Should You Rent or Buy an RV?

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If you’re like most people, you’ve thought about what it would be like to travel in an RV, but you may not know whether you should buy or rent one first. Here’s a quick look at some instances in which you could rent or buy.

It Makes Sense to Rent an RV When:

  • You want to test out the lifestyle – When the RV life or van life is beckoning you, but it would be your first time at the rodeo, simply rent an RV and find out if the lifestyle is right for you. Lots of people dream of owning a rig and traveling the country, so renting one first is a great way to determine if you’re cut out for ownership.
  • You only plan to use an RV sporadically throughout the year – If going on a trip occasionally is what you have in mind, renting could be a good option. That way, you’re not investing a lot of money in a rig that will sit dormant for most of the year. 
  • You’re not sure what type of RV would be right for you – Choosing the type of RV that would best suit your needs and style can be tricky, and it’s a decision that shouldn’t be made lightly. For this reason, opting to rent an RV type that you think you’d like allows you to try it and find out.

It Makes Sense to Buy an RV When:

  • You’ll use it frequently – If you know for sure that you’ll be taking your rig out for long jags or at least plan to use it more than a few times per year, owning an RV could be a more cost effective option than renting for you. The cost to own and maintain an RV is not cheap, so to buy something that sits in your driveway or garage for most of the year won’t be a good investment.
  • You plan to become a full-time RVer – When you’re working toward becoming a full timer, there is no other option than to buy the rig you plan to live in. You should know what type of RV will best suit you and be prepared to find and purchase a vehicle that meets your needs.
  • You want it (and everything in it) to be yours – If the idea of using a refrigerator, toilet, beds, and other items after strangers have used them in a rented RV creeps you out, perhaps buying an RV is the right move for you.

Don’t forget, that owning an RV also involves associated expenses, such as insurance, maintenance and repair, and plenty of miscellaneous costs as well. Be prepared to take on those expenses if you’re ready to buy.

So, is renting or buying an RV for you? Let us know in the comments or contact us today!

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