How to Look for RV Campers

How to Look for RV Campers
Camping has moved far beyond canvas tents, wood cots and bulky sleeping bags. Recreational vehicles now take up prime space in campgrounds, with many types of RVs available. They range from small ones that can be towed behind a motorcycle to large, class A motor coaches that may come complete with washers and dryers, satellite TV, GPS guidance and almost any other options you would like to have. One of the greatest considerations when looking for a camper is the size of your budget.


Difficulty: Moderate

Step 1
Define the type of camping you are going to be doing. Will you be camping with your family and children, traveling across the country or weekend camping? Knowing what type of camping you are interested in will help you initially target the field of RVs you want to look at. Remember, an RV can be anything from a small pop-up to a class A motor home.
Step 2
Create your target budget. Take into account extras that you may want to add on and insurance rates. Also check your vehicle for towing capabilities; you may need to purchase a new vehicle if your RV will not have its own engine. Add the associated costs to the initial purchase price so that you have a real idea of what you can comfortably spend.
Step 3
Rent an RV. This will help you decide whether you really want to invest in one. If you have time to take a few short trips, rent a couple of types of campers to get a good feel for what you want.
Step 4
Go to an RV show. This is the best way to see hundreds of choices of RVs, examine accessories and gather information on the various types of RVs you are considering. If you are ready to purchase at this point, some great deals can be made at shows.

Tips & Warnings

An RV is a major purchase, so take your time and do your research.
Talk with other campers about their RVs or, if they are tent campers, why they decided against an RV.

Article Written By Andy McVeigh

Andy McVeigh lives in Scottsdale, Arizona. He is an avid outdoors enthusiast who enjoys paddling, biking, hiking, backpacking, camping, scuba diving and photography. McVeigh is a graduate of Northern Arizona University and is currently working on his MBA.

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