The “van life” trend has boomed since the pandemic started, with people turning to vans and RVs in place of traditional homes. And whether you want to take your life on the road full time or just want the option to get away at your leisure, RVs are more appealing than ever.
But purchasing an RV is a big commitment, requiring a lot of cash, time spent repairing and maintaining it, and figuring out where to park.
Before impulse-buying a new RV, consider these five important things.
Your budget will be one of the biggest factors in determining what kind of RV you can afford.
First, you’ll have to decide which RV class you want and which classes fit into your budget. There are class A diesel or gas options, shorter class B RVs, class C coaches, fifth wheels, and toy haulers. Each will have different requirements for fuel and maintenance, which can take a toll on your finances if you don’t plan ahead.
You must also consider if you want a new or used RV. New RVs will typically require less repairs, but a well-maintained used RV can save you thousands of dollars.
2. Who’s Traveling With You
Before you purchase an RV, you should imagine how many people you plan to fit inside.
For solo or couple’s journeys, a smaller RV is sufficient. But if you have a large family or plan to take small children, more space will be a must.
3. How You’ll Use Your RV
You know you want an RV, but how do you plan to use it? Do you imagine yourself taking months-long trips living out of your vehicle? Or do you plan to spend no more than a few days in it at a time?
How and how often you’ll use your RV makes a big difference. If you plan to commit to van life, a large RV will be more comfortable, though gas will be more costly. For short-and-sweet travels, a smaller RV is typically enough.
And if you only want an RV to lug around your belongings, not to spend time in yourself, a travel trailer is the way to go.
4. RV Deal-Breakers
Consider your deal-breakers before buying an RV.
Mold and significant damage should be avoided at all costs. But also take time to think over what features you can’t live without. For example, if you plan to travel in your RV during the summer, choose RVs with robust air conditioners and eliminate any that don’t.
5. Alternatives to Buying
Finally, consider alternatives to buying before making your purchase. In the end, you may decide that purchasing an RV isn’t the best move after all.
Some families prefer to rent RVs only when they need them, while others share an RV with others to cut costs. Investigate your options to decide if buying your own RV is right for you.
Considerations Before Purchasing an RV
Purchasing an RV and living out your van life fantasies is an exciting but big decision. Consider these five points before you buy your own RV to help you make the best choice.
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