Given the significant investment required to purchase an RV, you want to make sure the choice you are making is the right one for you and your family. There are a wide-range of sizes, styles, and designs of RV’s on the market today, so it can be a little overwhelming when you first start out on your RV buying process. Even after you narrow it down to a few particular styles or brands that you like, making that final choice of what to spend your hard-earned money on can be a tough one.
The important thing to consider when making an RV purchase is that the rig should work for you right now, as well as in the future. You aren’t going to want to have to buy another RV after just a few years, so try to plan ahead and balance your needs presently alongside the needs you are likely to have down the road. If you can find an RV that fits both of those sets of needs, you should be looking at a clear winner.
Size of Your Traveling Party
This is obviously one of the first considerations to make when you are RV shopping – how many people will be going with you regularly? For most people, this means thinking about how many kids they have now, and how many they might have in the future. If your children are young and you may have more, the focus should be on making sure the RV is big enough to handle your potentially expanding family. On the other end of the spectrum, those with older children should consider how much longer the kids will be traveling with them. You don’t want to purchase a huge RV to accommodate the whole family, only to be left with a rig that is too large for your needs when the kids move out of the house in a couple years. If this is the case for you, it might be best to consider a smaller RV, even if it means the kids have to sleep in a tent sometimes on your trips. Once the kids are off to college and you are traveling with only your spouse, you will appreciate the smaller RV and the advantages it offers.
Naturally, just as with any purchase, the price of the RV has to come into play. You should set a budget before you ever go looking to buy an RV, and try to stick as closely to that budget as possible. If you spend all of your money making payments on the RV each money, you won’t be able to afford to take the vacations anyway. Find a good balance between features and size of the RV, and the overall cost. You are buying the RV so you can travel around and enjoy quality time with your family – so don’t spend too much money and leave yourself without the budget to take those trips.
What Kind of Activities Do You Enjoy?
Make sure that any RV you are considering purchasing will enable you to engage in the types of activities that you want to take part in while on vacation. If you like parking your RV and just using it as a home for a week or more, a large motorhome might be the best pick. However, if you want to use the campground as a jumping off point for all kinds of other activity, you will want to make sure you have a smaller vehicle available and room for any toys you need like watercraft or off-road bikes. This is a purely personal decision, so be sure to take some time and think about where you will be going with your RV, and what you want to do when you get there.
Change is one of the only constants in life, so make sure the RV you purchase is as ready for your changing life as possible. If you are going to own the RV for a decade or more, your life will likely not look the same as it did in the beginning when you first made the purchase. Plan ahead as best you can so your RV will still be useful to you and you won’t be stuck with a rig that doesn’t meet your needs.