Over 9 million households in the US own an RV, which is an increase of over 16% since 2001. When we had to hunker down during the pandemic, this only made RVing even more popular.
Perhaps you’re bored at home and would like to see more of the world. You’re thinking of joining the RV ranks, but you’re not sure which trailer to get. After all, they’re not cheap, and you want to ensure you’re getting a vehicle that’s not just comfortable, but also worth your money.
Here are some things to do so you make a good choice.
Think About the Size
One of the most important things to think about first is the size of your trailer. It needs to be the right size for your car or truck. Otherwise, you won’t be able to pull it, or you’ll need to buy a new towing vehicle.
Also, the interior needs to be big enough to accommodate your daily living needs. You should be able to fit your items and belongings inside comfortably. If you don’t like any floor plans, then the professionals at Millennium Trailers suggest making custom orders. You can build a trailer that’s 100% to your liking.
In addition, the trailer should fit in the storage space you have for it. It’s not a good idea to store it outside, as the elements will quickly deteriorate it. At the very least, your trailer needs a covered area to shield it from things like sun, rain, wind, and snow.
Don’t Forget About Storage
We just mentioned that your RV should be large enough to fit all your items and belongings. Reading this, you might assume that everything’s going to be out in the open. But storage space is vital too.
The more storage space you have, the better. You can keep everything neatly tucked away and minimize clutter in your living space.
Understand Your On-the-Road Lifestyle
Some people will RV specifically for pleasure, while others will mix it with business. Therefore, these differing lifestyles will require different setups.
For instance, you’ll need larger workspaces if you’re homeschooling your kids or you’re working on the road. Or if you love rough camping, you’ll need to factor in boondocking capabilities and length restrictions.
Create a Wishlist
When you buy a house, you usually start with a “wishlist” of things you want and need. Considering that a trailer is basically a house on wheels, you should do the same here.
Rack your brain and come up with a list of the things you’d like your trailer to have. Then, rearrange the list so they’re in order of “must haves” to “nice to haves.”
When you’re shopping later, this wishlist can help things feel less overwhelming. And when you have a difficult choice, you’ll have a clear picture of what you’re willing to compromise on (and what you’re not).
Factor in When You’ll Travel
Are you planning on traveling all year long? Or are you only RVing during certain seasons or months? Your answers here can affect which types of trailers you should get.
For example, if you’re only taking trips during warmer months, then you’ll have more choices. All trailers will these warmer temperatures.
However, if you want to travel during the colder months, you might have to opt for a four-season RV. These are designed with better insulation and heating systems, so you can stay warm and toasty while it snows outside. And the pipes and tanks will have protection so they won’t burst, even in the coldest temps.
Consider Used RVs
Most (if not all) vehicles depreciate quickly after you drive them off the lot, and trailers are no exception. So if you’re on a budget, buying new won’t necessarily be the best option.
In fact, many people have taken great care of their used trailers, so it’s very likely you’ll find a fantastic deal for a decent RV. You just have to be smart about it!
First off, keep your eyes peeled on Craigslist, RVTrader, and Facebook Marketplace. However, there are numerous scammers, so if a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is.
Rent First Before Buying
Now that you’ve run through the above list of considerations, you might feel ready to buy. However, don’t jump into things just yet.
Instead, rent trailers for the next few trips to get a feel for things. This can be very helpful if you’re having a tough time deciding between a few of your top choices.
On the other hand, if you have no clue what type of trailer you’d like, renting before researching is a good idea too. You can write down what you did and didn’t like, as well as the RVs you might buy and the ones that you’re certainly crossing off the list. From there, you can target your research when looking at RVs seriously.
Always Check the Trailer Before Finalizing the Purchase
Whether you buy used or new, always check the trailer. Have the dealer or independent seller hook everything up and show you that everything works. If they refuse to do this, then that’s a big red flag.
You should also walk around the RV and see that there’s no aesthetic damage. Bringing someone who’s vehicle-savvy is useful too since they can detect damage that the seller may be trying to hide.
Save for a Big Down Payment
You probably won’t be able to pay for a trailer outright. If you need financing, then save up for a big down payment first.
This isn’t a requirement, but the more you can save, the easier your financial burden will be. Your monthly payments will be much lower.
Choose the Right Trailer for Your Travels
Embarking on RV trips can be exciting; you’ll create many new memories and explore places you’ve never been before. But before setting out, you need to have the right trailer. Otherwise, your trips will be more nightmares than dreams.
With the information here, you can go into trailer buying with a clearer picture. And as a result, you’ll walk away with the perfect RV.
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