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What should you consider before buying a motor home?

Last Updated: 30.09.22


If you’ve decided that an RV is the right choice for you there are a few factors to consider before you rush off to the dealership. Along with deciding on the type you also need to know what type of camping you’ll be doing, along with the length of the trip. These and other questions need to be addressed before you purchase any type of RV,

1.What should you consider before buying a motor home

Factors to consider before buying an RV


Type of RVs

Once you know the average length of your trips it is time to take a few minutes and consider the different types of RVs. Class A motor homes are the largest, and some people even find them comfortable enough to live in year round. Class B models typically resemble a van and some are large enough to sleep up to four people. Class C RVs are the perfect mix between a full size model and a smaller van style one. Since the size can vary it is relatively easy to find a Class C motor home large enough for your family.

Travel and fifth wheel trailers are similar to Class A RVs except they are designed to easily hook onto the back of your pickup truck. Pop up trailer are lightweight, easy to tow and relatively inexpensive, while a truck camper is the perfect choice for adventurous campers. A truck camper easily slides into the bed of the pickup truck so you can take your “campsite” with you almost anywhere.


Additional Costs

Once you’ve purchased an RV you will quickly realize that there are additional costs, and if these aren’t figured into your budget ahead of time the motor home could end up being too expensive to drive. Some of the costs to consider include maintenance and mileage. Larger RVs are typically more expensive to maintain, and all have poor milage ratings. The cost of insurance should also be considered, and it is required by law if the RV is financed through a FDIC bank or credit union. Additional features that you can’t live without can also cause the final cost of the RV to go up.



While extra features will increase the price of the RV, there are some that you will certainly want to consider. If you are towing the motor home you will want to make sure that it comes with the necessary equipment, and that it is compatible with your truck or SUV. Kitchenettes are important if you plan on camping in remote locations or if you simply don’t want to have to find a restaurant every time you want to eat. Connectivity is another important feature to consider, and most RVs  can easily be Wi-Fi enabled.


Rent or Buy

First RVers might want to consider renting a motor home before buying one. Not only does this give you a chance to try one out, you can also see if traveling and camping in an RV is something that you will want to do. Once the lease agreement is up and if you’ve decided that you’ve enjoyed your RV experience you can purchase the right one for you with complete confidence.