Are you in the market for an RV? If you’re not sure where to start, we’ve got you covered! These questions to ask when buying an RV will give you a better idea of which RV is best for you. You can either ask a salesperson or just start Googling.
What kind of traveling are you going to do?
If a weekend campout is more your speed, then you’ll want a different RV than you’d take on a month-long cross-country road trip. That’s why it’s super important to anticipate what type of travel you’ll be doing with your RV.
Some vehicles are better equipped for long-range travel, while others work great for quick campouts. And, of course, there are lots of in-between options too.
Should I rent before I buy an RV?
If you’ve never driven an RV before, you might not have any idea which model might work best for you and your needs. That’s why it could be a good idea to rent a few models and see how they feel. Maybe you like the ease of a travel trailer but you think a fifth-wheel is easier to set up. Renting a couple different types of RVs will help you decide which you like best.
Of course, if you’re an experienced RV-er, there’s no need. It can still be helpful to try out a new model or different shape, but you probably already know what you like and need.
How much work do I want to take on?
As a rule of thumb, the bigger and older your RV, the more maintenance you can expect (of course, there are always exceptions to this rule). If you’re looking for something that doesn’t require a whole lot of upkeep or expertise, you might opt for something smaller – or make friends with a mechanic.
For a pre-owned model, the number of miles it has and how well it was kept up will dictate the amount of time you will spend fixing and maintaining. Pre-owned RVs are a great option and shouldn’t be excluded from your search just because they have some miles.
Just keep in mind that bigger, newer RVs tend to require less maintenance.
What amenities and options do I want?
These days, you can get an RV that does just about everything but drive itself. But all of these options and amenities come with a price, too. Decide what’s non-negotiable for you. Do you need satellite TV, WiFi, and GPS? A convection oven? A hot tub in the back? (We’re only half kidding. Some models actually have that.)
Make a list of what you’re looking for and when you’re shopping keep your must-haves in mind.
There are a lot of questions to ask when buying for an RV.
A quality salesperson will answer the question, “What have I not asked that I should be asking?” If you have a friend who RVs and has experience purchasing an RV, then take them along. They’ll make sure you are picking the right RV for you and help you ask the right questions.
Are you considering an RV? What’s on your list of must-have features, and what questions did we miss? Let us know in the comments, and contact us if you are in the Green Bay, Wisconsin, area and looking for an RV dealership.