So you’ve finally decided to make that purchase of your RV. You’re ready to hit the road to enjoy the great outdoors. You’re probably already thinking of all your camping trips and fishing trips you’re going to take. However, you need to make sure that you purchase the right RV or trailer for you. You need to make sure it will suit you exactly.
Here some mistakes to avoid when purchasing your RV or trailer:
1. Going too small
You may need to cut some corners when purchasing your RV. In order to come in under budget. You may need to get rid of the new paint job, or you may need to get rid of the smart fridge option. However, make sure your RV has enough room for everyone you plan on taking. Don’t upgrade the features, while downgrading the size. This could make camping trips super uncomfortable in the end.
2. Forgetting tow weight
You need to remember what you plan on taking on your trips. If you’re towing another car, or towing a boat behind you, you need to make sure your RV can handle it. It would be a real shame to buy your RV and not be able to take your boat to the lake on your yearly trip because you forgot to check the tow weight.
3. Not sticking with a budget
With any big purchase, a budget is key. You need to make sure that you have a budget so you don’t go wildly overboard when picking your RV or trailer. It can be so enticing to latch on to those luxury features when buying an RV. During this purchase, it’s easy to get roped into the unexpected luxuries and add-ons. You may opt for a smart fridge. You may opt for the multiple bathrooms. You even may opt to have a kitchen in your RV with LED lighting. Just make sure you come up with a budget and stick to it. If the add-on you want is in your budget, then go for it. However, if the add-on suddenly catapults your price over the top of your budget, you may need to scale it back and stick to the basics.
4. Not considering interest rates or taxes
So you’ve finally got a price you’re comfortable with and you’re ready to make that purchase. You can almost taste the wilderness and feel the breeze on your face as you drive your new RV to your next camping trip. However, you forgot about the taxes and interest rates on your RV. Taxes can tack on hundreds, and sometimes thousands of dollars to your purchase, putting your RV back outside of your budget. Before you get that final bill, make sure your purchase comes in under your budget, even with taxes.
5. Buying an RV in the wrong condition
Make sure you inspect any RV you’re buying. If it’s used, make sure everything is in great shape, or make sure it’s something you can fix yourself. It would also be a real shame to spend a lot of money on your RV only to find out you have to spend more money to get it fixed after you buy it.
With all of these things in mind, it’s time for you to get out there and go look for your brand new RV.