What to consider when buying your RV?

While the phrase “recreational vehicle” usually brings the iconic image of a luxurious motorhome to mind, there are actually seven types of RVs to choose from, each suited for different needs or uses. Once you’ve determined what kind of camping or travel you plan to do you can then figure out which type of RV to buy. Here is what you should consider:

What Type of Camping or Travel am I going to do with my RV?

For many, a camping adventure can be as brief as a weekend, while others will opt for a few weeks at a time. And for the more enthusiastic (and fortunate) “full-timers,” a real road trip is nothing less than several months…or forever!

What Type of RVs are available?

Once you’ve determined what kind of camping or travel you plan to do you can then figure out which type of RV to buy. Here’s what’s available:

  • Travel Trailers
  • Fifth-Wheel Trailer
  • Pop-Up Trailer
  • Truck Camper
  • Park Models
  • Toy Haulers
  • Class A Motorhomes
  • Class B Motorhomes
  • Class C Motorhomes

For the features and benefits of each model please refer to our list of types which gives you additional information on each model.

What Else Should I Need to Consider?

There’s more to figuring out when buying an RV. A lot more, such as:

  • Maintenance: Rule of thumb—an RV has several hundred components and like any mechanical item, there may be some things that may need to get fixed. Review the Manufacturer Warranty and consider getting an extended warranty from a RV Dealer third party provider.
  • Towing: Check the RV vehicle weight to make sure you have the right vehicle and equipment to do so.
  • Where to Camp: With the combination of Private Campgrounds and Government Parks, there are over 4,000 campgrounds in Canada and over 16,000 in the United States so there is always something new in your travels.
  • Cost for Camping: The daily rate varies according to the size of your RV and the individual campground. Check with them for their posted rates.
  • Meals: How often to you prepare your meals? Does the RV you’re considering offer kitchen options? Do you like to cook over the campfire? Either way, cooking is better on the open road!
  • Insurance: Like your car , an RV needs to have insurance. You should check several insurance companies for the best rate and service BEFORE you buy.
  • Connectivity: If you want to stay connected, you’ll have to make sure the RV you’re considering can be outfitted with Mobile Internet, Wi-Fi Booster, GPS or Satellite TV. More and more RVs include a dish now a days but best check with your dealer first.
  • Purchase Prices: Buying an RV is like buying a car—you fall in love with all the features until it comes down to price. Use our affordability calculator to get an idea on your payments.

Where should I buy my RV?

RV Shows are an excellent venue for your search. Usually staged during spring, summer and fall in major centres throughout Canada gives the best opportunity to see the different styles all in one place to help you determine the best fit for your needs. Also, manufacturer and dealer representatives are on hand to answer your questions.

Visiting RVDA of Canada Dealers are the your best bet to get your questions answered and to find your next RV.

Best of luck and let’s Go RVing Canada!