Sometimes, the open road calls, and you must answer — with a recreational vehicle (RV). You’ve made a budget, daydreamed about the trips you’ll take, and now you’re ready to buy! Here’s a checklist you can use if you’re wondering how to buy an RV:
Towable or Motorized?
If you have a vehicle capable of towing an RV, a towable version is a good option—they tend to offer more space for your money, and can be less costly to maintain if you plan on parking your RV for extended periods. If not, a motorized RV might be your top choice, as these tend to offer more of the comforts of home (think: bathrooms and refrigeration) and less set-up once you arrive at your camp site.
Choose Your Adventure
A tiny towable might be better for weekend warriors, but if you’re planning on adventures that span weeks or months, you’ll need an RV that can handle more gear.
When Will You Travel?
Yes, four-season RVs are an option for the winter camper. Things like insulation and heated tanks can make all the difference between a great experience and a terrible one when the temperatures drop. Likewise, if you’re attached to your A/C in the summer, your opinion probably won’t change once you’re on the road.
Your Fellow Adventurers
Capacity is important if you’re travelling with a crew. Your kids (and you!) might need separate spaces for when you’re experiencing too much togetherness. A bigger kitchen might be a necessity, as could a bathtub (especially if your children are very young).
In this day and age, you’d really be roughing it if you didn’t have Wi-Fi. Is your potential RV compatible with internet, GPS or satellite? These could all be very handy, especially when travelling to more remote locations.
Last but not least, don’t forget insurance! Still have questions about protecting your new investment? Contact your local Farm Bureau agent. Your agent can help ensure that you have all the coverage you need to keep you on the road.