This problem is larger than you might think.
Most people make the WRONG decision when they buy their first RV. This results in the average ownership being less than 3 years before it being resold. We have met dozens of people who acknowledged buying the wrong RV. Many of them deeply regret their decision. It’s obvious that spending more time understanding their own needs could have prevented those tragic errors. We know one couple who just couldn’t get it right. They bought five RVs in six years, because they never took time to understand what they wanted in an RV. This is a frustrating and costly mistake, and it can be avoided.
There are many different types of RVs, from vans and campers to full size motorhomes. They vary in length, floor plans, equipment, appointments, conveniences, and cost. Before you buy an RV, consider what you want to do with your RV.
Things To Consider:
- How many people will be using it?
- Will you need extra space for kids, pets, toys, or a work area?
- Will you be camping a few times a year, or do you plan to camp in your RV many times each year or even live in it full time?
- Will you be camping in warm dry climates, or will you need it for all weather conditions?
- Will you be content to stay in developed campgrounds or do you want to get off the beaten path and camp in remote locations?
- Will you need 4-wheel-drive (4wd) to get your RV to all the places you want to camp?
- Do you want to drive your RV or tow it?
Some people are drawn to the idea of a small, nimble, van size, RVs but they haven’t thought through all the limitations of space. Other people assume they need all the extra living space of a large fifth wheel or Class A motorhome, only to discover after buying one, that they don’t need that much space and it’s stressful to drive and park large RVs. One of the best ways to determine what type of RV will match your needs and expectations is to rent a few different types of RVs and go camping. You may quickly realize that the tiny galley in a van doesn’t work for you or that a wet bath is more of a nuisance than a convenience, or that you don’t need all the extra space of a toy hauler or class A motorhome.