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Buying a new RV is a big decision. Knowing what you need, where to find it, and how much it will cost is just a snapshot of the thought process that goes into buying a house on wheels. Before you start your search, you’ll want to make sure you ask yourself some important questions, so you know what to tell us when you stop by to find the travel trailer, fifth wheel or toy hauler of your dream.
Why do I want to do this?
Asking yourself why you want to buy an RV can help you determine if you really want to RV or if you’re simply looking for something else that you think an RV can offer. When you buy an RV you buy more than just a house on wheels, you also buy memories and time with the family and tons of fun for everyone. With that in mind, asking yourself this question can help you determine if this is truly for you.
How much can I spend?
Don’t let pride get in the way of answering this question. Avoid biting off more than you can chew, after all, you want to be able to use your RV and not have to work tons of overtime to actually pay for it. Estimate what you’ll be comfortable spending and try coming in a little under budget if possible.
What are my expectations?
RVing is a wonderful activity and with the variety of floorplans available today you’re sure to find one that meets your needs. With that in mind, keeping you expectations realistic, particularly when it comes to what you can get for your budget, is important. It will keep you from going over on budget and from getting disappointed if an RV has less than what you expect.
How often will I use this?
If you know you’re only going to use your RV for short trips every few weeks in the summer, then you can probably get away with purchasing a smaller, less expensive RV. If, however, you plan to take long trips you’ll want an RV that can accommodate long term living. Be honest with yourself about this. RVers who still work won’t likely be able to spend months at a time on the road, while retirees tend to have that flexibility.
If you’re ready to start shopping for a new RV, contact us. We’ll answer your questions and make sure you’ve got the information necessary to make the best buying decision for your needs.
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