First Time RV Buying Tips for Young Adults

These RV Buying Tips will help you realize your dreams of owning an RV

First Time RV Buying Tips for Young Adults

As a college student or young adult, you may have a lot of dreams on your list. One of these may be to become an RV owner.

After all, what could be better than exploring the countryside on your own home on wheels? While this is a great goal, it can be challenging to get the financing needed when you are young or if you have no or limited credit history. While this is true, you still have options. Even your student loans may be able to help with this purchase.

If you are ready to realize your dreams of owning an RV, keep reading. Some tips that will help you achieve this goal can be found below.

Take Your Time

Any smart buyer will research for a year or more when they are ready to purchase an RV. After all, besides your home, this will probably be one of the most expensive purchases you ever make.

If you are an inexperienced buyer, you may only try to buy an RV based on the look and floor plan. However, this may lead to there being cheap components, such as cabinets that are stapled to the walls or low-quality plumbing. The last thing you want to do is make this purchase on an impulse.

Narrow Down the Options

As mentioned above, you should research the options first. Once you know what’s out there, you can start narrowing them down.

When it comes to recreational vehicles, there are a lot of options. You can find fifth wheels and pop-up campers, teardrop trailers, travel trailers, motorhomes, and more. Each type of RV offers you unique features and different price points. Figuring out the type of RV experience you want can help you narrow down the choices.

For example, a Class A motorhome looks like a semi-truck or a bus. Class B motorhomes are camper van conversions with a bubble roof that allows you to stand up in the living area.

A Class C motorhome is a smaller version of the Class A. Travel Trailers are non-motorized RVs that must be towed. You can also purchase a Fifth Wheel, which is a type of Travel Trailer or a lightweight trailer that includes Teardrop Trailers and Pop-Up Campers.  

You must also decide if you want a new or used RV. New RVs will depreciate right when you leave the dealership. Used RVs that are just a few years old will usually cost between 20% and 30% less than if you purchased a new one.

Get Information from the RV Community

It’s a good idea to search online for RV clubs and forums. You can also find information from local meetup groups or videos on YouTube. Chances are you know people in your area who have an RV, who are also excellent sources of information.

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One of the best ways to learn more about RVs is by talking to someone who owns one.

Negotiating the Cost

When you decide to purchase a new RV, you should negotiate and make an offer of 30% off the MSRP. If you can’t get the salesperson to close the deal, you should walk away. Chances are, you can find another dealer who will be willing to sell to you at this price point.

Some of the best times to consider purchasing a new RV is at the end of a month or the end of the year. Most sales teams need to push to meet their quotas this time of the year and when they will give you the best deal.

Buying an RV

If you are ready to purchase an RV, you must consider several things. Each factor here will help you find a quality RV and pay a reasonable price for it. Keep this in mind to help ensure you make an intelligent purchase and that your purchase doesn’t exceed any budget constraints you may have.  

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