Our family has many camping memories, in fact, my son learned to ride a bike without training wheels because he wanted that freedom bike riding and camping provides to young children.
We have camped with tents, cabins and of course an RV. Almost every holiday (from Mardi Gras to Halloween) was spent at a campground. While we loved owning an RV, it’s not the perfect choice for every family.
But is a n RV right for you?
Is the road calling your name? You may be thinking about buying an RV to satisfy your wanderlust so you can see the country, or you may just want to plan a great vacation with the family. Whatever the reasons, if you are considering buying an RV, here are a few things you need to know.
What Type of Camper Are You?
Do you plan to just do an occasional camping trip over a weekend or are you wanting to hit the road for an extended period of time? If you plan to spend a lot of time traveling and camping, you will need a different type of RV than if you just plan to spend two weekends a year in a campground.
What Type of Recreational Vehicle Do You Need?
There are several types of recreational vehicles to choose from. You can choose a Class A, B, or C motorhome, a travel trailer, a fifth-wheel trailer, a pop-up camping trailer, a truck camper, or a toy hauler/camper. All of them offer shelter for travel and camping, but some offer more amenities and conveniences for long-term travel and RV living.
Motorhomes are self-contained, and you don’t need a separate vehicle to drive these living quarters around and you actually travel inside them. Travel trailers, fifth-wheels, pop-ups, and toy haulers are all separate, pull-behind campers that you can unload and park. You don’t travel inside these trailers, you just live in them when they are parked. Truck Campers aren’t pulled behind a vehicle, instead, this type of RV slides inside a truck bed and can be unloaded and set up at a camp site.
Storage and Parking
If you invest your money in an RV, keep in mind that you will need a place to store it when you aren’t using it. If you don’t have space at your home to park your RV or your homeowner’s association won’t allow an RV to be parked at your home, you will need to pay storage fees somewhere when you aren’t using it. Check into those fees before you decide to buy.
Maintenance and Upkeep
Like anything else you own, an RV requires regular maintenance and upkeep. Are you handy enough to do the work yourself or will you need to hire someone else to do maintenance on your rig?
Driving a large motorhome or pulling a big travel trailer doesn’t exactly boost your gas mileage. Instead, you will need to plan for a much larger fuel budget with any RV you choose.
There are several things to consider when choosing your next RV. You will need to look into insurance costs and increases for any RV you consider. You will also need to determine if the kitchen area in the RV you are looking at is adequate for your needs. Ask plenty of questions before you buy then get ready to hit the road and enjoy the RV you choose.
Have you considered purchasing a RV for your family? Do you have any recommendations to share for those inquiring about a prospective RV purchase?