A recreational vehicle, or RV, is an emblem of freedom. An RV allows you to ride freely around the country and to choose how and where you want to spend your time.
For many people, owning an RV is the ultimate dream. But each person has their own vision of the RV lifestyle. For some, the ideal is camping in the wilderness; for others, it is driving around the country visiting family.
What do you want to do in your RV?
Before purchasing a new RV, think of your goals. There are all the destinations you want to see: national parks, lakes, and maybe even big cities. But you should also consider your mental and emotional destination.
How do you want to wake up each day? Do you want to build relationships with family, friends and old acquaintances? Having a clear idea of what you want to do in your life will help you during the purchasing process. It will make the decisions much easier.
Find the Right Vehicle
While RV stands for “recreational vehicle,” it might as well stand for “right vehicle.”
Everyone’s definition of right vehicle will be different, of course. It’s a good thing that RVs come in all shapes and sizes. You can purchase a tiny model based on minivans to a full-size commercial vehicle as big as some houses.
You should also consider fuel efficiency and reliability. Those two factors will also play a big part in how you enjoy your RV-centered life.
Visit RV shows and local dealerships to understand the market and your price range.
Aside from the functional aspects of the RV, also think about the operational costs. Every vehicle needs routine maintenance. Find out what costs will be covered under your warranty or maintenance plan. It will help you plan your purchase.
Full- or Part-Time?
Will you be a full- or part-time RVer. Most owners begin their new lifestyle part-time. They may take their vehicle on the road for family vacations or fishing trips. Many people decide to become full-time RVers, which means moving out of their permanent home and spending their lives on the road.
The more time you spend in your RV, the more carefully you need to consider your purchase. For full-timers, it will feel like you are buying real estate. After all, your home is an important investment in your future.
Some people appreciate having a regular home, a permanent plot of land where you can return, even if only for a few weeks or months each year. Others desire the freedom that comes with life on the road. Selling your home and eliminating property tax, utilities and worries that go with all of that can be a relief for some people. It’s your decision.
Accessories and Supplies
RVs come with accessories and supplies that will make your trips enjoyable. You may want a satellite TV, Internet access and upscale furnishings to complete your RV. Other people want a simple vehicle. They prefer to minimize their equipment and gear to keep themselves happy while on the road. It all depends on your budget and preferences.
Your RV lifestyle can be everything you want it to be. Whether you want a basic motorhome in the woods or an upscale land yacht, owning an RV is all about making your hopes and dreams come true.