Buying an RV is much like buying a car – it is a process that can be stressful, a bit intimidating, and time consuming. While you are certainly excited at the prospect of becoming an RV owner, you are likely not looking forward to having to head to the dealership to negotiate the purchase of your rig.
Fortunately, buying an RV doesn’t have to be an intimidating or overwhelming experience. By arming yourself in advance with the right questions, you can pull knowledge and information from the sales person that will be used to help you make a smart pick. Before you visit your local RV dealer with an eye toward a purchase, review the six questions listed below.
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#1 – How Much RV Do I Really Need?
One of the first things you need to determine is exactly how much space you are going to need for your family. Obviously, you will need a larger rig for a family of four or five than when traveling with just yourself and a spouse/partner. While most sales people will naturally want to steer you toward a larger rig, they should still be able to provide some insight on how you can go about deciding on a size for your RV.
#2 – What Kind of Maintenance is Required?
This is a question that you likely will ask when buying a car, and it is just as important here as you shop for an RV. Inquire about the specific maintenance needs for any RV that you may purchase, as you don’t want to find yourself spending big dollars on maintenance costs shortly after becoming an RV owner.
#3 – What are the Financing Options?
You can go a couple of different ways on this point. On the one hand, you can opt to arrange financing in advance of going to the dealer, likely by visiting your bank. Or, you can finance the purchase through the dealership itself, as they will certainly have a bank that they use for this process.
#4 – What Kind of Warranty is Included/Available?
If you are buying a new RV, you will likely receive some degree of warranty with the purchase of the rig. However, most dealers also offer an additional warranty that you will need to consider before finalizing your purchase. Adding on an additional warranty is a personal decision, so think it through carefully and don’t be pressured into anything.
#5 – How Is This RV Rated for Gas Mileage?
While you shouldn’t be expecting to get great gas mileage from your new RV, you do want to make sure that you aren’t going to go broke by stopping at the pump time after time. As you compare one model against another, be sure to weigh any differences in gas mileage as part of your overall evaluation.
#6 – What’s the Price
Of course, perhaps more important than any of the other questions on our list is the matter of price. What is it going to cost for you to drive a given RV off the lot? Have a specific budget in mind before you head to the dealership and stick to that number regardless of what you find. RV ownership is only fun if it fits within your budget, so be smart and buy within your means.