Making a big purchase can be exciting and nerve-racking. This is all the more true for when you aren’t able to see it first! Living in a digital world sure has changed the way we buy things, and this applies to RVs too. In this blog, we’ll breakdown what it’s like to purchase a motorhome or towable RV before seeing it in person. We’ll also give you some tips on what to look for during virtual RV shows.
Where Do I Start?
Before you start making any rash decisions, do your research! Ask yourself, “Which RV will fit my
budget and lifestyle?” It’s important to be realistic in the type of RV you’ll want and need. It’s easy to fall in love with a rig that’s a little too big, and a little too pricey for your budget. There are plenty of rigs to choose from and a lot to learn! For a rundown on which RV is right for you, check this article out. By doing the necessary research online, you eliminate being overwhelmed with too many options.
Next, you’ll need a good resource to find available motorhomes to purchase online. We recommend RV Trader, National Vehicle, and RV Inspiration for reputable sources when searching for the perfect home-on-wheels! Searching online can help you filter out what you don’t want and narrow your search down to the perfect rig. When purchasing online, you should always have a point of contact that will answer any and all questions you may have. In recent years, dealerships have adjusted to the digital age and created an online resource for people to see what inventory they have.
Know Your Budget
During the research process, take the time to plan out how much everything will cost you. There are additional fees associated with purchasing a rig, new or used. For example, keep an eye on taxes, registration, and inspection fees. The sticker price on your new motorhome isn’t always the final cost.
There are a ton of fancy gadgets for home-on-wheels these days, and they can make your life a lot easier while traveling. But these features will also drive up the cost. Although new features can make your rig look nice and more advanced, they are not necessary if you won’t be using them regularly.
Consider the Floorplan.
Once you have decided which type of RV is right for your lifestyle, start to think about the floorplan that will work for you. Many models have different floorplans that can really elevate the way you embrace the RV life. Floorplans can be a fun thing to think about as you start to envision your new journey. Start to familiarize yourself with different lengths and how many beds you might need. We suggest going onto the manufactures website to see different floorplans, photos, and videos. Additionally, virtual RV shows are indeed something you should check out!
Asking the Right Questions
Asking a lot of questions will work to your benefit. You should ask the seller anything that comes to mind about your possible new RV. You should ask about all appliances and how they work. Ask the seller to show you that everything works and turns on. Just because you are shopping virtually, doesn’t mean you won’t be able to see these components in action. Remember, any serious seller and buyer will gladly hop on and chat via facetime or other video conferences. If they refuse to show you working components, you probably don’t want to purchase from them.
If you decided to buy a used motorhome, ask for the complete history. Such as any previous breakdowns or repairs that have been done if you’re buying used. You need to make sure your dealer or seller can give you the full records of the RV’s maintenance history, including documentation about any major repairs or, worse, accidents it was involved in. Additionally, this would be the time to ask if such motorhome has an Extended Warranty. Some warranties are transferable between owners and can easily be done!
And if you aren’t able to see the rig personally but still want a 3rd party to check things out directly, consider a pre-purchase inspection! Companies like Premier RV Inspections will work with the seller to set up a time to take a good look at the vehicle and ensure mechanical components are in working condition. This is an invaluable part of buying sight unseen.
Virtual RV Shows
Virtual RV shows are a great way to see what kind of inventory is out there. At these shows, you can expect to see a to of models with different accessories that might be right for you. During these virtual shows, you can see how much storage your potential new rig has and the placement/size of the kitchen. Because your new RV life will be limited in space, it’s essential to really consider how much counter space, closet space, and storage you will need.
RV shows are an experience! Try your best to live in the moment and embrace a new beginning. Virtual RV shows come with online education and informative seminars. Here is a list of upcoming RV shows for 2021!
Once you’re ready to start downsizing for your new rig, check out this complete guide.
Consider how you will be using your new or used RV. Will you mainly be boondocking, hitting national parks, or RV campgrounds? Additionally, who will be living in the RV? You, your significant other, and children? It’s worth taking everyone’s opinion on their new home-on-wheels. You will spend the majority of your time outdoors and exploring but, personal and private space is healthy too.
A Warranty When You Need It
Whichever RV you decide is right for you, we have you and your investment covered. Warranties are there to help you cover the cost of repairs or when the unexpected happens. You don’t need to stress about paying 100% of the repair cost on your own. With the right coverage, you can drive with peace of mind.
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