How to choose your RV

Last Updated: 22.08.19

 

Buying the right RV looks like a daunting task, particularly if you have not yet made up your mind about what you are looking for in a model. RVs are different from one another regarding the size, the capabilities, and even the price. Before choosing one model over another, it might be a good idea to set a budget and determine just what your expectations are in terms of the destinations you want to go to. Spending a lot of time in an RV where the space is somewhat limited isn’t exactly the adventure you’re looking for.

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Types of RVs

The vast majority of RVs that exist on the market can be split up into three categories: towable trailers, slide-in campers, and motor homes. These categories can also be split up into various other types of RVs. To make matters easier, we’ll describe the things that best characterize the major kinds of vehicles in the line.

The main advantage behind getting a towable trailer is that it allows you to use your own vehicle, and even unhitch it and go on a drive with your car. Trailers can be hard or soft-walled.

Slide-in campers require the use of a truck. By their nature, slide-in campers are significantly smaller compared to other kinds of RVs, which is why the room in them might be insufficient for some people. However, a number of models have been found to be roomy enough to allow six people to sleep in them.

Motorhomes are separate vehicles, so you will strictly have to use them as they are. There are three major types of motorhomes, from A to C. The Class A alternative is the largest one, with some models resembling real-size homes.

 

Budget

With RVs, the rule is rather simple: the larger the vehicle, the higher the price. The most affordable alternatives in the line are towable trailers. Some of these models can often be bought for acceptable prices. By contrast, motorhomes are the most expensive, as they have all the comfort of a home.

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Number of beds

If you plan to use the RV just with your family, you won’t bother your mind with incessant calculations. On the other hand, you never really know when you might want to take a distant relative or a friend on an adventure. Therefore, the actual number of beds and the comfort they offer is something to consider when choosing the right RV.

 

Towing ability

If you are not the owner of an SUV or a truck, you might want to choose between a motorhome or a towable trailer. Going for the latter, however, will require you to learn how to tow. Believe it or not, it’s not as easy as it looks. Start by discovering the towing capability of the vehicle you own and keep in mind that the weights of RVs are calculated when the vehicle or trailer isn’t filled with your supplies or fuel.

 

Getting the right RV depends on how much you’re willing to spend, on how you intend to use it, and on your towing ability.

 

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