels and holding tanks if you plan on boondocking often. You can also add more batteries.
You should also think about whether you have enough room at home for the motorhome to be stored, and if it can be stored somewhere else when it is not in use. Storage facilities can be expensive, especially if it is far away and you need to travel a lot to get it home if you want to use it.
Look For A Kitchen That Fits
Motorhomes have very little cooking space, especially for Class B or C. Newer motorhomes have a larger kitchen and a full fridge, so this may not be an issue for you if you’re buying one of the older models. A larger cooking area is a must if you plan on cooking often or having a large family. Are you planning to cook indoors most of the time or will you have an outdoor area to cook outside? When the weather is good and there’s no need to cook outside, most people choose the outdoor option. New motorhomes come with an external kitchen that can be used for cooking outside.
Modern Technology & Entertainment
Technology is essential for making life easier, especially when you’re RVing in remote areas. You will need to make sure your RV has Wi-Fi or Cell boosters in order to stay connected with the rest of the world. You should install one if it doesn’t. You should also check if the RV has solar panels. These are great for providing power when you travel off-grid. You will find that most RVs have TV and radio, but it is important to check whether the RV has an interior stereo system and speakers. These will help you to get an idea of what you can spend on upgrades, so that you don’t go over your budget. You might be able to work remotely or do freelance work. The right technology is essential for internet and cellular. Smart home technology is starting to appear in new RVs. These RVs can monitor all aspects of your RV while you’re away. The RV can turn on the A/C if it reaches a certain temperature, so your pet doesn’t get too hot.
Your motorhome will eventually experience some sort of breakdown. It is common and normal. People rush to the dealership to get whatever they need. However, this can come with a high price tag. The RV tech market is very short at the moment. Even the smallest of repairs can be quite costly. You are likely to be familiar with fixing things in your home, car, or both. Most things can be fixed in an RV. If your warranty isn’t over, take it to the dealer. Many manufacturers use the exact same parts and appliances for all models. These can often be purchased online for a fraction of the cost. If you do need to buy from a dealer, installation can be quite simple and can result in significant price savings.
Slow down. To avoid accidents and mistakes, drive slowly. Poor decisions can be made if you feel rushed. Rushing is not a way to get ahead.
Talk to your companion in your RV if you have one. Talk about roles and how to handle difficult situations. Then, go through the steps
Measure. In case you need to travel through tunnels, know how high your trailer stands. Also, be sure to know the length of curving roads
Be prepared for boondocking: To travel in a vehicle that is not connected to power or water in remote locations.
Know your tanks If you don’t plan to be in a campground or have electricity all the time, a larger tank might be an option. This will ensure that you are not left behind. To avoid slime, you should also clean your freshwater regularly.
Traveling Make reservations and be cautious about high-traffic routes. Flexibility is key. Allstays is a wonderful app to plan your trip.
Document your trip – photos, videos, and other things that are right or wrong.
Patience. You will face challenges as a first RVer. You will need patience until you master it.