Whether you’re looking to purchase a travel trailer or a mammoth Class C motor home, you’ll want it to include some nifty “bells and whistles.” However, don’t overlook the practical features that your new RV must have in order to maximize your expedition.
We’ve put together a brief, yet handy, guide to help you get the best bang for your buck. From must-have features to the best places to buy new and used RVs. We’ve even listed some of the top RV brands you need to look at before pulling the trigger.
Top Practical Interior Features
When perusing the lot for your next RV, make sure you ask the dealer to bring the slides in. While they may get annoyed, your request is more important than many realize.
You’ll want to experience the range of movement and the accessibility of the RV’s interior features before and after the slides have been extended. Sure it looks nice and roomy while parked, but how does it function when on the road?
After you’re satisfied with its accessibility, make your way to the bathroom. Ignoring the awkward looks of others, sit on the toilet, and stand in the shower to make sure they’re both comfortable. Since having a bathroom is one of the biggest perks of owning an RV, you’ll want to make sure it’s practical.
Depending on what size RV you’re looking to purchase, try to focus on ones that have a walk-around bed. Not only will it be easier to make but the arrangement will give your RV bedroom more of a full-size home feel. Climbing in and out of bed without straining yourself is more important than you think.
Make sure carpets are restricted to the bedroom and living room only. Due to the heavy traffic in the common areas such as the kitchen, laminated plastic, vinyl, and linoleum flooring are better options.
Storage and shelving that can be easily removed for repairing and cleaning are basically non-negotiable when searching for a new RV. Built-in racks and pull out cupboards are ideal for the kitchen. Plenty of counter space is also a must-have.
Finally, make sure any private areas are secure by doors rather than curtains. There’s nothing worse than a lack of privacy within a space that is already confined. Bathrooms, bedrooms, and storage closets should have solid doors with locks.
Best Places to Buy New and Used RVs
If you’re ready to make your big purchase, visit the following locations (if possible) and online retailers to get the best deals. Most RVs come with a five- to seven-figure price tag so you’ll want to make sure you receive the best financing possible.
- Camping World – 130 locations nationwide
- RVTrader – the biggest online source for buying and selling RVs
- PPL Motor Homes – online and physical locations specializing in used motor homes
- General RV Center – America’s largest family-owned RV dealer
- RVT.com – online only RV selling platform for private sales
While there are several RV outlets across the country, the ones listed above are the top five go-to sites that will give you the most options at affordable prices.
Top RV Brands You Must Consider
While every RV manufacturer touts they are the best in the business, there are several that can actually back up this claim. Since you (and only you) know exactly what you need and want, make sure you conduct your own research of each company.
While one manufacturer may produce high-quality Class A motor homes, it may not be as experienced with smaller lightweight or toy trailers.
- Forest River
- Thor Motor Coach