The process of buying a new or used RV can be a bit overwhelming. You have to choose which type of RV you want, figure out how much you want to spend, decide on whether or not you like the floor plan of this model or that model, find out how much it will cost to replace the fabric used on the furniture (seafoam green was never your favorite color). Unfortunately, during the hubbub of all these other thoughts and concerns, there are a few key features that you may often overlook when purchasing a rig.
Keep These on Your Radar
Whether you’re looking for a used rig or something brand new, don’t forget to consider these essential features:
- Bathroom size – RV bathrooms are notoriously small, and some are even aren’t full bathrooms; they’re wet areas with a toilet and a shower head. As you’re shopping for an RV, you need to think about what size bathroom you’d require to feel comfortable. Imagine performing your morning routine in the bathrooms of RVs you are thinking about buying. If you can find pitfalls with the available features – or lack thereof – the RV may not be the best choice for you.
- Slide out access – Slide outs are an excellent feature that can add impressive square footage to your rig. With a press of a button, you can expand the living area, kitchen, and maybe even a bedroom! However, you should also consider whether you can access key areas within your rig even when the slides are retracted. For example, if you can’t open your refrigerator for a drink and a snack, or you can’t access the bathroom, while a slide is pulled in, is buying that rig even worth it?
- Tank size – The size of a rig’s fresh, grey, and black water tanks is likely not at the forefront of your mind as you’re shopping for an RV. To find out if tank size is something you need to pay attention to, think about how you will be using your rig. Do you want to do a lot of boondocking, or camping in the wilderness or at state parks more often that not? If so, you may require holding tanks with a decent capacity since you won’t have access to fresh water frequently, if at all. However, if you plan to use your RV in campgrounds and other sites that have hookups, having large tanks may not be of concern to you.
- Storage options – Storage is the ever-important feature in any rig. Even the RVs that have ample of storage will never truly match up to the storage you have at home. With that in mind, you need to again think about how you plan to use your RV. Will you be doing a lot of outdoor activities for which you’ll need to bring gear (think fishing, hunting, biking, etc.) Or is your RV going to be used for short weekend jaunts here and there, with the occasional week-long vacation? Look for storage options in an RV that will suit your needs and how you plan to camp.
Before you buy a new or used rig, it’s best to check for these and other features that may be important to you, based on how you plan to use your RV and travel.
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