A step by step guide for buying an RV or Travel Trailer is so essential if you don’t want to end up buying a lemon. Take your time and do the research and your RV adventure will start great.
When we decided to buy an RV or Travel Trailer, we didn’t know anything about how to start and what to look out for. We bought our Travel Trailer within a couple of weeks, after looking at three different models. And then we just bought the one we thought would be o.k.
Wow, if we would have known better. If we would have known everything we know now, we probably would have bought a different trailer.
But well we didn’t and this is why I wrote this Step by Step guide for buying an RV or Travel Trailer. So hopefully you put more thought into this pretty costly decision and read on.
Start here with the Step by Step guide for buying an RV or Travel Trailer
A Step by Step guide for buying an RV or Travel Trailer
Answer the questions from the Step-by-Step guide:
- Know what you want: yes that is right, do you have a truck that can tow a trailer? Do you rather want a Motorhome because you want to go on months and months of travel all over the country? Are you only planning on going on some weekend trips? How big is your family?
- What is your budget? Knowing your budget narrows your choices down again.
- Buying new or used? If you want a new one you will spend A LOT of money. Buying used will save you a lot.
- The best month to buy a Camper? The high season for buying an RV is between April and September, which means go shopping in fall or winter.
- What is the best RV to buy? There is no best RV to buy. It depends on your needs, your budget, and also how much money on storage and maintenance you can spend. A travel Trailer is cheaper in maintenance than a big Motorhome. Plus think Campground fees, gas, and tires get pricier the bigger your rig is.
- Have you decided on a Travel Trailer? Make sure you know what your car/truck can tow. Check out the Tire and Loading Information of your car.
- The payload is people, gas, gear, and tongue weight. Tongue weight is about 10 % of the empty trailer.
- Check out different floor plans? Hate to make your bed every night? Get one with a fixed bed. Do you want to have a dinette set up or comfy recliners? Are you going to cook a lot? What about the bathroom? Can you stand in the shower? Can you sit on the toilet and close the door?
More things to know:
A Step by Step guide for buying an RV or Travel Trailer
What else should you definitely consider:
- Check out as many different models as you can and test drive them. If you decide on getting a Motorhome make sure the seats are comfy and the dashboard works for you.
- Don’t buy because it looks cute, know what you want and what works for you.
- If you don’t like the interior color, you can always paint and update it.
Get the E-Book and many answers to your questions:
If you buy used, make sure to check the following:
So you have decided on a used travel trailer or RV and you are already thinking of all the updates you are going to make? Before you buy, look out for the following:
Check the outside of your Camper
Go on a ladder and check the roof.
Check the date of the tires and the tread. If the tires are older than 7 years, they have to be replaced.
Check for dark spots under the windows or on the outside corners of your RV.
Check the inside of your Camper
How does the floor look like. Is it stable or uneven and soft?
Check the walls inside, especially around the kitchen and the bathroom area. Open up the cabinets and check for soft spots, any discoloring on the walls? You are looking at water damage which can be a serious issue.
Check all the appliances if they work.
Are the sensors working? Do they show the correct tank fillings?
Choosing the right Camper
Be open-minded and know what you are looking for and what you definitely want. Stay focused on the floor plans and the type of Camper you decided works the best for you.
Don’t waste time looking at models that are not right for you. Especially if you go to RV shows, there are so many shiny objects you probably can’t afford or are not the right choice for you. So stay focused and check the ones out which will be best for your situation.
You bought a Camper – now what?
Congratulations – you are the proud owner of a cool RV or Travel Trailer. Now what? What are you supposed to do now?
Get the Checklist RV 101 for beginners. A lot of helpful tips are right here and is good to know before you get started.
Plan your first-weekend trip close by. Here is how to set up your RV for first-timers, what you need to get and how to plan your first road trip:
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With every trip you take you will get more confident and know how to do things easier and faster. It can get a little overwhelming in the beginning. Therefore I would suggest to inform yourself with this easy to read article ‘RVing for beginners‘.
And also the list of must-haves for your Travel Trailer comes in handy before you start your RV journey.
But the most important thing to do is to take it easy and slow. Start with a trip not too far away from your home, practice driving in an empty parking lot to become more confident and you are going to enjoy every trip to the fullest.
I hope to see you somewhere on the road or camping at the beach. If not, I will see you at the blog,
Did you buy a used RV? Before you take it on journeys, check these essential things in order to be safe: