I couldn’t think of a better purchase than an RV, just think of all the memories you’ll have for a lifetime. When purchasing an RV what should you look for? Here are 8 tips to help you purchase the best RV available.
According to an article at stretcher.com, “Buying an RV”
“I have a question about RVs. What is the most economical way to purchase one? And what is the most reliable way to make sure that you are getting quality for your money? I have been searching for information, and I have only gotten confused because of all the differing opinions out there. Of course, all salesmen tell you that the products they sell are the best ones. Furthermore, I am unsure about what costs I can expect in the future after the purchase has been made. Help!
Eight Tips for Success
I’ve been an RV owner since 1994, and I spent nearly four years (1997-2001) living in a 22′ travel trailer. I’ve owned several rigs, and here’s what I’ve learned.
Here’s some tips about buying an RV:
- First time buyers (and frugal 2nd time buyers) should always buy secondhand. RVs are just like cars and they depreciate a lot in the first few years.
- Spend a lot of time investigating models, floorplans, etc. Don’t let a high-pressure salesman convince you that there’s “only one” as good as the one you are looking at.
- When possible, keep your eyes out for RVs being sold by older folks. I’ve seen many GREAT deals in the paper where a nearly-new RV is being sold at a bargain price because a spouse died or has become sick and the couple is no longer traveling.
- When checking out your new RV, ask the seller to demonstrate that all the features work. Make sure the fridge, stove, awning, toilets, water pump, etc. are working.
- Look inside closets, cabinets, etc. and check for roof leaks. Water leaks cause dry rot in the walls and framing of an RV and can be terribly expensive to repair. Leaks are usually pretty evident by discolored patches in the walls and/or ceiling.
- If you aren’t sure about what kind of rig you want, then rent first. Although RV rentals are expensive (around $100/day), it’s much cheaper than buying something you hate.
- When you find a rig you like, find out the blue book value of it. Then bargain, bargain, bargain!
- If you live in a colder area, do your RV shopping in the fall when the camping season is over. Many RV owners and dealers are looking to offload their rigs cheaper, since there isn’t much demand for camping in the winter months in many areas.”
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