Tips on Buying Your First Recreational Vehicle

Tips on buying your first recreational vehicle

Buying your first RV can be a pretty nerve wracking experience, these vehicles are pricey and the amount of options that they come with can be overwhelming.  You may not have any idea where to find one at a good price, or whether you should buy new or used.  Let us make this whole process a little simpler for you,  here are a few tips on buying your first recreational vehicle.

Second Hand

There is a huge second hand RV market, but you still need to do your research if you want to buy second hand.  You will want to make a list of the features that are “must haves” and another list with the things that would be nice to have.  When buying second hand always do your due diligence and look into the history of the RV, anybody can be duped if they are not careful.

You can check and make sure there are no loose screws, none of the exterior panels are bubbling and that all of the lights are working as they are supposed to.  With an RV it is not just mechanical things pertaining to the engine you have to look at, also look into the drawers and cupboards.  Vehicle owners may not be as forthcoming as they should be, so the onus is on you to find any potential problems.


The sticker price is not set in stone whether you are buying new or used, there is always room for some negotiating.  Plenty of RVs have huge markups when they are put up for sale.  It is also not recommended that you buy an RV from a line that is no longer in production.  If you need parts for it in the future they may be hard to come by.  Repair costs could end up tripling if parts are near impossible to get or something has to be customized to fit your RV.

Two things that you need to keep on your mind when looking for an RV are how you’re going to use it and the resale value.  You don’t need to buy the biggest and baddest RV on the lot for only 2 camping trips per year.  At the same time you may want to sell your RV at some point in the future so look for a brand that has good resale value.

Touring or Parking

Many people buy an RV and leave it parked at a campground or on their own property throughout the camping season.  While others plan on doing some touring, there is nothing like the open road or traveling across the country with all the amenities of home with you.  If you are planning on touring then look at models that are highway dependable.  Gas mileage in an RV is never going to be great, but there will be differences between models that you need to consider.