4 Key Factors to Consider When Buying Your First RV

You’re ready to ditch the tent once and for all and want to buy your first RV. Congratulations! It’s a big step, but it’s one that will let you explore everything Colorado has to offer without forcing you to rough it. But there’s more to choosing the right RV than picking the first one you find and reserving a storage spot to keep it between uses. You need to make sure it’s the right fit for your needs and your camping style. Here are a few key things to consider as you start your search for the perfect camper.
  1. Decide on a Motorhome or a Towable
    There are many classes of RVs, but most fall into one of two main categories: motorhomes and towables. Motorhomes are RVs that are drivable under their own power and don’t need a separate vehicle to move them. These are great if you don’t already own a truck or a vehicle with a decent towing capacity. Towables are RVs that must be moved with a separate vehicle. If you already own a truck or SUV capable of towing several thousand pounds or plan on buying one soon, a towable may be a good choice.
  2. Think About Your Camping Style
    Consider how you want to camp. Are you the type of adventurer who likes to drive off into the woods to get away from it all? Or do you prefer to have all the creature comforts you could possibly want at a developed campground close to town? If you like to be off-grid, you’ll want to look for an RV that has good-size water storage tanks, solar panels, and high clearance. But if you want to camp at a campsite that has everything you could possibly want, you can choose just about any RV.
  3. Set a Firm Budget
    Before you start shopping in earnest, you’ll need to decide how much you can afford to spend on your RV. Keep in mind that prices can range from as low as $5,000 for a small trailer with minimal features to more than $500,000 for a luxury bus with marble countertops and mirrored ceilings. Look at the prices of RVs you’re interested in online to gain an idea of the types of rigs you can afford. Then, set a budget and stick to it. The last thing you want to do is take on an RV payment that you can’t afford easily.
  4. Look at RVs in Person
    The internet makes it easy to look at different RVs to gain an understanding of the features and floorplans you might like. But it will never be as good or helpful as seeing the RV in person. Stop by local dealerships and spend time touring as many units as you can. Think about how each floorplan will work with your lifestyle and your family. 

Buying a Great RV Is Doable
Finding the perfect RV for your camping adventures can take time. But as long as you keep these tips in mind when you start your search, you’ll find it easier to identify the best campers for your needs. 

Once you find the perfect RV, make sure you store it somewhere safe. At goHomePort – Longshadows, we have a variety of storage options to keep your RV safe and secure between trips. Contact us today to discuss your needs.
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