Did you know that estimates show over 577,00 new recreational vehicle shipments for 2021? That’s a 34% increase from RV shipments in 2020.
Are you planning to buy a recreational vehicle? There are several important factors to consider before buying a new or used recreational vehicle.
The following guide will explain 5 things you should keep in mind before you purchase a recreational vehicle. Read on to make sure you know all of the basics and find a recreational vehicle for sale that’s a good fit for you.
1. Recreational Vehicle Types:
RVs called class A motorhomes look like a bus, and their lengths range from 21 feet to 45 feet. They cost around $50,000-$150,000, and luxury options range from $500,000-$800,000.
Class B motorhomes are camper van conversions that have a bubble roof, offering room to stand inside. They cost between $40,000 and $80,000. They’re typically 15 feet to 26 feet in length.
Class C motorhomes are basically smaller versions of Class A motorhomes that max out around 36 feet. Their prices typically range between $50,000 and $80,000.
Travel trailers are non-motorized RVs that you tow using another vehicle. New travel trailers usually cost about $35,000. A fifth-wheel travel trailer is another type that offers over-cab living space and starts at $25,000.
Pop-up campers and teardrop trailers are lightweight and often sleep 2 to 4 people. Small vehicles can tow these trailers, and they start at just $5,000.
2. Rent an RV First:
Consider an RV rental to use for your first recreational vehicle road trip. Get a feel for RV ownership before making a big investment.
Renting gives you an idea of the features you like and those you don’t. This helps prepare you for the buying process and helps decide if the RV lifestyle is right for you.
3. Consider Buying Used:
Recreational vehicles lose about 25 percent of their value after they leave the sales lot. It’s more affordable to buy an older used RV that was well maintained by its owner.
Used RVs are often half the price of new options. Always check with dealers to see what used options they have in their inventory.
4. Budget for Repairs and Maintenace:
Water leaks, wall rebuilds, and roof replacements are all expensive RV repairs you might encounter. Mechanics and parts are often hard to find if your RV is over 10 years old.
Plan for maintenance costs like additional sealants each year. Although expensive, RVs last up to 15 years or more with proper maintenance.
5. Research Camping Spots:
Camping options at state and national parks become more limited the larger your RV is. There aren’t as many spots for big recreational vehicles, so make sure to book them ahead of time.
Consider boondocking, which is camping in off-grid areas. If you do your research and find good spots, it is free and solves a lot of RV parking issues.
Ready to Hit the Road?
Now you know a few basic things to consider before buying your first recreational vehicle. Rent first, consider used options, budget for repairs, find camping spots, and have fun activities!
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