Five Things to Consider Before Buying an RV

by | Aug 24, 2022 | RV Life | 0 comments

Five Things to Consider Before Buying an RV

There’s nothing like the feel of the open road; you can go anywhere you want to be with nowhere you have to be. With so many companies allowing their employees to work from home makes living a life on the road so much realistic than it used to be. If you are thinking of hitting the road and purchasing a recreational vehicle (RV), we say “what a great idea!”. However, there are a few things you should consider before you make that commitment.

1. What Kind of RV Do You Need?

There are at least nine different kinds of RVs on the market today that come in varying sizes and price ranges in turn. For example, Class A RVs are typically the most luxurious ones on the market with full kitchen ranges, refrigerators, ovens, and even a real bedroom. However, these are also the most expensive RVs to own and run. Class B motorhomes are tiny versions of the Class A, perfect for weekend getaways. Class C RVs are the most popular – sized somewhere between Class A and Bs. They often have slide-outs to extend the living space when the vehicle is parked.

It’s also a good idea to rent an RV similar to the one you are considering just to get a feel for how it handles and how you like life on the road. It’s also a good idea to check if the RV in question requires you to have a special license.

2. New or Used?

Another aspect to consider is whether you want to buy a new RV or a pre-owned one. While a brand-new RV is an exciting prospect, according to varying estimates new RVs typically dip in 21% to 30% in value the minute they are driven off the dealers lot. A report on RV depreciation found that the value of RVs typically plateaus around the five-year mark. 

3. Financing the Lifestyle

While living on the road can feel romantic, owning and maintaining an RV can be more expensive than you think. You need insurance, just like any other motor vehicle. There are also fuel costs to be considered along with campground fees. If you plan to be on the road and work from the RV, you’ll need to factor in the costs of mobile internet, WiFi boosters, and satellite television. If you are planning to use your RV mainly for weekend getaways, then you need to consider where you can store your RV when its not in use. 

4. Check for Water Damage

This may sound weird, especially if you are buying a new RV, but always check for water damage. Look for signs like mold or rust – they can indicate plumbing issues that can cost you a small fortune if not addressed immediately. The outside bolts will typically show signs of rust in case of water damage and mold may be found on the floorboards and walls. Check under the sink and near the shower and toilet for any signs of plumbing issues too.  

The Trademasters RV repair division offers water leak testing along with complete repair services including re sealing services, rot repair, roof replacement and more.

5. Powering the RV:

There are plenty of options out there when it comes to powering your RV. You can find fully electric RVs on the market. However, you need to plan and map every part of the journey, so you aren’t stuck far away from a charging point when you need it. While gas-powered RVs with electrical generators are a popular option, it can be worthwhile to explore options like solar power too. You can also have solar panels installed on your RV with the gas-powered generator as a back up. Many second-hand RVs do come with solar panels installed. If not, Trademasters has a range of solar panels and batteries with an experienced team to ensure a smooth installation with components that are always properly sealed and configured.

Trademasters is happy to help with any camper, truck, and towing accessories you need. If you have any questions about what we can do for your RV, send us an email or give us a call 604.792.3132. We’re happy to help!