Recreational vehicles or motor homes are very much in fashion today. They are not just functional, they can be very luxurious if you decide that you want it that way. So they can be outfitted with tile floors, granite countertops, washers and dryers, and maybe even plasma TVs!
Let’s look at the types of RVs that are available today. The most spacious is Type A, which is also the most expensive. It has all the bells and whistles, and some of them even have garden showers or bathtubs and stained glass windows. They cost around $400,000 for a new one and $85,000 for a used one. They usually tend to gobble up gas – they give you 5-8 miles per gallon. So if you don’t like that kind of gas mileage, find something else.
RVs and trailers are called Type B motorhomes. These can fit four quite comfortably and have a pretty neat setup that includes sofas, beds, a kitchen, bathroom, and shower. There is not a lot of privacy and some people may find it a bit cramped. There’s also not a lot of headroom or too much storage space. Campers van are priced between $43,000 and $70,000. They measure anything between 18 to 22 feet.
Travel trailers are around $45,000 for new, but you can buy a used one for $6000 if you’re lucky! They come in sizes from 16 feet to 38 feet long. Of course, it goes without saying that the larger options have more sleeping space and more privacy.
The good thing about motorhomes is that you can jump in and travel whenever you want. You have RV parks where you can park your RVs and while it takes a bit of practice to maneuver the vehicle, you’ll soon get used to it and hit the road with gusto.
Before you buy an RV, do some research. Try to set your prices so dealers don’t see you as a newbie and take advantage of you. A little reading can make the difference between what you perceive to be a fool and an informed customer. Ask for the manufacturer’s price to find out how much you should pay. Some traders take a large markup as commissions. And don’t buy the first vehicle you fall in love with. Make sure you go to several dealers and check the prices and deals you can get before you buy. It would be nice to buy one that offers good after sales service. If someone you know has an RV, ask if their service is good. Also check with the Better Business Bureau about the dealer.
Most dealers you will encounter are very friendly when they are selling you a vehicle and will barely look at you once they have made the sale. An RV will need the benefit of after sales service if you are an avid traveler. So choose your dealer well.