If you’re gearing up for spring camping and are looking for an RV, chances are you’re looking for one that is safe, affordable, comfortable, and provides all the comforts of home. Travel trailers are a great option for RVers who want to enjoy the convenience of their RV and have the flexibility to use their tow vehicle wherever they are camping. When buying a travel trailer, however, you need to follow a few important tips to make sure you select the best RV for you.
Start At RV Shows | RV shows provide you with the most selection and opportunity to view different models. You’ll meet local RV dealers at the show who are willing and ready to give you a great deal and help educate you on the RV buying process.
Consider Family Size | Is your family growing? Are you an empty nester? Look at your lifestage and use that as a gauge to determine the best size RV for you. If you’re a young family planning on having more children you might want to buy a travel trailer that’s a little larger. If you’re an empty nester and anticipate only bringing along the grandchildren occasionally, you might be able to get away with buying a smaller travel trailer that might not accommodate as many people from a long term perspective, but works great for that week or two that the grandchildren are with you.
Use RVchecks.com | RVchecks.com is an incredibly important resource if you’re buying a used travel trailer. It’s kind of like carfax.com, but for RVs. For $25 it’ll provide you with complete history of your RV and alert you of any water damage or accidents that the RV has been in.
Walk Through | You’d be surprised at how many RVers buy an RV and simply have it shipped to them. This might work if you’ve had a chance to walk through the RV at your local dealership and know exactly what you’re getting, but before you order your RV make sure you walk through the exact floorplan and know what you’re getting. Looking at layouts online is helpful, but you never truly know what the RV is like unless you walk through it.
Negotiate | Yes, you can negotiate for your travel trailer just like you would for a car. Do some research to see what competitors are selling the RV for and then walk in to your dealership of choice with confidence and an idea of what you want to pay. You don’t want to put too low of an offer in, but there’s plenty of wiggle room for negotiation, so don’t be afraid to ask for a fair price.
So, now you know how to shop for a travel trailer. What’s the next step? Stop by Explore USA to check out our selection of travel trailers. With 8 locations throughout Texas we are sure to have a location near you.
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