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Selecting and Buying an RV


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There are several types of recreational vehicles or RVs available in the market today. Each one boasts of different features, which suit some and are less attractive to others. No matter how varied they are, you have to select the recreational vehicle that best fits your needs and your budget.

For any given type and size of recreational vehicles, there are wide range of prices amounting to thousands of dollars. If you have a budget, try to select a low-end range without the expensive peripherals like roof-air conditioner, an AC generator or a microwave oven.

Thus in order to buy an RV one must have a clear objective as regards to the price, features, accessories and equipments one is looking for. While shopping for an RV list down all the literature on it like the brand, model, size and price along with some descriptive comments on each. This will help you to narrow your search down to a few that suit your requirements.

You can even go to an RV show where you will have a chance to look at a wide range of models and interact with different dealers. Visit a campground, recreational vehicle car parks, and talk to some of the recreational vehicle owners and find out about their experiences with their RV. Consider subscribing to magazines that relate to RV or buy guides that showcase the different types of RVs. Lastly, you can also rent an RV to get a taste of what it is to experience living and driving in one.

It is advisable that you learn as much as you can about RVs to avoid costly mistakes and choose the RV that’s right for you. The more information you gather, the easier it will be to match your needs to a particular type of RV. Also, ensure that you are familiar with all of the different types of RVs before you narrow down your selections.

There are two major types of RV types, which can be further subdivided:

Towed Rvs
Travel Trailers
Folding Camping Trailers
Motorized Rvs
Class A Motorhomes
Class B Camping Van Conversions
Class C Motorhomes
Truck Campers

After you have selected the model and type of RV that you want, there are a few things to keep in mind before actually buying it.

Bargain for the best price – Recreational vehicles are often marked up as much as 40% so forget the sticker price and use your bargaining skills to get the price down.

Avoid orphan RVs – There are more than 200 manufacturers of recreational vehicles offering multiple brands. The vicissitudes of the market often lead to many RV manufacturers going bust leaving behind discounted models called orphans. Despite their low prices, it is best to avoid these orphan brands as they may not have sufficient warranty nor will they spare parts if something were to go wrong. This would have you end up paying much more to repair the RV.

Stick with brands that have a national network of authorized repair dealers – Even the best brands of recreational vehicles can have problems; you certainly do not need the headache of getting stranded in the middle of nowhere with a dysfunctional RV and no authorize repair dealer to take care of it.

Ensure that you like the Floor Plan - You may buy a discounted RV with an unusual or out-of-date floor plan. But you'd better like living with it because it is extremely difficult to sell an RV. Some RVers don't like walking through the bedroom to get to a rear bathroom. Same goes for slide-outs only wide enough for a couch, which have largely been replaced with longer versions that extend the entire living room.

William Brister - - Find the RV thats Right for you.


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