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Whether you’re going out of town or crossing borders to a neighboring country, a road trip can be an incredible way to quench your thirst for adventure.

While many road trips entail a regular vehicle, and booking hotels for each night you’re away,  you might also consider getting or renting an RV, especially for long distance travels.

Modern RVs come equipped with everything you need to make the journey easier for you, and everyone else who comes along for the ride. From bathrooms to recreation areas, RVs have the amenities that add to your overall comfort.

While it’s many people’s dream to own their own RV, finding one that’s both right for you and fits your budget can be the tricky part. Fortunately, there are many strategies for finding the right RV. Here are a couple of things to keep in mind.

Things to Consider if You’re Buying an RV

Think Long-Term

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If you’re thinking of buying an RV just because you want to take a dream vacation in Mexico,  you  probably don’t have a compelling enough reason to do so.

An RV is an investment, so it’s important that you have a long-term plan to really get the most value out of it. If you’re only taking one trip in an RV, it then becomes a better idea to go for a rental.

You will need to determine specific goals before shopping around for an RV. Do you have other places you plan to go? Are you constantly traveling from coast to coast?

If you don’t mind traveling the way people did back in the day, then you won’t have a problem with buying an RV. But if you’ve made the decision to buy, make sure you map out whether or not you’ll truly get your money’s worth.

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Consider Your Lifestyle

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Practicality is important when you’re shopping for an RV. No doubt, you need to know if you can own and manage such an expensive vehicle.

It’s important to consider your lifestyle as the basis for selecting the type of RV that’s right for you. If you lead a more luxurious lifestyle, there are a huge range of luxury coaches you can choose from. However, if you’re used to living modestly, a small trailer or camper may be all you need.

Salesmen will always try and upsell you, and often this sees people purchasing vehicles that they don’t get the full use out of. So sit down before you head out to speak to somebody, so you can be strong in your convictions about the features you do, and don’t, need.

Obviously, the higher end luxury you go, with more bells and whistles, the higher the cost of the vehicle will be. But things like solar power benefits may be practical (ie save you the cost of hooking up at a site that has electricity), so just make sure you research thoroughly.

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Focus on Practicality

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When you’re deciding on the features you need, it’s important to be specific. In doing your research, assess which features come with most RVs as a basic standard, and which come as an add on, as not every vehicle will have things like a satellite TV.

Create a checklist based on practicality. The best way to go about it is to consider features that are functional. Anything you expect for your day to day life on the road, they’re the features you should focus on getting.

Things like an effective air conditioning and propane system, as well as fast Wi-Fi connectivity, are features that most people aim for in an RV. Other features you could consider might be those that help lower the cost of operation.

Consider having Wi-Fi pre-installed as a practical safety. One big vulnerability of traveling in an RV is connecting to unsecured public networks as you drive, though this leaves you at risk of a cyber security attack.

Most public networks aren’t safe, and allow anyone using them to access your information like passwords, bank account info, though if you have your own private WiFi installed, there’s no vulnerability. Or, if you are connecting to public networks on the road, use a VPN to mask your IP for that extra road security.

Find the Right Dealer

Once you have your finances prepared and your expectations set, it’s only a matter of finding an RV dealership that won’t sideline you with hidden charges.

For this, you can ask for recommendations from someone you know or find an online listing of RV dealerships in your area. Once you have the right dealer, you can bet on buying an RV that won’t pose too much of a burden for you.

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Megan is an Australian Journalist and award-winning travel writer who has been blogging since 2007. Her husband Mike is the American naturalist and wildlife photographer behind Waking Up Wild; an online magazine dedicated to opening your eyes to the wonders of the wild & natural world.

Having visited 50+ countries across all seven continents, Megan’s travels focus on cultural immersion, authentic discovery and incredible journeys. She has a strong passion for ecotourism, and aims to promote responsible travel experiences.

    

    2 Comments

  1. Long term is key Meg because this is basically buying a rolling home. Big investment that changes how you travel and how you live. Super points here.

    • Absolutely Ryan, and I think treating it as a home is probably the best mindset to be in when thinking about purchasing it. Not something you want to invest in to just leave parked and only use once or twice :)

      Glad you enjoyed the post!

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