Buying and finding out which RV is best for you may seem like a daunting process – and it can be – if you don’t put an adequate amount of research into it. Normally, researching isn’t the most exciting phase of investing, but when it comes to RVs, that’s not the case. Here, we’ll help you identify different resources to get you started in your research.
Investigating Travel Lifestyles
No two travelers are the same. Some people love to explore new cities and cultures, some like to stay at campgrounds, and others like to camp alone in the middle of the wilderness. Believe it or not, how you like to travel will greatly impact what you’ll be traveling in. For example:
- Small RVs are great for camping incognito. They’re easy to tow or drive and are adept at fitting into small spaces or hard-to-reach areas. Some are even small enough that you can camp overnight in a city parking spot!
- Mid-sized RVs perfectly harmonize space and convenience. They’re fully-equipped with everything you need to feel comfortable on the road, yet are still compact enough to be manageable. They’re good for long-term travel plans, as their size offers plenty of room for gear and guests, while the moderate size makes them less exhausting to drive than larger RVs.
- Large RVs offer the most in space in luxury. They’re perfect for families who don’t want to compromise the comforts of home while on the road. In fact, some luxury RVs have more amenities than a high-end hotel, including dishwashers, fireplaces, outdoor entertainment centers, and more!
Resources For Researching RVs
- RVing101 is a section of our site that helps you get a grip on the basics and lingo of RVing.
- RV.net is a wonderful online community of RVers from across the country. You can find links to owners’ clubs for specific RVs, read discussions about different types of RVs, drop by the blog for vacation ideas and technical advice, and more. It’s an excellent resource for anything and everything RV-related.
- RV shows are a great way to check out the best new RVs and RV technology, though some shows have older RVs as well. You’ll get a chance to tour hundreds of RVs in person, speak with factory representatives, and meet other RVers. Just don’t get pressured into buying if you’re not ready! RVshare’s blog has a wealth of information on RV shows in states across the nation.
- Blogs, blogs, blogs! You’ll be surprised how many RV travel blogs there are these days. They’re an invaluable resource if you’re new to RVing or thinking about buying an RV. The Top 100 RV Blogs and Websites for Motorhome Travel Enthusiast in 2018 covers much of what you’ll want to look for.
- Renting an RV is the best way to try out different RVs. You’ll get a feel for how the RV’s layout and size work for you, in addition to getting some driving practice! RVshare is a peer-to-peer marketplace, where you’ll work directly with the owner of the RV throughout the process. You can check out their inventory of RV Rentals, or of course you can always Shop For New and Used RVs on our website.
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- The feature must haves that are important to you and your family
- Which brands or manufacturers you like
- Budgeting tools including a payment calculator resource
- Multiple well spaced pages with room for lots of your notes
- BONUS Resources: Trade-in values, tow vehicle ratings, and finance options