finding your perfect rv

Whether you’ve been saving up to get an RV for years or you only recently decided that you want one, it is important to find the right one for you There is no one perfect RV for every person, but finding the one that is right for you personally can be a fun experience.

Usage

This is probably the first thing that you should consider. There are a variety of reasons that people may decide to get an RV. If you are planning on RVing full-time or even if you plan on spending most of the summer RVing, you will want an RV that provides adequate space for you and your family. You’ll likely want at least a few places where family members can have a little privacy from everyone else. You’ll also likely want features that make your RV feel like a real home such as a full kitchen and storage space.

If you are getting an RV simply as a place for your family to crash after a long day of hiking and other outdoor activities, you may want a very basic RV. Snazzy features and private spaces for everyone might not be an issue.

If you are buying an RV with a family member or friend or if you plan to loan it out to others, the things that are important in an RV might be different from what would be important if only your immediate family was using it. Overall, when picking out an RV, it is important to consider who will be using it as well as how often it will be used.

Size

There are RVs that have just one bed, making them a perfect option for a retired couple or even someone just traveling alone. There are RVs with several beds, which can easily accommodate eight or more people, making them a great choice for large families. Then there are RVs that fall someone in the middle. Before going shopping, it’s good to have at least a basic idea of how many people you will need to sleep in the RV. This will help you find an RV that will fit your needs.

While the number of people that an RV can accommodate is one aspect of size, you may also want to consider the length of the vehicle. While a shorter RV is going to mean less space, it also means that it will likely be a little easier to park since it won’t require as much space. A shorter option may be appropriate if you anticipate taking your RV with you to tourist destinations or other places where parking space might be limited. It is important to note that many RVs have slideout room extensions, which give you extra space when your RV is parked. If you don’t want a long RV but you want adequate space, you may want to consider a slightly shorter RV with more slideouts.  

Features

For some people, all they want is a basic RV. For other people, certain features are essential. Common features you may want to consider are a flat-screen TV (or even more than one), a fireplace, full-sized appliances, and areas that can transform from one space into another. Extra storage space may also be a concern if you are planning on RVing full-time or if you need space to store some of your outdoor toys.

If comfort is a top priority, you may also be concerned with having adequate, comfortable seating in the living area or with having an awning, which will allow you to be protected from the sun or other outdoor elements while socializing outside your RV. Ultimately, there are many different features that you can find in a RV. If you can dream it, you may be able to find an RV with that feature.

Cost

If you haven’t already done it, now is a great time to research how much you can expect to spend on an RV. In large part, this will depend on the features that we’ve previously mentioned. RVs range in price significantly. There are some for under $15,000. Others will cost you over $100,000.

As with any other large purchase, it is important to set a budget when looking for an RV. While your budget doesn’t have to be set in stone, it is a good idea to have a basic price range that you would like to shoot for. Understanding how much you can expect to spend will help you set a realistic budget. Your budget will also help you quickly eliminate RVs that might be more than you can afford.

If you are open to buying a used RV, you may be able to save several thousand dollars. While this does not mean that you should only consider a used RV, it does mean that if you are open to at least considering a used RV, you can increase your options while also improving your chances of getting what you want for a lower price.  

Drive It or Tow It?

There are several types of RVs. At the most basic level, you’ll need to decide if you want to drive the RV or if you want to tow your RV behind your truck or another large vehicle. A motorhome, which does not require a separate vehicle to operate, allows the driver to be in the same vehicle as the passengers. It also generally provides more interior space. Yet, it is also going to cost more initially than other RV options.

If you already own a truck, you may want to consider an RV that you can tow behind your vehicle. While your RV will likely not be as large as a motorhome, has its advantages. One of the biggest is travel. You can drop your RV off at your campsite, and then take your other vehicle to explore nearby areas. Of course, with either option, you could always tow a smaller vehicle behind your RV.

By considering these items, you should be able to narrow down your RV search, thereby finding an RV that your family is sure to enjoy for years to come. Happy RVing!