Buying an RV
Buying the Perfect RV for Your Camping Trip
When you think of RV camping, it brings you a sense of vorfreude. However, there is a large amount of hard work and preparation that needs to go into planning before you embark on your motorhome camping trip.
Types of RV’s for Motorhome Camping
RVs or recreational vehicles, also known as motor homes, are multipurpose vehicles used by campers and travelers. The kind of RV that you require will depend on the kind of travel. There are various types of recreational vehicles to choose from:
Pop up – Pop up is a kind of RV that can be used by big families and can fit up to eight to ten members. Tent camping is easy with these kinds of RVs. With a stove top, compartment storage and sink, a pop-up RV acts as a virtual home on wheels. These vehicles range anywhere between $2,000 and $8,000.
Truck Camper – Truck campers are a popular RV, mostly because it can be detached from your truck and can be used as a tent when you are not traveling. Easy to tow and move around, these RVs would cost you anywhere between $8,000 and $20,000.
Class B – Boasting a hefty price tag that will set you back anywhere between $30,000 and $50,000, these RVs give make for perfect motor homes. With amenities like TV space, shower, kitchen, fridge, beds, couches and toilets, these vehicles are extremely luxurious and comfortable.
Class A – Any serious RVer would recommend you the Class-A. While it may cause an arm and leg, this kind of RV comes equipped with all kinds of amenities and are spacious and luxurious. With enough space for a full fledged kitchen and a bedroom, the price range of these RVs ranges from $50,000 to $500,000.
Tent trailers – Not on the expensive side, tent trailers are light in weight and come with mesh sliding to provide enough space for campers to dine, sleep and eat.
Amenities and Customization
There is no doubt that an RV-lifestyle is an exciting one, but in order to live your camping life to the fullest, you’ll need to ensure that all the necessary amenities are in place.
The typical amenities that your RV should come preloaded with are a proper kitchen, bathroom and sleeping space. RVs make life easier for those on the move throughout the year possessed by an adventerous sense of fernveh!
However, if the basic features of an RV still fall short of your needs, your RV can be customized by adding new features. For example, you can add satellite internet, extra desk space, an upgraded electrical system and a generator.
Beware though, as with each added amenity, the cost of your RV shoots up. If you are looking to go traveling for a few months, there is nothing better than a full-fledged or a fully loaded RV.
RV camping with family is a fun activity and in order to decide on the kind of RV you want to buy, you would have to look into the following factors:
- Are you and your family members comfortable with driving an RV or pulling one?
- Do you need a big RV and are you comfortable pulling it on tough roads?
- The number of people and pets who would be traveling with you. When buying an RV, it is a good idea to bring a measuring tape and measure the area that the RV gives you.
- Does the RV have enough storage capacity? The stuff you carry depends on the kind of usage you have in mind. If it is a short weekend getaway, you may not need a lot of storage space but if you are planning to travel across the country, you would want to ensure that the RV has sufficient storage capacity. It should however be noted that you should never exceed the weight limit as mentioned by the manufacturer.
- What kind of a kitchen would need in your RV? The two popular styles are the traditional style with simple tables and chair and the bench style with just benches.
- Are the beds big and comfortable for you and your family members to sleep in soundly? Check for the quality of the mattress as well.
- Does the bathroom suit you and your family? Consider things like the size of the shower stall and the sink. Ensure that the washroom doesn’t make you feel claustrophobic.
- What locations will you be visiting the most? If you buy a large RV, you would struggle to find parking spaces at national parks and other camping spots. A number of state parks do not have parking facilities for large RVs. If your RV is over 36 feet in length, you may struggle to find parking space.
Just like other vehicles, your RV is bound to go through a lot of wear and tear, and therefore it is important to get insured.
RV insurance is not a necessity for the full year, and therefore you can get good discounts from insurance companies if you only get insured during the time of travel. Purchasing a seasonal policy would be very helpful if you are not planning to travel infrequently.
Make sure that you get quotes from different insurance companies and compare them to get to the best policy. There are different kinds of policies for towable and drivable RVs. With a good insurance policy, your RV camping trips can be safe and exhilarating, giving you memories to cherish for a lifetime.