RV Buy or Rent?
 Here's is what you need to know...

Whether you're new to RV camping or you're a veteran roadtripper, full-timer, seasonal snow bird – here's is what you need to know...

Why you shouldn't buy an RV - or what you should know before you do. Recreation Vehicles are very different from cars when it comes to how the law protects you.

RV living,  Is the RV big enough to serve your purposes and has everything you will need to keep you on the road.

Things to Ask Yourself When Buying an RV

Is the road calling? Are you ready to explore the beauty and wonder of America from the comfort of your very own RV.

While the phrase "recreational vehicle" usually brings the iconic image of a luxurious motorhome to mind, there are actually more than eight types and growing of RVs to choose from, each suited for different needs or use.

Rent before you Buy

A very common question for camping newbies is whether they should rent a camper or buy one. In this short video, http://PetesRV.com Lifestyle Consultant Chad Shepard shares his recommendations on when purchasing an RV may be the best option.

If you’ve been bitten by the RV bug you’ve likely been spending hours online ogling RVs. 

Buying an RV is a HUGE decision. It’s an additional expense that requires monthly and yearly maintenance, in addition to insurance, parking, and storage. If you’ve never taken a trip in an RV you need to do that before you ever step foot in a show room. Seriously.

This is where renting an RV comes into play. Before buying you should rent a variety of RV types. This will help you determine whether you prefer a motorized or towable RV and the type of floorplan that works best for you.

Now, if you’ve been in an RV and had the pleasure of enjoying an RV vacation you’re probably more in a position to purchase an RV.

Ultimately renting and buying go hand in hand. You should rent if you’re “green” to the lifestyle and need to make sure it’s right for you. However, once you’ve rented and learned what you love about RVing, you are better equipped to buy the right RV for your needs and save more money in the long run.

What Kind of RV Should I Get?

Once you've determined what kind of camping or travel you plan to do you can then figure out which type of RV to buy. Each has its merits and drawbacks.

One decision when buying a motorhome, 5th wheel, travel trailer or camper of any kind is often "New?" or "Used?" Here the RVgeeks discuss the pros and cons of buying new vs. used RVs.

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What Else Do You Need to Consider?

1.  Class AMotorhomes

2. Class BMotorhomes

3. Class CMotorhomes

4. Travel Trailers

5. Fifth-Wheel Trailer

6. Pop-Up Trailer

7. SURV Trailer ("Toy Hauler")

8.Truck Camper

9.NEW PHENOMENA  Cargo Van Conversion

Maintenance: Rule of thumb—the bigger the RV, the more that can go wrong. 

Towing: Whether you'll be towing your RV or another vehicle behind your motorhome, make sure you have the right vehicle and equipment to do so.

Miles Per Gallon:  Most RVs excel combining weight and wind resistance. Meaning that you can expect to get fuel economy between 8 and 20 MPG depending on the RV you choose.

Where to Park: Many homeowner associations don't permit RVs or you have no space at your house More and more campgrounds restricted by length. Glammer Campgrounds or as they say Class A motorcoach Resorts may restrict by age as well.

Cost for Camping: So assume that you'll be camping at places that charge a fee. And in some cases, the daily rate varies according to the size of your RV.

Meals: Hungry campers have to eat. Does the RV you're considering offer kitchen options? 

Insurance: Same as with maintenance, the bigger the rig the larger your insurance bill. 

Connectivity: If you want to stay connected, you'll have to make sure the RV you're considering can be outfitted with Mobile Internet, Wi-Fi Booster, GPS or Satellite TV.

Purchase Prices: Buying an RV is like buying a car— Brace yourself for sticker shock.