When it comes time to buy an RV of your own, it’s a good idea to approach your comparison shopping in an organized way. While buying used motor homes for sale can be an emotional experience for anyone, the more you stick with a plan the greater chance you’ll have of coming away with what you really want at a price that is affordable.
Determine Your Needs
First, you’ll need to come up with a list of features that are most important to you. Consider things like aesthetics, fuel efficiency, RV layout and size. If you can, put your features lists into two categories – must haves and nice to haves. When you go to look at used RV’s, be sure to only look at the ones that at least have your must haves list. That way you can avoid spending time looking at something that won’t really suit you. Another important factor to determine is budget. Come up with a budget range including all costs like sales tax. Make it a rule to not even set foot in a used RV that is outside of this determined price range. The easiest way to blow your budget is to fall in love with something you can’t afford.
Make a Checklist
Use your list of desired features to make a checklist. Along the side list all the features you’re hoping to find. Along the top use each column to write down the make and model number of the RV that you’ve investigated. Keep and update the chart any time you go for a test drive or do internet research. Also include space for notes for each RV. After you drive a few you’ll begin to get a good idea of which RV is stacking up better against the others.
Try Before you Buy
If you want to be sure of your purchase, why not look at RV’s for rent? Renting an RV for a road trip can be a great way of really getting the feel for a particular brand or model before you put down a good deal of cash. Renting will also help you refine your features list. You may find that the coat rack you thought you needed actually doesn’t get used as much and that having a shower really is more important than you originally anticipated.
Buying an RV is a major process and should be done methodically in order to get the right RV at a good price. Remember to stick to your guns and you’ll end up with a purchase you’ll be happy with for years to come.