The RV industry is booming and now, more than ever, everyone wants a piece of the fun! Despite the popularity, there are a couple of myths and misconceptions about RVing that might be holding some people back. While you weigh the pros and cons of becoming a motorhome owner, we hope we’re able to clear up the thought, “is it really worth it?” In this blog, we’ll be busting some of these myths and inspiring you to start your RVing journey!
Myth #1: RVing is for retired folks
Wrong! You no longer have to wait to retire to become an RVer. While this kind of travel is popular among retirees, people of all ages and demographics can start RVing with a little research. In the past decade, more families have even taken their kids on the road full-time. In fact, many groups have formed communities for RVing families. Additionally, with the rise of remote work, more individuals and couples have hit the road while working.
Myth #2: You need a special license to drive an RV
Surprisingly, you do not need a commercial driver’s license to drive a motorhome. Because you are not using your home-on-wheels for commercial use, this will not be required. A good thing to note is that some states require a CDL if your rig weighs more than 26,000 lbs. This is why it’s very important to know your RVs weight and understand why it matters. You can read more about that here!
Myth #3: RVs are expensive
This one can be tricky. Everyone has different budgets and lifestyles. The truth is, RVing is as expensive as you make it. If done right, RVing can actually be cheaper than living in sticks & bricks. Just like anything else in life, there is a spectrum of luxury and budget-friendly RV living. If you’re in the market for a new rig, finance options are available. You don’t need to pay for your new motorhome or towable RV upfront. Additionally, buying a gently used rig is a great option to save some cash on start-up costs. While you will have an RV payment, they often come in far less than rent and mortgages, especially when factoring in the additional costs that come with living in a traditional ‘home.’
If you’re unsure where to start in the RV buying process, try renting out different types of travel trailers. Test out RVs and see which one you like best. Another little-known fact is that many full-time RVers change rigs every so often. Your first rig doesn’t have to be your last! As you continue to travel, your lifestyle or preferences might change—and then so will your RV.
Myth #4: My RV expenses will be higher
A common misconception is the idea that people who RV do so on expendable income. This is not true! While you might be spending more money on gas and campgrounds, there are ways to bypass or lower these expenses. For example, when you arrive at your destination, you will most likely spend some time there. On average, most RVers stay in one place for about two weeks. The idea that RVers are traveling to new destinations every two days is not realistic or recommended. A great way to save on gas or diesel is by using a TSD Fuel card. With these fuel cards, you can see the savings immediately. We’re talking dollars, not cents.
Another great way to save on campgrounds is to camp in BLM land. These “campgrounds” are free and can truly save you hundreds of dollars a year. Plus, who doesn’t love a little solitude and quiet? If you’re an RVer that wants to reel in the perks of RV memberships, Harvest Hosts and Escapees are ones you’ll want to invest in. With these memberships, you can stay at their campsites for free or heavily discounted rates, while enjoying other membership perks.
Myth #5: My manufacturer’s warranty will cover all repairs
If you have a newer rig, you will probably still be under your manufacturers warranty. Unfortunately, after those first year, maybe two, is up, your manufacturer will no longer cover those expensive RV repairs. The older your motorhome or towable RV gets, the more likely you are to break down. It’s important to have a warranty to back you up when it comes to covering the cost of those repairs. Every year, the cost of parts and labor rises. Not to mention the limited amount of repair facilities and trained mechanics. Having an RV warranty is another great way to save money in the long run.
If you have a used rig, you may also qualify for a warranty! Used RVs are the most susceptible to breakdowns and are at higher risk. Warranties may seem intimidating or confusing, but in reality, they are here to help and protect you on the road.
These small misconceptions can easily hold travelers back. With some knowledge and clarity, RVing can be the most fun you’ve ever had! What makes this community so great is the support and resources the RV community brings. Did you have any RV misconnections in the past? Share in the comment section below.